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Sapna Malik

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Sapna is a partner with over 19 years of litigation experience who specialises in international personal injury and civil liberties claims. She has a reputation for bringing ground-breaking cases, which have involved 5 hearings before the Supreme Court since 2015. Sapna acted for former Libyan dissident Abdul-Hakim Belhaj and his wife Fatima Boudchar in a claim against former Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, and former head of counter-terrorism at MI6, Sir Mark Allen for their alleged participation in the unlawful rendition of the couple to Libya in 2004. In January 2017, the Supreme Court held that neither State immunity nor the Foreign Act of State doctrine prevented the case from being tried in the English courts and in May 2018 the Prime Minister gave the claimants an unreserved apology for the UK’s involvement. Sapna has represented Iraqi and Afghan individuals in cases resulting in a Supreme Court ruling on the nature and extent of the MOD’s powers and obligations regarding the detention of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan. A ground-breaking High Court judgment delivered in December 2017 found that Sapna’s Iraqi clients had been subjected to unlawful detention and mistreatment by the MOD, including breaches of the Geneva Conventions

Career

Sapna joined Leigh Day as a trainee in 1996, qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and was made a partner in 2005.