Sasha Rozansky

Sasha Rozansky

Background

Sasha joined Deighton Pierce Glynn in 2008. She has been a partner since 2020 and is head of the Migrant Support Department. Prior to joining Deighton Pierce Glynn she worked at a law centre, the Citizens Advice Bureau and a refugee mental health advice centre.

Expertise

Sasha is a specialist in public law, EU law and human rights law. She has experience of conducting high-profile judicial review claims across a wide range of subject areas including migrant support, healthcare, housing, discrimination and equality duties and community care. Sasha is described in the Chambers Directory as “fantastic, very responsive … incredible … relentless and never gives up, and no problem is too small for her to deal with”. The Legal 500 Directory describes her as “an exceptional solicitor, with extensive experience in housing, public law and migrant support. She is equally at home achieving important results for individuals and bringing important strategic challenges ”.

Sasha’s migrant support work encompasses securing life-saving hospital treatment for foreign nationals, obtaining accommodation for homeless families, social services support for migrants with physical disabilities or poor mental health, getting suitable accommodation for asylum seekers and ensuring care leavers are properly supported. She represented clients who were successful in getting the Home Office to change its policies on protecting people from abuse who live in asylum support accommodation and dealing with urgent applications from destitute people for schedule 10 accommodation. Sasha also represented clients who successfully challenged the Home Office’s failure to have a lawful system in place to provide disabled people with suitable asylum support accommodation and prevented the Home Office from evicting thousands of people from asylum support accommodation during the pandemic.

Outside the field of migrant support, Sasha has been successful in challenging consultations and equality impact assessments where proposed cuts to services would greatly affect large groups of vulnerable people. She also uses the public sector equality duty to challenge decisions. These cases have included: Lambeth council agreeing to reinstate the full benefits of the Taxicard scheme to their residents; NHS Haringey carrying out an equality impact assessment in relation to the interpreting services it provides to patients at GP surgeries; a major NHS Trust withdrawing its decision to close all of its specialist mental health support services; the Home Office discontinuing with its “Go home or get arrested” advertising campaign; and challenging the decision to grant a licence to a sexual entertainment venue. She is also instructed by the Official Solicitor on behalf of a young woman whose prolific and life-threatening self-harming in prison custody has led to an Article 2 investigation commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, and by a client challenging the Independent Office for Police Conduct’s decision not to uphold her complaint against the police when she was being unlawfully evicted by her landlord.

Sample Cases

Significant cases in which Sasha has acted include:

R (AKN) v SSHD – Challenge to the Home Office’s decision to evict thousands of people out of asylum support accommodation before step 4 of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

R (KMI) v SSHD [2021] EWHC 477 – Challenge to the Home Office’s refusal to provide s.4 accommodation during the pandemic. The Court directed a bespoke streamline procedure for interim relief for destitute people who had appealed the Home Office’s refusal to provide them with s.4 accommodation. Also see here.

R (DMA) v SSHD [2020] EWHC 3416 (Admin)The Home Office’s failure to monitor the provision of asylum support accommodation to disabled people was in breach of the public sector equality duty by failing to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination and the need to advance equality of opportunity between disabled people and non-disabled people in receipt of asylum support. The Home Office had breached the duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people by failing to implement an effective system of prioritisation and failing to monitor the number of disabled people who it owed a duty to accommodate.

R (XN) v SSHD [2020] EWHC 2117 (Admin) – Challenge to the Home Office’s failure to have a policy in place to protect people who experience violence and anti-social behaviour in shared asylum support accommodation. Home Office agreed to amend its policy and pay the victim damages caused by the experience.

R (SM) v SSHD – Home Office agreed to amend policy and treat applications for schedule 10 support for destitute people urgently.

Pryce v LB Southwark  – Test case at the Court of Appeal on the application of Article 20 on the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and the Court of Justice of the European Union’s decision in Zambrano on eligibility for housing and social welfare.

R (Z) v South West London Health Authority – Judicial review of refusal of life saving cancer treatment to an EU national

R (M) v Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Trust – Judicial review challenging the refusal to give lifesaving cancer treatment to the primary carer of a British child

R (AL and CL) v LB Hackney, LB Enfield and SSHD – Judicial review against three defendants of the failure to act jointly to accommodate siblings who were children and care leavers

R (M) v Croydon – Judicial review of refusal to provide leaving care services

R (MC) v SSHD [2014], R (EJ) v SSHD [2014], R (NG) v SSHD and R (YA) v SSHD [2014] – a series of judicial review test cases challenging the Home Office’s systematic practice of refusing to give travel expenses to asylum seekers to enable them to maintain contact with their children