Frequently before the Immigration and Asylum Chamber of the Upper Tribunal and First-Tier Tribunal, Gilda is an expert across all areas of immigration law, including refugee, human rights, deportation, EEA, domestic violence, refugee family reunion, entry clearance, points based system, bail and other immigration appeals.
Gilda has expertise in immigration related public law challenges, including judicial reviews of fresh claim refusals, certification decision, NRM decisions, delays in decision making and unlawful detention claims – including detained fast track (now detained asylum casework), bail and public law detention challenges. These often include representing victims of torture and those detained with mental health problems. She further provides pro-bono representation to immigration detainees through Bail for Immigration Detainees.
Gilda was junior counsel in the Court of Appeal in SSHD v Straszewski  EWCA Civ 1245, successfully arguing that public revulsion at the conduct of an EEA national who had committed an offence had no part to play in deciding whether there were serious public policy grounds within the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006 reg.21(3) to justify deportation, save in exceptional cases. Similarly, the deterrence of others from committing similar offences would normally have no part to play in the decision. As a result of this case these protections remain in place.
Gilda is currently instructed in an appeal to the Court of Appeal, to be heard in 2016, concerning the circumstances in which the SSHD is able to withdraw earlier concessions.
She provides CPD accredited training to Solicitors and Barristers, as well as mentoring and advising pupils and barristers at the Honourable Society of Grays Inn.
Away from Chambers and the Courts, Gilda is a founding member and the humanitarian lead for an innovative tech start-up focused on bringing aid and disaster relief to hard-to-reach and conflict affected areas.