Gift read law at BPP University Law School. He is currently completing the Legal Practice Course.
Prior to joining Wilsons Gift worked at a number of well-regarded civil liberties and human rights firms and at Garden Court Chambers. He joined the public law department in 2016, and has worked on compensation claims against the Home Office and police for false imprisonment and other associated claims, inquests on behalf of bereaved families whose loved ones have died after coming into contact with the police, and judicial review claims challenging abuse of power by detaining authorities as well as against local authorities in relation to service provision. He is currently completing a seat in the immigration department, where he draws upon his own experience of immigration detention and seeking asylum to represent people with complex needs with their bail applications, asylum claims and appeals, and challenges to deportation.
Gift’s background makes him adept at dealing with vulnerable clients. Throughout university he worked as a support worker in NHS hospitals, working with detained children and young adults on assessment and treatment units, as well as detained prisoners working to reduce their risk of re-offending. He spent time as a human rights researcher for Scope, contributing to a report on the UK’s compliance with the UNCRC. 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 bringing disability-related appeals at the Barnet Law Service, and 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 individuals obtain services from local authorities. He then completed an internship with the Strategic Litigation team at the Validity Foundation in Budapest, where he worked on complaints against Eastern European countries, challenging the detention, mistreatment, and discrimination of adults and children with mental disabilities.
Languages: Ndebele, Zulu, and a bit of Xhosa.
Interests: Reading, creative writing, running, cycling, and travel.