“Sonia is a sharp, incisive and analytical solicitor. Her focus always remains on bringing about the best outcome for her client but at the same time she is not afraid of offering a differing opinion if she feels it’s the correct thing to do. She is able not just to deal with today’s problem but also extrapolate that to eventual possible outcomes for the client . She is very easy to work with and nothing is too much trouble for her. Her administrative ability is head and shoulders above many others and allows her to be very knowledgeable about her client’s case with information always at her fingertips and this particularly stands her apart from many other solicitors who are in the same field.”
Sonia is regularly involved in complex multi-jurisdictional cases.
Sonia’s experience includes acting for various individuals and corporate entities in respect of criminal and civil investigations; and all general litigation matters.
Sonia has acted for various applicants listed on the EU Sanctions lists who have either been successfully de-listed after a substantive hearing before the General Court in Luxembourg, or beforehand by making detailed representations to the EU Council.
Sonia’s experience also includes successfully obtaining licences from the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) in respect of dealing with, and receiving funds from frozen assets; and making representations in respect of restrictive measures such as travel bans.
Public Law and Human Rights:
Sonia’s experience includes various legal challenges against government agencies such as challenging search warrants obtained and executed by the NCA and HMRC.
Sonia has been acting for the Chatwani family & others since 2015 in their various claims, such as challenging search warrants and a production order obtained by the NCA which, following the substantive Judicial Review hearings were declared unlawful and the NCA were refused relief under section 59 of the CJPA; and successfully challenging authorisations by the Surveillance Commissioner to allow covert surveillance at the headquarters of companies owned and/or controlled by the Chatwani family. These authorisations were quashed by way of judgment dated 20 July 2015. This case resulted in the IPT making the first ever award for costs in favour of the Chatwani family, against the NCA. As a result of the successful legal actions taken on behalf of the Chatwani family, the NCA’s investigation ‘Operation Heterodon’ was the subject of vast public criticism and an independent review. Sonia proceeded to act for the Chatwani family in settling a damages claim and obtaining a public letter of apology from the NCA.
Sonia Ahmad was also instructed on a complex privacy case for over 18 months on behalf of her clients in a matter before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT). See Case Update
Sonia’s experience also includes acting on environmental cases. Sonia has been instructed on behalf of a corporate entity in respect of allegations of committing offences under Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 and potential offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
The Environmental Offences related were for carrying out a flood risk activity, namely excavation works within 8 metres of a main river, without a flood risk activity permit; and carrying out a flood risk activity, namely the deposit of excavated materials on the banks and the re-profiling of the banks of a main river, without a flood risk activity permit. See Case Update
General Litigation, Fraud, Regulatory and Business Crime:
Sonia is presently acting for various defendants in a complex multi-jurisdictional matter where by the defendants have been the subject of worldwide and domestic freezing injunctions, propriety injunctions, and various Orders obtained on the basis of serious allegations of fraud put forward.
She is presently instructed on a number of tax investigations into numerous corporate entities and also has previous experience of acting on behalf of Appellants and Respondents in Court of Appeal cases against HMRC.
Sonia has previously been instructed by: various companies in association with with one of the largest private prosecution matters; by person(s) subject to sting operations by Mazher Mahmood, more commonly known as the ‘False Sheikh’; by individuals and corporate entities due to their alleged involvement in a ‘pension liberating scheme’.
Sonia obtained a BA in Economics and Law from the University of Leicester; her Legal Practice Course and LLM Legal Practice from BPP Leeds; and thereafter qualified as a solicitor in London in 2014.
Sonia travels frequently and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
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