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Sonali Naik QC

Year of Call: 1991 | Year of Silk: 2018

"I would highlight her incredible intellect and capacity to handle extremely complex cases with tight deadlines."

Chambers UK, 2022 (Administrative & Public Law)

"A go-to silk who is a complete pleasure to work with. She takes on last-minute difficult cases very bravely and effectively."

Chambers UK, 2022 (Immigration)

"A fantastic QC - a real fighter for justice with tremendous knowledge and experience, particularly in connection with nationality law."

Chambers UK, 2021 (Immigration)

"Excellent knowledge of all aspects of immigration."

Legal 500, 2020

"Sonali is my go-to silk for complex immigration and asylum related matters."

Legal 500, 2021 (Immigration)

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Legal 500 2022: Leading Silk

Sonali Naik QC specialises in public law cases and in all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality law and practice. She is ranked in  immigration in both Chambers UK 2020 and the Legal 500.

Sonali is a senior practitioner with over 28 years’ experience. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2018 and conducts almost exclusively leading work at all levels: the Court of Appeal, the Administrative Court and in the Upper Tribunal in statutory appeals and judicial reviews. 

She has very substantial immigration and asylum experience in her High Court and appellate court practice, acting in various country guidance asylum cases, most recently in AS(Afghanistan) v SSHD [2019] WLR 5345 in the Court of Appeal, (with UNHCR intervening) : the leading case on internal relocation under the Refugee Convention post AH(Sudan) in 2006 and the ensuing appeal in the Upper Tribunal.

Sonali appeared on her feet for the first time in the Supreme Court in KO(Nigeria) v SSHD [2018] 1 WLR 5273 on the test case on the proper interpretation of ‘unduly harsh’ with regard to children’s best interests’ in deportation appeals. Since then she acted in the Court of Appeal in the successful deportation appeal in KB (Jamaica) v SSHD [2020] EWCA Civ 1385.

Sonali has an extensive judicial review practice in challenges to Home Office policy, trafficking and unlawful detention, Article 8 ECHR certification and nationality and brought the first successful generic injunction cases in charter flight removals in HN(Afghanistan).

This year in FB v SSHD [2020] EWCA Civ 1338 in the Court of Appeal Sonali successfully challenged the lawfulness of the Secretary of State’s ‘no notice’ removal policy heard before the Lord Chief Justice (linked with appeal in Medical Justice v SSHD [2019] EWHC (Admin) with EHRC intervening).

Currently she is acting in the judicial review test case of Watson v SSHD on the implementation of out of country appeals in the Upper Tribunal, (one of only two cases where an Appellant has successfully persuaded a Court to order a person’s return to pursue their appeal in-country previously certified under section 94B). Sonali acted in the other case as well, YT v SSHD.

Following the successful appeal in Hysaj in the Supreme Court in long-running judicial review claims on the purported nullification of British nationality, and her numerous deprivation test cases, Sonali is advising on and acting in a number of deprivation cases including the test case of Hysaj (Deprivation of Citizenship: Delay) [2020] UKUT 128 (IAC) now seeking to appeal from the decision of the Presidential panel in Upper Tribunal. 

Sonali also acted as counsel for the intervention by Migrants Rights Network in the Balajigari v SSHD judicial review appeal in the Court of Appeal in 2019 and continues to advise them on strategy going forwards.

Her work has been, to date, predominantly publicly funded test cases. Sonali also undertakes a significant amount of private immigration advisory work and acts for individuals in high- profile exclusion and protection cases including in the extradition context.

Sonali is Chair of Liberty and a trustee of Freedom From Torture and the Immigrant’s Aid Trust (charitable arm of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants) and was appointed to the Justice Working Group on Reform of Immigration and Asylum system led by Sir Ross Cranston. She is also a long-standing Patron of Clean Break Theatre Company. She has been elected as a Bencher of Middle Temple.

