ITN Solicitors > London, England > Firm Profile

ITN Solicitors
19-21 Great Tower Street
London
EC3R 5AQ
England

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 3

ITN Solicitors‘ ‘brilliant‘ team handle all areas of serious crime, but have standout expertise in cases involving terrorism and national security issues. Team lead Itpal Dhillon is a notable terrorism specialist, and has acted on numerous high profile cases in the area. Managing partner Nadeem Thanvi specialises in serious organised crime and homicide, while Simon Natas, ‘one of the most experienced and respected in the profession‘, has significant experience on freedom of expression and rights of assembly. Sexual offences, including historic allegations, are covered by Hilary Doherty.

Practice head(s):

Itpal Dillon

Testimonials

‘Lawyers are brilliant. Fast thinking and knowledgeable.’

‘Hilary Doherty – client care is second to none. Legal knowledge is through. Preparation is amazing.’

‘Very experienced criminal team, dealing with a range of serious crime and fraud. The quality across the board is excellent and you are always likely to get a highly intelligent and dedicated solicitor.’

‘Simon Natas is a star and one of the most experienced and respected in the profession. He always has an innovative and effective approach to cases and has an exceptional legal brain.’

‘Brilliant team totally committed to defence work. Have very useful crossover with civil liberties and police action work.’

‘Simon Natas is extremely experienced – from the Magistrate’s Court to the Supreme Court, he can handle it all. ‘

‘This team go above and beyond. They are extremely experienced and do an exceptional job with every task before them.’

‘Simon is a wonderful, generous and kind man, this combined with his extensive knowledge and expertise made him a delight to work with.’

Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights Tier 3

ITN Solicitors is a leading firm in the regulation of protest arena; the team undertakes a wide range of civil actions arising from wrongful arrests and assaults, public law challenges arising from policing issues, and advisory work with NGOs and campaigning organisations. In addition, the group regularly represents activists who are the subject of injunction proceedings – current clients include Extinction Rebellion and anti-HS2 campaigners. National security and prisoner rights are further areas of expertise. Lochlinn Parker heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Lochlinn Parker

Other key lawyers:

William Kenyon; Sam Hall

Testimonials

‘ITN’s civil liberties practice is wide ranging and the team has a highly regarded reputation within the sector. The team undertakes high profile and complex damages claims and associated judicial review matters.’

‘William Kenyon is a really quick thinker and can get to grips with complex matters quickly, including cases involving closed material procedures (secret evidence).’

‘Sam Hall is a diligent associate with whom I am working on a complex national security matter.’

‘Fantastic team that covers the entire spectrum of civil liberties and human rights cases. Particular expertise in protest law.’

‘Lochlinn Parker – An outstanding solicitor. Very well respected for representing protestors in civil claims. An author of the Protest Handbook, one of the leading practitioner texts, he wrote the chapter of police claims.’

‘William Kenyon – A very good solicitor. Great client care and legal acumen. Always on top of the detail in his cases.’

‘ITN is well established as a go to firm for anyone seeking to challenge the decision of a public body. Most of their cases involve Civil Liberties. They are well known for interesting and ground breaking public law cases.’

‘William Kenyon is a go to lawyer for anyone bringing a claim in prison law. He has recently brought a series of ground breaking cases – he quickly spots novel points of law. He is very charming, and clients always return to him.’

Key clients

Hunt Monitors

HS2 campaigners

Polygraph parole condition

XR multi-Claimants

Work highlights

  • Representing Lowri Davies-Warwick, a Black Lives Matter activist who was targeted by the police to become an informant.
  • Representing two activists who are were assaulted by hunters in front of the police.
  • Acting for a large number of XR activists who were unlawfully arrested at significant protests.

Employment > Immigration Tier 4

Headed up by experienced practitioner Syed Naqvi, Irvine Thanvi Natas‘s immigration team is well regarded for its expertise in judicial reviews and strategic litigation, especially concerning deportations and removals. Naqvi also has experience as an advocate at the First-tier and Upper Tribunals, and has appeared before the Court of Appeal.

Practice head(s):

Syed Naqvi

Work highlights

  • Acted on a successful high court challenge of SSHD work policy for asylum seekers.
  • Appealing a Court of Appeal judgment that held that a refusal of an Indefinite Leave to Remain application did not necessarily amount to a refusal of a human rights claim giving the applicant a right of appeal.
  • Acted on a successful Court of Appeal test case where it was held that refusals on the ground of character or conduct required a balancing exercise, taking into account both positive and negative considerations.

