Siân is the only one of our advisers to have worked with Asylum Justice in both its forms, she* started volunteering with us in 2009 in Swansea while studying for her LPC at Swansea University and has been involved in some way ever since.
Siân holds the OISC Level 3 Accreditation to advise on both Asylum and Immigration matters. She is also an accredited Supervising Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation scheme and qualified as a solicitor in 2013. During her career, Siân has worked across the South West and South Wales in both Legal Aid and Not For Profit Sectors. As well as a First Class Honours in Law (Aberystwyth), she holds a BA in Politics with International Studies (Warwick) and an MSc in Childhood and Youth Studies (Cardiff).
Siân is known for her specialism in working with Children and Young People, and is passionate about child-centred legal practice. Before returning to practice full time in Wales led the BBC Children in Need funded Children’s Immigration Project based at Bristol Law Centre. She is regularly called upon to speak regarding practice relating to Children and Young People for such organisations as Welsh Government, Bristol University, Welsh Local Authorities and Young Legal Aid Lawyers. She has also written an article for Free Movement considering the interaction between Welsh Social Care Law and Children in the Asylum System.
In September 2022 Siân will embark upon a PhD at Exeter University, considering the lawyer/client relationship as it relates to children claiming asylum in their own right. In her spare time she enjoys Blues dancing, crochet and runs a regular Dungeons and Dragons game.
*Siân uses both ‘she/her’ and ‘they/them’ pronouns