She won Lawyer of the Year at the Diversity Legal Awards 2018. She won Highly Commended for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity & Inclusion at the Chambers Bar Awards 2019. She was a finalist for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in 2016 and was featured as The Times’ Lawyer of the Week in January 2018.

Immigration and Asylum

Sonali has a long record of acting for asylum-seekers and refugees at all levels in the context of judicial review and statutory appeals. Over the last few years she has acted in the leading appeals on the assessment of safety and reasonableness of internal relation to Kabul, Afghanistan.

Sonali also acted in a significant public law case in this context: obtaining three interim injunctions from the Court of Appeal preventing the removal of asylum seekers on charter flights to Afghanistan during the course of this protracted litigation, challenging decisions on fresh protection claims on the basis of risk of serious harm from indiscriminate violence and the safety and reasonableness of internal relocation to Kabul (R (on the application of HN and SA) (Afghanistan) v SSHD [2016] EWCA Civ 123).

She acted in the Court of Appeal in a preliminary issue hearing against the decision of the Upper Tribunal (in which she acted as leader) in the Country Guidance AS (Safety of Kabul) Afghanistan [2018] UKUT 0018 (IAC) raising a procedural fairness question about the circumstances in which the Tribunal can correct errors in the reasons which it gives for its decisions, as contended for the SSHD, AS Afghanistan v SSHD (part 1) [2019] 1 WLR 3065.

Sonali then acted in the substantive Court of Appeal case. This was a country guidance appeal on the legal test to be applied with regard to the reasonableness of internal relocation for asylum-seekers on return to Afghanistan. The main issue in the appeal was the interpretation of the ‘significant minority’ test from Lord Brown’s judgment in AH(Sudan) [2007] and whether the UT erred in law in their assessment of risk of serious harm in their interpretation of reasonableness. The Appellants succeeded on their interpretation and the appeal was remitted in light of the material mistake of fact by the Tribunal. AS(Afghanistan) v SSHD [2019] 1 WLR 5345. She then acted in the remitted appeal AS (Safety of Kabul) Afghanistan CG [2020] UKUT 130 (IAC).     

Sonali has acted regularly as leading counsel in other Country Guidance appeals including HB (Kurds) Iran 
(illegal exit: failed asylum seeker) CG
[2018] UKUT 430 (IAC)
(12 December 2018), BM and 
Others (returnees - criminal and non-criminal)
DRC CG [2015] 00293 (IAC) BM (DRC) CG and 
BM (false passport) DRC [2015] UKUT 00467 (IAC)
. Pre-silk she was also led by Mike Fordham QC in 
HM(Iraq) v SSHD [2011] EWCA Civ 1536, HM and others (Article 15c)(Iraq) v SSHD [2012] UKUT 409 (IAC) and the ensuing Court of Appeal case of HF(Iraq) v SSHD [2014] 1 WLR 1329.

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Immigration and Human Rights

In immigration, Sonali has particular experience in Article 8 ECHR, cases outside the immigration rules involving policy considerations, and in ETS/TOIEC judicial review claims. She is now advising many individuals on strategy and remedies in light of the Court of Appeal judgments in Ahsan and others and Balajigari v SSHD [2019] 1 WLR 4647.

Sonali was instructed by the Migrants Rights Network (MRN) to intervene in Balajigari in the Court of Appeal. The cases concerned the lawfulness of the use by the SSHD of the 322(5) rule to refuse indefinite leave to remain to those who had made tax amendments with HMRC. MRN had a group of 400 persons affected, whose interests were at stake in these appeals. Sonali advised on strategy and evidence and made written submissions, though formal permission to intervene orally was refused. The judgment clearly reflects the arguments made as a central part of the reasoning. Sonali is now instructed by MRN in respect of a variety of consequential matters as to remedy and costs arising from the judgment.

She is now instructed to act in MY (refusal of human rights claim) Pakistan [2020] UKUT 89 (IAC) listed in the Court of Appeal in May 2021.