Private client > Family Tier 5

ITN Solicitors offers a ‘personalised service’ through its ‘strong and dedicated team’ that is led by Mitali Zakaria. It is regularly instructed to represent individuals in disputes about who a child and/or children should live or spend time with as well as other key parental responsibility issues. In addition it is frequently  instructed to represent parents in public law care proceedings. The group is skilled at dealing with particularly sensitive cases dealing with issues such as radicalisation, child sexual abuse and non-accidental injuries to children.

Practice head(s):

Mitali Zakaria

Other key lawyers:

Somia Siddiq; Priyanka Chakravarty Power; Alexandra Wilks

Testimonials

‘The family team at ITN is well-established and has a particular expertise in difficult children law matters.  They are particularly skilled at representing parents and children in the public law arena and have the advantage of being able to draw on the knowledge from their criminal and immigration teams to provide clients with excellent tactical advice in cases where there is an overlap of family and criminal matters’.

‘As the head of the family and children team, Mitali Zakaria combines great professionalism and experience with a hands on and empathetic approach to lay clients and problem solving. She is well organised, diligent and always on top of cases-in particular in relation to complex public law children proceedings which require a thorough working knowledge of case law and practice and procedure’.

Mital Zakaria is an outstanding head of team and an absolute stand out performer. Mitali is a leader, a fabulous lawyer, and brilliant with clients. She is used heavily by guardians in public law work and has a national reputation for her work on public law cases arising from concerns relating to alleged extremism/radicalisation’.

Somia Siddiq is a highly talented and intelligent lawyer who is really skilled at developing a rapport with vulnerable clients to enable her to provide them with support and sound advice.  She works around the clock and gets great results for her clients in the most difficult cases.  She has been involved in a number of cases involving the deprivation of liberty of young people recently and really knows her way around the law in this developing area’.

Priyanka Power is a highly committed junior lawyer dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for her client . Priyanka’s hard work and dedication to achieving excellent outcomes for her clients is combined with an impressive depth of knowledge and extensive experience in the field of family law. Priyanka works tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcomes for her clients’.

‘This tight knit team has Mitali Zakaria – a highly experienced, successful and impressive lawyer who possesses a vast intellect and laser like strategic ability to get straight to the nub of highly complex and nuanced issues to achieve excellent outcomes for clients. Mitali’s strength is in identifying a tactical pathway to achieve the clients goals and never compromising on her powerful intellect and respectful and dignified attitude to all cases ,  clients, colleagues and the courts’.

‘Mitali Zakaria is a force to be reckoned with. Alex Wilks is doing some complicated and interesting cases’.

Mitalia Zaharia leads an impressive team at ITN solicitors that encompasses care, private children and financial remedies cases. The team has strength in numbers, where every member of the team produces high quality, client-centred work that more often than not, means their clients get the outcome in the cases they seek – an usual thing in family law!’.

Key clients

B-M (Children: Findings of Fact) [2021] EWCA Civ 1371

H-N and Others (Children) (Domestic Abuse: Finding of fact hearings) [2021] EWCA 448

Work highlights

  • In M (Children: Findings of Fact) [2021] EWCA Civ 1371 the team advised and represented the mother in the Court of Appeal as a joint Appellant in respect of appealing specific findings made against the mother in the Finding of Fact decision in care proceedings.
  • In H-N and Others (Children) (Domestic Abuse: Finding of fact hearings) [2021] EWCA 448 it is representing the Association of ALC to make a third party intervention in conjoined appeals concerning issues such as a failure by the court to implement PD12J of the FPR 2020 and PD3AA and other matters.

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 5

ITN Solicitors is known for its work in claimant-focused administrative law. The firm engages in challenging and complex litigation, from cases involving issues of national security to cross-border claims. The team is also well known for handling challenges to immigration detention policies. Lochlinn Parker heads up the civil liberties offering, while William Kenyon oversees the public and prison law groups.

Practice head(s):

Lochlinn Parker; William Kenyon

Testimonials

‘The stand out factors are their rapid response to clients and their transparency and communication.’

‘They put the client first and ensure the rule of law is upheld.’

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended the ADCU against a cliam brought by Uber London.
  • Successfully acted for client in his challenge of a decision made by the Parole Board of England and Wales to refuse to direct his re-release on licence.
  • Represented client in a successful appeal against his conviction for an offence pursuant to section 241 Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1992.