Lorna Barron

Lorna Barron

Background

Lorna is a solicitor who works in our London 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.

Expertise

Lorna represents clients in both judicial review and civil damages claims against the state in a number of areas, in particular discrimination, migrant support, unlawful detention and trafficking.

Lorna routinely represents clients, including asylum seekers and victims of trafficking, seeking adequate accommodation and support from the Home Office or Local Authorities. She is experienced in bringing complex claims relating to the overlap between migrant support, community care and international trafficking law to obtain successful outcomes for her clients and regularly goes on to bring successful damages claims for her clients.

Lorna also brings discrimination claims under the Equality Act to challenge unlawful practices by the Government and private organisations and to claim compensation, she regularly represents clients who have experienced discrimination on the basis of their disability, sexual orientation and race.

Lorna has been bringing public law challenges against the Home Office for unlawful detention for both EU and non-EU nationals since 2012 and continues to represent client in claims for false imprisonment for unlawful detention.

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 is an advocate representing individuals at the First-tier Tribunal (Asylum Support) who are appealing Home Office decisions to discontinue or refuse their support. Lorna is also a supervisor for the firms’ PAP Project  assisting NGOs with challenging Government decisions.

Lorna has an MA in Law from Bristol University, where she also volunteered for the Innocence Network UK.