Sean Canning – Director (part-time)
Sean started his career working in the social housing movement where he began work as a housing worker before becoming Director of An Teach Irish Housing Association, an organisation which specialised in working with young, single homeless people in Haringey. Sean has worked in the Law Centre movement for the last ten years as Director of the North Kensington Law Centre and now as Director of Camden and Hackney Community Law Centres. Sean has extensive experience of fundraising, strategic development, managing legal aid contracts and developing volunteer programmes.
Sean was Treasurer of the Law Centres Network between 2007 and 2010 and has served as a member of the Law Centres Network Executive Committee for several years. He has served as a school governor in north Kensington.
Andrea Chambers – Administrator and Receptionist (part-time)
Andrea has lived in Camden for just over 40 years and began volunteering with CCLC in April 2016. Andrea chose to volunteer with CCLC because she wanted to give her time to an organisation that serves the local community. As receptionist, Andrea is the first port of call for people who visit or call the Law Centre. The reception area is extremely busy with Andrea dealing with upwards of 50 enquiries a day from people who need legal support and advice in housing, welfare benefits, immigration and employment, as well as many other areas. Andrea says she most enjoys interacting with the public and working with a great bunch of colleagues. In her spare time, Andrea loves to read and visits local libraries in Camden regularly to take out books and DVDs. Andrea is also mum to a creative 13 year old daughter.
Derek Bernardi – Housing Solicitor and Supervisor
Derek joined CCLC in June 2017. He is a Housing Solicitor who also practises in public law. Derek studied Culinary Arts and Food Service Management at the Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island in the United States. Derek then moved to the UK in 2011 to undertake a Graduate Diploma in Law and then the legal Practice Course at the City Law School. After completing his legal studies, Derek began volunteering with a small private practice firm in Watford working on mainly housing cases focusing on homelessness, possession, judicial review. He then became a paralegal before undertaking his training contract with the firm and qualifying in November 2016. Derek also became a Solicitor Advocate in April 2017. Derek developed a particular expertise in challenging local authority decisions not to accept a homelessness duty. At CCLC, Derek is responsible for overseeing the work of CCLC’s housing team and ensuring that the Centre complies with its regulatory requirements. In his spare time, Derek enjoys cooking, travelling (he particularly enjoyed visiting China) and is a virtuoso salsa dancer.
Sandeep Grewal – Trainee Solicitor
Sandeep joined CCLC in June 2018 as a Trainee Solicitor. She had previously worked as a paralegal at Greenwich Housing Rights where she specialised in possession proceedings and representing clients in the county court. Sandeep also worked on ‘succession’ matters and emergency eviction applications. Alongside housing law, Sandeep has gained experience of other legal areas including commercial property and litigation, conveyancing, family and crime. Prior to embarking on her full-time career in law, Sandeep volunteered with Plumstead Community Law Centre for two years assisting its immigration, employment, welfare benefits and housing law solicitors and caseworkers. Sandeep also volunteered with Amnesty International’s Speakers Programme. At Amnesty, Sandeep conducted research on human rights topics, advised on educational resources and assisted the wider human rights team. Such was the quality of Sandeep’s work on ‘individuals at risk’ that it was published on Amnesty’s website. Sandeep studied for her law degree at The University of Essex where she was awarded The Palgrave Law Prize for the Best Overall Performance by a family law student. She then studied on The Legal Practice Course at The University of Law. Her electives included employment law, commercial dispute resolution and family law. Outside of work, Sandeep is a keen photographer and traveller. Countries she’s visited have included Fiji, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand – where she went bungy jumping and sky diving! Sandeep also plays the guitar to Grade 5 level and is fluent in Punjabi.
Sandra Meyer – Immigration and Asylum Solicitor (part-time)
Sandra qualified as a solicitor in 1995 after completing her legal studies at Oxford Brookes University and Guilford Law School. She then practised commercial law in the West End and worked as an Executive Assistant to the President of MTV Europe and the Chief Executive of Jazz FM before taking a career break to bring up her two children – twins now aged 17. Sandra joined CCLC as a volunteer in March 2015 and requalified as am immigration solicitor and became a full member of CCLC’s team in October 2015. Sandra is accredited to provide immigration and asylum law advice under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Scheme and is currently training to become a supervising solicitor. In her spare time, Sandra is a keen photographer and traveller. She speaks fluent French.
Susan Mullahy – Receptionist (part-time)
Susan joined CCLC as a volunteer receptionist in March 2016 after she saw an advert in the local paper before becoming CCLC’s employed part-time receptionist in March 2017. As first point of contact at CCLC, Susan is always happy to help those who phone or come into the law centre to advise them about the various drop-ins and phone advice services offered at the Law Centre. Susan is a true Londoner and was born and bred in Camden Town. She previously volunteered with a number of organisations including the Probation Service, The Globe Theatre, Sure Start and Centrepoint’s night shelter. Prior to having her daughter 15 years ago, Susan also worked for the Probation Service for several years in bail and probation hostels.
