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Nusrat Uddin

Partner

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email: n.uddin@wilsonllp.co.uk

Nusrat Uddin

Nusrat joined Wilsons Public Law Department as a solicitor in 2014 and became partner in 2022. She specialises in public law and human rights, with a particular focus on modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking. She brings cases against central and local government bodies for failing their duties, as well as claims against those who have exploited their workers.

Nusrat is growing the firm’s Business and Human Rights work, specifically in relation to modern slavery in supply chains. She has provided evidence for several US investigations into complaints against companies, from the fashion industry through to rubber gloves. The US authorities have banned certain products from entering the US where indicators of forced labour in supply chains have been found. She believes the UK’s approach is far weaker and is critical of the Modern Slavery Act’s approach. Nusrat’s team have pioneered the first claim against the UK authorities in relation to forced labour in their own supply chains. Proceedings are ongoing against the UK health authorities who continue to source PPE gloves from Malaysian factories where forced labour has been exposed.

Nusrat is currently instructed in a ground-breaking case at the Employment Tribunal dealing with diplomatic immunity in trafficking civil claims. The Employment Tribunal established for the first time that a current diplomat is not protected from claims of human trafficking. The case has been appealed and the Supreme Court hearing took place in October 2021. Judgment is eagerly awaiting as it has far reaching global and political implications. In recognition of her work in this field, Nusrat has been shortlisted in the 2019 Anti-Slavery Day Awards, for Outstanding Contribution to the fight against Slavery, in the Enabling and Supporting Survivor Rights and Entitlements category.

Nusrat also has an interest in improving state support for victims of modern slavery. In 2018 she was instructed in the lead case, K and AM v SSHD [2018] EWHC 2951 (Admin), challenging the cuts to subsistence monies paid to victims. The High Court found the cuts to be unlawful, resulting in victim support being reinstated to the full amount, and rebates being paid of around £1 million. Nusrat was also awarded a Research Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to compare the UK’s models of support to those in the US and Europe, and made recommendations to improve the UK’s systems. Her research has endorsed by Luis deBaca who was the US ambassador for trafficking and used in further litigation to help secure longer appropriate support for victims in the UK. In 2019 Nusrat gave oral evidence in Parliament to the Home Affairs Select Committee for their Inquiry into Modern Slavery. She outlined key issues for victims in relation to support services, immigration and the criminal justice system; particularly highlighting problems of victims being wrongfully criminalised by the UK police and immigration systems. That year she was also instructed in a significant challenge in relation to this, which led to the withdrawal of the police policy in issue.

Nusrat was Highly Commended at the 2019 Law Society Excellence Awards for Human Rights Lawyer of the Year. Nusrat was also shortlisted as a finalist for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year 2019, organised by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group. Nusrat has been profiled as Lawyer in the News in the Law Society Gazette. She is regularly quoted in the national and international press in relation to her work. She is ranked in both legal directories, the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

Nusrat has gained international experience having worked in the Human Rights and Legal Aid department of BRAC in Bangladesh, (formerly Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee) one of the world’s largest NGOs. She also volunteered at Al-Haq, a Human Rights NGO based in Palestine, building potential cases against corporations operating in the West Bank. Nusrat is currently a Trustee of Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights.

Interests: Travel, food, upcycling