Silvia Nicolaou Garcia
Public Law Senior Associate Solicitor
Silvia joined Simpson Millar in August 2015, a little under two years after she qualified as a solicitor. She specialises in public law, human rights and community care cases and has a particular interest in assisting trafficked individuals, unaccompanied minors and vulnerable adults.
She is currently working on various legal challenges concerning access to remedies for trafficked individuals.
Silvia is featured in Chambers and Partners as an ‘associate to watch’ in the civil liberties and human rights category. Silvia has been praised for work on behalf of vulnerable children, particularly with regard to trafficking cases, and described as “creative, imaginative and thorough”. Silvia was also recommended by the Legal 500 2017 UK Edition for her work in civil liberties and human rights.
She is a regular contributor to the Legal Action magazine, and contributed a chapter on public law and community care in the 2020/2021 Legal Aid Handbook.
In 2019, Silvia completed a secondment with the Helen Bamber Foundation, where she was a Specialist Counter-Trafficking Legal Officer.
Silvia completed her training contract at Leigh Day’s International and Group Claims department, where she worked on cases brought against the UK Government for human rights abuses committed overseas. Silvia then moved to Deighton Pierce Glynn, working there for two years, including on cases concerning age disputed minors in detention, public and private law challenges on behalf of trafficked individuals and cases against British corporations in relation to human rights abuses committed in Colombia.
Before she began her training contract, she was a legal researcher at the Middle East Monitor, and worked and volunteered with a number of non-government organisations, including the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and the Prisoners’ Advice Service.
She was awarded a degree in English and European Law from Queen Mary University of London and Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas.
In 2017 Silvia was shortlisted for the Law Society Excellence Awards in the Junior Lawyer of the Year category. In 2018 she was shortlisted for the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award in the Children’s Rights category.