Man murdered at King's Cross station was leading immigration lawyer

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  • David Burgess was the best father, the best friend, and the best top lawyers in the UK, I will always respect him for what a loveing person he was, he helped many victimes of tortures at the Medical Foundation, we will miss him greatly at the Medical Foundation.

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  • Sonia Burgess was an exceptional person and human rights lawyer.
    His work in the representation of Mr Karamjit Singh Chahal, was an inspiration to not only lawyers around the world, but led him to become a well loved and respected person amongst the British Sikh Community.
    Despite his formidable legal performance, he was always a warm and friendly person, who became a friend of our family and Mr Chahal's.
    This tragic accident has meant a a loss not only for the legal community, but for the British people as a whole. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this devastating time.
    Dr Harleen K Deol. MBBS, MRCS, MSc.

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  • I could not agree more with what has been said above. Sonia's death will leave an irreplacable hole and great sadness in the hearts of all who knew and loved her. She was a truly exceptional person who always put the safety and dignity of others before her own interests. She was a true inspiration and a lawyer of a calibre I have not found again since. The world is a much sadder place without her. Jan Doerfel, barrister.

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  • Sonia was the one of the key, and possibly the most influential human rights lawyers of the late 20th century. She inspired me to be the lawyer I am today, as well as many of my colleagues in Press for Change, the transgender campaigning group. She provided legal help and advice to so many, rarely with money changing hands. It was no surprise to learn that her wife, as a nurse, was effectively the main breadwinner for the family.
    Sonia lived by her beliefs, and as our lawyer in X, Y and Z v The UK (1996) she was truly inspiring, producing amazing strategy and legal thinking. She was always welcoming, warm, and friendly, despite often suffering terrible back pain. She has left a large hole in the legal battleground for refugee and asylum seeker rights in this country.
    We will miss her
    Stephen Whittle,OBE, PhD, MA, LLB, BA
    Professor of Equalities Law, The School of Law, Manchester Metropolitan University
    Head of Legal Services, Press for Change www.pfc.org.uk

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  • the Tamil generation missed a sincere well wisher.we never forget his help for our society.
    we loved him, love him, will love him for ever and ever.
    We are very great full to him.

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  • I had lost contact with Sonia (David) Burgess for almost twenty years, since working with David when he was acting for Mark Rees back in the 1980s. David (Sonya) was a beautiful and wonderful person and the most important human rights lawyer I ever had the good fortune of meeting and knowing as a friend. As my personal tribute, I can do no better than repeat the words of Frances Webber from 'David Burgess - An Appreciation': 'But although David was extraordinarily ambitious for those he represented, he had no personal ambition and was indeed the most modest and self-effacing of people. Courteous, with a gentle manner, he inspired the confidence of those he represented through his utter commitment and inexhaustible work on their behalf, delighted barristers lucky enough to work for him for the astonishing thoroughness of his preparation, and won the confidence of the courts and tribunals for his total integrity.'
    Richard Ekins, Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Cultural Studies, University of Ulster, UK

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  • I went to Infant School with David and his sister Rosalind in Castleford. I knew he was a successful and respected lawyer, defending the vulnerable. I was shocked to read the distressing story of his death and send my commiserations to his family.

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