Sonali is acting in QH v SSHD in respect of a damages claim inter alia under the Human Rights Act 1998 for a former disputed minor who claim for unlawfully removed from the UK to Germany in breach of Article 27 of Dublin III was allowed. Having achieved his return to the UK by bringing a successful judicial claim under Article 29, this claim for damages was determined by the Upper Tribunal and the appellant is now seeking permission to appeal as a test case on engagement of Article 8 family life ECHR and damages.

Costs

Arising from the Ahsan litigation Sonali was instructed to lead in the test case of Rahman v SSHD [2018] EWCA 1572 addressing the costs consequences for a large cohort of appellants concerning the remedies available to students whose leave had been curtailed by the SSHD following an allegation of deception in the ETS language testing. The question of remedy was partly resolved in Ahsan, which led to the question of disposal and costs. Four cases were chosen, with a view to the CA giving guidance to enable many or all of the other cases to be disposed of by consent. The SSHD’s approach to the belated offer of a remedy of consideration of an article 8 ECHR claim and appeal, as opposed to a judicial review of the decision to curtail leave. The CA ordered the SSHD to pay the costs of the appeal in the judicial review, and directed that the UT deal with the question of the costs of the judicial review below, pending the outcome of any article 8 appeal and further settlement.

Deportation

In Article 8 ECHR cases, Sonali appeared on her feet in the Supreme Court in KO(Nigeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) [2018] 1 WLR 5273 a test case on the proper interpretation of the reasonableness of removal of children from the UK and in the context of deportation whether that was ‘unduly harsh’ on the child and the meaning of that phrase within section 117 A to D of the Nationality Immigration and Asylum Act 2002.
She acted in the successful appeal against deportation in the Court of Appeal in KB(Jamaica) v SSHD [2020] EWCA Civ 1385.

Sonali acted in a test case in the Upper Tribunal before the President on the status of foreign convictions for the purpose of the deportation regime: SC (paras A398-339D: 'foreign criminal': procedure) Albania [2020] UKUT 187 (IAC).

Exclusion and SIAC

Sonali has acted as leading counsel in high profile exclusion cases (the details of which are confidential) but have for example involved complex hearings in the Administrative Court, including disclosure applications, PII applications and has appeared against senior government leading counsel.

Out of Country Appeals

Sonali acted for the First Intervener, Bail for Immigration Detainees, led by Michael Fordham QC, in the landmark test case as to the lawfulness of the SSHD’s out of country appeals regime under section 94B of the Nationality Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 in R (Kiarie; Byndloss) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 42; [2017] WLR 2380. The Supreme Court ruled that the certification of two human rights claims under section 94B of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 was unlawful under Article 8 ECHR. She also acted as leading counsel in OO(Nigeria) in the Court of Appeal one of the few cases to succeed outright in challenging a 94B certificate OO (Nigeria) v SSHD [2017] EWCA Civ 338. This was a successful challenge to the lawfulness of the SSHD's approach to the power to deport first, appeal later, in cases involving children, where the Court considered the public interest in removal pending appeal in such cases.

Sonali is acting in a test case in an appeal (ZF v SSHD) where the Appellant is deceased (killed in Afghanistan by the Taliban whilst waiting for his appeal). Sonali is instructed by his widow and 4 minor British citizen children who are Human Rights Act ‘victims’. The first issue in the appeal is whether the appeal has been abated, the second part is whether if there is an appeal his removal breached article 3/8 ECHR.

She is also acting in another 94B test cases of Watson v SSHD and YT v SSHD another case where the Tribunal determined that the Appellants cannot have procedural fair out of country appeals and where they were separately ordered to be returned to the UK by the judicial review court.

