Public Law Solicitor
Serena joined Simpson Millar in 2014 and has over six years’ experience in the legal profession.
She specialises in bringing judicial review challenges to central and local government on behalf of vulnerable individuals.
Serena has a particular interest in representing children. She has successfully represented disabled children in discrimination claims against schools, obtained section 20 accommodation and specialist support services for children in need without the need for Court proceedings, secured education for children out of school in judicial review claims against local authorities, and obtained the provision of specialist support and residential placements in SEND Tribunal appeals. Serena has also successfully represented asylum seeking children and adults in family reunification claims against the Home Office.
In addition to public law challenges, Serena has successfully represented two brothers in a private Human Rights Act damages claim, securing a generous financial settlement for two children who had been left without access to education for a period of over a year.
Serena studied Classics at Cambridge University before doing a Master’s at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, following which she worked in international development with international charities for a few years prior to her conversion to law. She has also interned at EuroJust and the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Interests outside of work
Serena enjoys getting off the beaten track, be it hiking in the UK or trekking and mountain biking abroad, Ashtanga yoga, swimming, cooking for friends and family, playing the piano and learning foreign languages.