Our Partners

Jacqueline Swaisland - Refugee, Immigration & Human Rights Lawyer.

Jacqueline Swaisland is an award-winning lawyer, author, and educator. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former Member of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board. Jacqueline’s practice encompasses all areas of Canadian immigration and refugee law. She also acts for both individuals and organizations in cases involving the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. She is an experienced litigator, having regularly appeared before the Immigration and Refugee Board and all levels of court, including multiple times before the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Warda Shazadi Meighen - Refugee, Immigration & Human Rights Lawyer.

Warda Shazadi Meighen is recognized as a leading Canadian lawyer by Lexpert.® She holds a graduate degree from the University of Oxford. For the past seven years, she has served as an adjunct professor of refugee law at the University of Toronto. She has also appeared as an expert before Parliamentary and Senate committees on refugee and immigration law. Warda serves as the Vice President of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers and is a member of the World Refugee Migration Council.

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Erin V. Simpson - Refugee, Immigration & Human Rights Lawyer.

Erin V. Simpson clerked at the Supreme Court, after graduating with honours from the University of Toronto faculty of law. Erin practices all areas of immigration and refugee law, and represents clients at all levels of the Immigration and Refugee Board, Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal. Erin has a particular expertise in immigration and refugee law issues at the Canada-U.S border, having acted as counsel in the constitutional challenge to the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement since 2017. Erin is a keen listener and fierce advocate.

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Our Team

Jonathan Porter - Refugee, Immigration & Human Rights Lawyer.

Jonathan Porter is a senior associate at Landings LLP, where he practices in all areas of Canadian refugee and immigration law. Jonathan has represented clients at various levels of the Immigration and Refugee Board, Federal Court as well as at the Supreme Court of Canada. He regularly works on cases involving complex inadmissibility and enforcement issues, finding creative legal solutions to assist individuals to obtain status and remain in Canada.

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Rachel Bryce - Refugee, Immigration & Human Rights Lawyer.

Rachel Bryce is an associate at Landings LLP. She completed her Juris Doctor / Masters of Global Affairs at University of Toronto’s the Faculty of Law and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Rachel has experience with the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration, and the Global Migration Lab. She was the past Executive Director of the Venezuela Accountability Project with the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto.

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Ada Roberts - Refugee, Immigration & Human Rights Lawyer.

Ada Roberts is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, where she focused on social justice-oriented areas of the law. Her experience includes working at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, Innocence Canada, the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation, and University of Toronto Law’s International Human Rights Program.

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Alison Imrie - Refugee, Immigration & Human Rights Lawyer.

Ali is an associate lawyer at Landings LLP. She graduated at the top of her class as the gold medalist from Osgoode Hall Law School. Ali brings a combination of academic excellence and dedicated client advocacy to her work. 

Prior to her role at Landings, Ali spent two summers working at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, where she conducted research and authored memoranda to assist with ongoing equality-related projects. 

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Charlotte Hobson - Refugee, Immigration & Human Rights Lawyer.

Charlotte Hobson is an associate lawyer at Landings LLP. She was awarded the University Medal in Law for graduating at the top of her class from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie. Charlotte is committed to supporting clients through their immigration journeys with empathy and compassion.

Charlotte has a broad range of advocacy and courtroom experience. She previously clerked for the judges of the Superior Court of Justice (Toronto) and the Divisional Court, completed a student clerkship at the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, and summered at a top-tier litigation boutique in Toronto.

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Zoe Gladstone - Refugee, Immigration & Human Rights Lawyer.

Zoe Gladstone is an associate lawyer at Landings LLP. She obtained her JD with honours from the University of Ottawa, where she specialized in human rights and international law.

Prior to joining Landings, Zoe completed her articles at another preeminent immigration and refugee law firm, where she assisted clients on a broad range of complex immigration and refugee cases and causes.

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Eric Noble-Marks (he/him) is an articling student at Landings LLP. Eric graduated from Harvard Law School in 2022, with a focus on immigration and refugee law. During his time in Law School, Eric worked at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee and Crimmigration legal clinics, where he represented immigration detainees and asylum seekers. Eric has worked within in the immigration and refugee law systems within both the U.S. and Canada.

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Yulia Pliassounov- Refugee, Immigration & Human Rights Office Manager.

Yulia Pliassounov (she/her) is the Senior Practice Manager at Landings LLP. She graduated with a Bachelor (Hons) in Sociology and Political Science from McMaster University. Yulia is also a licensed Immigration Consultant with the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) and a member in good standing with CAPIC (Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants). Yulia has a decade of experience in immigration.

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Hannah Deloughery - Refugee, Immigration & Human Rights Law Clerk.

Hannah Deloughery (she/her) is a law clerk at Landings LLP. She understands that navigating the immigration and refugee process can be overwhelming for clients and is committed to providing compassionate, supportive and accessible services. Hannah graduated with highest honours from Carleton University with a degree in Human Rights and Political Science. Hannah has a deep understanding of Canadian immigration systems and processes.

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Fungai Guta- Refugee, Immigration & Human Rights Law Clerk.

Fungai Guta (she/her) is a Law Clerk at Landings LLP. She graduated with honours from the Community Worker program at George Brown College. She was drawn to the program’s focus on social justice, human rights, and the practical application of an anti-oppressive framework in service delivery and advocacy. Fungai enjoys working with clients and is dedicated to bringing care and compassion as they navigate the complex and potentially overwhelming immigration and refugee process.

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Heather Redfern- Refugee, Immigration & Human Rights Law Clerk.

Heather (she/her) is a Legal Assistant at Landings LLP. She graduated from the Accelerated Community Worker Program at George Brown College with honours (2022). She was drawn to the program’s practical and hands on approach to supporting community well-being with an emphasis on social justice, advocacy, and community partnership. Throughout her diploma she focused on the effects of Canadian social policy on residents of Toronto.

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Gillian Conder Beisel- Refugee, Immigration & Human Rights Law Clerk.

Gillian Conder-Beisel (she/her) is a Legal Assistant at Landings LLP. She holds a Bachelor (Hons) in Criminology from Wilfrid Laurier University where she graduated with distinction. Gillian has also completed the Law Clerk program from Humber College where she graduated with Honours (2019).

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Nabila Kalid Abdurhim- Refugee, Immigration & Human Rights Legal Assistant.

Nabila Kalid Abdurhim (they/them) is a Legal Assistant at Landings LLP. They received their law clerk diploma from Humber College (2018) then went on to complete their undergraduate degree in Philosophy at York University (2022).

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