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Vicky Fewkes is the Law Centre’s housing solicitor and supervisor. Vicky has a wide range of experience in all aspects of homelessness law including reviews of negative decisions made by Councils, appeals in the County Court and obtaining interim accommodation for clients through judicial review.  Vicky also has substantial experience defending possession proceedings including anti social behaviour claims, defences under the Equality Act 2010, public law defences, representing clients on the County Court duty scheme and bringing counterclaims for disrepair. Vicky has also acted for tenants who have been unlawfully evicted and has successfully obtained injunctions for re-entry to the property.

Vicky trained at a leading legal aid firm in London and qualified as a Solicitor in 2010. Prior to qualifying as a solicitor Vicky worked as a researcher and caseworker to a MP in Westminster and as an intern in the European Parliament.

Vicky is particularly interested in helping to maintain tenancies for vulnerable clients and receives a wide range of referrals. Vicky is committed to providing excellent representation and quality advice to those at risk of losing their homes. Vicky has experience of delivering training on housing law for local groups and charities.

Vicky is a committee member of the Junior Housing Law Practitioners Association Group and has experience in responding to Government consultations on all aspects of Legal Aid policy. Vicky is a former committee member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers and helped to set up the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid in 2009.

Katie White

Katie White is a housing solicitor at the law centre and has practised in both England and Wales since qualifying in 2011.

Katie undertook her training contract at a private firm in Hampshire specialising in legal aid funded work,  prior to working at a Law Centre in South West England where in addition to housing issues, she also assisted clients with community care matters. Most recently, Katie worked at a large firm in Cardiff where she advised Registered Social Landlords. Katie has experience in advising on a wide range of housing issues including possession proceedings, unlawful eviction, homelessness and injunctions under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. Katie also has extensive advocacy experience in the county court.

Katie has frequently represented vulnerable clients and  is committed to ensuring access to justice for all.

Toni Charles

Our immigration and nationality solicitor, Toni Charles, is an accredited IAAS Level 2 Supervisor under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme (IAAS), and was listed in the 2013 and 2014 London editions of Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers Magazine. Toni has worked in the field of immigration, asylum and human rights for the past 15 years and has worked in private firms and not-for-profit organisations. Over the years, Toni has assisted many vulnerable adults and children, as well as victims of torture and detained clients. She plans to develop her work in asylum and human rights law, and to continue working with vulnerable individuals, as the law centre expands its areas of practice in these fields.

Alison Plaku

Alison is our Administrator and Volunteer Manager.

Her role is to provide administrative support to the law centre as well as recruiting  and managing volunteers. She helps ensure that our services are delivered to the highest standard.

Alison is responsible for induction of new staff, maintaining HR records, ensuring accurate recording of client data, contributing to  Quality Assurance procedures, managing finances and maintaining records.

Alison is often the first point of contact for those seeking advice from the law centre. Alison enjoys helping others in their time of crisis and this is what inspired her to work within the advice sector.

If you would like more information about volunteering for the law centre please email her at adminvol@ealinglaw.org.uk

Sophia Ho

Sophia is currently undertaking her placement year from Brunal University as a legal assistant at the Law Centre.

Nesar Khan

Nesar joined the Law Centre in January 2016 after graduating with a law degree from the University of Kent in 2015. His decision to study law was strongly influenced by his desire to help vulnerable individuals, which volunteering at the law centre gave him the opportunity to do. Nesar will work as a Crisis Navigator as part of the Help Through Crisis project funded by the Big Lottery Fund. As a Crisis Navigator, Nesar will work with various organisations to ensure that individuals in crisis receive the support and assistance they require in order for them to get back on their feet and regain control of their lives.