Liz and I are extremely honored to have Kirsteen as a member of Chambers. She is well known for her work with refugees and dedicated involvement with local NGO’s, such as the Justice Centre. You will always see her speaking at courses arranged by the Duty Lawyer Services, explaining the latest developments in the Unified Screening Mechanism (USM) which is used to determine claims for non-refoulement protection against expulsion, return or extradition from Hong Kong to another country.
It is most unfortunate that the new Legal Aid rules will only allow such dedicated professionals to be instructed on only three Judicial Reviews a year. Hopefully, we can in the future resolve this by securing funding from other sources.
I have entitled this article as ‘compassionate’; because until she joined Pegasus Chambers, I never realized that Kirsteen has stayed in contact with every refugee she has ever helped.