Diana joins our Family & Divorce team as a pupil under the supervision of Julia Belyavin.
Whilst Diana was studying at the University of Bristol she was volunteering as a Legal Advisor for their law clinic, offering free legal advice to vulnerable members of the community.
She was also a Researcher and Writer for the Human Rights Implementation Centre (HRIC) at the University. She assisted in compiling a report of recommendations for the government consultation surrounding the Gender Recognition Act 2004. She focused specifically on promoting and protecting children’s rights in England.
Diana was a Research Director for Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB) (Bristol Student Division). She helped lead and supervise a research project regarding gender-based violence in Namibia which involved producing a document of comparative analysis between the UK Sexual Offences Act 2003 and Namibia’s Combating of Rape Act 2000. This document was then used for advocacy training exercises by LWOB for judges, lawyers, and police in Namibia.
She also volunteered as a Streetlaw Teacher, teaching students in schools in disadvantaged communities about legal topics such as their rights and access to justice, as well as helping A-Level students with topics covered in their Law exams.
Diana continued her Streetlaw Teaching whilst at BPP University Bristol. She also worked as a Legal Translator with the BPP National Legal Translation Service, translating documents from English to Spanish for victims of domestic violence during Covid, including information on their rights, protection the law can offer them, and who they can turn to for help.
Her LLM provided her with family law experience by exploring the extent to which family courts in England and Wales can effectively protect potential child victims of female genital mutilation (FGM).
Qualifications & awards:
- University of Bristol – LLB (2.1) 2019
- BPP University (Bristol) – LLM (Legal Practice) Barristers, (Distinction in LLM, Very Competent in BPTC) 2020
- Full Exhibition Award BPTC Scholarship – The Inner Temple
- Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award – The Inner Temple
- BPTC Advocacy Scholarship – BPP University (Bristol)
- BPTC Excellence Award – BPP University (Bristol)
Diana is fluent in Spanish. She is a keen musician, and plays piano and guitar. She is a classically trained pianist, having competed and performed in venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall (in the South Bank) and the Barbican Centre with the LSSO (London Schools Symphony Orchestra). She has also won an award for her compositions as a singer-songwriter on guitar. Pre-Covid she enjoyed performing at open-mics around Bristol.