Appointments to the Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel

14 Jun 2024

One Pump Court is delighted to announce that Victoria Laughton, Stephen Knight, Eleri Griffiths, Hannah Webb and Imogen Mellor have been appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (‘EHRC’) Counsel Panel. The panel constitutes the EHRC’s list of preferred suppliers of legal services. Panel member provides advice and representation to support the EHRC’s legal and enforcement work in British and European courts.  More information about the EHRC is here.

Victoria Laughton

Victoria is a well-established practitioner who specialises in immigration, human rights and public law. She is recommended as a Leading Junior in the directories for both Immigration and Civil Liberties and Human Rights and has particular expertise in civil actions against public bodies, often involving an Equality Act or Modern Slavery element.

Stephen Knight

Stephen’s work focuses on holding the state to account through various legal means, in immigration, public, and criminal law. His work in the equality and human rights field includes extensive work for victims of trafficking and challenging state policies regarding the detention and deportation of migrants.

Eleri Griffiths

Eleri specialises in immigration and housing law and acts in cases across the spectrum of both fields in private and public law matters. She often acts on behalf of disabled and vulnerable parties. She has recently appeared in the Court of Appeal led by David Chirico in AEB V SSHD [2022] EWCA Civ  1512  on the importance of a right to a fair hearing at all levels in the immigration appeals framework and the correct approach to multiple children being impacted by a parent’s deportation within an Article 8 ECHR assessment. She has also represented an Appellant in Court of Appeal litigation regarding an unsafe finding that a disabled former Care leaver’s conviction necessarily meant he was bound to be intentionally homeless. She is ranked in the Chambers and Partners Social Housing list.

Hannah Webb

Hannah has particular specialism in Article 10 and 11 rights to protest, and Article 6 right to a fair trial, including for young or otherwise vulnerable clients. She defends protesters in criminal trials and advises clients about other state interferences into democratic rights. Hannah is instructed as junior counsel for a spied-on core participant in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

Imogen Mellor

Imogen is a family and immigration practitioner, who further accepts instructions in Public Law and International Human Rights.

Imogen has a particular specialism in honour-based abuse and child abuse linked to faith and belief.  She recently was added to the Metropolitan Police Force’s Counsel List. She also specialises in cases concerning clients with severe learning difficulties, mental health conditions and victims of domestic abuse. She is highly adept at dealing with complex cases involving vulnerable clients and their needs.

Imogen is also an associate lecturer at Goldsmith’s University teaching Media Law and Ethics. She is particularly interested in privacy issues.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Imogen was a scholar working at the European Court of Human Rights. She continues to utilise her first-hand experience of work at the Court to inform her own cases.

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