When did you intern at BIHR? 

I interned at BIHR in the summer of 2016. 

What were you doing before your BIHR internship? 

I initially completed BA and MA degrees in English Literature and then worked as an academic administrator for 3 years before deciding to re-train in law. I interned at the BIHR while studying a Senior Status LLB at QMUL.

What did you do during your BIHR internship?

During my internship year, BIHR had been contracted to coordinate the voluntary sector response to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of the United Kingdom. I worked on collecting submissions from an enormous range of NGOs, organisations and community groups working across the UK in all areas of domestic human rights. I then assisted in consolidating these into short thematic briefings which informed BIHR's coordinated response to the UN. It was an excellent way of gaining familiarity quickly with a wide range of human rights issues, and learning who key public sector / voluntary organisations were. I also learned a lot about researching government policy.

What did you do after your BIHR internship?

I am currently a pupil barrister. My pupillage will end at the end of September 2019; at the moment I am tremendously busy working on a combination of my own cases, work for my supervisor, and assessments for tenancy. BIHR has had a big influence on my decision to try and develop a practice in mental health law and Court of Protection work. I was lucky enough to get another opportunity to work with BIHR after I finished at Queen Mary, during my BPTC, when I had a role as a part-time associate. I did a lot of policy work on the ongoing reforms of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act. I recently found myself making arguments about the importance of promoting autonomy in health care in deprivation of liberty proceedings in front of a High Court judge: the perspective I was able to take would not have been possible without the work I did at BIHR, both in my time as an intern and afterwards.