Andy Sirel Partner / Legal Director
Andy is a co-founding Partner and Legal Director, responsible for supervision of legal casework. Andy also heads our Scottish Refugee & Migrant Centre. He has an LLM in International Human Rights Law and has been working in human rights law since 2010. He currently sits on the Law Society of Scotland’s Immigration & Asylum Sub-Committee as well as the Scottish Government’s Child Trafficking Strategy Group.
Andy is experienced in working directly with migrant children and young people, with a particular specialism in working with unaccompanied asylum seeking children and child victims of trafficking. He has represented migrant children in the national asylum and trafficking identification procedures, the immigration and asylum tribunals, and in Judicial Reviews in the Court of Session. He is an expert in age assessment, having successfully taken strategic litigation in this area as well as contributing to the drafting of the 2018 Scottish Government Practice Guidance on Age Assessment. He delivers training across the UK on age assessment best practice.
Prior to this, Andy worked as a Legal Officer at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, supervising the implementation of British, Irish and Cypriot judgments from the European Court of Human Rights. He also enjoys lecturing at the University of Glasgow, where he has taught European Human Rights Law for over 7 years.
Farida Elfallah Associate Solicitor
Farida is an Associate Solicitor in our Scottish Refugee & Migrant Centre.
Farida completed her traineeship within a specialist legal service at a national law centre, working with women, children and young people in asylum, immigration and human rights law. Farida’s traineeship was supported by The Legal Education Foundation through the Justice First Fellowship scheme for aspiring social justice lawyers.
Prior to her traineeship, Farida worked as a casework coordinator with British Red Cross Refugee Services for two and a half years. Farida has also previously worked for the University of Strathclyde as a tutor in Human Rights Law.
Emily Edwards Casework Volunteer, Scottish Family Reunion Service
Emily is a Casework Volunteer for the Scottish Family Reunion Service. She is also a Caseworker at the British Red Cross, where she provides practical and emotional support and advocacy for destitute asylum seekers through asylum support applications and appeals. She is part of the duty team, which supports vulnerable people in acute crisis, such as those fleeing from domestic violence, trafficking or experiencing mental health crises.
She has been with the British Red Cross since 2017. In her previous role she provided travel assistance for reuniting families, and integration support to access rights and entitlements following the families’ arrival in the UK.
Emily has a Masters in International Development from the University of Edinburgh. She spent two months volunteering and conducting research in the refugee camps in Northern Greece.