Christina is currently seconded to the Legal Department of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets as a Senior Adult Social Care/Safeguarding Lawyer.
This is a part-time role (3 days/week) - Christina is still taking on instructions through Chambers, and is continuing to look after her long running cases.
Her work at the Council is varied, including section 21A challenges under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, DoLS, ordinary residence disputes, Children's Social Services and Safeguarding, NRPF, Care Act 2014 obligations and inherent jurisdiction.
Legal practice experience
Christina is able to provide clear, accessible advice and representation to professional clients and individuals who wish to instruct her without a solicitor (i.e., on a public access basis).
Christina has a legal practice encompassing in particular the following areas:
1. Health & Social Care Law and Court of Protection work: advisory work and representation
2. Planning and Environmental Law: inquiries, enforcement appeals and advisory work
3. Public Law & Judicial Review: drafting and advisory work
4. Housing Law (with a focus on HMOs, selective licensing and penalties under the Housing Act 2004 and Housing and Planning Act 2016): advisory work and representation, including in possession proceedings
5. Anti-social behaviour (with a focus on injunctions, closure orders, and the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 more generally): advisory work and representation
6. Data Protection/Information Law: drafting (pleadings, online privacy notices etc.) and advisory work
During her pupillage, Christina benefitted from the supervision of Estelle Dehon, Philip Coppel QC and Dean Underwood, principally in the areas of planning and environmental Law, commercial law, freedom of information and data protection law, and housing law.
Christina is an accredited mediator, having trained with the Society of Mediators (2020, 40 hours qualification).
She can be instructed as a mediator and is also available to represent clients at mediations.
Academic background & publications
Christina was called to the Bar by Middle Temple as a Queen Mother Scholar (BPTC) and Jules Thorn Scholar (GDL). Having previously obtained a distinction at the University of Oxford (MJur, ranked second in year), she holds a PhD in Constitutional Law from the University College London (UCL), which she was awarded without corrections.
She has held a position as Teaching Fellow in Public Law at University College London (UCL), and is currently a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Law.
Her academic work on public law and common law constitutional rights in particular has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, and she has presented her research at academic conferences, including in the UK, Hong Kong, Dublin, and Australia.
Her book Shaped by the Nuanced Constitution: A Critique of Common Law Constitutional Rights is due to be published by Hart Publishing in 2022.
Christina is also the contributor of three titles of Lexis Nexis' Atkin's Court Forms, namely "Transfer and Consolidation", "Trespass to Goods and Conversion" and "Transport" (all forthcoming in 2021).
Pro bono & civic engagement
Christina is a member of the Muslim Lawyers Action Group (MLAG), where she chairs the Human Rights Projects Group.
Prior to taking up that role, Christina provided pro bono advice through the Brixton Advice Centre (BAC) (April 2020 - May 2021), an online legal advice clinic which was recently awarded the 2020 Law Works Award in the "Best Contribution by a Pro Bono Clinic" category.
She has also provided pro bono advice and representation through Advocate, and previously volunteered as a telephone advisor with Citizens Advice.
She welcomes pro bono enquiries by organisations, solicitors and individuals, in particular those concerned with human/constitutional rights, ethnic inequality/religious discrimination, and the environment.