Earlier this year she brought a whole Home Office asylum programme to a halt after years of operating unlawfully. Now solicitor Sonal Ghelani of Islington Law Centre is shortlisted for a human rights award for her work.
Sonal, who heads the Migrants' Law Project at the Law Centre, has acted for the charity Detention Action in a series of legal actions against the Home Office and, later, the Lord Chancellor. These have focused on one asylum programme, Detained Fast Track (DFT), which locked up some asylum seekers in detention centres while the Home Office considered their applications.
For this and other achievements, Sonal has been shortlisted for the Human Rights Lawyer of the Year award in the Law Society Excellence Awards. The coveted awards, billed as 'celebrating brilliance', encompass the entire profession and are handed out every autumn in a prestigious ceremony in London.
Only last year another Law Centre solicitor, Diane Morrison of Hackney Community Law Centre, has won an Excellence Award as In-House Solicitor of the Year. We certainly hope that Sonal will follow suit this year.
Congratulations, Sonal, for a well-earned shortlisting. We're crossing our fingers for the ceremony on 22nd October!