DLA Piper associate wins pro bono award for asylum work

A DLA Piper lawyer has won LawWorks’ award for the best pro bono contribution by an individual in its annual ceremony.

Leeds-based Jennifer Deakin is DLA’s lead contact with the Manuel Bravo Project, a charity which provides free assistance to asylum seekers.

Deakin, a commercial solicitor, has worked pro bono for the charity since 2008. Among several cases undertaken in the past year, she successfully represented a female asylum seeker who had undergone FGM in a West African country in her appeal to the Immigration Tribunal against the original decision to grant her refugee status.

DLA Piper was also handed the award for best contribution by an international Firm, for the 26,000 hours of pro bono assistance donated by its lawyers in the past year.

Another winner was Allen & Overy associate Maeve Hanna, who won the Junior Lawyer’s Division pro bono award. Hanna works for free for several different organisations including the Toynbee Hall free legal advice clinic and the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau. She has also worked on three matters for Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) this year, including a Supreme Court challenge to the application of policy in the context of a detainee with mental health issues.

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