Every asylum seeker and migrant in the United Kingdom has a right to access to justice. I take my role as a solicitor and supervisor within the Public Law and Immigration department as an opportunity to seek access to justice for those most vulnerable in our society.
I have specialist experience in all aspects of immigration related judicial review claimant cases. I have a broad practice in the area of public law and human rights including conduct of various high profile judicial review claims concerning issues such as; trafficking; unlawful detention; removals to European countries under the Dublin Convention; removals on asylum and human rights grounds, challenges to policy/law relating to vulnerable individuals including victims of torture, pregnant women and victims of trafficking.
I have represented clients in judicial Review proceedings against government departments including the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Secretary of State for Education, Local authorities and the Lord Chancellor.
I have also worked on various other civil liberties related challenges against decisions made by the Secretary of State for the Home Department for false imprisonment cases.
My current interest lies with acting for victims of trafficking and challenging the unlawful policies of the Secretary of State for the Home Department. I act in various class action challenges, including:
- The process by which detainees are unsafely released from detention into the community without medical records, medication and care plans against the government's own guidance which requires that the above should be provided on release
- The policy which fails to grant non-asylum seeking pregnant victims of trafficking the same financial support as asylum-seeking pregnant victims of trafficking.
- The policy which allows the Secretary of State for the Home Department to apply different timescales to victims who receive a positive reasonable grounds decision the first time around compared to those who receive such a decision only upon reconsideration.
I joined Duncan Lewis in November 2011 as a caseworker and within five months of being in the firm I obtained my training contract. I undertook my training in the Immigration, Family, and Child Care departments over a period of 18 months and qualified as a solicitor in March 2014.
I supervise a team of caseworkers and trainee solicitors all dedicated to representing the most vulnerable in society.
I am fluent in Hindi and Gujarati.