Housing, Community Care and Public Law Litigation

The Hansen Palomares Team

Ole Hansen - Partner

Ole Hansen manages the practice. He trained and practised in the City before deciding that there was more to legal life than looking after large corporations and accepted an invitation from a legal aid firm in Hackney. He later spent 7 years as Co-Director and Director of the Legal Action Group and then combined work as a journalist, lecturer, legal consultant, and television producer/presenter before returning to full-time practice in 1995, setting up Ole Hansen & Co, which is now Hansen Palomares. He is a member of the Law Society Access to Justice Committee, the Lawyers Advisory Committee of Peace Brigades International and the Colombia Caravana.

He has written three books and innumerable articles on legal practice but since going back into full time practice in 1995 he has not had much time for writing. In 2005 he was the Legal Aid Practitioners' Group "Legal Aid Personality of the Year".

Ole is fluent in Danish and speaks some Spanish.

Maria Mercedes Palomares - Partner

Maria Mercedes Palomares is the partner in overall charge of our housing, public law and community care work. Maria specialises in access to housing and social services with focus on the rights of disabled people, migrant workers and asylum seekers. She has particular experience in representing mentally incapacitated people.

Maria was born in Colombia. After studying sociology she obtained post-graduate qualifications in the UK in welfare economics and housing/planning and trained as a social worker. She set up community organisations for Latin American women and has been involved in promoting the rights of migrant and refugee women as well as the promotion of international human rights.

From 1983 onwards Maria was employed in law centres as a housing adviser before becoming involved in setting up Ole Hansen and Co and qualifying as a solicitor in 1996.

Christian Hansen - Associate

Christian Hansen is head of our housing department. He has particular expertise in homelessness, possession and disrepair and is an experienced advocate. He has supervisor status in housing cases and is a duty advocate in possession cases at Lambeth County Court.

Christain was described as "seriously experienced", "incredibly tenacious", and as having "an excellent knowledge of the human rights and public law aspects of housing claims" in Chambers and Partners 2015.

Christian studied social anthropology at university before training as a lawyer. He qualified as a solicitor in 2002 after training with us. Christian is a member of the Law Society's Housing Law Committee

Jacobo Borrero - Associate - Office Manager

Jacobo Borrero is head of our welfare benefits department and has particular knowledge and expertise in protecting the rights of citizens of the European Union living in the UK. He also specialises in housing law, including possession and disrepair. Jacobo qualified in May 2011 after training with us. He is a duty advocate in possession cases at Lambeth County Court.

Jacobo also acts as office manager. He is in charge of our administration and is our first point of contact for IT support. He has customised our case management system and developed and implemented the automation of document templates.

Jacobo was born in Colombia and is a native Spanish speaker.

Katarzyna Tomasik - Trainee

Kasia studied Economics at Temple University in the United States and moved to London in 2014 where she worked as a guest services representative in a hotel. She graduated in law from the University of Westminster in June 2016 and is currently completing her Legal Practice Course part-time.

Kasia is a native Polish speaker, and fluent in Spanish.

Natasha Morgan - Trainee

Natasha completed her BA Honours in Spanish and Politics at the University of Leeds in 2008. From 2009 to 2013 she worked at international human rights NGO Justice for Colombia UK, and from 2013 to 15, as Protection Coordinator at human rights organisation MOVICE (National Movement of Victims of State Crimes), based in Bogota, Colombia. In 2015 she completed the GDL at BPP, and went on to study the LPC at the University of Law. Natasha worked as a paralegal at Leigh Day Solicitors and volunteered at Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre. She then worked as a paralegal at Hansen Palomares before starting her training contract with us in January 2018. Natasha is a member of the Colombian Caravana UK Lawyers’ Group and speaks fluent Spanish. .

Edel Crowley - Paralegal

Edel studied law at the National University of Ireland, Galway and completed the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School, Holborn. She has volunteered with the Innocence Project, Liberty Letters and Bethnal Green Legal Advice Centre and was previously an administrator with Southwark Law Centre.

Camilo Clarkson - Receptionist

Camilo graduated from the University of Sussex after studying International Relations, and also holds a NCTJ Diploma in Print Journalism. He speaks Spanish.

Raquel Perez - Administration Assistant

As part of the team, Raquel Perez is supporting our practice with general office management, accounts support, legal files management and casework support. She is a qualified Spanish lawyer with a Master Degree in Human Rights with professional experience in the legal sector, particularly in Spanish immigration law, and in International NGOs. She has always been interested in promoting international human rights and support the most disadvantages people. She is a member of Alliance for Lawyers at Risk of Peace Brigades International and the Colombia Caravana. She is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in Catalàn

Martha Silva - Accountant

Martha Silva carries out all our financial functions including management accounts, payroll, VAT and maintenance of the client account. She grew up in Colombia where she obtained a degree in computer sciences and also studied systems engineering. She came to the UK in 1985 and retrained as a Book-keeper / Accountant, working in a firm of chartered accountants specialising in the voluntary sector. Twelve years ago Marta became self employed and one of her first jobs was as accountant to our firm. She has been here ever since.

Marta is a native Spanish speaker.