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The team is full of great lawyers who are able and passionate about the work that they do. Sapna Malik is obviously very good. – Legal 500 2020
She is always totally on top of the case - she knows every bit of it, and she really goes beyond the call of duty for her client. – Chambers and partners 2020
Human rights lawyer of the year 2019

Sapna Malik is a partner in the international and group claims team and is an experienced litigator. She is winner of the Law Society's Human Rights Solicitor of the Year award 2019.

Sapna's cases include:  

  • claims on behalf of rendition victims from Libya (Belhaj and Al Saadi and their families) brought against the UK Security Services (MI5 and MI6). One of these claims settled for over £2m in 2012; whilst the other settled in May 2018, after succeeding in the Supreme Court, with an unreserved apology from the British Prime Minister;
  • a claim on behalf of former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Binyam Mohammed, against the UK Security Services which settled in November 2010 and led to the setting up of The Detainee Inquiry;
  • test claims on behalf of Iraqi detainees against the British Ministry of Defence, who succeeded in their claims for unlawful detention and mistreatment following a ground-breaking judgment delivered in December 2017;
  • the case of Baha Mousa (deceased) who died in British military custody within 96 hours of his detention in Basra in September 2003, and the cases of the nine men tortured alongside him;
  • the cases of Ahmed Kareem Ali and Saeed Shabram who drowned while in British military custody in May 2003; 
  • the cases of several men detained and cruelly abused by British military during the notorious Camp Breadbasket incident in May 2003;
  • claims arising from the British Army’s presence in Afghanistan.

Sapna is recommended by Chambers and Partners for her international work and, in particular, for her expertise in unlawful detention cases against the UK government: ‘Sapna Malik is sought after for her experience in foreign unlawful detention and treatment claims. Commentators say she has "an exceptionally keen legal mind and a very strong strategic instinct." (2015).
‘Sapna Malik is well known for her specialist international practice, having recently acted for a former Libyan dissident and his wife in a rendition claim against the UK government.’ (2014); ‘The "absolutely superb, meticulous, organised and passionate" Sapna Malik enters this year's rankings having established an impressive reputation for handling work at the intersection of human rights and personal injury law. "Her preparation is meticulous. She is highly organised, industrious, incisive and focused," say sources.
She acts for a number of Iraqi and British clients against the British government alleging abuse, torture or negligence. Recently she achieved a mediated settlement with the government for Binyam Mohamed, the former Guantanamo detainee.’ (2012)
Sapna was invited to join the Foreign Secretary’s  Advisory Group on Human Rights in December 2010 and remained a member of the Group until early 2015.
Sapna joined Leigh Day as a trainee in 1996, qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and was made a partner in 2005.

Key cases


  • Chambers guide to the legal profession
  • Legal 500 Next Generation Lawyer

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