- Member of the Hon Society of Gray's Inn
Immigration & Human Rights
Having seen the reality of torture and conflict in post-war countries, I am passionate about saving lives and giving hope to victims of torture. I have witnessed legal injustices and have fought to the highest level to remedy them. I believe in giving realistic advice and will explore all options to give my clients every possibility of success.
Called to the UK Bar in 1994, Ursula began her career practising in General Common Law and Immigration, Human Rights and Public Law and was soon being instructed in matters that became important test cases (see case history). She also represented FRU clients in social security and employment law cases.
Ursula has lectured on Immigration and Human Rights Law at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. From 2004-2011, she was a Lecturer at the BVC (now BPTC) and on the LPC and has also delivered seminars to LLM students on the Right to Silence and the Pitfalls of Identification Evidence. She is an accredited ATC Advocacy Trainer (now the ICCA) and holds a higher education teaching qualification, MA Academic Practice, Module 1 (City Law School).
Since returning to full-time practice in 2011, Ursula has represented clients at all levels up to the Court of Appeal in Asylum and Immigration, EEA and Public Law cases. She continues to represent many clients from different countries at risk of persecution/ treatment contrary to Article 3 and drafted an application to the ECtHR alleging a breach of Article 3 ECHR, thereby preventing removal to Sri Lanka under a Rule 39 interim measure pending judgment in the case of GJ & others.
Ursula has also represented clients in disciplinary hearings before the ACCA and ICAEW Disciplinary Committees and successfully at the ICAEW Investigation Committee stage.
Ursula enjoys travelling and is CELTA qualified. She has frequently visited the Balkans to witness the reality of the post-war situation in Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia, where she has also taught English. She is fluent in Polish and has a basic grasp of Serbian and Croatian. She is involved in raising awareness of the ongoing landmine problems in Bosnia.