Nkiru Okafor

Nkiru Okafor

Background

Nkiru is a solicitor in our London Office who joined the firm in July 2022.

Previously, Nkiru worked for 8 years at Wilson Solicitors where she qualified in 2018. Prior to this she worked in the charity sector. She specialises in public and private law challenges against public authorities, in particular, the Home Office, social services and the police.

Expertise

Nkiru is experienced in acting for Claimants in compensation claims against public authorities both through the Courts and through government schemes for compensation. She has been instructed in claims arising from, for example: false imprisonment; breaches of duties owed to trafficked persons; conversion (where the state has unlawfully retained, destroyed or lost possessions); physical and psychiatric injuries caused by the state; the Windrush scandal; unlawful searches, including at the border by UK Border Force; and discrimination.

Nkiru has also acted in a range of judicial review challenges including those relating to: unlawful detention; age disputes; failures to identify and protect trafficked persons; police failures to investigate; and unlawful immigration decisions.

Nkiru speaks conversational French, is an accredited Level 2 Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme, and in 2021 was shortlisted as a finalist in the Public Law category of the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards (LALYs).

Reported Cases

Louis v The Home Office [2021] EWHC 288 (QB) (false imprisonment claim against the Home Office of a care leaver from DRC detained in excess of 4 years). See article – Independent