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Gift Nyoni

Trainee Solicitor

direct line: 020 8885 7968

email: g.nyoni@wilsonllp.co.uk

Gift studied law at BPP University Law School, graduating in 2014. He is currently studying the Legal Practice Course part-time.

Gift joined Wilsons in August 2016 as a Public Law Caseworker. He works on judicial reviews against public bodies and damages claims against the Home Office for unlawful detention.

Prior to joining Wilsons, Gift worked as a paralegal at Garden Court Chambers, where he assisted public access barristers with immigration and actions against the police enquiries. He previously worked as a paralegal at Matthew Gold and Company Solicitors, where he worked on actions against the police and judicial reviews against local authorities. He completed an internship with the Strategic Litigation team at the Mental Disability Advocacy Center in Budapest, where he worked on complaints against Eastern European countries, challenging the detention and mistreatment of adults and children with mental disabilities. He has also worked as a freelance paralegal at Bhatt Murphy Solicitors, assisting with civil claims against the police.

Gift’s background makes him adept at dealing with vulnerable clients. Throughout university he worked as a support worker in a secure NHS hospital for children, young adults and forensic prisoners detained under the Mental Health Act. He spent time as a human rights researcher for Scope, and he volunteered for two years at the Citizens Advice Bureau, where he qualified as a Generalist Adviser, working mainly on disability-related benefit claims. He then focused on disability-related appeals at the Barnet Law Service. He went on to spend two years volunteering as an advocate for carers with disabilities at Pohwer Advocacy and at the National Youth Advocacy Service, where he helped clients to obtain services from local authorities.

Awards: Sandwell Volunteer Award, Health and Social Care category, 2013; Human Rights Lawyers Association bursary, 2013; Law Society DAS Scholarship, 2014.

Languages: Ndebele, Xhosa, Zulu.

Interests: Creative writing, fencing, travel.