Miranda Grell

Call: 2014

Practice areas

Education

  • BA (Hons) European Studies with Spanish (University of Manchester) – First Class
  • MSc International Employment Relations (London School of Economics and Political Science) – Merit
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (City Law School)
  • Bar Professional Training Course (City Law School) – Very Competent

Background

Miranda Grell is undertaking a mixed common law pupillage under the supervision of Ian Beeby. She will be able to accept instructions in all of Chambers’ areas of practice from 17 October 2018.

Crime

Miranda gained extensive criminal law experience as a criminal paralegal at the children’s legal charity Just for Kids Law (JFKL). At JFKL, Miranda prepared witness statements, reviewed unused evidence, carried out file reviews, liaised with the Crown Prosecution Service as to disclosure and assisted with the preparation of judicial review bundles. Miranda also assisted with strategic litigation and visited clients on remand at Feltham Young Offenders Institute. Miranda is particularly interested in representing young defendants as a result as of her experiences at JFKL.

Civil

Housing

Miranda gained a solid grounding in landlord and tenant law as a result of working at the Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC). At HCLC, Miranda gave housing law advice at a weekly pop-up legal clinic where she advised on possession, homelessness, evictions, deposits, harassment and disrepair matters.

Social Security

Miranda advised disabled clients of the HCLC on their entitlement to and the merits of their claims for disability benefits. She successfully represented many of the claimants at their Employment and Support Allowance, Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment appeals in the First Tier Social Security Tribunal. Miranda also represented welfare benefits claimants more generally at Working Tax Credit, Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit appeals. She particularly enjoyed taking cases involving the 2006 EEA regulations.

Employment

Following a traineeship at the European Commission in Brussels where she worked as a trainee speechwriter to the European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Miranda became a Senior Policy Advisor at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas). At Acas, Miranda gained hands-on experience of successfully utilising alternative dispute resolution methods in high-level negotiation and collective and individual mediation sessions.

Immigration

As a legal intern at the Hackney Community Law Centre, Miranda worked on asylum, immigration and nationality cases under the supervision of Hilton von Herbert, winner of the 2013 Immigration Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award. Many of the cases Miranda worked on had a human rights dimension involving Articles 3 and 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights. Miranda also assisted immigration lawyers at weekly outreach sessions for destitute asylum seekers. She gained invaluable experience of successfully challenging local authority decisions to refuse support for children in need and their families under sections 17 and 20 of the 1989 Children Act.

Publications

Courts back access to law’ (analysis of R (UNISON) v Lord Chancellor) – Labour Briefing – 2017

The decimation of legal aid – why should you care?’ – Media Diversified – 2016

Supreme Court overturns the law on joint enterprise’ – The Justice Gap – 2016

Putting judicial review to the test’ – Lexis Nexis PSL – 2016

Has consultation’s time come?’ – Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) – 2005

Labour migration to the UK’ – Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr) – 2004

EU Enlargement and Labour Migration’ – Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr) – 2004

Awards

  • LawWorks Pro Bono Award for ‘Most Effective Pro Bono Partnership’ – (Haringey Law Centre) (2017)
  • Law Centres Network ‘Reita Clarke Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement’ (2014)
  • Halsbury Legal Award – ‘Pro Bono Team of the Year’ – (Hackney Community Law Centre) (2013)
  • Law Society Excellence Award for ‘Excellence in Innovation’ (Hackney Community Law Centre) (Finalist) (2012)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science ‘Graduate Merit Award’ (2002)

Memberships

  • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Association of Women Barristers
  • Criminal Bar Association

Languages

  • Spanish – Fluent
  • German – Fluent
  • French – Good Working Knowledge

Interests

Miranda loves the arts. She has played the cello, piano and steel pans since childhood and now sings (alto) with the Leytonstone Chorale. Miranda is a commissioning editor and writer for The Justice Gap and a contributor to Legal Voice. In 2008, Miranda volunteered with Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign in London and Florida as a legal observer, phone bank captain and campaign organiser.

Miranda Grell
10 King's Bench Walk
Temple
London EC4Y 7EB
(t) +44 (0)20 7353 7742
(f) +44 (0)20 7583 0579
(DX) 24 LDE

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