Lara ten Caten

Lara ten Catan
Liberty
Lawyer

Lara joined Liberty in February 2017, having worked in private practice since 1998.

Since qualifying as a solicitor, Lara has specialised in public law challenges against the Government and local authorities. Lara has represented some of the most vulnerable people in society, including migrants, asylum seekers, refugees, children and the disabled, forcing public authorities to abide by the Human Rights Act.

Lara has previously been a member of the Law Society's Mental Health Panel, and is currently a volunteer advocate at the First Tier Tribunal (Asylum Support). She has a Masters in Refugee Studies.

A Liberty member since her student days, Lara now assists migrants and all those who are victims of the Government's "hostile environment" policies as part of our legal team.

Articles by Lara ten Caten

The Government’s oppressive “rape clause” is inhuman and degrading – it must be scrapped

The Government has unveiled regulations requiring women to prove they have been raped in order to claim child tax credits for more than two children.

The so-called “rape exemption” is among regulations that will come into force tomorrow.

If the exemption does not apply, a family will only be able to claim tax credit for up to two children.

The new rules were laid before Parliament on 15 March 2017 – just three weeks ago. They have not been subjected to any scrutiny.

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