This special event sees Sonali Naik QC in conversation with Deborah Coles (Director of INQUEST and Clean Break Trustee) as she shares stories of her personal motivation and passion for human rights and justice, her journey within the legal profession and her reflections on the role that Clean Break has played in women’s lives that have been affected by the justice system. Sonali, a Clean Break Patron (and previous Trustee), has been in practice at Garden Court Chambers since November 1998, specialising in public law cases and in all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality law.
Sonali Naik QC
After being called to the Bar in 1991 Sonali worked in the NGO sector for five years. Her experience of working in the voluntary sector and campaigning on immigration issues informs the kind of work that Sonali pursues in practice. Cases which lead to the extension and development of the rights of individuals and those which establish principles of broader policy application are her primary focus.
Through her practice and other activities, Sonali has been involved in speaking at public meetings and giving press and media commentary on the immigration debate. She is committed to lobbying for fair changes in the law and in contributing to an informed debate in the public and political arena.
Sonali has continued her involvement in the NGO sector and is a Board member of Liberty, a trustee of Freedom from Torture, a Council member of Justice, former Chair of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants ("JCWI") and now trustee of the Immigrants' Aid Trust, as well as now a Patron of Clean Break Theatre Company working with women ex-offenders.
Deborah Coles is Director of INQUEST and leads its strategic policy and legal work. She has considerable expertise of working to prevent the deaths and ill treatment of people in all forms of detention, and for more effective learning and accountability. She is consulted by government, parliamentarians, and other stakeholders at a national and international level. She is a regular media commentator and has advised on radio and TV documentaries and theatre productions. She is also a member of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody and a trustee of the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize.