Sanmati is a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law. She holds combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law (Hons) degrees from the University of Melbourne, where she is also completing a Master of Public and International Law.
Sanmati has extensive experience across all area of migration and refugee law, having practised exclusively in those fields since 2010. She has particular expertise in matters involving immigration detention and parallel criminal law issues. She has an active litigation practice and has instructed in several leading cases before Federal Court and High Court of Australia. Sanmati also maintains a broad pro bono practice with a focus on representing people in immigration detention.
In addition to her practice, Sanmati holds a number of policy and advocacy positions including:
Prior to joining CAIL, Sanmati worked with Victoria Legal Aid and the Western Suburbs Legal Service, where she assisted to establish the International Students Legal Advice Clinic in 2009.
In 2016, Sanmati received the Law Institute of Victoria’s ‘Emerging Lawyer’ award and was runner-up in the ‘Access to Justice’ category. In 2021, she was recognised in immigration law category of the peer-reviewed ‘Best Lawyer’ awards.