Alexa Thompson is in the first six of her pupillage with Garden Court North, which began in October 2023, under the supervision of Mikhil Karnik and Tom Royston.

Prior to pupillage Alexa has spent several years working at Citizens Advice in Greater Manchester and Liverpool, providing specialist debt advice and assisting clients with benefits and housing issues. She also worked at Mind, where she was based in the community mental health team, assisting vulnerable clients with housing and benefits queries.

Alexa is passionate about access to justice and human rights and acted as an Advocate for the Free Representation Unit, appearing in the Employment Tribunal in a contested constructive dismissal claim. Alexa interned with a US forensics genetics firm, supporting forensic geneticists and criminal defense attorneys in death row cases and post-conviction reviews of DNA evidence. At BPP Manchester, Alexa volunteered with Streetlaw, compiling research on the rights of homeless people, and also worked at WTB Solicitors in their housing team, assisting tenants facing possession proceedings.

Alexa has participated in a range of national and international moots, including the ELSA Human Rights Moot Court Competition and the Price Media Law Moot where she was selected to be part of the Inner Temple mooting team.

Alexa is care experienced and an active campaigner for reform to the children’s social care system and for challenging the differential treatment that care experienced people face, including by strengthening their legal rights. She is also a Trustee of the Care Leavers Association.


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