Garden Court Chambers has welcomed Nadia O’Mara, Georgie Rea and Will Hanson as new pupils at the firm.
O’Mara will look to develop a broad practice in public law, human rights, immigration and asylum, and community care under the supervision of Nicola Braganza, Mark Symes and Sam Robinson QC.
Prior to pupillage, she worked in Lesvos, Greece with the Legal Centre Lesvos (LCL) and Refugee Legal Support (RLS). She also worked on several successful applications for interim measures to the ECtHR regarding access to medical treatment and adequate living conditions. She has worked extensively with children and adults at risk, including victims of trafficking, torture and gender-based violence.
Before coming to the Bar, O’Mara worked in policy and campaigns with leading human rights taught public law at UCL, was the Assistant News Editor at Just Security, and is an IAAS qualified senior immigration caseworker.
Meanwhile, Rea said she is hoping to build a broad public law practice, specialising in human rights, immigration, and modern slavery. Her pupillage is supervised by Rebecca Chapman, Stephen Simblet QC and Sam Parham.
After completing her BPTC, Rea assisted in the Cabinet of Judge Christopher Vajda at the European Court of Justice, summarising pleadings, conducting comparative law research, and editing academic publications.
She also has legal experience in both the public and private sector, having worked as a paralegal for the Government Legal Department and for the Immigration Team at Payne Hicks Beach. As well as producing legal research and opinions, she has assisted in drafting representations and grounds for claims in asylum, judicial review, and extradition.
Finally, Hanson plans to build a broad practice in criminal defence, including related areas of public law and human rights and is supervised by Tom Wainwright and Emma Fenn.
Prior to commencing pupillage, he was a solicitor advocate at a city firm, and his experience includes cases involving fraud and asset tracing, money laundering, bribery and corruption, as well as litigation in the areas of asylum, extradition, and human rights.
He said he is committed to pro bono work and promoting access to justice, and has volunteered for numerous advice centres and pro bono projects, through which he has assisted vulnerable clients with a range of issues, from bankruptcy and homelessness to child abuse and domestic violence.