Areas of Expertise
Crash joined Chambers in September 2022 following the successful completion of pupillage under the supervision of Owain Rhys James, Mona Bayoumi and Kate Parker. They accept instructions in all areas of Chambers practice.
Crash is a member of Civitas Law’s Renting Homes (Wales) team.
Crash grew up in Cardiff, where they attended Bishop of Llandaff High School. After studying at Oxford and Harvard University, they returned to Wales to work in policy and campaigns for Stonewall Cymru, focussing on trans healthcare, gender recognition and inclusive education, before coming to the Bar.
Crash chairs the North Wales Law Centre Steering Group and previously served as co-chair of Young Legal Aid Lawyers.
Crash is a Welsh speaker, having learned the language as a teenager.
Crash uses both she/her and they/them as pronouns.
Crash has experience in administrative and public law matters. During pupillage under the supervision of Owain Rhys James and Mona Bayoumi, Crash gained experience in a wide range of public law matters for claimants and defendant public bodies, in the Administrative Court and the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber). This includes observing proceedings, conducting research and drafting statements of facts and grounds and defences in the following matters:
During pupillage, Crash undertook a secondment with a Welsh Local Health Board where they gained experience in defending public law challenges to Continuing Healthcare funding.
Since beginning practice, Crash has drafted Statements of Facts and Grounds for the Administrative Court for appeals relating to the Welsh homelessness duties, advised police forces on pre-charge bail issues under PACE 1984, and acted in appeals under the Licensing Act 2003.
Crash is a member of Welsh Government’s Junior Barrister Public Law Scheme and the Government Legal Department’s Junior Junior Scheme.
While on the Bar Training Course, Crash was an Advice and Information Volunteer for Liberty, where they drafted advice for members of the public on human rights and equality issues. They also co-ordinated the Bail Observation Project at Cardiff Law School, where law students monitor conditions at bail hearings for people in immigration detention.
Crash has a particular interest in human rights issues under Welsh law, and has written about the expansion of Welsh police powers under the Coronavirus legislation.
Police powers under Welsh Covid Regulations. (UK Human Rights Blog, 2022)
Case analysis: The contents of this judgment shame Cardiff City Council—Local authority in contempt of court (JS v Cardiff City Council). (LexisNexis, 2022)
Crash accepts instructions in this area of practice. During pupillage, Crash undertook a two-month secondment within the in-house legal team of a Welsh Local Health Board, where they conducted file reviews, advised on quantum and settlement for claims, and observed conferences with experts.
Crash is developing a practice in company, commercial and insolvency law. During pupillage, Crash shadowed Owain Rhys James acting for the Counsel General for Wales and the Welsh Ministers in the matter of Baglan Operation Ltd (in compulsory liquidation)  EWHC 647 (Ch). They have experience of being instructed in winding-up proceedings and contractual claims.
Crash accepts instructions in education law, acting for students, parents, teachers, local authorities and academic institutions, including Additional Learning Needs/Special Educational Needs appeals (including SENTW/ETW appeals and Judicial Review), discrimination claims, school reorganisation and professional discipline. Crash gained experience in a broad range of education law matters during pupillage under the supervision of Mona Bayoumi and Owain Rhys James.
Crash is interested in developments in Welsh law in this area and has delivered training for Welsh organisations on the Additional Learning Needs Code.
Crash regularly appears in the Employment Tribunal and under the supervision of Mona Bayoumi and Owain Rhys James gained experience in a wide range of areas during pupillage, including unfair dismissal and Equality Act claims.
Crash previously worked for Stonewall Cymru and has a particular interest in LGBTQ discrimination matters, and is able to advise in relation to matters affecting trans people at work, including on legal protections for non-binary people. For their LLM, Crash was awarded a distinction for the research project on legal protections for transphobic harassment in the workplace.
Crash has a busy housing practice, appearing regularly in the County Court in possession proceedings, proceedings relating to anti-social behaviour allegations, disrepair claims and committal proceedings, and advising tenants, private and social landlords on housing law matters. They have experience in advising on more unusual matters, including disputes involving holiday lets, excluded licences and cases where executors of a will who seek possession from a beneficiary in occupation.
Crash has advocacy experience in the Administrative Court representing individuals in public law proceedings challenging a local authority’s failure to accommodate under the Welsh homelessness duties.
Crash has particular expertise in Welsh housing legislation and the changes brought in under the Renting Homes (Wales) Ac 2016. They have a busy advisory practice advising private and social landlords of their obligations under the new Act and have provided training sessions for on a range of matters under the new legislation, including written statements and contract conversion, succession and transfers, and supported accommodation. Crash is part of Civitas Law’s Renting Homes (Wales) team.
Recent cases include:
AB, BB and CB v XX (2022): instructed to defend occupiers against a claim for over £35,000 for damages for trespass in an alleged holiday let. The landlord was not licenced or registered, had failed to keep the property in repair and there were harassment/unlawful eviction allegations. The matter was settled in the occupiers’ favour, with payment covering their legal costs, following a strike-out application and successful negotiations.
R (DD) v Y County Council (2022): represented single mother in JR of a Welsh local authority’s refusal to grant accommodation under section 69(11) and 68(1) of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. The case involved novel points of Welsh homelessness law, including the application of the Act to victims of abuse (section 57(1)), the application of the Code of Guidance for Local Authorities on the Allocation of Accommodation and Homelessness and the test for triggering a fresh duty to assess (section 62(2)).
Z County Council v E (2022): represented local authority in successful contempt proceedings against a tenant who had perpetrated homophobic harassment against a neighbour. The allegations were found proven on the criminal standard on the basis of the victim’s account alone.
Crash has a particular interest in immigration, asylum and nationality law and regularly appears in the Immigration Tribunal. Crash has advocacy experience in a broad range of matters, including:
During pupillage, under the supervision of Mona Bayoumi and Owain Rhys James, Crash gained experience in immigration Judical Review proceedings, in the Upper Tribunal and the High Court, including Appellant and Respondent work. They assisted in drafting grounds, advice and conducting research in unlawful detention claims and public law challenges to refuse leave to enter.
Crash has a particular interest in protection claims for LGBTQ individuals.
While studying the GDL, Crash co-ordinated the Bail Observation Project at Cardiff Law School, where law students monitor conditions at bail hearings for people in immigration detention.
XX v SSHD: Represented Appellant and drafted ASA in appeal against refusal to grant Leave To Enter as an Adult Dependent Relative under Appendix FM. The Appellant was Deaf and disabled and living in Iraq and his parents had been granted refugee status in the UK. Limited medical evidence was available. The Appeal was granted based on the basis of the Skeleton Argument.
YY and ZZ v SSHD: Drafted successful grounds for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal, based on judge’s failure to take into account experiences of childhood sexual abuse in the proportionality assessment.
Crash is instructed as a case presenter for by the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a case presenter in hearings before Investigating Committees and Fitness to Practice Committees.
Crash gained extensive experience in property and land law during pupillage, under the supervision of Owain Rhys James and Kate Parker, including boundary disputes, cohabitation and TLATA disputes, easements, covenants and rights of way and trespass claims. They are able to draw on their expertise of Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 in these matters and identify points where the legislation may impact in wide range of contexts.
Crash accepts instructions in this area of practice and has experience in bringing appeals under the Licensing Act 2003.
Crash accepts instructions in this area of practice. During pupillage, under the supervision of Kate Parker and Owain Rhys James, they gained experience in a wide range of matters, including challenges on grounds of capacity, validity and undue influence, claims under the Inheritance Act 1975 and disputes around resulting, implied and constructive trusts.