Fiona Couzens

Public Law Associate Solicitor

Career

Fiona joined Simpson Millar in March 2015 in the Public Law team, having gained her Law degree from King’s College, Cambridge. She later completed a Legal Practice course (LPC) at Manchester Metropolitan University.

After leaving in December 2016 to spend time working on legal cases for refugee children in Europe wishing to join family members in the UK, she returned to Simpson Millar in June 2017 and was made an associate in September 2018.

In this role, Fiona brings challenges to central and local government, by way of Judicial Review and private law claims, mostly in relation to individuals from abroad and in particular for victims of human trafficking. 

Her legal practice is wide-ranging and she can provide legal assistance to clients across a broad spectrum of areas e.g. judicial reviews in relation to immigration detention, in relation to Home Office decisions such as refusals of leave to remain and negative conclusive grounds decisions, in relation to accommodation and support issues both in relation to social services and the Home Office, and in relation to Education Law cases (particularly refusals of student finance). She also works on claims for damages associated with any of the actions above.

Fiona has built up a particular expertise working with adult victims of trafficking from within the European Economic Area who often fall through various gaps in support because of the complex nature of their entitlement to various types of accommodation and support.

Fiona is a member of ATLeP, the Anti-Trafficking Legal Project and the Immigration Law Practitioners Association’s Housing and Immigration Group. She has written articles for Legal Action magazine.

Interests outside of work

Fiona is currently learning Spanish and Portuguese, and loves cooking and eating Iberian food.  She volunteers on the Asylum Support Appeals Project Duty Scheme where she represents destitute asylum seekers in the first tier tribunal.

Awards

She was nominated in 2018 for a Marsh Award for outstanding contribution to the fight against modern slavery. She was nominated in the ‘enabling and supporting survivors’ rights and entitlements’ category for her work enabling victims of human trafficking to access appropriate accommodation and support.

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