Thilaga was originally called to the Bar in 2007 and cross-qualified to become a solicitor in 2009. Prior to this, she worked with various law firms where she developed multiple case working skills. Her extensive experience in the immigration field was acquired during her stint at O’Keeffe Solicitors where she was an Immigration Advocate from 2004-2007.
Thilaga joined Trident Legal in 2009 as head of Immigration and Dispute Resolution. She became the firm’s in-house Advocate for all Immigration and General Civil Litigation, working with many barristers, including some well-known Silks, on a range of contentious matters at Arbitration and Mediation tribunals as well as in the Civil Courts. She has represented international clients from Sri Lanka, Dubai, Singapore and Malaysia, often in complex matters with multiple jurisdictions. Alongside her case work, Thilaga also became Compliance Officer and gained experience in SRA regulation and related issues.
Due to her extensive experience, Thilaga was only required to complete 3 months of second pupillage to become a fully qualified member of the Bar. She has acted as junior in some highly complex asylum and criminal deportation cases. Thilaga qualified in June 2019.
Thilaga’s has a busy advocacy and advisory practice in a wide range of immigration and EU cases. She appears regularly at the First Tier and Upper Tribunals and frequently instructed to draft Pre-action Protocol letters and drafting grounds in judicial review cases against the decision of the Secretary of State.
Thilaga regularly drafts proceedings and represents clients in the following types of work: Asylum, Entry Clearance & Article 8, Bail Applications, Criminal Deportation, EEA Appeals (residence permits/sham marriages), Error of Law, Administrative & Judicial Review, Statelessness Applications and Unlawful Detention.
Some of her recent success in immigration cases are in Article 8 family and private life cases involving spouses and children, Gurkha Adult Dependant entry clearance and sham marriages.
In line with her immigration practice, Thilaga has a healthy workload in criminal deportation cases and unlawful detentions. She recently was successful in settling a claim for £9000 damages to her client.
CIVIL, HOUSING, COMMERCIAL LANDLORD & TENANT, AND FAMILY
Thilaga has a developing practice in general civil, housing, commercial landlord & tenant, and family cases alongside her Immigration practice which remains her main focus. Her recent successful civil cases are:
LEGAL PROFESSIONAL REGULATORY WORK
As an experienced COLP (Compliance Officer for Legal Practice), Thilaga has a particular interest in legal compliance and professional negligence work and happy to accept instructions on such matters.
PUBLIC ACCESS AND AUTHORISED TO CONDUCT LITIGATION
Thilaga draws on her 20 years’ experience as a caseworker/solicitor in her practice at the Bar and understands the need for one-to-one approach with her clients. Due to her extensive experience, Thilaga is authorised to conduct public access work and conduct litigation on her own rights.
LEGAL AID WORK
Thilaga is registered to accept Legal Aid work through Solicitors.
Thilaga is a qualified IMI and CMC mediator.
Thilaga appreciates those coming to the Bar from a disadvantages background as she is. She is currently mentoring 3 Second Year University Students.
Thilaga comes highly recommended by her previous colleagues and barristers she had worked with as a Solicitor and her current instructing solicitors
“She impressed me with her dedication to her clients’ best interests. She often worked long hours to ensure that their cases were fully prepared..”
**A barrister’s testimony when Thilaga was a solicitor**
“She has already encountered and mastered many of the commonly recurring situations that would face a junior barrister in the first few years of their practice, both in terms of advocacy, drafting, ethical conundrums, and knowledge of the area of law in which she intends to practise. She is already crafted to the kind of challenges these roles come with”
** A barrister reference to Thilaga when transferring to the Bar**
“She has the eye for details, very thorough and a steely determination. She is highly regarded by our team for her excellent writing skills used in preparing compelling arguments”
** A solicitor instructing Thilaga as a Barrister **
“I have found Mrs. Srindran to have a coherent and strategic advice; she is very approachable and always trying to help and find solutions for client issues however complex. She has a reassuring manner with clients and pleasant.”
** Instructing Solicitor, London**
Qualified Lawyer Transfer Test – 2009
Inns of Court School of Law (BVC) – 2007
London South Bank University (LLB (Hons)) – 1999
IMC & CMC qualified Mediator – December 2020
Barrister – 2019
Solicitor – 2009 to 2019
Languages (written and spoken):
Thilaga enjoys travelling, reading historical fictions and jigsaw puzzles.
She enjoys watching her children play squash representing the County and at National level