Suella Fernandes - Public Law
Suella has wide-ranging experience in advising and litigating on behalf of claimants, defendants and interested parties in a variety of public law cases relating to: planning and environmental law; general local authority powers; immigration; personal injury; and prison law.
In 2010, Suella was appointed to the Regional Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown and is regularly instructed by the Treasury Solicitor. She has advised and represented several government departments including the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Transport in:
- judicial reviews, in the Administrative Court, of removal directions, refusals to grant indefinte leave to remain etc under the Immigration Acts;
- claims relating to unlawful detention and the Human Rights Act 1998
- personal injury claims against government departments by employees and visitors
- defending the Ministry of Justice in claims brought by inmates of HMP
Suella has experience in government work involving a national security element (she holds DV clearance). She has spent considerable time involved in complex disclosure exercises in Government litigation, including the “Guantanamo Bay” litigation.
Suella often advises local authorities on general powers and on matters relating to Freedom of Information, complaints to the Local Government Ombudsman.
In 2010, Suella co-founded Africa Justice Foundation, an international development charity working to build stronger legal systems in Africa.
Call (Middle Temple) 2005
Winner, Pegasus Scholarship, 2010
New York Bar, 2006
LLM, Universite de Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne, 2003
MA(Hons), Law, University of Cambridge, 2002
Chancery Bar Association
Planning and Environment Bar Association
Former Member of various Bar Council Committees