As a Human Rights and Immigration lawyer with 20 years’ experience Danielle has assisted many thousands of people and achieved excellence in her profession.
She is an Israeli national and a migrant herself who in 2003 established Danielle Cohen UK Immigration Solicitors, single-handedly. The firm has since then, gone from strength to strength. Danielle’s legal solutions are tailor-made to every client’s particular circumstances and because of this, her success rate is very high. As will be clear as soon as you meet Danielle, she runs the firm with integrity and love, promoting the notion of more humanity less formality.
Danielle completed her first degree in Psychology and Communications and then completed a second degree in Law. She trained with Peter Kandler and Co criminal solicitors, at the same time as volunteering with numerous human rights organisations such as Justice, Refugee Womens Legal Group, Rights of Women, and Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre before securing a position at leading human rights firm Bindmans. She was then appointed head of the immigration department at Scott-Moncrieff Harbour and Sinclair where she specialised in the overlap between mental health and immigration issues, before setting up her own firm in 2003.
Danielle’s interests outside of work are spending time with her daughter, her dog Lola (as featured on the site) and exploring London and attending cultural events. She is also passionate about Jazz.
Imani Brooks – Practice Manager
Imani has worked as a secretary at various law firms, the last place being at a criminal law firm as a secretary/PA before joining Danielle Cohen Solicitors in 2011 as practice manager. As well as carrying out administrative and PA duties, Imani ensures the smooth running of the office on a day to day basis.
During her spare time Imani enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, reading, watching films, creative writing and history.
Janna Papageorghiou – Trainee Solicitor
Janna joined the team in September 2015 as a Trainee Solicitor. She is of Cypriot and German origin and moved to the UK to study International Development with Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds. During her studies she spent one semester at the University of Ghana.
Janna thereafter completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in London. Throughout her studies she was a member of and volunteered for Justice. She also participated in the Lambeth County Court Runner Scheme and the Employment Rights Advice line which are both run by the University of Law.
Between studying the GDL and LPC, Janna worked as a Property Paralegal, giving her excellent commercial experience. However, her interest in politics and her personal experience of emigrating motivated her to practice immigration law. She is interested in all areas of immigration and therefore enjoys the varied caseload undertaken at Danielle Cohen Solicitors.
William joined our team in January 2017, prior to that he was the Senior Immigration Executive at Healy’s LLP from 2015 undertaking a comprehensive immigration practice, mainly focusing on appeals to the First-tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and Judicial Reviews against the Home Office.
Before joining Healy’s LLP, William worked from the Government Legal Department, in the Attorney General’s private litigation team, undertaking many varied types of litigation, bona vacantia and freedom of information work.
William is very passionate about human rights and civil liberties: he spent 18 months working on the Hillsborough Inquest as part of Lord Justice Goldring’s legal team; he worked for the Innocence Project during his LPC at the University of Westminster; spent six months promoting human rights for indigenous peoples in Bolivia; worked for Gherson Solicitors in their Complex Litigation department, which mainly specialises in human rights law; and has a Human Rights LLM from the University of London.
Outside of work William enjoys spending time at rock concerts and festivals; travelling in the Balkans and Eastern Europe or Latin America; reading, mainly cold war history; or at the British Museum.
Max McClellan – Senior Caseworker
Max joined our team in September 2016, having previous worked for several years in international legal protection of refugees and stateless persons in different countries. Max worked with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for four years; in refugee resettlement in Thailand and with UNHCR’s Regional Office in Australia in legal protection of refugees and asylum-seekers.
Max has detailed knowledge of international and domestic UK law relating to refugees and stateless persons and has worked as a research and policy consultant to various NGOs working in this field, including the European Network on Statelessness, based in the UK. He has provided training and advice to government departments in several countries on international refugee and statelessness law.
Beyond his speciality in asylum and statelessness, Max is experienced in UK immigration law and human rights law applications and appeals. He is accredited by the Law Society through the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme (Level 2, Senior Caseworker). Max has also worked as a volunteer with Asylum Aid’s legal team in the UK. He has a Master’s Degree in Human Rights Law and Policy from the University of New South Wales in Australia.
Outside of work Max is passionate about music (both playing and listening). He loves being outside, and is an avid hiker and climber. Max now calls London home but he misses the surf in Australia (where he is from).
Tom joined our team as a paralegal at the start of 2017, having completed the GDL and his LPC LLM at the University of Law in Bristol. Throughout his studies in Bristol, Tom was an active participant in various pro bono schemes such as running a Legal
Advice Clinic at a local homeless shelter and providing services for the Recovery College, helping to assist those with mental health issues.
Prior to his legal studies, Tom attended Swansea University where he studied another passion of his in History. Tom’s focus was largely on social culture and history in 1960s Britain, a topic on which he still maintains an interest.
In between academic years at undergraduate and postgraduate level, Tom accumulated valuable experience for his legal career by working at a succession of law firms in London, largely in the field of Family Law. He has been able to carry and enhance the skills gained from these roles into his work at Danielle Cohen’s, which is a great place for him to harness his enthusiasm for human rights law and his particular interest in immigration. This has been has been generated not only by his time at law school and by focusing his Master’s research report on the immigration appeals system, but also his keen political interest and motivations.
Outside of work, Tom enjoys playing football on a weekly basis, as well as attending sporting events, live music, museums and art exhibitions as often as possible.