About Aneela Samrai
Aneela is currently a Trainee Solicitor in the Civil Liberties & Human Rights team assisting Susie Labinjoh. She assists with a range of civil liberties cases including claims for false imprisonment, assault, misfeasance in public office, misuse of private information, breaches of the Data Protection Act 2018, breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998 and also inquests.
Aneela’s first seat was in the Housing & Property Disputes team, assisting the head of the team, Jayesh Kunwardia. She assisted with various housing matters including unlawful eviction, disrepair, and homelessness. Aneela worked on a variety of complex and high-profile judicial review challenges including challenges to HS2 Ltd’s Three Tunnels Design for the Euston Approaches, the Latin Village Compulsory Purchase Order and a local authority decision to cut funding for vital grassroots charities. She worked on Court of Appeal and Supreme Court cases.
Her second seat was in the Personal Injury team, assisting Peter Todd with complex and high-value clinical negligence and personal injury claims, multi-party product liability actions, and judicial review challenges. She assisted with a multi-party action relating to Pandemrix® vaccine (the 2009/10 pandemic swine flu vaccine) where the Claimants all have narcolepsy (a serious incurable neurological disorder) after the swine flu vaccination and also a multi-party liability claim against Oculentis B.V. relating to injury and loss caused by defective intraocular lenses. In addition, Aneela assisted Nina Ali with an Inquest.
Her third seat was in the Crime team assisting Caroline Liggins, Chloe Hartnell and Graeme Hydari. She worked on a variety of criminal matters often with young and vulnerable clients.
Prior to joining Hodge Jones & Allen, Aneela was a paralegal at another firm in their Public Law and Community Care Department. In this role she routinely assisted often vulnerable clients in judicial review challenges of Home Office, other Government Department and Local Authority decisions. Aneela also worked as a paralegal in an Employment Law Department assisting solicitors to represent claimants in a large and high profile group claim pursuing equal pay in a UK supermarket.
Aneela has volunteered with Refugee Action, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum, the Free Representation Unit, Legal Advice Centres and Camden Citizens’ Advice Bureau. In 2019 she volunteered with European Lawyers in Lesvos assisting lawyers to provide free asylum advice in Moria Refugee Camp, Lesvos.
Aneela is on the Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) National Committee and is spearheading YLAL’s anti-racism work. She also mentors aspiring lawyers through YLAL and Urban Lawyers.
- “I just wanted to thank you [Aneela] and the team at Hodge Jones and Allen’s solicitors. You have been extremely professional, supportive, understanding and clearly experts in your field. You have supported me to make a small but significant positive change in a situation affecting disabled people’s health and welfare. I appreciated that you listened to me and my desire for proceedings to be handled in a very respectful manner to all parties. I would gladly recommend you and your firm to others needing to get legal support.”
- “I am genuinely very grateful for all your hard work. Always happy to recommend if you ever need it. Thank you so much for everything you’ve done on our case. You have always dealt with us with professionalism, sensitivity, and care and it has been most appreciated. I have felt supported throughout the case and appreciated your guidance through the justice system. You have been beyond helpful and your kindness has meant the world.”
- “Aneela has always made herself available to us, answering any questions we had and giving us any information, we needed. Her manner in dealing with the sensitive nature of the case meant I instantly trusted and respected her which made it easy to talk things through. I’ve really appreciated everything Aneela has done and how empathetic and kind she has been throughout which always made me feel calm and reassured despite the stress of the case. Wishing her all the best for the future and am deeply thankful for all of her hard work.”
Career & Personal Interests
- Trainee Solicitor, Hodge Jones & Allen, September 2019 -present
- Paralegal (Public Law and Community Care), Bhatia Best Solicitors, October 2018 – June 2019
- Paralegal (Employment), Leigh Day, June 2018 – October 2018
- Young Legal Aid Lawyers
- LLM Legal Practice Course (Distinction), Nottingham Law School
- Law LLB (Hons), First Class, University of Manchester
In her spare time Aneela enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys live music and has volunteered as an Oxfam Festival Steward multiple times.