Year of Call: 2013
Ximena first called to the bar in 2013 and has since developed a busy practice in the areas of criminal law, immigration and human rights. A well sought-after junior, she has successfully acted both for the defence and the prosecution in high profile, complex multiple-accused cases. She has been instructed at trial and appeal level in a wide range of matters including sexual offences, violent crime, and serious and organised crime. She recently worked as a consultant at Livingstone Brown Solicitors in the area of financial crime and related civil recovery proceedings, before returning to the Bar.
She has acted as Presenting Officer for the Secretary of State for the Home Department in immigration and asylum matters, and has represented appellants at First-Tier, appellate and Judicial Review proceedings. She is regularly instructed in a wide range of human rights related issues. She is currently a member of the panel of counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in Scotland.
Doubly qualified, Ximena obtained a degree in Scots Law from Edinburgh University (2011), having originally qualified in 1994 at the National University of Colombia. She holds several certificates and qualifications from distinguished human rights organisations such as the René Cassin International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund, Sweden, as well as a PG degree Constitutional Law & Human Rights, and an MA in Peace Studies with Distinction from Lancaster University. She is also a qualified arbitrator (University of Aberdeen; Distinction) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb).
During her 25-year career span she has worked in a variety of settings, alternating between the public and private sectors. She draws experience from criminal defence and prosecution, financial crime, insurance defence, parliamentary drafting, constitutional control of laws, refugee law and human rights prosecution, all of which allows her to incorporate a crossover of legal skills into her practice. What agents say about Ximena:
"Very professional, easy to work with, always available to discuss matters and great with deadlines and high-pressure situations. Court room manner is exceptional and carries great confidence with clients and agents." "Thorough and diligent, exceptionally dedicated, goes above and beyond for those instructed to act on behalf of, warm, friendly and approachable yet professional at all times, has an ability to put clients at ease with her down to earth and focused approach."