Human rights organisation Liberty has lured Shami Chakrabarti from the Home Office to a newly-created role as in-house counsel for its legal department.
She will take up her new position in the autumn. Chakrabarti said: "I was fortunate enough to work in the Home Office at an interesting and important time for human rights, and look forward to continuing the vital civil liberties debate at Liberty. It will take more than aspirational legislation to make human rights meaningful in modern Britain." As one of the Home Office's senior lawyers, Chakrabarti has worked in the Legal Adviser's branch of the department since 1996, advising ministers and officials of successive governments on a number of public law and human rights issues in the immigration and criminal policy spheres. Liberty director John Wadham said: "We're extremely pleased that Shami is coming to us. She has substantial experience and expertise in human rights, criminal justice and policy formation."