Year of call: 1997 - Joint Head of Chambers
Jacqueline was called to the Bar in 1997. She initially had a common law practice, principally in the areas of civil, crime, immigration, and prosecutions for the Crown Prosecutions Service and Department for Work and Pensions. She now specialises in immigration, asylum & human rights. She is experienced in the areas of asylum, Articles 2, 3 & 8 of the ECHR, EEA Law, deception, deportation, marriages of convenience (sham marriages), PBS and TOEIC appeals. She also appears in Children Act matters in the Family Courts. She is joint head of chambers and a pupil supervisor.
In 2005 she was seconded to the Crown Prosecutions Service (CPS) as a Senior Crown Prosecutor where she was responsible for providing advice to police on possible charging, determining evidence requirements, reviewing files, and conducting trials in court. In 2007 she was seconded to the Treasury Solicitor’s Office (TSOL), London, where she was responsible for the conduct of allocated immigration judicial review casework on behalf of the Home Office Immigration and Nationality Directorate. She then worked as part of the Judicial review team based at the Home Office Immigration and Nationality Directorate tasked with dealing with expedited cases. Very high caseload, fast turnover of cases. In 2008 she was seconded to the Department for Work and Pensions as a Senior Prosecutor where she was a key player in a team of five lawyers and 25 support staff who were responsible for the conduct of prosecutions that were mainly related to benefit fraud. In 2016 she was seconded to the Home Office as a Presenting Officer (Advocate) in the Immigration & Asylum Chamber. In May 2018 she was seconded to the Home Office to conduct reviews of immigration and asylum appeals and advise whether it was appropriate for the appeals to be resisted.
Jacqueline has given lectures on the Legal Network Television for the College of Law.
Jacqueline is public access qualified. She holds rights of audience in all courts in England & Wales.
Jacqueline qualified as a civil and commercial mediator with the Society of Mediators, London, in May 2019. She now volunteers with the Society of Mediators Free Mediation Project providing free mediations to litigants at the Royal Courts of Justice.
She is a member of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association, and Society of Mediators.