Sara Taylor, CEO
Sara has worked in Law Centres since she was a trainee and has practised as a housing solicitor for 12 years.
Sara’s practice covers all areas of possession and homelessness. She also regularly gives training to third sector organisations. She is a very experienced advocate and appears as the duty solicitor at Wandsworth County Court. Sara has a particular specialism in human rights and public law defences and in representing clients with mental health problems.
Dorota Hubiak, Administration Officer
Dorota joined the H&FLC in 2023 as an Administration Officer. Before joining the centre Dorota has worked for over 15 years in the education sector, helping children affected by autism. Dorota obtained her Master of Arts degree at the historical Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland).
Since 2021, Dorota worked and volunteered for not-for-profit organisations supporting the North Kensington community affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy. During this time, she gained considerable frontline experience with those in need, particularly, unemployment, addiction, and mental health.
Poppy Bourke, Housing Solicitor
Poppy joined HFLC in 2018. She advises clients on a wide range of issues including homelessness, possession proceedings, disrepair and judicial review. Poppy has a particular interest in the provision of accommodation and support for children and young people.
Poppy recently took a sabbatical to volunteer for the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights, where she assisted with a desk review of Cambodian Domestic Legislation and its compliance with International Law, and helped draft a response to the Royal Government of Cambodia’s submissions made to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Poppy volunteers at the London South Bank University Advice Clinic.
Laura Binger, Housing Caseworker
Laura joined the Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre in 2023. She advises clients on defending possession proceedings, homelessness law, landlord harassment, disrepair, and other housing issues.
Prior to joining the Law Centre, Laura gained experience as a housing caseworker at Citizens Advice Shepway. She has a strong interest in homelessness law having researched the history of homelessness legislation as a postgraduate student.
Ioana Serbanoiu, Justice First Fellow and Trainee Solicitor
Ioana is a Justice First Fellow and Trainee Solicitor. This fellowship is funded by the Legal Education Foundation. She works jointly with the Law Centre and with Southall Black Sisters. Ioana has an MSc in Law and Business. She previously worked with Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network LRMN as a Caseworker within the immigration team working with rough sleepers and those temporarily accommodated under COVID-19 provision. She is OISC Level 1 accredited. She is interested in assisting people from the community who are disadvantaged, destitute and homeless.
Simon Mullings, Housing Team Leader
Simon Mullings is a Housing Law Caseworker with over 25 years experience. He is the co-author of LAG’s Housing Possession Duty Desk and the contributing author to the Legal Aid Handbook. Simon is co-chair of the Housing Law Practitioners’ Association since 2020. He was named Social Welfare Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in 2020.
Simon’s Notable cases are:
- Rakusen (Respondent) v Jepsen and others (Appellants)  UKSC 9
- Global 100 v Laleva  EWCA Civ 1835
- Nikolaeva v London Borough of Redbridge  EWCA Civ 1586
- Panayiotou v Waltham Forest London Borough Council; Smith v Haringey London Borough Council
-  EWCA Civ 1624
- Francis v Brent Housing Partnership & Ors  EWCA Civ 912
- Rikha Begum v Tower Hamlets LBC (2005) 1 WLR 2103
- R (Cali) v Waltham Forest London Borough Council EWHC 302 (Admin)
- R (Fatima Jeylani) v London Borough of Waltham Forest  EWHC 487 (Admin)
Farah Palekar, Supervising Solicitor, Immigration
Farah joined the law centre in June 2020. Having been qualified now for over ten years, she has gained experience in a wide variety of complex cases within the different areas of Immigration law.
Experienced and willing to act under extreme time pressures her aim is to ensure that justice is achieved for her vulnerable clients.
Farah is a member of the Law Society, authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and is accredited as a Senior immigration Law practitioner as well as a Senior Immigration Supervisor.
Farah further has significant experience dealing with clients in detention, those claiming asylum, unaccompanied minors, victims of domestic violence and those who have psychological issues including victims of torture and trafficking. She has previously been an important part of the legal team that has embarked upon a series of judicial review claims challenging the Detained Fast Track scheme.
Katie Barnes-Monaghan, Employment Solicitor
Katie joined H&FLC as an employment solicitor in 2023. Katie has previously worked in employment law during her training contract, and has done pro bono work in the area. She also has employment law editorial experience, having written for various online legal databases and as a freelance employment law writer.
Katie is particularly interested in discrimination in the workplace and issues surrounding pay.
Andrea Qwarnstrom, Child Poverty Solicitor
Andrea is a qualified Solicitor who has been working in the charitable and legal aid sector for over 10 years.
Andrea’s practice areas include Housing, Criminal and Public Law. She is an experienced advocate with Higher Rights in the Criminal Court. Her housing practice includes all areas of possession and homelessness.
She is also a qualified welfare benefits specialist with experience of representing clients during the appeals process and at Tribunal.
Finance and Administration
Tatiana Saminaden, Finance Officer
Tatiana joined the Law Centre in May 2021.