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Practice Areas

Nusrat specializes in public law and human rights . She has a particular interest in assisting vulnerable clients, unaccompanied minors, trafficked individuals and those with mental health problems. She brings cases against central and local government bodies for failing in their duties, as well as claims against traffickers who have exploited her clients.

Nusrat is focused on improving state support for victims of trafficking and modern slavery. She often advocates for safeguarding support and accommodation for victims who are facing homelessness and risks of further exploitation.

Career

Nusrat joined Wilson Solicitors in 2014 having qualified as a solicitor at Fisher Meredith.

In 2017 Nusrat was awarded a Research Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to compare the UK’s models of support to those in the US and Europe, for victims of trafficking and modern slavery who are involved with criminal prosecutions against their traffickers. She presented her research findings in 2018 and made recommendations to improve the UK’s systems. The research has been shared widely, including by Anti-Slavery International and endorsed by Luis deBaca who was the US ambassador for trafficking.

Nusrat was highly commended as Human Rights Lawyer of the Year at the 2019 Law Society Excellence Awards for Human Rights Lawyer of the Year. Nusrat was also shortlisted as a finalist for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year 2019, in the Children’s Rights category, organized by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group.

Clients

Nusrat is currently instructed in a ground-breaking case at the Employment Tribunal dealing with diplomatic immunity in trafficking case, where it was established for the first time that a current diplomat is not protected from claims of human trafficking and modern slavery. The judgement was appealed by the Defendant and was the first claim to be granted a leapfrog certificate from the Employment Appeals Tribunal directly to the Supreme Court this year. In recognition of her work in this field, Nusrat was shortlisted in the 2019 Anti-Slavery Day Awards, for Outstanding Contribution to the fight against Slavery, in the Enabling and Supporting Survivor Rights and Entitlements category.

Work Highlights

In 2018 Nusrat was instructed in the lead case, K and AM v SSHD [2018] EWHC 2951 (Admin), challenging the cuts by the Home Office to subsistence monies paid to support victims. The High Court found the cuts to be unlawful, resulting in victim support being reinstated to the full amount, and rebates being paid of around £1 million.

In 2019 Nusrat gave oral evidence in Parliament to the Home Affairs Select Committee for their Inquiry into Modern Slavery. She outlined key issues for victims in relation to support services, immigration and the criminal justice system particularly highlighting problems of victims being wrongfully criminalized by the police and immigration systems, instead of being correctly identified and protected. Nusrat was instructed in a significant challenge to police policies in relation to this issue, leading to the defendant police force rescinding their policy.

Awards

Highly Commended - Human Rights Lawyer of the Year

Law Society Excellence Award

2019