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Policy Changes

Sonali acted in a leading test case concerning the lawfulness of the SSHD’s removal policy and specifically whether giving notice of liability only (and not notice of the date or time of the actual removal) is ultra vires section 10 of the Immigration Act 1999, because it abrogates the constitutional common law right of access to justice, breaches the public law duty to give adequate notice of a decision and/or is too uncertain and therefore arbitrary to be compliant with the rule of law and/or is a disproportionate means of achieving removal. 

The President of the Upper Tribunal (UT) held that the policy was lawful but granted permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal and the case was heard by the Lord Chief Justice. The Court in FB v SSHD [2020] EWCA Civ 1338 held that the Secretary of State’s ‘no notice’ removal policy was unlawful (linked with appeal in Medical Justice v SSHD [2019] EWHC (Admin) with EHRC intervening on the basis that there was a real risk of denial of access to justice by those subject to it. 

Sonali acted in Tekalign and others v Lord Chancellor in relation to the lawfulness of the Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 (“the Amendment Regulations”). The Amendment Regulations established a new fee regime for the remuneration of legal aid providers for appellants whose asylum and immigration appeals are being dealt with under a new Online Procedure. The claimants challenged the Amendment Regulations on the grounds that the Lord Chancellor had failed to conduct a lawful consultation before making the Regulations and that the Regulations result in the unlawful restriction of access to justice for the claimants and many others. The claims were highly significant for all asylum and immigration appellants who qualify for legal aid. The Lord Chancellor wrote to the claimants accepting that the making of the Amendment Regulations was unlawful on the basis that the consultation had been inadequate and that he had failed to satisfy his duty of inquiry. He therefore revoked the Amendment Regulations and put in place a temporary fee regime which allowed providers to be remunerated at hourly rates.

R (Kiarie; Byndloss) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 42; [2017] WLR 2380
In a landmark judgment of general application, the Supreme Court ruled that the certification of two human rights claims under section 94B of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 was unlawful under Article 8 European Convention on Human Rights. Sonali with Bijan Hoshi represented the First Intervener, Bail for Immigration Detainees, led by Michael Fordham QC.
 
Hysaj v SSHD [2016] 1 WLR 673, [2016] Imm AR 329, [2015] WLR(D) 482, [2016] INLR 343, 
[2015] EWCA Civ 1195, [2016] WLR 673

Test case judicial review of the SSHD's decision to treat British citizenship as a nullity rather than adopting statutory procedure on deprivation where obtained by fraud. Judgment from the Supreme Court expected shortly.

The Court gave guidance following Mitchell v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 1537, [2014] 1 WLR 795 and Denton v T.H. White Ltd, Decadent Vapours Ltd v Bevan and Utilise T.D.S. Ltd v Davies [2014] EWCA Civ 906, [2014] 1 WLR 3926. Whether the approach to extensions of time to lodge appellant's notice is distinct from application for relief from sanctions and the line of authority in Sayers v Clarke Walker[2002] EWCA Civ 645, [2002] 1 WLR 3095 is wrong inter alia in light of the approach in UKPC decision in Attorney General of Trinidad & Tobago v Matthews [2011] UKPC 38.

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Unlawful Detention

Sonali regularly acts in complex detention claims.

Sonali recently acted in the Court of Appeal concerned with the lawfulness of the SSHD’s policy concerning access to medical treatment in Short-Term Holding Facilities (prior to the STHF Rules 2018) (ZA v SSHD [2018] 4 WLR 34), following the partial victory in the Administrative Court on the failure to conduct a rule 34 Detention Centre Rules 2001 compliant assessments.

Sonali is currently acting in a challenge to the lawfulness of detention following the unlawful certification of a torture victim and certification of their asylum claim and whether the rule 35 process was compliant in 
ROO(Nigeria) v SSHD again following a partial success in the Administrative Court. This is a post-Hossain challenge to the Detained Asylum Casework ("DAC") process guidance and the failure to conduct a proper medical assessments in detention.

Sonali also currently acts in a very complex challenge concerned with the detention of a mentally ill torture survivor VRG dealt with in the Detained Fast-Track ("DFT") before 2014 which was stayed behind the test case of TN(Vietnam) in the Supreme Court.

Sonali acted in a test case in the Court of Appeal one concerning damages arising from the unlawful failure to provide bail accommodation and the other relating to re-detention of individuals whilst on bail granted by the FTT. The issue was whether when the Appellant was released on bail by the First-Tier Tribunal ("FTT"), the general powers in Paragraph 2(3) of Schedule 3 of the Immigration Act 1971 to detain persons subject to a deportation order could not used by the SSHD to re-detain a person where a bail order was in force (SSHD v Lucas [2018] EWCA Civ 2541). 

She is now acting for a detainee released by the High Court in a systemic challenge to the failure to provide section 95 accommodation to those granted bail by the Tribunal.

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Nationality

Sonali acts in high profile and complex nationality cases both judicial reviews and statutory appeal and undertakes a significant amount of advisory work.

In nationality following the long running nationality test case in Hysaj (from 2013 to 2017) challenging the 
SSHD's decisions to treat as a nullity British citizenship obtained by deception, culminating in the Supreme Court judgment Hysaj v SSHD [2017] UKSC 1195 allowing the appeals by consent, Sonali is now acting in a number of now statutory appeals challenging the ensuing deprivation decisions, including Hysaj (Deprivation of Citizenship: Delay) [2020] UKUT 128 (IAC),She also advises and acts in judicial reviews in relation to refusals to issue or decisions to withdraw British passports, and other related satellite litigation arising from this litigation, particularly now in light of the impact of the ‘hostile environment’ including immigration status on deprivation.
Prior to Hysaj, Sonali had acted in the leading cases on deprivation in the Upper Tribunal: AB (Nigeria) AB (British citizenship: deprivation; Deliallisi considered) Nigeria [2016] UKUT 00451 (IAC) a complex deprivation of nationality case on the test to be applied in such cases (foreseeability of the consequences of deprivation) where no simultaneous order for deportation made, whether a person retains ILR on deprivation of British citizenship, and Deliallisi (British citizen: deprivation appeal: Scope) [2013] UKUT 439(IAC).

She has also been involved with challenges to the SSHD's practice in relation to the registration of British citizen children, refusals of nationality on good character grounds in the High Court including BE v SSHD [2015] EWHC 905 (Admin) and in SIAC HN v SSHD - HN (Naturalisation : Substantive) [2015] UKSIAC SN_9_2014 (28 July 2015) (naturalisation refused on grounds of national security, first in series of test cases as to the application of SIAC rules to these naturalisation JR's (private)).

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Notable Cases & News

Home Office work policy for asylum seekers breaches s55 of the BCIA 2009

Sonali Naik QC, Ali Bandegani and Ubah Dirie, all of the Garden Court Chambers Public Law Team, instructed by Syed Naqvi of ITN Solicitors acted for R.

4 October 2021

Garden Court barristers appointed Legal Counsel to CEDAW People's Tribunal

Sonali Naik QC, Amanda Weston QC, Nicola Braganza, Grace Brown, Louise Hooper and Maria Moodie, all of Garden Court Chambers, are instructed pro bono to represent the CEDAW People's Tribunal.

14 May 2021

Home Office held in breach of Article 2 duty concerning death in immigration detention

Sonali Naik QC, Raza Halim and Stephen Clark of the Garden Court Chambers Public Law Team represented the Applicant. They were instructed by Jamie Bell and Toufique Hossain of Duncan Lewis Public Law Team.

14 April 2021

‘Running on empty’ – Garden Court Chambers contributes to Bar Council Report on Civil Legal Aid

The Bar Council has today released their Civil Legal Aid Research Report which reveals the severity of problems in the civil legal aid system and its implications for access to justice.

