Ravi Naik

Partner
Ravi Naik

Ravi Naik, the Law Society’s 2018 Human Rights Lawyer of the Year, is a multi-award winning Partner, with a ground breaking practice at the forefront of data rights and technology.

Ravi represents clients in some of the world’s most high profile and controversial cases. These include the first case against Cambridge Analytica for political profiling, claims against Facebook for their data practices, challenges to financial blacklisting, through to numerous precedent setting judicial reviews.

Ravi spearheads a pioneering multi-jurisdictional practice, which cuts across complex issues such as public law, privacy, data and information law, fair trial rights, false detention, national security and international law. Ravi regularly represents cases in the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court. Ravi has also represented clients in international tribunals, regional courts, including the International Criminal Court and European Court of Human Rights.

Ravi is regularly invited to speak on issues of developing rights in technology and has been published extensively on the new data rights movement. Ravi also regularly provides commentary in the media on a range of issues, including the Guardian, CNN, the Daily Mail, the BBC, WIRED, the Telegraph, and a range of other national and international publications.

Prior to joining ITN, Ravi worked at Reprieve and the International Commission of Jurists. Ravi joined ITN in 2010, qualified as a solicitor with the firm in 2013 and was made partner in 2017.

Ravi undertakes legal aid work and is able to represent clients on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis where appropriate. He has experience of advising on costs and funding issues for both individuals and groups and can help guide clients through complex litigation with confidence in the strategy and costs associated. He also regularly advises organisations and groups on litigation strategy to further policy objectives and on related media strateg

    Law-Society-Excellence.jpg

                     

 

 

Prominent Cases

  • Acting for Professor David Carroll in the lead cases against Cambridge Analytica and related entities. This included a globally reported civil claim on individuals subjected to political profiling. Submissions were also made to the Information Commissioner’s Office leading to the ground-breaking step of the Commissioner seeking the prosecution of the company. Ravi’s work on jurisdiction and enforcement action against the Cambridge Analytica has been reported on and publicised internationally, in particular by The Guardian’s Carol Cadwalladr, Winner of Reporter Without Borders’ 2018 L’Esprit de RSF Award.
  • Acting for a group of claimants against Facebook concerning the company’s data protection practices and policies.
  • Representing Open Rights Group, UCL researcher Michael Veale and Dr Johnny Ryan of the browser Brave, in the lead case against the “Advertising Technology” industry, in a complaint before the Information Commissioner’s Office and the Irish Data Protection Comissioner.
  • Representing clients in litigation against Thompson Reuter’s financial risk profiling database, World Check.
  • Representing a variety of data cases on the retrieval of data from Tinder.; the right to be forgotten; on the unlawful disclosure of private information and the request the deletion of information held on the Police National Computer (PNC).
  • Advising multi-national companies on data protection / policy advice, including GDPR and Data Protection Act compliance. 
  • Segalov v the Chief Commissioner of Sussex Police et al – Challenge to the previously clandestine police accreditation system for journalists attending political events.
  • Gedi v SSHD – Challenge to the legality of curfews on individuals released from immigration detention, before the Court of Appeal. Worked with numerous NGO’s in the litigation.
  • FJP et al v SSFCO – Challenge to the grant of Special Mission Immunity.
  • Anon v Director of Public Prosecutions – Represented the Claimant in judicial review proceedings concerning the application and breadth of immunity of serving ministers.
  • Lupepe v SSHD – Succesful challenge to the Home Office’s secret policy on home detention (with Dinah Rose QC of Blackstone Chambers and Jude Bunting of Doughty Street Chambers).
  • Jollah v SSHD – Acting for the Claimant in lead case on the parameters of false imprisonment (with Tom Hickman of Blackstone Chambers and Jude Bunting of Doughty Street Chambers).
  • Mohamed & CF v SSHD – Court of Appeal precedent on constitutional principles of open justice and abuse of process in civil proceedings. Rare successful challenge to a Control Order / TPIM.
  • CF v Security Service & Ors – High profile civil claim alleged UK complicity in unlawful detention, mistreatment and rendition. Involved complex questions of jurisdiction and choice of laws.
  • MR v Home Secretary – Acting for the claimant in the Divisional Court in claim challenging the removal of a passport on national security grounds.
  • Zakir Naik v SSHD – Court of Appeal decision on legitimate expectation and fettered discretion an immigration context. Advising the Claimant, an international recognised high value client.
  • LK v the Independent Monitor – Successful challenge to “non-conviction” disclosure on DBS certificate.
  • SH - Acting for a victim of human trafficking, successfully challenging the Home Office’s failure to recongise the circumstances of trafficking and to the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision to prosecute SH for acts that occurred during trafficking.
  • Solicitor for Million Women Rise, challenging the “pay to protest” decisions of the Metropolitan Police and local Councils.
  • Recently instructed on a high profile Judicial Review following a public inquiry, to prevent release of the outcome report on ‘Maxwellisation’ grounds. Successfully challenged the Prime Minister on an expedited basis, resulting in a favourable settlement on behalf of our client group.
  • Representing clients on judicial reviews relating to export licences for military equipment.
  • Currently instructed on judicial review concerning the interpretation of EU law in domestic Courts.
  • Instructed on proceedings against a private contractor performing public functions. Case involved the liability of private companies using public law principles. Case settled out of Court in favour of our client.
  • Regularly instructed to challenge the use of prerogative powers.
    • Providing legal and diplomatic advice to the Freedom and Justice party, the former government of Egypt, following the coup d’état in Egypt in July 2013. This has involved extensive litigation before international, regional and national courts and tribunals on complex and novel matters of public international law. This litigation has utilised original legal arguments, including an unprecedented development in international judicial review.
    • Litigator on the case of R v Gul before the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, concerning the overlap between the definition of terrorism and the implementation of international humanitarian law.
    • Advising governments and individual clients on international legal mechanisms to seek redress for the incident aboard the Mavi Mamara aid flotilla to Gaza. Drafted applications to international tribunals in respect of this matter with Professor John Dugard S.C., involving complex matters of international law such as maritime law and jurisdiction. This draft was used by the government of the Comoros Islands in their application to the International Criminal Court.
    • Conducting fact finding missions to states and drafting reports on international legal compliance within those states, including a report in the United Arab Emirates with Geoffrey Robertson Q.C. This report was widely published.
    • Regularly litigating before regional courts, including the European Court of Human Rights and the African Commission.
  • R (Lutfur Rahman) v Local Government Election Court – Instructed on behalf of Mr Rahman before the Divisional Court in this challenge to the decision of the Election Court stripping him of the right to stand as a candidate in forthcoming elections.
  • Gilles and Saunders v Iain McNicol (as a representative of all members of the Labour Party except the Claimants​): Instructed to advise (together with Tim Johnson and Richard Gordon QC of Brick Court Chambers) and act alone in this high-profile claim concerning the selection of the Labour party candidate for the directly elected mayoralty in the London Borough of Newham. The Defendants ultimately agreed to re-run the selection.

Select publications include:

Ravi was also recently profiled by the Law Society Gazette for his pioneering work.

  • Law Society Human Rights Lawyer of the Year, 2018
  • Society of Asian Lawyers, “Rising Star” 2018
  • Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year, Junior Lawyer of the Year, shortlisted 2017
  • Law Society Excellence Awards, Junior Lawyer of the Year, shortlisted 2017
  • LLM, Bristol University (Masters in International Law)
  • LPC, BPP Law School
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts