Expert Panel

The Expert Panel comprises individuals with expertise in areas of law relevant to vulnerable young migrants including legal practitioners and policy experts.

The Expert Panel makes recommendations to the funders about individual grant applications and advises on the strategic direction of the SLF.

A minimum of three Panel members, including the Chair, attend the Panel meetings on the basis of their knowledge and expertise in the areas of law covered within the spread of applications received in any funding round. The final decision on which applications to award grants is made by funders.

A list of the next Expert Panel meetings is available here.

Expert Panel members

Manjit S Gill QC, Barrister, No 5 Chambers -- Chair
Adrian Matthews, Senior Policy Development Officer, Office of the Children's Commissioner
Alison Harvey, Legal Director, Immigration Law Practitioners' Association
Alison Pickup, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers
Angela Jackman, Solicitor, Maxwell Gillott Solicitors
Anne McMurdie, Solicitor, Public Law Solicitors
Baljeet Sandhu, Director and Solicitor, MiCLU (Migrant and Refugee Children's Unit), Islington Law Centre
Charlotte Kilroy, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers
Judith Dennis, Advocacy and Influencing Officer (Policy), Refugee Council
Kirsty Thomson, Solicitor, Legal Services Agency Ltd
Ravi Low-Beer, Solicitor, Public Law Project
Samantha Knights, Barrister, Matrix Chambers
Simon Cox, Migration Lawyer, Open Society Justice Initiative
Stefan Vnuk, Solicitor, Lawrence Lupin Solicitors


Manjit S Gill QC chairs the Expert Panel of the Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants. Called to the Bar in 1982 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 2000, he is one of the foremost human rights, international law and immigration silks at the Bar.

He has argued some of the most highly publicised and ground breaking constitutional, public law, international law and human rights cases in England in the last 12 years with regular appearances in the House of Lords and Supreme Court. He has also conducted European Court of Justice and European Court of Human Rights cases and advised on proceedings taking place in several other jurisdictions. His expertise in these areas means that he is briefed in a wide variety of fields where these over arching skills are necessary, particularly at an appellate level and in cases with an international or a human rights dimension, for example where public and international law issues affect commercial or family cases. He is particularly committed to working for disadvantaged groups. However, his clients have also included major international corporations, non governmental bodies and campaigning groups. He successfully argued the effects in domestic law of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 and the duty to act in accordance with best interests of the child and to allow the child separate legal representation: ZH (Tanzania) v Secretary of State [2011] UKSC 4.


If you have any queries about the Strategic Legal Fund, please contact Rachael Takens-Milne at Trust for London: or 020 7606 6145.

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