15 January 2021

Court of Appeal allows father of four’s deportation appeal

Sonali Naik QC and Helen Foot were counsel for the Appellant KB, instructed by Smita Bajaria of Bajaria Solicitors.

28 October 2020

Court of Appeal Declares the Home Secretary's Removal Policy Breaches the Constitutional Right of Access to Justice

Our Sonali Naik QC and Ali Bandegani of the Garden Court Immigration Team, instructed by Duncan Lewis and Stephanie Harrison QC for the European Human Rights Commission.

21 October 2020

Lord Chancellor accepts unlawfulness of new Legal Aid scheme for immigration and asylum appeals

Sonali Naik QC and Ali Bandegani of the Garden Court Chambers Immigration and Public Law Teams represented the claimants in two separate claims.

12 August 2020

New Afghanistan Country Guidance provides a clear pathway for asylum-seekers to win appeals

Sonali Naik QC, Ronan Toal and Gemma Loughran of the Garden Court Immigration Team represented the appellant, instructed by Kam Dhanjal of JD Spicer Zeb Solicitors.

7 May 2020

Sonali Naik QC wins Highly Commended Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion at Chambers Bar Awards 2019

We are delighted to announce that Sonali Naik QC of Garden Court Chambers won the Highly Commended Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion at the Chambers Bar Awards 2019.

1 November 2019

Sonali Naik QC and Ifeanyi Odogwu shortlisted for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion at Chambers Bar Awards 2019

We are delighted to announce that Sonali Naik QC and Ifeanyi Odogwu of Garden Court Chambers have been shortlisted for their Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion at the Chambers Bar Awards 2019.

10 September 2019

Court of Appeal remit Upper Tribunal Country Guideline case on Afghanistan and provide guidance on correct approach to internal relocation

Sonali Naik QC, Ronan Toal and Gemma Loughran were instructed by JD Spicer on behalf of the appellant. Ali Bandegani was instructed by Baker McKenzie for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

28 May 2019

Upper Tribunal find the Home Office's amended removal window policy unlawful in key respects

Sonali Naik QC and Ali Bandegani are instructed by Duncan Lewis for the applicants. 

14 December 2018

Upper Tribunal rules Home Office’s removal of disputed minor to Germany unlawful and orders his return to UK

QH is represented by Sonali Naik QC and Greg Ó Ceallaigh of the Garden Court Chambers Immigration Team.

4 December 2018

Sonali Naik QC announced BSN Lawyer of the Year at UK Diversity Legal Awards 2018

Sonali became a QC in 2018 and is the newly appointed Chair of Liberty.

22 November 2018

Supreme Court: Parental misconduct irrelevant to 'unduly harsh' test

Garden Court's Ian Macdonald QC, Sonali Naik QC and Helen Foot were counsel for the appellant KO, instructed by Oluwole Osibona of Freemans Solicitors.

24 October 2018

Sonali Naik QC and Una Morris shortlisted at the UK Diversity Legal Awards 2018

We are delighted to announce that Sonali Naik QC and Una Morris have both been shortlisted at the UK Diversity Legal Awards 2018.

21 September 2018

High Court quashes Secretary of State’s decisions to certify asylum claim and reject further submissions of LGBT torture victim

Garden Court’s Sonali Naik QC and Emma Fitzsimons represented the claimant, instructed by Sulaiha Ali of Duncan Lewis Solicitors.

5 June 2018

Home Office amends Removals Policy in response to legal challenge

Garden Court's Sonali Naik QC and Ali Bandegani represented the applicant.

25 May 2018

Afghan child challenges Home Office on 'Dubs Amendment' at the High Court

Garden Court’s Sonali Naik QC, Bryony Poynor and Miranda Butler represent the claimant, instructed by Duncan Lewis Solicitors.

7 March 2018

Clare Wade, Sonali Naik, Amanda Weston and Brenda Campbell appointed Queen’s Counsel

Garden Court Chambers is delighted to congratulate our four new silks appointed as Queen's Counsel on 26 February 2018.

