Before coming to the Bar, Avril taught in the LLM programme at the Walther Schucking Institute for Public International Law. Avril has also gained extensive experience in the public law and human rights field working in human rights NGOs and legal advice centres in Germany, Bolivia, the Netherlands and the UK including the AIRE Centre where she advised on family reunification and the Citizenship Directive. Through this work Avril has developed the necessary skills for dealing with vulnerable clients particularly in the fields of LGBT, immigration and asylum, access to healthcare, discrimination and violence against women. Avril also has experience in strategic planning and policy from her work in the Irish Cabinet in the European Commission in Brussels.
Avril accepts instructions in relation to appeals to the First-Tier Tribunal against decisions to issue Education Health Care Plans, sections B, F and I, and matters of disability discrimination. Avril also accepts instructions in relation to representation for families at School Admissions and Exclusions Hearings.
Prison and Police Law
Under the supervision of Philip Rule, Avril has become familiar with the process of representing prisoners before parole boards and advising on the merits of challenging parole board decisions by way of judicial review. Avril provides representation for prisoners at hearings before Parole Boards and Independent Adjudicators accepts instructions in relation to false imprisonment claims against detaining bodies.
Court of Protection
Avril provides representation in both health and welfare and property and financial affairs matters. Under the supervision of Ian Brownhill she has gained a wealth of experience in complex section 16 cases and is able to draw on her knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983 from providing representation at Mental Health Tribunals, in cases involving on section 117.
Avril has been instructed at both inquests and pre-inquest reviews in relation to the provision of psychological and/or psychiatric care. During her pupillage she also gained experience in the intricacies of Article 2 and jury inquests.
Immigration and Asylum
Avril has secured bail from the First-Tier Tribunal for a number of immigration detainees. In approaching bail applications, Avril is able to draw on her experience in prison law in addressing courts and tribunals on issues of risk management, such as the interpretation of OASys reports.
During her pupillage Avril provided assistance to more senior members of Chambers such as Dr Chelvan, with a focus on LGBT and political asylum, as well as Country Guidance cases. Avril has a growing advisory practice with a particular interest in clients with mental health issues. She hopes to develop her practice across the full range of personal and business immigration law.
Public International Law
Avril is a PhD candidate and former research associate in Public International Law at the University of Amsterdam and the Walther Schucking Institute for International Law With this in mind, Avril hopes to accept instructions in her areas of specialisation namely the application of international law in domestic systems and customary international law human rights.
Avril is contactable out of hours and considers pro-bono instructions.
Avril speaks fluent Irish and German and has a working knowledge of French and Spanish.
LLB Law and German Trinity College Dublin
LLM Public International Law University of Amsterdam
MSc. European Integration and Development Vrije Universitat Brussels (Free University of Brussels)
PhD Candidate Walther Schucking Institute for Public International Law, Germany