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Grace Brown shortlisted for BSN Lawyer of the Year 

She is described as a ‘leader’ in her field and as a ‘beacon of hope’ for junior advocates, having ‘consistently’ offered support to students and junior lawyers

Garden Court Chambers has announced that Grace Brown has been shortlisted for BSN Lawyer of the Year in the Chambers category at the UK Diversity Legal Awards 2021.

The chambers said Brown is an “extraordinary advocate who has committed herself to the advancement of Black and ethnic minority lawyers through doing what is right, utilising her remarkable legal skill to advocate for marginalised people”. 

She is described as a “leader” in her field and as a “beacon of hope” for junior advocates, having “consistently” offered support to students and junior lawyers. 

The chambers added: “There is no doubt that her inspiring work continues to motivate a new generation of Black and ethnic minority lawyers.”

Brown is regularly instructed in Windrush cases, and reportedly has detailed and in-depth knowledge of the legal and cultural issues that arise in Windrush cases and frequently advises solicitors, community groups and organisations on these issues, often pro bono. 

Over the course of one year, she acted pro bono in three linked Windrush cases in which she formed and developed “unique” legal arguments based on the flaws and limitations of the Windrush Scheme.

Brown has been and is instructed in a significant number of Windrush cases that are aimed at challenging the apparent and intrinsic inequities and failings of both the Windrush Scheme and the Windrush Compensation Scheme.

In addition, she is appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s preferred Panel of Counsel and is a trustee of the Haringey Migrants Support Centre where, from 2013, she started providing pro bono immigration advice and representation to services users. She is also a trustee of the Voice of Domestic Workers.

Meanwhile, she is a mentor on the Inner Temple Mentoring Scheme and a Pegasus Scholar Host and since 2001 has mentored and hosted many students studying for the Bar and hosted junior barristers. She is also a volunteer supervisor for the immigration law clinic at Exeter University.

Garden Court Chambers said: “Grace has proven she is thoroughly deserving of the BSN Lawyer of the Year Award. There is no lawyer more commendable, and hardly anyone who has done as much to support the Windrush generation and those who have been knocked back countless times by the government’s cruel hostile environment.”

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