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Sarah is a Senior Solicitor within the team at Katani & Co and is responsible for a varied workload of immigration and asylum matters.
Sarah has extensive experience of representing asylum-seeking clients in their claims to the Home Office (both at initial claim stage and as fresh claims), as well as before the First Tier and Upper Tribunals (Immigration and Asylum Chamber). In the event of a successful asylum claim, Sarah advises on family reunion applications for family members.
Sarah has a particular expertise and interest in the preparation and presentation of cases relating to LGBT identity and gender-based violence, and has extensive experience of presenting claims under the full range of Convention reasons from individuals originating from a range of countries including Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, India, Kuwait, Sri Lanka, China, Gambia, Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia and Namibia. Sarah also has experience of advising on deportation.
Sarah has a very good success-rate before the Tribunal and takes pride in guiding her clients through each stage of the asylum process, at both Home Office and Tribunal level, to achieve their goal of a new, safe life in the UK.
Sarah also advises on a full range of immigration matters, with a particular focus on family migration. Sarah assists with applications for: visit visas, in-country and entry clearance applications for leave to remain under Tier 2, Tier 4 and Appendix FM (as well as so-called “outside of the rules” applications based upon Article 8 ECHR).
Sarah has substantial experience of instructing Counsel in petitions for Judicial Review. This experience is vital in the significant number of cases where In the event that a decision taken by the Home Office or Upper Tribunal is unlawful.
Prior to joining Katani & Co, Sarah qualified as a solicitor in Scotland in July 2015 after completing her legal traineeship within a large, corporate firm and gaining experience in many different fields including wills and executries, corporate translations, company secretarial work and civil litigation (including both Sheriff Court and Court of Session work). After working as a qualified solicitor for 18 months, advising on a full range of public law litigation and regulatory matters, Sarah dedicated herself to the practice of immigration and asylum law from December 2016.
Clients appreciate Sarah’s knowledgeable, pragmatic and professional approach whilst also maintaining a friendly and sympathetic manner. She aims to set her clients at ease at all times to maintain an open dialogue on all relevant issues. Her background in corporate legal practice gives her particular insight into the needs and concerns of business clients and ensures that she approaches all such cases with the necessary commercial awareness.
In her spare time, Sarah can usually be found watching some live music, a good film or spending time with family and her faithful best friend – her Jack Russell, Nacho.
Qualifications & prof organisation memberships
● LLB, University of Glasgow, 2012● Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, University of Glasgow, 2013● Holder of a full practising certificate (as issued by the Law Society of Scotland) since July 2015