Name:
Miranda Grell
Year of Call:
2014
Inn:
Inner Temple
Languages spoken:
Spanish (Fluent)
German (Fluent)
French (Good Working Knowledge)
French Creole (Basic)
Area of Expertise:
Employment & Discrimination
Landlord & Tenant
Inquiries
Practice Summary:
  • Employment
  • Equality and Discrimination
  • Housing
  • Social Welfare
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Inquiries
  • Investigations
  • Reviews
Biography
Miranda came to the Bar after a varied career that included working as a Tribunal Advocate and Business Development Manager at the award-winning Hackney Community Law Centre ; as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service ; as a trainee speechwriter to a European Commissioner in Brussels ; and as a Political Advisor to the first Deputy Mayor of London. Miranda’s academic and professional background in the Employment and Industrial Relations’ field naturally led her to begin building a practice in Employment and Discrimination Law, whilst her seven years at the Hackney Community Law Centre laid the foundation for her interest and practice in Housing Law. Alongside her court practice, Miranda is currently instructed on a high-profile banking inquiry chaired by the former High Court Judge Dame Linda Dobbs DBE. Miranda is also advising a new national civil rights charity on access to justice matters.

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Employment
&
Discrimination
Following a traineeship at the European Commission in Brussels where she worked as a trainee speechwriter to the European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Miranda became a Senior Policy Advisor at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas). At Acas, Miranda gained hands-on experience of successfully utilising alternative dispute resolution methods in high-level negotiation and collective and individual mediation sessions.

Miranda has appeared in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal. She has been instructed on a range of Employment and Discrimination Law matters including Unfair Dismissal, Wrongful Dismissal, Constructive Dismissal, Disability Discrimination, Race Discrimination, Pregnancy Discrimination, Whistleblowing, Harassment and Victimisation. Miranda particularly enjoys drafting grounds of appeal. She also advises on settlement and has experience negotiating settlements in Judicial Mediation hearings.

Landlord & Tenant
Miranda gained a solid grounding in landlord and tenant law as a result of working at the Hackney Community Law Centre. At the Law Centre, Miranda gave housing law advice at a weekly pop-up legal clinic where she advised on possession, homelessness, evictions, deposits, harassment and disrepair matters. As a barrister, Miranda has gained additional in-depth experience of successfully defending possession claims in the County Court – she particularly enjoys utilising equality law and human rights law arguments to do so. Miranda welcomes legal aid instructions.
Inquiries,
Investigations & Reviews
Since 2019, Miranda has been formally instructed as a junior counsel to The Dobbs Review chaired by the former High Court Judge Dame Linda Dobbs DBE (www.dobbsreview.com) Dame Linda Dobbs was appointed by Lloyds Banking Group (“LBG”) to consider whether the issues relating to HBOS Reading were investigated and appropriately reported to authorities at the time by LBG, following its acquisition of HBOS The independent legal assessment covers the period following HBOS’s acquisition by LBG, in January 2009, through to the conclusion of criminal proceedings commenced against six individuals in connection with the HBOS Reading fraud. In addition, the Review is examining relevant evidence from before 2009 in order to assess what LBG knew or should reasonably have known about what happened at HBOS Reading by the time of the acquisition.
Education
Bar Professional Training Course (City Law School) – Very Competent

Graduate Diploma in Law (City Law School) – Distinction in Constitutional and Administrative Law

MSc International Employment Relations (London School of Economics and Political Science) – Merit (Distinction for MSc dissertation – “British Trade Unions and the EU social dimension”)

BA (Hons) European Studies with Spanish (University of Manchester) – First Class

Publications
Courts back access to law (analysis of R (UNISON) v Lord Chancellor) – Labour Briefing – 2017

The decimation of legal aid – why should you care ? – Media Diversified – 2016

Supreme Court overturns the law on joint enterprise – The Justice Gap – 2016

Putting judicial review to the test – Lexis Nexis PSL – 2016

Has consultation’s time come ? – Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) – 2005

Labour migration to the UK – Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr) – 2004

EU Enlargement and Labour Migration – Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr) – 2004

Memberships
African, Caribbean and Asian Lawyers for Justice

Bar Human Rights Committee

Criminal Bar Association

Employment Lawyers Association

Society of English and American Lawyers

Board Trusteeships
Bernie Grant Arts Centre

Windrush Justice Clinic Advisory Group

St John’s C of E Leytonstone Parochial Church Council

Awards
LawWorks Pro Bono Award for Most Effective Pro Bono Partnership – (Haringey Law Centre) (2017)

Law Centres Network Reita Clarke Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement (2014)

Halsbury Legal Award – Pro Bono Team of the Year – (Hackney Community Law Centre) (2013)

Law Society Excellence Award for Excellence in Innovation (Hackney Community Law Centre) (Finalist) (2012)

Interests
Miranda loves the arts. She has played the cello, piano and steel pans since childhood and now sings (alto) with the Leytonstone Chorale. She is also a trustee of the Bernie Grant Arts Centre. As an East Londoner who grew up one street away from the football ground of the mighty Leyton Orient FC, Miranda is an enthusiastic Leyton Orient season ticket holder. Miranda is also an active campaigner with African, Caribbean and Asian Lawyers for Justice – writing in media publications and appearing on national and international television and radio programmes on the group’s behalf. In her spare time, Miranda also acts as both a formal and informal mentor to many aspiring barristers from secondary school students right through to adult career changers – she is an official mentor for the BME Legal programme and also assists the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple with student workshops and events. Miranda is a huge Barack Obama fan and is extremely proud to have volunteered with Obama’s first presidential campaign, in London and Florida, as a legal observer, phone bank captain and campaign organiser.