17 May DPG is delighted to appoint a new solicitor commited to social justice
We are delighted that DPG’s Trainee, Ahmed Ali, has passed all exams with flying colours, completed his training and has accepted a permanent position as a solicitor here.
Before joining DPG in 2017, Ahmed worked at non-government organisations conducting research relating to democracy and human rights in the Gulf.
As a trainee, he assisted Sue Willman on a wide range of complex public law and human rights litigation, gaining experience in immigration detention, trafficking and migrant support cases, including several significant and successful strategic judicial reviews.
These cases include the Napier barracks judicial review; obtaining release and accommodation from immigration detention for people with learning disabilities, seeking damages for disabled athletes discriminated against in transport provision and an intervention for NGOs in the Court of Appeal challenging the UK’s licensing of arms exports to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.
Ahmed is known for his initiative, commitment, efficiency and determination.
Now qualified, Ahmed will continue to work on cases to ensure the government acts lawfully, defending the rights of migrants and others facing social exclusion due to austerity policies and the hostile environment.
“I am very proud to be given this opportunity to continue my journey at DPG as a solicitor. This is a time when hostility towards our vulnerable clients and the profession is at a high. As Legal Aid lawyers, we must be ready for the challenges ahead, which include the government’s attacks on refugee protections through the Nationality and Borders Act, weakening of peoples’ human rights and the removal of vulnerable asylum seekers to Rwanda. DPG has always put its clients at the forefront and I look forward to doing the same as a solicitor.”