- The Hon Society of Middle Temple (1993)
- The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
Immigration & Human Rights
"I believe in being a fearless activist and fighter and will use every weapon in my legal armoury to defend my clients. I am persistent and will never give up until every possible avenue has been explored."
Called to the UK Bar in 1993, Shivani has been providing cutting edge advice and legal representation to clients in her specialist field of immigration and related human rights ever since. Renowned for taking a pro-active and sometimes aggressive approach to the law, she also has the personal touch which gives her clients confidence in her ability to achieve their desired outcome.
Shivani has represented clients before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal as well as at First Tier and Upper Tribunal level. Her ability to convince a judge or tribunal of the merits of complex cases is unrivalled. She is a firm believer in the rights of every asylum seeker or migrant to be heard and she will fight to convince the Court to take into account all the applicant's circumstances before reaching its decision.
Shivani often appears in the media in relation to Human Rights issues such as being asked to analyse the leaked draft of the Counter Terrorism Act in Sri Lanka and its consequences for Tamils. In September 2017, Shivani spoke to the Panel Meeting at the 36th Session of the UNHRC on War Crimes Investigations by the Sri Lankan Government.
In March 2021, Shivani was asked by RTV to comment on the removal of Shamima Begum's citizenship and the refusal by the UK government to allow her back into the UK.