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Jenni Whitaker

Trainee solicitor

Immigration, Asylum and Nationality

Jenni is a trainee solicitor in our Immigration, Asylum and Nationality team.

Jenni is a trainee solicitor in our Immigration, Asylum and Nationality team. She joined the team in September 2023 from the Public Law and Human Rights team.

Jenni assists with a wide range of immigration and asylum matters including asylum applications and resulting appeals and judicial reviews, settlement applications for those with refugee status and for victims of domestic violence, and leave to remain applications based on family life. Jenni also assists in private personal immigration matters, including skilled worker and global talent visas.

Jenni previously worked in the Public Law and Human Rights team, where she assisted with a range of complex public law judicial reviews and civil claims. In particular, she is experienced assisting in cases at the intersection of public law and immigration, such as securing the provision of appropriate accommodation and support for asylum-seekers, challenges to age assessments of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children by local authorities and claims for damages for those who have been unlawfully detained by the Home Office.

Before joining Bindmans, Jenni was the coordinator of the Human Rights Observers project, a civil society group in northern France which documents and challenges human rights violations experienced by migrants at the UK-France border. She also volunteered at the Helen Bamber Foundation, supporting victims of trafficking and torture.

Education and career
  • Jenni graduated from the University of Leeds in 2018 with a first-class BA in History and French.
  • She completed an LLM Law (Conversion) in 2020, and the LPC in 2023, both with distinction. She was awarded the Dean of the Law School’s scholarship for her LLM.