We are delighted to announce that public law solicitor Sulaiha Ali is a finalist for the Outstanding Achievement in Law award at the 21st annual GG2 Leadership Awards. The GG2 Leadership Awards are firmly established as the premier awards for diversity and leadership in the UK. The ceremony will see some of Britain’s most influential ethnic minorities gather to celebrate and recognise the country’s most enterprising and talented high achievers. The evening brings together key influencers, celebrities and many more from the world of politics, business and the public sector.
Sulaiha is a solicitor in the Harrow public law department, working under Director Toufique Hossain. She specialises in immigration related judicial review cases, focussing on trafficking claims, refugee law and immigration detention.
Regularly conducting high-profile challenges to unlawful practices and policies affecting vulnerable people, Sulaiha has achieved an impressive portfolio of successful cases and is dedicated to representing those in need resulting in her entire caseload being carried out under legal aid.
In the first successful case of its kind, Sulaiha challenged the SSHD’s refusal to return an individual who had been deported in the wake of the SSHD’s ‘deport now, appeal later’ policy: R (on the application of Watson) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [HU/22903/2018]. Sulaiha demonstrated why the appeal could not proceed fairly whilst the Applicant was outside the UK and the court found in their favour and directed the SSHD to fund and facilitate the Applicant’s return to the UK.
Sulaiha’s work on this matter resulted in her being named The Times’ Lawyer of the Week in May 2019.
Other recent highlights include her work in ROO (Nigeria) where she issued judicial review proceedings to challenge the Secretary of State for the Home Department’s (‘SSHD’) decision to certify the Claimant’s asylum claim and detain her under the Detained Asylum Casework process.
In CP (Vietnam) Sulaiha successfully challenged the SSHD’s failure to protect a potential victim of trafficking in circumstances where he had unlawfully concluded he was not a victim of trafficking and unlawfully detained him.
She is the lead solicitor in R (on the application of MR & Ors v (1) Secretary of State for Justice and (2) Secretary of State for the Home Department, a group litigation for potentially vulnerable immigration detainees detained in the prison estate, who are not afforded the same safeguards as available to those in Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs). The potential implications of this challenge are significant as it affects the current immigration detention of numerous people in prison and is likely, if successful, to lead to legislative changes.
The GG2 awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 10th October 2019 in London.
We are incredibly proud of Sulaiha who thoroughly deserves to be recognised for her outstanding achievements. We look forward to the awards night and offer huge congratulations to Sulaiha.