Trang Nguyen – Trainee Solicitor
Trang came to CCLC in July 2017 after spending 6 months at Hackney Community Law Centre as an intern/paralegal where she worked on housing and homelessness cases and also represented clients in the first tier social security tribunal. Trang studied law at the University of Durham before undertaking her Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School. Her electives included intellectual property and corporate finance. Trang then volunteered with the Legal Advice Centre in Bow as a volunteer paralegal. In her spare time, Trang is mum to an energetic 3 year old. She also loves to travel and is a keen runner. She particularly enjoys running along the Greenwich Peninsula area of London.
Ruth Oloya – Welfare Benefits caseworker
Ruth is CCLC’s welfare benefits supervisor. Ruth first started working at CCLC in September 2014 as a welfare benefits caseworker. She then worked at Plumsted Law Centre before returning to Camden in May 2017 as Welfare Benefits supervisor. As supervisor, Ruth is responsible for overseeing the work of CCLCs welfare benefits caseworkers and volunteers, delivering training, ensuring quality standards are adhered to and managing volunteers. Ruth studied for a BA Hons undergraduate degree in Education at Makere University in Kampala, Uganda. She then taught English Literature and History in a secondary schools in the city. Ruth began volunteering with a number of organisations including the Refugee Council and Citizens Advice Bureau. She then got a job with the CAB as an admin assistant and trained to become an advice worker with the CAB. At CCLC, Ruth has developed a specialism in ‘right to reside’ cases involving EEA and EU nationals. In her spare time, Ruth is a keen gardener, enjoys long distance walking and reading crime thrillers.
Saher Osman – Employment Solicitor and Supervising Solicitor
Saher obtained her legal degree from Queen Mary University of London and then completed an LLM at University College London. Her dissertation focussed on medical law issues. After completing her studies, Saher volunteered at the headquarters of Amnesty International as a research and campaigns assistant. She then undertook a training contract at Law For All Solicitors who were based in West London and was appointed a supervisor in the Debt and Litigation department there. Saher joined CCLC in October 2012 as a debt solicitor assisting clients with matters such as challenging validity of debts, advising on debt relief orders, bankruptcy, negotiating with creditors and defending claims in the county court. In April 2013, Saher also joined CCLC’s employment team. She specialises in representing claimants in all types of employment matters ranging from unfair dismissal to discrimination to whistleblowing and has developed a particular expertise in negotiating settlement agreements. Saher is also experienced in representing clients in judicial mediations. Outside of work, Saher sits as a trustee of the Kosmos Centre (formerly the Camden Cypriot Women’s Organisation) and in her spare time she enjoys cooking (her signature is her special version of baba ganoush) and she also loves to eat out and travel.
Catrin Williams – Social Welfare Caseworker
Catrin undertook an LLB in Law with Australian Law at the Unviersity of Nottingham. As part of her degree course, Catrin spent her third year at the University of New South Wales. In September 2015, Catrin became a CCLC volunteer assisting CCLC’s Immigration and Asylum Caseworker one day a week. Catrin interviewed clients and helped to prepare their witness statements. She also assisted with immigration applications and preparing court bundles. In July 2016, Catrin joined the CCLC team formally as our triage advice worker. Her role involves assisting the benefits and housing teams, particularly the co-ordination of CCLC’s busy weekly benefits and housing drop-ins. During those sessions, Catrin will take instructions from the clients and give basic legal advice under her colleagues’ supervision. Prior to embarking on a legal career, Catrin studied contemporary dance at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. She still take contemporary dance lessons now that she lives in London. Catrin also plays the piano to Grade 8 (the highest level).
Joanna joined Camden Community Law Centre in 2018 as an Public Law and Immigration solicitor. Her experience in this field spans a wide range of areas including, among others: challenging nationality and age disputes, appealing against the refusal of refugee status, seeking damages for unlawfully detained clients and representing victims of trafficking. Joanna is also an experienced advocate and has appeared for clients in the First and Upper Tier tribunals of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber. Joanna is dedicated to ensuring her clients are guided through the immigration and public law procedures they face with all the information they need to make informed choices. Her aim in every case is for her clients to feel supported from beginning to end of their matter. Joanna has been accredited to Level 2 of the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme since 2014 and qualified as a solicitor in 2017. Prior to converting to law, Joanna completed her MA in French at University of Oxford. On the weekends Joanna can often be found volunteering for The Diamond Centre in Carshalton and/or walking a vivacious boxer puppy.