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An "incredibly bright solicitor who plans her cases to perfection in a meticulous and strategic manner." – Chambers and partners 2017
The "absolutely superb, meticulous, organised and passionate" Sapna Malik has established an impressive reputation for handling work at the intersection of human rights and personal injury law.  – Chambers and partners 2012
Sapna Malik is a partner in the international and group claims team and is an experienced litigator.

Sapna's cases include:
  • 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 case of the son of Jabbar Kareem Ali, who was drowned while in British custody in May 2003; and
  • the cases of several men detained and cruelly abused during the notorious Camp Breadbasket incident in May 2003.
  • claims arising from the British Army’s presence in Afghanistan. One of these claims, concerning the legality of the UK’s detention policy in Afghanistan, is to go to the Supreme Court, following the success by LD’s client in the Court of Appeal;
  • 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 was heard on two points of principle by the UK Supreme Court in November 2015.

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 2017 Recommended lawyer

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