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Sean Canning

Sean Canning

Director & Solicitor

Sean started his career working in the social housing movement where he began work as a housing worker before becoming Director of An Teach Irish Housing Association, an organisation which specialises in working with young, single homeless people in Haringey. Sean has worked in the Law Centre movement for the last ten years as Director of the North Kensington Law Centre and now Hackney and Camden Law Centre’s. He has extensive experience of fundraising, managing legal aid contracts and developing volunteer programmes.

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Sean was instrumental in setting up the Advice Now project in Kensington and Chelsea – a collaborative £500,000 project funded by the Big Lottery Fund to offer a wider range of all types of advice services.

Sean has been Treasurer of the Law Centres Network for three years (2007-2010) and has served as a member of the Law Centres Network Executive Committee for several years. He is a school governor.

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Trang Nguyen

Trang Nguyen

Solicitor

Trang joined the team at Camden Community Law Centre in July 2017, initially as a caseworker. Following the completion of her Training Contract, Trang qualified as a Solicitor in January 2020 and chose Housing Law as her core practice area. Trang has gained significant experience in assisting clients with homeless applications, advising on disrepair issues, and defending possession proceedings against private and social tenants. She has particular interest in appeals to the County Court and judicial review proceedings. In her spare time, Trang is mum to two energetic boys. She also loves to travel and is a keen gardener.
Ruth Oloya

Ruth Oloya

Welfare Benefits

Ruth is CCLC’s Welfare Benefits supervisor. Ruth first started working at CCLC in September 2014 as a welfare benefits caseworker. She then worked at Plumsted Law Centre before returning to Camden in May 2017 as Welfare Benefits supervisor. As a supervisor, Ruth is responsible for overseeing the work of CCLC's welfare benefits caseworkers and 4 volunteers, delivering training, ensuring quality standards are adhered to and managing volunteers.

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Ruth studied for a BA Hons undergraduate degree in Education at Makere University in Kampala, Uganda. She then taught English Literature and History in a secondary school in the city. Ruth began volunteering with a number of organisations including the Refugee Council and Citizens Advice Bureau. She then got a job with the CAB as an admin assistant and trained to become an advice worker with the CAB. At CCLC, Ruth has developed a specialism in ‘right to reside’ cases involving EEA and EU nationals. In her spare time, Ruth is a keen gardener, enjoys long distance walking and reading crime thrillers.

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Joanna Sherman

Joanna Sherman

Immigration & Public Law Solicitor & Supervisor

Joanna joined CCLC in 2018 as a Public Law and Immigration solicitor. Her experience in this field spans a wide range of areas including, among others: challenging nationality and age disputes, appealing against the refusal of refugee status, seeking damages for unlawfully detained clients and representing victims of trafficking. Joanna is also an experienced advocate and has appeared for clients in the First and Upper Tier Tribunals of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber.

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Joanna is dedicated to ensuring her clients are guided through the immigration and public law procedures they face with all the information they need to make informed choices. Her aim in every case is for her clients to feel supported from beginning to end of their matter. Joanna has been accredited to Level 2 of the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme since 2014 and qualified as a solicitor in 2017. Prior to converting to law, Joanna completed her MA in French at the University of Oxford. On the weekends Joanna can often be found volunteering for The Diamond Centre in Carshalton and/or walking a vivacious boxer puppy.

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Marcin Brajta

Marcin Brajta

Housing Solicitor And Supervisor

Marcin recently joined the organisation in May 2022 having previously worked at Hackney Community Law Centre.

He qualified as a solicitor in February 2020. Marcin previously worked for Stirling Citizens Advice as their Income Maximisation and Debt Caseworker. He also worked on housing, employment and immigration cases, acting as a trainer on immigration law and welfare benefits to all new trainee advisors. Marcin also used to work as a court approved interpreter providing Polish-English translation in courts, police stations and hospitals. He gained a diploma in Public Service Interpreting in 2012.

Marcin originally comes from Poland, Marcin speaks Russian to a high level and he also has a good working knowledge of Spanish. In his spare time, Marcin enjoys playing the guitar. He was the bass player in a number of bands in Stirling and Glasgow. He is a keen cyclist and has cycled around many of Scotland’s islands in the Inner and Outer Hebrides.
Oscar Leyens

Oscar Leyens

Housing Paralegal

Oscar joined CCLC in January 2022, after working at Simspon Millar LLP in their Human Rights and Judicial Review Team, where he gained experience challenging the suitability of asylum accommodation and pursuing civil claims against public authorities. At CCLC, he runs a caseload of homelessness, possession and disrepair matters. He has a particular interest at the intersection of housing and immigration law.

Before pursuing a career in law, Oscar obtained an MA from the University of Edinburgh in Philosophy, worked as a baker and volunteered as a caseworker at The Unity Project, where he helped migrants gain access to public funds.

When not working or completing his legal studies, Oscar is a keen guitarist and loves playing music with friends, watching movies and eating beigels.