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Sean Canning

Sean Canning

Director

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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Derek Bernardi

Derek Bernardi

Housing Solicitor And Supervisor

Derek joined CCLC in June 2017. He is a Housing Solicitor who also practises in public law. Derek studied Culinary Arts and Food Service Management at the Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island in the United States. Derek then moved to the UK in 2011 to undertake a Graduate Diploma in Law and then the Legal Practice Course at the City Law School.

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After completing his legal studies, Derek began volunteering with a small private practice firm in Watford working on mainly housing cases focusing on homelessness, possession, judicial review. He then became a paralegal before undertaking his training contract with the firm and qualifying in November 2016. Derek also became a Solicitor Advocate in April 2017. Derek developed a particular expertise in challenging local authority decisions not to accept a homelessness duty.

At CCLC, Derek is responsible for overseeing the work of CCLC’s housing team and ensuring that the Centre complies with its regulatory requirements. In his spare time, Derek enjoys cooking, travelling (he particularly enjoyed visiting China) and is a virtuoso salsa dancer.

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Sandeep Grewal

Sandeep Grewal

Trainee Solicitor

Sandeep joined CCLC in June 2018 as a Trainee Solicitor. She had previously worked as a paralegal at Greenwich Housing Rights where she specialised in possession proceedings and representing clients in the county court. Sandeep also worked on ‘succession’ matters and emergency eviction applications.

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Alongside housing law, Sandeep has gained experience in other legal areas including commercial property and litigation, conveyancing, family and crime. Prior to embarking on her full-time career in law, Sandeep volunteered with Plumstead Community Law Centre for two years assisting its immigration, employment, welfare benefits, and housing law solicitors and caseworkers. Sandeep also volunteered with Amnesty International’s Speakers Programme. At Amnesty, Sandeep conducted research on human rights topics, advised on educational resources and assisted the wider human rights team. Such was the quality of Sandeep’s work on ‘individuals at risk’ that it was published on Amnesty’s website.

Sandeep studied for her law degree at The University of Essex where she was awarded The Palgrave Law Prize for the Best Overall Performance by a family law student. She then studied on The Legal Practice Course at The University of Law. Her electives included employment law, commercial dispute resolution, and family law. Outside of work, Sandeep is a keen photographer and traveller. Countries she’s visited have included Fiji, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand – where she went bungy jumping and skydiving! Sandeep also plays the guitar to Grade 5 level and is fluent in Punjabi.

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Trang Nguyen

Trang Nguyen

Trainee Solicitor

Trang came to CCLC in July 2017 after spending 6 months at Hackney Community Law Centre as an intern/paralegal where she worked on housing and homelessness cases and also represented clients in the First Tier Social Security Tribunal. Trang studied law at the University of Durham before undertaking her Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School. Trang then volunteered with the Legal Advice Centre in Bow as a paralegal. In her spare time, Trang is mum to an energetic 3-year-old. She also loves to travel and is a keen runner. She particularly enjoys running along the Greenwich Peninsula area of London.
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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Daniel Godfrey

Daniel Godfrey

Employment Caseworker

Daniel joined CCLC in August 2018 as an Employment Caseworker/Supervisor. Daniel is responsible for overseeing the work of CCLC's employment caseworkers and volunteers, delivering training and ensuring quality standards are adhered to. Daniel studied law at Cardiff University, having previously completed his BA and MA at the University of Nottingham and lectured in English and American Literature at Beijing City University.

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Following his conversion to law, Daniel spent some time working as a paralegal with Eversheds and Pinsent Masons before taking up a team coordinator role in Leigh Day’s employment department in 2015. He began volunteering with the Free Representation Unit on employment and social security tribunal cases, and in September 2016 he took over the casework function at Bradical Employment Rights. In September 2017, he began working for a trade union (Prospect) as an employment law helpdesk adviser and has experience as an accredited trade union representative. Daniel is fluent in Welsh and in his spare time can be found at karaoke nights around North London.

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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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