Shami Chakrabarti CBE
Director of Liberty
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Campaigning and Law
16 June 1969
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Bentley Wood High School; Harrow Weald Sixth Form; LSE; Middle Inn Bar
Shami Chakrabarti was 34 when she took on the top job at Liberty in 2003. With it, she became the country’s most prominent spokesperson against what she saw as the erosion of civil liberties.
She first trained as a barrister before becoming a lawyer for the Home Office in 1996. After five years she became the in-house counsel for Liberty. She is a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation for the promotion of international relations, and received a CBE in 2007. She was one of six Assessors who assisted with the Leveson Enquiry last year.