Sian has a diverse public law practice which encompasses a broad range of public law issues and cases. Sian acts for a wide range of Government departments and executive agencies.
Sian represented the Secretary of State for the Home Department in the lead claims for judicial review challenging removal of asylum seekers to Rwanda under the Migration and Economic Development Partnership. Sian was instructed from the pre-action stage, and appeared at multiple hearings, including various hearings of applications for interim relief in relation to the first flight on 14 June 2022, in the Court of Appeal, case management hearings and at the 5-day rolled-up hearing in September 2022. Judgment is awaited.
Sian is frequently instructed in cases involving human rights law. This includes claims for judicial review, and also damages claims brought under the Human Rights Act 1998.
Sian regularly advises on and acts in domestic cases involving the interpretation of international law, including the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. Sian specialises in cases involving human trafficking, and has acted and advised in a wide range of judicial review and private law damages claims within this area.
Since her appointment to the Attorney General’s Civil Panel of Counsel in March 2015, Sian has developed a busy and diverse immigration practice. Sian regularly appears in the High Court and Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) in both oral permission hearings and substantive judicial review hearings. Sian has increasing experience of appeals before the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber). Sian has also appeared in the Court of Appeal.
Sian has represented both claimants and defendants in a wide range of cases involving data protection and privacy issues, including misuse of private information, data protection and breach of confidence claims, and applications for anonymity.
Sian acts in a range of national security cases. She has been involved in case before the High Court, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC), and the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT). Sian has Developed Vetting Clearance.