Camille's practice is focused on civil liberties across all her areas of expertise; inquests concerning the culpability of police and healthcare professionals, civil actions against the police, immigration, asylum and human rights law. In her housing and community care practice she has a particular interest in representing young people (including underage asylum seekers) leaving care and entitlement to support packages and she also has extensive experience in representing victims of trafficking and modern slavery. Camille is instructed to undertake public law proceedings across all her practice areas.
Camille completed pupilage with Doughty Street, London in 2009. Prior to her pupilage Camille worked with Women Working Worldwide managing a project to improve women workers' rights in East African horticulture. She also previously worked for Greater Manchester CND/Campaign Against Depleted Uranium and was a board member of the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Camille is experienced in coronial law and acts for bereaved families and individuals in inquests. She has particular experience of inquests concerning the culpability of police and healthcare professionals including: represented the father in the high profile Mullings-Sewell inquest into the killing of 2 children by their mother whilst in a psychotic state (2012) ( news story) in which an unusual verdict was returned finding that the deaths were contributed to by the neglect of GMP police; Rule 39 rulings were made. She also appeared in a three day inquest in which multiple criticisms were made of the way police and medical doctors dealt with an elderly man with dementia who was sent away after an informal examination and was subsequently found dead in a field; Rule 39 rulings were made. Camille has also assisted with several other high-profile inquests including that of Jean Charles de Menezes, a police motorbike chase inquest (multiple criticisms made by the jury into the method by which the police gave chase) and a further police chase inquest where the deceased fell to his death from a tower block. Camille's experience also includes deaths in prison custody, including a death in prison custody case in which it was argued for questions to the jury extant to the cause of death, leading to a jury verdict which raised questions about malpractice by an NHS trust.
Civil actions against the police
Camille regularly advises on cases of false imprisonment, assault, malicious prosecution, negligence and actions under the Data Protection Act. Recent experience in this area includes a 7-day trial seeking compensation for miscarriages of justice on behalf of a prisoner who alleged he had been assaulted and maliciously prosecuted by prison officers; and advising on issues surrounding disclosure by the police (Art 8 ECHR implications). She also appeared in the EHRC case of Fox v UK (claimant was taser-ed on the way to commit a bank robbery - need for independent investigation under Art 3). Camille also undertakes public law work in this sphere. Recent examples include judicial review challenges to an IPCC refusal to register a complaint and of the refusal to prosecute a police officer where life threatening injuries were caused to a civilian. She is a member of the Police Actions Lawyers Group .
Immigration and Asylum
Camille's practice covers all areas of immigration, asylum, and human rights law. She has extensive experience of obtaining bail for immigration detainees including those convicted of serious criminal offences such as drug and sexual offences. Camille has experience of hearings in the First tier Tribunal, appeals to the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal along with related judicial Review hearings in the High Court.
Camille represents victims of trafficking in asylum appeals and in judicial reviews challenging failure to recognise as victims of trafficking, negative reasonable grounds and refusals to grant discretionary leave to victims of trafficking. She recently appeared in FK, R (on the application of) v SSHD  EWHC 56 (Admin) in which the Secretary of State failed to apply her policy guidance document “Victims of human trafficking – competent authority guidance” in relation to the correct approach to the assessment of credibility. She also appeared in Poquiz, R (on the application of) v SSHD  EWHC 1759 (Admin) dealing with a grant of discretionary leave to a victim of trafficking.
Camille is also able to advise and represent victims of trafficking in compensation claims, public law challenges against the police where they have failed to investigate a credible allegation of trafficking and in unlawful detention claims.
Housing and Community Care
Camille undertakes the full range of housing work along with judicial reviews for the full range of housing and community care issues including homelessness decisions, housing appeals under the Children's Act, housing appeals in connection with anti social behaviour offences, community care assessments, care plans and compliance with the Disability Equality Duty. She has a particular interest and experience in cases involving young people (including underage asylum seekers) leaving care and entitlements to support packages.
Camille is also experienced in cases involving education law including permanent exclusion and children with special education needs. She is keen to develop her experience of mental health issues in relation to her community care practice.
PUBLICATIONS & SEMINARS
16/5/11 - Policing Protests - When is Containment Lawful? (Lexis Nexis Current Awareness)