Called to the Bar: 2001
Direct Public Access Accredited
Graduate Diploma in Law, City University, London
MA (Hons) Politics, Edinburgh University
Certificat d’Etudes Politiques, Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Grenoble, France
Jacinta has practised successfully as a barrister for over 10 years in both the domestic and international spheres. She has expertise in all aspects of immigration and nationality law, with a particular emphasis on human rights issues.
Jacinta has represented many clients before the Immigration and Asylum Chamber (First-Tier and Upper Tribunal) High Court and Court of Appeal in both immigration and Judicial review matters. Her practice includes spouse appeals (under EEA regulations and the Immigration Rules), bail applications, deportation and human rights appeals, asylum, entry clearance, and points based system applications and appeals, as well as those relating to EEA nationals and their family members. She has a particular interest in child welfare issues, and successfully judicially reviewed a refusal of leave to remain on the basis that the Home Secretary failed to treat the Article 8 rights of relevant children as a primary consideration.
Jacinta has extensive experience of advocacy and of drafting complex legal documents (including International genocide judgements).
Jacinta accepts instructions on a direct access basis from individuals and businesses, as well as from solicitors and OISC regulated representatives.
Jacinta previously worked as a constitutional and criminal law associate lecturer at the Open University.
Jacinta has extensive international human rights law experience. She worked for the United Nations at the Rwandan War Crimes Tribunal in Arusha, Tanzania, (both for an eminent judge and representing Dominique Ntawukulilyayo, a former mayor accused of genocide) as well as at the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She has also worked on numerous death penalty cases in Indonesia, the US and the Caribbean, including for the NGO Reprieve.
Jacinta was formerly a director of the human rights charity the Caravana and participated in several delegations to Colombia with the purpose of assisting human rights defenders.
Jacinta speaks fluent French and Spanish, as well as basic Italian and Kiswahili.