Jessica Smeaton International Human Rights Law
Jessica has experience in a breadth of areas touching on international human rights issues and is well placed to undertake cases involving an overlap between immigration, public and employment law. Her expertise covers representation in court, drafting of pleadings and submissions and advice on potential legal action. She has considerable experience in working with vulnerable clients through her pro bono work with victims of trafficking.
Jessica holds a European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice and Montpellier, where her research specialised in the rights of refugees in France and the UK. This EU-funded advanced master’s degree brings together human rights professionals from around the world and is aimed at preparing professionals to respond to the operational requirements of daily work in international organisations, field operations, governmental and non-government bodies, and academia.
Prior to joining the Bar Jessica worked in the pro bono department at Hogan Lovells LLP, advising and representing clients in a range of human rights-related matters. She managed the Hogan Lovells human trafficking work, providing legal support and representation to victims of human trafficking alongside charities such as Kalayaan and the Poppy Project. Jessica also managed the Body and Soul Legal Clinic together with solicitors from Wilson Solicitors, providing immigration advice to individuals and families affected by HIV. Jessica continues to undertake pro bono work in these areas.
Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association
Bar Human Rights Committee
D (a child) v Bury BC: judicial review of decision to refuse support under the Children Act
K v SSHD (Administrative Court): judicial review of a decision arising out of the actions of immigration officers during an enforcement visit
AA v Z (EAT): - appeal concerning the correct approach to the interpretation of section 6(1) of the Equality Act 2010 (definition of disability)
R v B (ET): employment tribunal hearing concerning the question of whether a heterosexual, Catholic employee can be harassed because of his sexual orientation by being subjected to ‘gay’ taunts