Hackney Community Law Centre is delighted to welcome Sonia Lenegan to the team as our new immigration solicitor! Sonia (pictured right) joined Hackney Community Law Centre in January 2017, having previously volunteered at South West London Law Centre when she was a Legal Practice Course student. She has volunteered with Camden Law Centre since 2013.
Sonia was admitted to the roll as a solicitor in November 2010. She has been an accredited Level Two Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Accreditation Scheme since 2010 and a Supervisor since 2012.
Sonia previously worked in the public law department at a private practice firm and also at the Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit. She is a co-convenor of the Courts and Tribunal Working Group for the Immigration Law Practitioners Association.
Sonia has a wide experience of immigration and asylum law, particularly in judicial review matters. Her experience includes, but is not limited to, applications for leave to remain in the UK, asylum claims, appeals, trafficking cases, unlawful detention cases and removal matters.
In her spare time, Sonia is an active political campaigner for the Green Party and the Women’s Equality Party. She also does yoga, pilates and runs (in 2017 she will run the Royal Parks Half marathon, Paris marathon and Hackney half marathon). Sonia enjoys going to live music gigs (mainly blues & Americana) and festivals (she’s attended Jazzfest in New Orleans three times). She also loves art, particularly street art photography, and is an avid traveller – (previous trips have included the Trans-Mongolian from China to Russia and walking the entirety of the South West Coast Path – 630 miles from Somerset to Dorset).