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


Katarzyna Tomasik - Paralegal

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.


Angela Maragone- Paralegal

Angela graduated in law from the University of Sheffield, where her course included a year abroad under the ERASMUS programme studying law at the University of Seville in Spain. She moved to London in 2015 and completed the Legal Practice Course at City Law School.

Angela is a native speaker in Italian and fluent in French, Spanish and Lingala. She also has a basic understanding of Portuguese.


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 Legal Practice Course.


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.


Receptionist -Currently seeking applicants for this full time position.

Please see Vacancies page.


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.