Sura is a solicitor in the Human Rights Department.
She joined Saunders Law in November 2020, having completed her training contract at another firm. Sura has experience in a variety of cases including civil claims and judicial reviews against various public bodies who have acted unlawfully. These bodies include the Home Office, Police authorities, the Disclosure and Barring Service, the Probation Service, the Information Commissioner’s Office, the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the Ministry of Justice, Local Authorities, the Independent Press Standards Organisation, the Ministry of Defence, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Her Majesty’s Passport Office. Given the range of cases she has worked on, she is not afraid to take on cases with novel issues and is willing to think outside the box when it comes to finding pragmatic solutions for clients. Sura has acted both for individuals and organisations.
Sura is particularly interested in cases with international elements and has worked on claims against British authorities for their role in torture and rendition of foreign nationals abroad and drafted submissions to the UN and other inter-governmental bodies on behalf of political parties in respect of unlawful death penalties and human rights breaches abroad. Sura is also interested in the intersect between data rights and human rights and has worked on several cases which involve the misuse of individuals’ data, including litigation brought against Cambridge Analytica and Facebook for their notorious data breaches.
In her current practice, Sura focuses on civil claims, inquests and challenges to public bodies by way of judicial review. This includes challenging decisions not to prosecute by the CPS and police on behalf of survivors of sexual violence through the Victim’s Right to Review scheme and cases where the police have failed to conduct adequate investigations, inquests arising from deaths in state custody such as in prison or following arrest or detention by police officers and claims for damages against public bodies for personal injury, discrimination, false imprisonment and breaches of the Human Rights Act.
Prior to completing her training, Sura worked at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in both London and Jordan, where she worked on a number of issues, including international resettlement programs.
Sura is a member of the Police Actions Lawyers Group, Inquest Lawyers Group and the Law Society’s International Action Team for the Middle East and North Africa.