Viewing: Public Law for Shanthi Sivakumaran

Shanthi has a growing practice in public law, in particular public inquiries and inquests. She also has substantial experience in immigration and asylum law accepting instructions in judicial review challenges, and statutory appeals.
Shanthi has been instructed as Junior Counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry since 2017. During Phase 1 of the Inquiry, she played a key role in the calling of survivors’ evidence and assisted the Chairman in the preparation of his Phase 1 Report. Shanthi continues to work closely with lead counsel in Phase 2 of the Inquiry.
In addition, Shanthi has experience in international criminal law, having interned with the Defence Team for Mustafa Baddredine, the former military leader of Hezbollah, at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
Before coming to the Bar, Shanthi developed a career in international development policy and human rights in Asia. Shanthi worked with civil society from Africa and Asia to ensure local voices and experiences were represented in international forums, most notably the negotiations for sustainable development goals. She was regularly invited as a Panel Speaker on human rights and development by UN Agencies and International NGOs and has spoken at events held in Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand and Switzerland and Vietnam.
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She is very good with clients, she makes them feel confident about their case, she empowers them whilst at the same time ensuring that complex areas of law can be understood. She is also careful in her approach and can ease clients though potential legal problems in their cases.
Notable Cases
Grenfell Tower Inquiry
In 2017, Shanthi was instructed as Junior Counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. In Phase 1, she worked closely with Lead Counsel to the Inquiry preparing and calling evidence from survivors. She also assisted the Chairman in the drafting of the Phase 1 Report. She continues to work closely with Lead Counsel to the Inquiry in the preparations for Phase 2.
Reported Cases
R (oao Gureckis and ors) [2017] EWHC 3298 (Admin)
Led by Marie Demetriou QC in a major strategic judicial review challenge to the Home Office policy of treating rough sleeping as an abuse of EU treaty rights. AIRE Centre intervened in the case. The High Court held that the Home Office’s policy was unlawful.
Exhibition Award, Inner Temple
Administrative Law Bar Association
Bar Human Rights Committee
Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association
Criminal Bar Association
2015 Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law
2010 LLM International Human Rights Law, SOAS, University of London
2009 LLB European and English Law, University of Leeds
2008 Erasmus Study Programme, Universite de Jean-Moulin III, France
UKLGIG, Still Falling Short, The standard of Home Office decision making in asylum claims based on sexual orientation and gender identity
Panel Speaker, After Windrush: deconstructing the Hostile Environment, at RebLaw UK 18
November 2018
Panel Speaker, Violent Borders event with STRIKE!, London UK
May 2017
Panel Speaker, Refugee Law Initiative Conference, London, UK
June 2016
Human Rights Lawyers Association Journal, The Year of Reckoning of the International Criminal Court (2015) 1 YHRL
TRIAL, FIDH, ECCHR, Make Way for Justice: Universal Jurisdiction Annual Review 2015 (contributor)
Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, Internal Report: Reviewing monitoring and accountability mechanisms for the Beijing Declaration and Plan of Action