We have 36 years’ experience between us of developing and implementing projects, legal services, legal education and research and policy work within the justice and human rights sector within Scotland and further afield.
Kirsty Thomson is a Partner/Director of JustRight Scotland responsible for its development as well as our legal practice and project work. Kirsty has an LLM in International Human Rights Law and 12 years’ experience in practice as a human rights lawyer within Scotland. During this time, she managed a specialist legal service within a national law centre where she developed a collaborative human rights based approach working in the area of women’s rights, children’s rights and asylum/immigration law.
Kirsty has experience of designing, implementing and managing innovative legal projects. She has worked with legal and non-legal partners at a national and international level in order to pilot and deliver legal services more effectively.
Kirsty is a member of various advisory and working groups in human rights law. She is a legal expert in human trafficking and has published best practice standards, training and written publications in this area. She co-convenes the Scottish Working Group of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association and is the Scottish member for the Strategic Litigation Fund expert panel.
Jen Ang is a Partner/Director of JustRight Scotland, responsible for its development as well as overseeing our research, training and outreach projects through JustRight for All. She is a human rights lawyer with over 12 years’ experience qualified to practice in Scotland, England and Wales, and New York State. Jen worked for 5 years in a national law centre in Scotland, where she led a specialist team providing legal advice and representation to asylum seeking and trafficked children and young people across Scotland. She is a legal expert on asylum, human rights and children’s rights, and on the rights of survivors of torture, and is regularly asked to speak, and contribute to research, policy and publications in these areas.
Jen is also an experienced lecturer in law and has been employed by the Open University for over 10 years, lecturing on Scots law and the law of England and Wales. She has acted as a consultant to third sector organisations seeking to widen the impact of their work by designing innovative training and promoting public legal education, including Islington Law Centre and the Asylum Support Appeals Project. She is an enthusiastic advocate of open education and widening access to education for all.
Sarah Crawford is a Senior Associate and heads our project JustRight for Refugee Women. She has an LLM in International Human Rights Law and has worked for almost 9 years at a national law centre, 7 years of which was with migrant and refugee women and children who have experienced gender-based violence. She has represented clients in a wide range of issues, including asylum, access to housing and support, human trafficking, FGM, forced marriage and compensation.
Sarah has been a member of a number of working groups in this area. She is an expert on the barriers facing migrant women affected by violence and in tackling these in a strategic manner. She won a strategic test case involving a refugee women who fled domestic violence and could not access the protection routes afforded to women fleeing from abusive British partners. This case reached the level of the Supreme Court and is of national significance in that it will lead to a change in immigration rules. Sarah collaborated with the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the UNHCR on this case.
Sarah is also an expert in the area of criminal injuries compensation for women who have been affected by violence. She has trained and published in this area as well as participating in national research and strategic casework.
Andy Sirel is an Associate and heads our project JustRight for Refugee Children. He has an LLM in International Human Rights Law and has been working in human rights law for over 7 years.
Andy spent two and a half years working in a national law centre, leading a project providing legal representation to migrant children and young people. He is experienced in working directly with unaccompanied asylum seeking children and child victims of trafficking, as well as previously accompanied migrant children in care. He has represented migrant children in the national asylum and trafficking identification procedures, the immigration and asylum tribunals, and in Judicial Reviews in the Court of Session. He is particularly interested in age assessment, access to education and ensuring that migrant children can access their rights and entitlements in local authority care. He currently sits on a Scottish Government Working Group on age assessment and Scotland’s children strategic legal group.
Prior to this, Andy worked as a Legal Officer at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, supervising the implementation of British, Irish and Cypriot judgments from the European Court of Human Rights. He also enjoys lecturing at the University of Glasgow, where he has taught European Human Rights Law for over 6 years.
Jennifer Dalziel is a Senior Associate who joined our team in October 2017. She is our specialist lawyer providing legal advice, information and representation to women through the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre.
Jennifer is a women’s rights expert with 9 years’ litigation experience. She qualified as a solicitor in August 2008, after having completed her traineeship with a global law firm. During her time there, Jennifer represented clients in a wide range of disputes such as judicial review, commercial property cases and complex insolvency issues. She also regularly provided pro-bono advice and assistance to both international charities and local projects.
Farida joined our team in April 2018 as a newly qualified solicitor. She works across several of our Scottish Refugee and Migrant Centre projects, with a focus on supporting our Migrant Destitution and Equalities work.
Farida completed her traineeship within a specialist legal service at a national law centre, working with women, children and young people in the areas of asylum, immigration and human rights law. Farida’s traineeship was supported by The Legal Education Foundation through the Justice First Fellowship scheme for aspiring social welfare lawyers.
Prior to her traineeship, Farida worked as a casework coordinator with British Red Cross Refugee Services for two and a half years. Farida has also previously worked for the University of Strathclyde as a tutor in Human Rights Law.