Dispute resolution, general litigation, accident and professional negligence claims, housing, welfare benefits, social and medical needs

The Hansen Palomares Team

Ole Hansen - Partner

Ole Hansen now works mainly on general and commercial litigation, professional negligence and personal injury cases. He trained and practised in the City before deciding that there was more to legal life than looking after large corporations and accepting 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.

Ole has a long-standing interest in co-operative law. He was one of the drafters of the Industrial Common Ownership Act 1976 and the model constitutions for worker co-operatives promoted by the Industrial Common Ownership Movement (now part of Co-operatives UK). He has written three books and innumerable articles on legal practice. In 2005 he was the Legal Aid Practitioners' Group "Legal Aid Personality of the Year". Since going back into full time practice in 1995 he has not had much time for writing

Ole is fluent in Danish and speaks some Spanish.

His reported cases include:

David Truex (A Firm) v Simone Kitchin [2007) EWCA Civ 618

Michael Archangel v Lambeth Borough Council (2001) 33 HLR 480

Bigden and others v Lambeth Borough Council (2001) HLR (2001) 33 HLR 478

Waters v Metropolitan Police Commissioner HL (2000) 4 All ER 934

Eileen Annette Waters v Sarah Ruth Maguire LTL 13/5/99

Maria Mercedes Palomares - Partner

Maria Mercedes Palomares is the partner in overall charge of our housing 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 welfare economics and housing/planning and trained as a social worker in the UK. 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 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.

Her reported cases include:

Osei v Southwark LBC [2007] EWCA Civ 787

Anufrijeva v LB Southwark [2003] EWCA Civ 1406

R v Southwark LBC ex p Kuzjeva [2002] EWCA Civ 781

R v Secretary of State v Consuela Hashmi LTL 25/4/2002

R (on the application of Savva) v Kensington & Chelsea Royal London Borough Council [2010] EWCA Civ 1209

Lara ten Caten - Associate

Lara ten Caten works mainly in community care and housing. She has particular expertise in obtaining social services support for under 18 asylum seekers (especially where the age is in dispute) and for children leaving care.

Lara was born in Brazil, trained with us and qualified as a solicitor in June 2004. Previously she specialised in mental health law in a law centre and in private practice. She also undertook voluntary work as an advocate for gays and lesbians with mental health problems.

Lara is a native Portuguese speaker and also speaks fluent Spanish and is proficient in French.

Her reported cases include:

M v Croydon London Borough Council [2012] EWCA Civ 595

Gordon Binomugisha v Southwark London Borough Council [2006] EWHC 2254 (Admin)

Lambeth London Borough Council (2) Hyde Southbank v O'Kane [2005] EWCA Civ 1010

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.

Christian is ranked among the top social housing tenant lawyers in Chambers and Partners 2015. He is described as "seriously experienced", "incredibly tenacious", and as having "an excellent knowledge of the human rights and public law aspects of housing claims".

Christian studied social anthropology at university before training as a lawyer. He qualified as a solicitor in 2002 after training with us.

In 2011 he advised over 1,300 Crown Estate tenants in negotiations over their tenancy conditions and the sale of their homes to a housing association.

His reported cases include

Crown Estate Commissioners v (1) Governors of the Peabody Trust (2) Margaret Poplak [2011] EWHC 1467 (Ch)

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 and personal injury claims. 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, is a native Spanish speaker and also speaks some Portuguese.

His reported cases include:

SSWP v SFF, ADR v SSWP, CS v LB Barnet & SSWP [2015] UKUT 0502 (AAC)

Ceballos v Southwark London Borough Council (2014) [2014] EWHC 1450 (QB)

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v Dias [2009] EWCA Civ 807

Case C 325/09 Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v Maria Dias

Cordelia Prokofiev - Associate

Cordelia Prokofiev studied English literature before studying law. She trained with us and qualified as a solicitor in November 2011. She is a duty advocate in possession cases at Lambeth County Court.

Cordelia specialises in housing, community care and welfare benefits law.

Cordelia speaks Spanish and some Russian and French.

Her reported cases include:

Vida Poshteh v Kensington & Chelsea Royal London Borough Council [2015] EWCA Civ 711

John Murphy - Paralegal

John studied Italian and French at Strathclyde University before moving to London and working as a magazine subeditor for many years. He graduated in law in 2012 after studying part-time at Birkbeck University of London and has recently completed the LPC.

Begoña Roca - Administrative Assistant

Begoña Roca's responsibilities include archiving, assisting with accounts and undertaking translations into Spanish and Portuguese. She is from Galicia and has an interest in languages. She has an English Language and Literature degree and has studied translation and subtitling.

Begoña also speaks Galician.

Rocio Calero - Receptionist

Rocio Calero is in charge of reception and is the firm's first point of contact. She is from Gran Canaria, Spain, and is a graduate in English and American Literature. She is a native Spanish speaker and understands some Portuguese.

Rocio is interested in music and literature.

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.