Sonia graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 1999 and completed her Legal Practice Course at BPP law school. She joined Powell Spencer in December 2001 as an outdoor clerk and qualified as a solicitor in 2004. Sonia initially practised Personal Injury Law supervised by former partner and Judge John Gilman.
Sonia now heads the Immigration Department and undertakes private immigration work. This includes entry clearance applications, applications made within the UK and appeals. Sonia also undertakes Judicial Review cases. She is accredited under the Law Societies Immigration and Asylum Scheme. Sonia has wide experience in all areas of immigration law and her work has included acting for minors and victims of domestic violence.
Sonia has acted very successfully in Applications and Appeals involving a Human Rights dimension and has been successful across the full range of matters that clients bring to her. She has knowledge of the Immigration rules and regulations pertaining to Immigration, Asylum Naturalisation applications and has succeeded in many bail applications for detained clients. Sonia is fluent in Hindi, Punjabi Urdu.
Sonia is compassionate, diligent and thrives on offering a highly professional service. Her kind and personable approach is valued by many of her clients.
Professional memberships: Joint Council for the welfare of Immigrants
Sonia Dass is truly something special!
She helped me with a spouse application for my wife to enter the UK. Her professional attitude to break down and explain every single aspect is admirable and her compassion towards my situation made me feel reassured. Sonia has amazing attention to detail and this is what you want in a solicitor, she is definitely on top of her game when it comes to compiling the relevant information. The process wasn’t as straight forward as I thought but she gave me the confidence to believe that everything would be okay and within a month of submitting the application my wife got the approval. If it wasn’t for Sonia, my wife wouldn’t be here.
Thank you so much for going the extra miles for me – Highly Recommended!
— MR R.S
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Saloud joined Powell Spencer & Partners in August 2012 after graduating from Brunel University obtaining a first class degree in Economics. Saloud became a Partner in 2018.
Saloud is a qualified Costs Lawyer and leads the firm’s internal costs drafting and costs litigation department, ranging from legal aid to private client.
In recent years Saloud has established a very successful client base and receives instructions ranging from Top 100 firms to Sole Practitioners. Saloud specialises in legal aid costs and provides a wealth of experience with preparing claim forms, drafting bill of costs, complex high cost case plans, points of dispute and replies and advising on general billing procedures.
Saloud is a member of the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL).
Saloud was appointed to the Legal Aid Agency's Review Panel as an Independent Costs Assessor in August 2021.
Saloud is our cost draftsman and he has made a massive difference to the efficiency of this practice and my day to day working life! He has extensive knowledge of criminal legal aid billing and has been able to guide and advise all our staff in this area. He is easy to approach and friendly as well as incredibly efficient and hardworking. He provides an excellent level of service to our firm. I would not hesitate to recommend him.
— Shila Kesvari, Partner Of Edward Fail, Bradshaw & Waterson
Saloud Zaman receives my instructions in respect of preparing my criminal and prison law bills which are submitted to the Legal Aid Agency for assessment and payment. I would describe Saloud as having an encyclopaedic knowledge of the rules and guidance in respect of billing files correctly in accordance with the provisions as set out under the Legal Aid contract. Saloud's approach has always been professional yet approachable as he always provides solid and clear advice as and when required. Saloud is also exceptionally hardworking and very diligent. He provides a professional service throughout and comes highly recommended.
— Semin Taner, Associate Of Russell-Cooke Solicitors
I have instructed you to provide cost drafting services for my firm for over 18 months. Almost all the files I have sent you have been legally aided care cases. I have allowed you access to my firm's CCMS account to enable you to prepare and submit bills. I have been satisfied with the work you have done and continue to instruct you. I am a partner in my firm and have been a solicitor for over thirty years.
— Maurice Guyer, Partner Of Vickers & Co Solicitors
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