Sonia is personable and approachable. She is a calm and flexible advocate.
Sonia Birdee is a specialist in challenging discrimination arising in the context of housing and claimant led actions. She has acted to safeguard the rights of tenants and those seeking housing across the full spectrum of housing law for over 15 years
Sonia acts for claimants in discrimination actions across most aspects of the Equality Act 2010.
She acts in judicial review proceedings and proceedings raising public law and human rights issues. She acts for claimants in claims against the police.
Sonia undertakes publicly funded work and CFA work and was appointed to the Equality Human Rights Commission panel of preferred counsel in 2019.
Sonia read jurisprudence at Wadham College, Oxford and completed the bar vocational course at the University of the West of England.
Sonia is an experienced and well-respected housing practitioner with over 15 years’ experience. She represents tenants and homeless applicants across the full range of housing law and appears at all levels from county court to High Court and from first instance to appeal.
Sonia has a multi-disciplinary practice which includes community care and discrimination, areas which frequently overlap with her housing practice. She has particular expertise in cases involving the Equality Act 2010 and was appointed to the EHRC panel in 2019. She is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor.
Sonia presented a session about disability discrimination in Housing law at the 2017 JUSTICE conference. She regularly provides housing law training.
Sonia represents claimants who have experienced discrimination in breach of the Equality Act 2010 and her practice includes all of the protected characteristics and all duties, save for employment, within that Act.
Sonia has expertise in dealing with discrimination in a housing law context and has extensive experience in dealing with mental health in the context of disability and the overlap with community care.
Sonia was on the management committee of the Discrimination Law Association, Manchester branch between 2017 and 2019.
Sonia is on the Equality Human Rights Commission panel of preferred counsel
Examples of Sonia’s work include:
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