Madrid, I Adore Thee

A long overdue return to Madrid last week. Still such a vibrant, colourful and welcoming capital city.

The food was even more spectacular than I remembered. I would highly recommend the ‘bocata de calamares’ (squid baguette) (and paella!) at El Brilliante.

The ‘pollo asado’ (roast chicken) at the Casa Mingo.

And, head and shoulders above even El Brilliante and Casa Mingo, the incredible, incredible (did I say incredible?) Celso y Manolo.

In terms of leisure, the rooftop bar on the top of the Circulo de Bellas Artes is super cool with panoramic views of the city.

And for culture, no trip to Madrid would be complete without a visit to the glorious Prado Museum.

Can’t wait to go back for a longer period of time!

¬°Viva Madrid!

Windrush Legal Clinics at the Black Cultural Archives

It was humbling to be at the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) on Wednesday 9th May 2018 to assist at one of its ‘Windrush’ Immigration Legal Clinics. It was heartbreaking to see the great stress and upset felt by so many Caribbean born British people who have had their lives turned upside down by the government’s hostile environment policy.

That is why I am so grateful to lawyers from the wonderful Faegre Baker Daniels LLP for coming down to Brixton and providing first class triage and legal advice to so many desperate people. A massive thank you to Claire D. Nilson, FBD’s Head of Immigration and Global Mobility; Stephen Llewellyn, Counsel and Head of Pro Bono; Katie Newman, Employment Solicitor; and Hoden Buraleh, Immigration Paralegal.

BCA is still seeking lawyers to assist at the clinics if any other lawyers can spare 3 hours between 5pm and 8pm on a Wednesday or between 10am and 1pm on a Saturday.

May 12th update: Thank you also to immigration barrister Rudolph Spurling from 10KBW Chambers for attending the Black Cultural Archives on a Saturday morning to give advice!

 

Manjit Gill QC

Wonderful to spend time talking with Manjit Gill QC, one of my legal heroes, at a recent drinks reception. Manjit is a legal trailblazer and a major source of inspiration for Black and Minority Ethnic lawyers all over the UK.

Manjit was instrumental in setting up the Discrimination Law Association.

He was also the barrister who persuaded the UK Supreme Court to hand down its groundbreaking judgment on the ‘best interests of the child’ in ZH (Tanzania).

What an honour to be able to spend time with such an esteemed (and busy!) legal pioneer.

Deja Vu FM

I had a great time as a guest on Deja Vu FM, an East London based community radio station, on Thursday the 19th of April 2018, discussing domestic violence, the Windrush generation scandal and the recent spike in London knife crime alongside an author, ethical fashion consultant and a seasoned community organiser. I enjoyed sharing my perspective and demystifying confusing legal issues. You can watch the recording of the show HERE.