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Sasha Barton

Sasha Barton | Partner

sbarton@hja.net 020 7874 8490

Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2015

I graduated from Cambridge University in 1999 with a degree in English Literature. I worked at the Commission for Racial Equality from 2002 to 2005, specialising in advising public bodies on the race equality duty and Gypsy and Irish Traveller law and policy. I qualified as a solicitor on 1st May 2009 and became an Associate in July 2012.

I now specialise in actions against the police, prisons, immigration detention claims and judicial reviews. I have a particular interest in claims involving unlawful discrimination and human rights breaches. I also deal with miscarriages of justice and claims under the Data Protection Act 1998. I often represent very vulnerable victims, including clients who have been traumatised by sexual assault.

I was short-listed for a Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award 2012 in the category “Young Legal Aid Lawyer” and nominated as Junior Lawyer of the Year in the Law Society Excellence Awards 2013.

I have been recognised in Chambers & Partners 2014 as a Star Associate in the field of Civil Liberties & Human Rights, being described as having abilities “such that it is like discussing a case with another member of the Bar”. I am also listed as an Associate to Watch in the field of Police Law, Mainly Claimant, described as “a star in the making, tactically astute and with forensic insight”. I am ranked in Chambers UK and have also been recognised in the Legal 500 “as a standout senior associate”.

Education

  • Rye St Anthony School 1988 – 1995
  • Robinson College, Cambridge University 1996 – 1999

Career

  • Senior policy officer at the Commission for Racial Equality from 2002-2005
  • Trainee Solicitor, Hodge Jones & Allen LLP 2007-2009
  • Associate, Hodge Jones & Allen LLP 2012

Client comments

  • “Sasha Barton is an exemplary lawyer. She has treated my case and me with passion and conviction as if I were a member of her own family.”
  • “I first had contact with Sasha in February 2011, just being able to talk to her at the time was an absolute ‘breath of fresh air’, as here was someone who was not just hearing what I was saying but was listening & understanding with such precision, and also knowing which direction we needed to take. Sasha was always prepared to push the case forwards with confidence & pure professionalism at each stage. And she gave us inspiration, as she understood the emotional aspect that was often quite heavy for us to bear.”
  • “You pursued this case with relentless vigour and commitment from the start and have not been afraid to go the extra mile when necessary… I have been particularly impressed and would have no hesitation in recommending you to others.”
  • “Whilst being highly professional, she was also very empathetic and understanding… I particularly appreciated her thoroughness in dealing with the case – and her detailed explanations of what to expect at each stage of the process, and patience in answering all my questions.”

Barrister comments

  • “Sasha Barton is excellent – absolutely meticulous, and with superb judgment.”
  • “Sasha brings a fierce commitment and passion to all of her cases. But she also brings subtlety and understanding both for her clients’ needs and how best to present their case on their behalf.”
  • “She is remarkably able to anticipate difficult points and to seek to counter them in the strongest way possible. She is not intimidated by the tactics employed by police and Home Office lawyers in this strongly-contested field of litigation.”
  • “She has an excellent manner with clients who trust her implicitly and is a pleasure to work with as a result both of her intimate and incisive knowledge of each case.”

Notable Cases

  • Kevin Dennis, Ismail Ali, Justin Tunbridge, Barry George & Iain Lawless v The Secretary of State for Justice (Miscarriage of Justice Judicial review, first 3 claimants have appealed to the Court of Appeal, judgment awaited)
  • Alexander Walker v The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (Action Against the Police going to Court of Appeal March 2014)
  • JDR v Marriott, Virgin Active and Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis
  • R (on the application of ZH) v the First Tier Tribunal (judicial review of First Tier Tribunal of criminal injuries compensation in sexual assault case).

Publications

  • Gypsy & Traveller Law, 1st and 2nd Editions (chapter on Race Discrimination)

Membership & Appointments

  • Police Action Lawyers Group
  • Discrimination Law Association

Personal Interests

Running Marathons, skiing, swimming, walking, cycling, reading, cinema & theatre.