After being called to the Bar in 1991 Sonali worked in the NGO sector for five years. Her experience of working in the voluntary sector and campaigning on immigration issues informs the kind of work that Sonali pursues in practice. Cases which lead to the extension and development of the rights of individuals and those which establish principles of broader policy application are her primary focus.
Through her practice and other activities, Sonali has been involved in speaking at public meetings and giving press and media commentary on the immigration debate. She is committed to lobbying for fair changes in the law and in contributing to an informed debate in the public and political arena.
Sonali has continued her involvement in the NGO sector and is a Board member of Liberty, a trustee of Freedom from Torture, a Council member of Justice, former Chair of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (“JCWI”) and now trustee of the Immigrants’ Aid Trust, as well as now a Patron of Clean Break Theatre Company working with women ex-offenders.
Sonali won the Highly Commended Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion at Chambers Bar Awards 2019.