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 am ranked in Chambers UK 2018 in which I am regarded by clients as “incredibly committed and dedicated. She is greatly admired for her approach to cases: Having her is like working with the best of silks as well as solicitors – she works every angle and does great work as a result. She is a phenomenon.” I have also been ranked in the Legal 500 and described as”exceptionally bright and perceptive”.
- Rye St Anthony School 1988 – 1995
- Robinson College, Cambridge University 1996 – 1999
- 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
- “I had great reservations in bringing a case against a national organisation. It was a case which no one else saw value in. Hodge, Jones & Allen took the time to understand exactly what had happened to me and were prepared to fight on my behalf when all others wouldn’t. They never promised me the world. They never promised that I would win. They never said it would be easy but they did always tell the truth. They explained everything, in detail, including costs and liabilities. They allowed me to ask questions whenever I had them. They acted on my requests but in turn I had to trust them. The rust of all of this was not that I got the apology that I wanted but it did go some way towards it. They fought harder than I could have expected and never left me concerned once. From the moment they took the case, my worries faded – now, they have gone completely. I was concerned before I entered into the agreement in case I ended up with a big bill but that never happened because I took their advice and trusted them. I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again (Although I hope I don’t need to) and I would easily recommend them to anyone. I can’t thank them enough!”
- “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.”
- “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.”
- 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)
- Walker v the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis  EWCA Civ 897 (1 July 2014)
- 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).
- El Husseini v The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis  EWHC
- Gypsy & Traveller Law, 1st and 2nd Editions (chapter on Race Discrimination)
Membership & Appointments
- Police Action Lawyers Group
- Discrimination Law Association
Running Marathons, skiing, swimming, walking, cycling, reading, cinema & theatre.