Clara is an Education and Children’s Rights Paralegal, based in our London office. She joined Simpson Millar in August 2022 and supports our Education Law team, particularly focusing on helping parents appeal school exclusions and assisting with judicial reviews (challenging the lawfulness of decisions made by public bodies). Many of the cases that Clara works on involve challenging discriminatory treatment of children, so that young people can access the provision and support they deserve in school.
Before joining Simpson Millar, Clara worked as a Volunteer Paralegal for The National Community Law Project. This is an initiative which helps improve access to justice for people with low income. During this time, Clara encountered Education Law first-hand and was inspired to continue to pursue this further at Simpson Millar to make a difference in the lives of families and children.
Whilst at university, Clara also volunteered with Slipstream Education, which is a UK-wide mentorship scheme which helps students from underrepresented backgrounds make applications to top universities. She also volunteered for Turl Street Homeless Action, a student-run charity, where she worked night shifts to supply food and hot drinks to the homeless community in Oxford, while providing company and support with housing where needed.
Clara graduated in 2021 with a BA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford. She aspires to qualify as a solicitor, with an interest in continuing to work in public law.
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