Adele Akers

Call 2017

Sillo

Introduction

Adele joined Chambers in 2022, bringing a wealth of legal experience to our employment group including:

August 2021 – Birmingham City Council – Employment Law, Legal Services December 2021

Assisted the Birmingham City Council in managing their caseload with drafting chronologies and instructing counsel for hearings.

February 2021 -Financial Conduct Authority – Legal Professional Privilege Counsel

Present I was instructed to advise on the application of Legal Professional Privilege and Section 413 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2011 in respect of material held by the FCA.

October 2018 ACAS (The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) – Individual Conciliator – August 2019

Worked with both Claimants and Respondents to assist them in reaching out of court settlement agreements. I assisted with the draft of these COT3 settlement agreements.

August 2017 – Ministry of Justice – Senior Policy Advisor (Senior Executive Officer)
August 2018

Consolidated an evidence base to inform policy decisions to encourage judicial diversity. I liaised with and chaired meetings with a number of stakeholders including the Bar Council, Law Society and Judicial Appointments Commission. I project managed the Pre-Application Judicial Education initiative and prepared oral and written briefs / speeches for ministers.

July 2015 – Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse – Correspondence Manager/ Paralegal
July 2017 (Higher Executive Officer)

Managed a team of around 8 Executive Officers. I conducted document review and redacted hearing bundles (e.g. to remove names of 3rd parties).

2014 – 2015 Home Office/ UK Visas and Immigration – Litigation Caseworker (Executive Officer)

Oversaw Judicial Review applications which challenged the legality of immigration decisions. I applied policy, guidance and legislation to decide whether or not to concede or defend Judicial Review applications and responded to letters before claim in line with the Pre-Action Protocol.

VOLUNTARY WORK

August 2021 – Advocate – Pro Bono Representation

Advised litigants in person in a number of employment tribunal claims and represented a client in a preliminary hearing.

May 2017 – Free Representation Unit – Volunteer Advocate August 2017

Represented a client in a 3 day unfair dismissal hearing at the Employment Tribunal.

February 2016 Schools Exclusion Project – Student Representative February 2017

Represented clients whose children had been permanently excluded from school at Governor’s Hearings and Independent Review Panels.

October 2013 – Bar Pro Bono Unit – Caseworker Assistant Intern January 2014

Prepared case summaries and reports from applicant’s bundles for reviewing barristers; updated internal information files and liaised with chambers to secure representation.

December 2012 Citizens Advice Bureau – Trainee Adviser January 2014

Advised clients on their legal problems after undertaking research. If necessary, I took actions on the client’s behalf such as writing appeals for social security tribunals, negotiating with creditors and compiling financial statements.

2012 – Black Lawyers Directory Foundation – Ambassador 2016

Presented talks to university students nationally and secondary schools in the Birmingham area with the intention of encouraging involvement in the Foundation’s schemes. These schemes primarily targeted BAME and disadvantaged students with a view to encouraging them to reach their career aspirations in the legal profession.

Education

2015 – 2017 City Law School – Bar Professional Training Course (Part Time) – Very Competent
2011 - 2012 University of Birmingham - LLM Criminal Law and Criminal Justice - Merit
2009 – 2011 University of Birmingham - LLB Law for Graduates - Lower Second Class with Honours.
2005 – 2009 Liverpool John Moore’s University - BSc Forensic Science - First Class with Honours.
2003 – 2005 Solihull Sixth Form College – A-Levels (Grade ABB), AS-Level (Grade A)

Appointments and Memberships

2020 Criminal Bar Association Bursary – Winner Criminal Bar Association Essay Competition and advocacy exercise (prize: bursary, practitioner textbooks and
subscriptions).

2018 Sir Geoffrey Nice QC Scholarship, the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

2015 Exhibition Scholarship, the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award, the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.

2013 Access to Justice Foundation – Student Essay Competition (2nd Place)

2012 Inner Temple Pegasus Access Scheme, the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple