Lois Clifton

Public Law Solicitor

Lois is a member of our Public Law team, and works across several areas including Community Care and Claims Against Public Authorities. She specialises in bringing judicial review challenges to central and local government on behalf of young people and adults, particularly victims of trafficking and young people who have experienced the care system.

She is experienced in bringing judicial reviews challenging local authority decisions to deny support or accommodation to children in need and care leavers.

Career

Lois joined the Public Law team at Simpson Millar in 2016 as a Paralegal, and was promoted to Trainee Solicitor in October 2018 before qualifying as a solicitor in October 2020.

She graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc degree in Government, following which she studied Law at the University of Westminster. Lois completed her training contract at Simpson Millar in 2020, qualifying into the Public Law department.

In one notable case, Lois was part of the legal team acting for the Claimant, AB, in a successful judicial review challenge against London Borough of Ealing. The Claimant was a young woman who had approached social services for accommodation and support at the age of 17.

However, social services refused to accommodate her (on the basis of an unlawful assessment), and insisted she should return home. Upon turning 18, AB asked Ealing to exercise its discretion and give her some support, but Ealing refused and the matter proceeded to judicial review. The judicial review was successful, with the Court quashing the decision and ordering Ealing to reconsider. Ealing later confirmed that they would offer support to AB as they would for a former relevant child.

Interests outside of work

Lois has volunteered with the Brook “Education for Choice” project and campaigned alongside UK solidarity groups supporting Spanish, Polish and Irish women in their fight for access to safe and legal abortions.

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