Asylum & Immigration
Eleri provides advice and representation in a broad range of asylum and immigration matters. She regularly acts in protection and human rights claims, entry clearance, family reunion, deportation, EEA appeals, cessation of refugee status and exclusion, and securing the release of immigration detainees on bail. She also acts in cases involving issues of modern slavery and human trafficking. As well as representing clients across England and Wales in the First-tier Tribunal, Eleri argues complex points of law in the Upper Tribunal. She also accepts instructions in judicial review claims and civil actions for damages for false imprisonment in immigration detention or related matters.
Demonstrating her fierce commitment to access to justice, Eleri formerly volunteered with an asylum charity in Wales and continues to assist clients pro-bono through Bail for Immigration Detainees and RAMFEL. She also attends meetings of the Anti-Trafficking Legal Project (ATLeP).
Housing & Community Care
Eleri has a busy and varied practice including defending possession proceedings and appeals against a possession order, bringing claims for disrepair or discrimination, homelessness appeals, judicial review and claims for unlawful eviction including emergency injunctive relief. She regularly appears in court on behalf of tenants or the homeless and undertakes substantial drafting and advisory work at all stages of a case. She particularly welcomes cases involving public law challenges and matters arising under the Equality Act 2010.
Eleri particularly welcomes cases where housing and immigration law overlap and is developing her practice further to include cases involving support for migrants without access to mainstream assistance.
In 2019, Eleri was invited to be a discussion panel member at the Housing Law Practitioners Association conference where she spoke of the challenges of providing excellent client care to a client base in crisis. Her experience as a Senior Debt Adviser helps in finding creative solutions to broader issues facing clients. She also delivered training at the Law Friends Society Social Housing Law Conference and has written and contributed to publications on matters involving her areas of practice. She provides bespoke training on housing law relating to both English and Welsh jurisdictions.
Eleri formerly provided specialist advice at homelessness and housing charity Shelter Cymru, and a solicitor’s firm specialising in social welfare law. She routinely advised in housing and debt litigation including mortgage and secured loan possession proceedings, consumer credit and insolvency. She has also represented clients facing imminent eviction on the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme and has experience in personal injury litigation.
Eleri has served as an Independent School Admission Appeals panel member hearing and deciding on statutory appeals brought by parents against school admission refusals. She has acted as panel chair when required, particularly when hearings were conducted in the Welsh language.
Eleri welcomes advisory or representation work conducted in Welsh.
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