Areas of law:
Crime and Investigation, Prisoner Assistance
Sukhdeep is a Trainee Solicitor currently based within our prison law and crime teams, in our High Wycombe office. Sukhdeep attained her degree in Law with History (BA) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) before going on to complete her Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at The University of Law. Whilst studying the GDL, she wrote a paper on forced marriages in the UK titled “An insight into Forced Marriage in the UK” which was selected to be published in The Student Law Journal.
In addition to her academic studies, Sukhdeep attained a great deal of practical experience. She worked as a Housing caseworker for the Brent Law Centre where amongst other tasks, she advised and assisted clients on a wide range of housing issues; from tenancy related matters, homelessness, eviction, possession proceedings to housing disrepair. Sukhdeep also worked as a paralegal with the West London Law Centre where she helped achieve some outstanding results for clients including overturning a Social Security decision on overpayments of £18,000.00 and completing successful appeal applications for clients whose initial applications for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) had failed. Sukhdeep ultimately completed her academic training by completing the LPC LLM at The University of Law before joining Reeds to complete her professional training.
Sukhdeep started her training with Reeds with our Magistrates Court team at the office in High Wycombe. During the course of her training, Sukhdeep has had the opportunity on working on cases dealing with the vast majority of the offences frequently seen before the Magistrates Court and beyond, including careless driving, failure to provide a specimen, criminal damage, and common assault. She has worked with both adult and juvenile clients, funded both privately and by legal aid. Her work within the team has involved her engaging in tasks such as drafting applications for bail in the Crown Court, considering and responding to applications for bad character, undertaking research on unusual legal issues such as automatism, taking instructions from clients, and reviewing and making observations on prosecution evidence. She has attended the Police Station, dealt with ID procedures, and has had the opportunity of working on cases before the Crown Court with our in-house team of advocates where she has been able to observe trials and sentencing hearings. Sukhdeep is also currently undertaking her police station accreditation.
Her prison law seat has seen her assisting clients with issues relating to recall, and Independent Adjudications. Sukhdeep has furthered her experience in client care and interaction by visiting clients in prison to take instructions, and her role to date has also seen her considering client’s recall reports and post recall risk management reports; drafting letters to clients and submitting written representations before the Parole Board; planning legal arguments and undertaking advocacy in respect of oral hearings for recall matters and conducting independent adjudications before the independent adjudicator.
Having had previous experience working closely with vulnerable adults, Sukhdeep has the skills and the approachable nature to communicate with clients in a sensitive manner and ensure they are being fully listened to and supported throughout their case. She takes great pride in her skills in providing clients with an exceptional service and always aims to be a reassuring presence to them; determined to help them achieve the best possible outcome for their case. Her research skills are exemplary and she prepares cases with the utmost care and attention.