"I was always informed about my case, I always feel happy when I heard your call. You were always there for me."
Lorna is a solicitor who works in our London Bridge office. She joined Deighton Pierce Glynn as a paralegal in July 2015 before completing her training contract with the firm and qualifying as a solicitor in January 2018. She trained with Sue Willman, working on a range of complex and high profile human rights litigation. Previously Lorna spent two years as a paralegal in legal aid firms working in unlawful detention, criminal defence and actions against the police.
Lorna represents clients in both judicial review and civil damages claims against the state in a number of areas, in particular unlawful detention, migrant support, discrimination and community care. She has four years’ experience bringing public law challenges against the Home Office for unlawful detention for both EU and non-EU nationals and regularly brings successful damages cases for false imprisonment as a result.
Lorna also acts for clients to uphold their rights to Home Office or Local Authority support. She routinely represents asylum-seekers challenging failures by the Home Office to provide adequate housing and decisions to reduce subsistence support. She also represents clients in community care claims against Local Authorities, including under the Care Act and Children Act, to ensure her clients are provided adequate services such as care packages and accessible accommodation.
Lorna’s caseload often crosses into other areas, and includes representing victims of trafficking who are challenging decisions by the Home Office in relation to their trafficking status, as well as clients bringing discrimination claims under the Equality Act against public bodies.
Lorna’s work for asylum seekers and refused asylum seekers is informed by her role as a volunteer advocate for the Asylum Support Appeals Project, where she represents individuals at the First-tier Tribunal (Asylum Support) who are appealing Home Office decisions to discontinue or refuse their support.
Lorna has an MA in Law from Bristol University, where she also volunteered for the Innocence Network UK. She is an active member of the Colombian Caravana, a UK based charity working to protect human rights defenders in Colombia.