26 February 2018

Sonali Naik named Lawyer of the Week in the Times

Sonali Naik, who will be appointed Queen's Counsel in February, has been named Lawyer of the Week.

12 January 2018

Clare Wade, Sonali Naik, Amanda Weston and Brenda Campbell to be appointed Queen's Counsel

Clare Wade, Sonali Naik, Amanda Weston and Brenda Campbell will be appointed Queen's Counsel in February 2018.

21 December 2017

Supreme Court allows nationality appeals

Counsel for the appellants were our Sonali Naik and Helen Foot, led by Stephen Knafler QC, Landmark Chambers.

21 December 2017

Supreme Court rules ‘deport first, appeal later’ system unlawful

Sonali Naik and Bijan Hoshi of Garden Court Chambers represented Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) as first Interveners.

14 June 2017

Supreme Court - Permission to appeal granted in nationality appeals

Sonali Naik and Helen Foot of Garden Court Chambers are acting on behalf of all three appellants.

1 March 2017

Government reneges on commitment to bring vulnerable unaccompanied refugee children to the UK

Sonali Naik and Bryony Poynor of Garden Court Chambers represent child asylum seekers in legal action against Government.

29 December 2016

Garden Court and Stephanie Harrison QC shortlisted for Human Rights and Public Law awards

Garden Court has been shortlisted at the Chambers Bar Awards, whilst Stephanie and our Public Law Team are shortlisted at the Legal 500 Awards.

21 October 2016

Sonali Naik and Tom Stoate shortlisted at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards

Sonali has been shortlisted for the Legal Aid Barrister Award Tom, for the Legal Aid Newcomer Award.

24 May 2016

Chambers UK Bar Guide ranks Garden Court in Band 1

Garden Court Chambers recognised as a leading set for immigration, social housing, civil liberties, police law, Court of Protection, crime and inquests and public inquiries.

30 October 2015

Unprecedented generic injunction from the Court of Appeal secured ahead of removal flight to Afghanistan

The Appellants, whose asylum claims had been refused, were represented by Sonali Naik, Louise Hooper, Ali Bandegani and Bryony Poynor of Garden Court Chambers.

25 August 2015

Legal Aid Agency forced to reconsider ‘exceptional case funding’ decision after vulnerable claimant’s human rights grounds ignored

Sonali Naik represented the claimant.

24 April 2015

Garden Court Chambers ranked Band 1 in Chambers UK 2014

We are once again delighted to have been ranked as a leading set by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers UK 2014 directory.

31 October 2013

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Publications

Sonali is a contributor to a leading text in the immigration field Macdonald's Immigration Law and Practice.

She has appeared in the media: TV, radio and press - writing articles in broadsheet newspapers and legal journals alike.

Sonali was interviewed for a feature article in The Guardian on the changing face of law (19 January 2018) and in September 2018 for Counsel Magazine's article, 'Not (yet) glass shattering' on the diversity, or lack thereof, among QCs in the UK.

Training and Seminars

Sonali is frequently invited to lead or contribute to seminars and conferences on human rights, immigration and asylum, and nationality, both on commercial immigration and most recently with UNHCR on Cessation of Refugee Status.

Sonali regularly delivers specialist immigration training on the Article 8 ECHR and the various aspects of asylum and immigration law including for the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA).

She was the consultant to the Project for the Registration of British Citizen Children (PRBCC) funded through the Strategic Legal Fund which resulted in the publication of their report in November 2014 and which led to several High Court judicial review cases arising from this research.

She has been appointed as the Chair of the Anti-Racism Commission at Lincoln College, Oxford. She is also a Bencher of Middle Temple.

Education

BA (Oxon) Jurisprudence
Inns of Court School of Law

Professional Membership

  • Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA)
  • Administrative Law Bar Association

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