- Location: London City Office
- Role: Supervising Solicitor
- Practice Area: Community Care
Education and Qualifications:
- 2008 LPC College of Law (Distinction)
- 2007 GDL City University (Commendation)
- 2002 MA University of Sussex
- 2001 BA (Hons) SOAS, University of London
- 2014 – present: Solicitor, GT Stewart
- 2010 – 2014: Solicitor, Public Services Law, Fisher Meredith LLP
- 2008 – 2010: Trainee Solicitor, Fisher Meredith LLP
Before training as a solicitor, Samia worked as refugee and asylum seeker advice worker for the Citizens Advice Bureau, provided support for unaccompanied minors through a major housing association and worked for a local authority in their asylum seekers service.
Samia practices in both education and community care law and often acts where the two issues overlap, for example children with disabilities.
Samia specialises in community care cases where there is an immigration crossover, advising clients on asylum support, age disputes and duties under the Children Act 1989. Samia has successfully assisted a number of families in accessing accommodation and support under the Children Act 1989.
Samia also specialises in support for young asylum seekers and has brought judicial review challenges against Local Authorities where inadequate support has been offered to this particularly vulnerable group. Samia has successfully challenged a number of local authority age assessments and brought a number of judicial reviews against the local authority in age dispute cases.
Samia acts for both children and adults in community care matters. This includes requesting community care assessments, advice on care planning, delivery of services and actions against the social services departments of local authorities.
Samia advises parents of children who have been excluded, are out of school or have special educational needs. She has experience of advising clients in relation to the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Tribunal, school admission appeals and school exclusion appeals. Samia has also advised schools in relation to their duties under the Equality Act 2010.
- School Admissions
- School Exclusions