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Carolin Ott


Carolin Ott is a solicitor in the human rights department.

Carolin is a solicitor in the human rights department, working with Tessa Gregory. Carolin is a dual qualified lawyer, admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales and as an attorney to the New York State Bar. She has experience working on domestic and international human rights law cases.

Legal expertise

Her work currently focuses on judicial review challenges and claims under the Human Rights Act 1998, with a particular emphasis on social welfare. Her cases also include challenges to public bodies brought on behalf of victims of human trafficking and in the context of discrimination, national security and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to joining Leigh Day, Carolin worked in the public law department of a large legal aid firm, where she worked primarily on asylum and human rights claims in an immigration context, acting frequently for vulnerable individuals including victims of human trafficking. She also worked for the Law Centres Network as an immigration advisor. Carolin is accredited as a Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme. 

Carolin graduated from the London School of Economics with a first class degree in law. Following her undergraduate degree she worked for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on the trial of Serbian war criminal Ratko Mladic. She subsequently completed a Master of Laws at Harvard Law School. 

Carolin has worked with a number of humanitarian organisations including PAX and the Public International Law Policy Group researching and advising on breaches of human rights and humanitarian law in the context of armed conflict as part of her work for the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic. She has also been involved in researching and writing on both public international law and public law issues, including as a Research Assistant to Harvard Professor Alex Whiting and Professors Maurice Sunkin and Andrew Le Sueur, as well as on the Executive Board of the Harvard International Law Journal. In the past she has worked on issues concerning children’s rights in particular in the context of UN Treaty Bodies in her role at the Child Rights International Network. 

See Carolin as Lawyer of the Week in The Times, Thursday February 4 2021. Click to download.


News and blogs

News Article
Cameron Mitchell (1)
Human rights Judicial review benefits personal indpendence payment

Severely disabled man challenges halt to Personal Independence Benefit payments after 28 days in hospital

A severely disabled man is challenging a rule which halted payment of his welfare benefit after he had been in hospital for more than four weeks.

News Article
Carer With Elderly Woman
John's Campaign Covid-19 Coronavirus Care homes isolation

Campaigners for care home residents want talks to address outstanding issues over guidance

Campaigners whose legal action has secured an easing of restrictions for people living in care homes have offered to sit down and talk with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to help solve remaining issues.

News Article
Nichola Salvato
Human rights Universal Credit

Working mum wins claim challenging rule for Universal Credit parents to pay childcare costs upfront

Single mum Nichola Salvato has won her legal case regarding the requirement to provide proof of payment to obtain Universal Credit childcare payments.

Blog Post
Woman counting money in purse benefits
Discrimination Human rights Universal Credit

It's going to take more than a PR campaign to fix universal credit!

As the DWP launches a PR campaign around Universal Credit, Carolin Ott highlights why it will take more than a few adverts to fix a broken system.