Ayesha has a broad practice in the areas of public law and human rights, including immigration, asylum and free movement, EU law, community care, discrimination and equality, inquests, prison and police law. She also has an interest in media and information law. Ayesha became a member of Matrix in October 2015 after successfully completing her traineeship, during which she was supervised by Raza Husain QC, David Wolfe QC, Dan Squires QC, Nick Armstrong and Sara Mansoori.
Ayesha has worked in immigration and asylum law since 2008, as a Caseworker at Refugee and Migrant Justice and subsequently as the Senior Immigration Advisor at the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities. She has experience working on asylum, trafficking, deportation, unlawful detention, immigration, EU free movement and citizenship cases, from initial application through to appeal. Ayesha has represented clients in the First Tier and Upper Tribunal and has drafted grounds for permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal. She has delivered training in immigration law, and has a particular interest in children involved in the immigration process. She has published an article on The Best Interests of the Child in UK Immigration Law in the Nottingham Law Journal (2013).
Before coming to the Bar, Ayesha interned at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Ecuador, where she provided legal analysis of complex issues arising in UNHCR’s Refugee Status Determinations, and wrote legal reference material for the UNHCR Protection team. Ayesha speaks Spanish to an advanced level.
Ayesha was a Supreme Court Judicial Assistant to Lord Reed and Lord Carnwath from 2015-2016, during which time she worked on permission to appeal applications, and the following cases:
Ayesha holds a First Class degree in Philosophy from Bristol University and a Masters with Distinction in Social and Global Justice. She studied the Graduate Diploma in Law at Nottingham Law School, obtaining a Distinction, and was awarded prizes for achieving the highest marks in the year, and for Best Private Law student. She was a semi-finalist in the 2013 European Court of Human Rights moot. Ayesha was awarded the Queen Mother Scholarship from Middle Temple. She won the 2014 Middle Temple Rosamund Smith moot, judged by Lord Dyson MR, and also won the prize for Best Oralist. She was awarded the 2015 Peter Duffy human rights scholarship by the Bar European Group, and a 2016 Pegasus scholarship to visit the United States Supreme Court.
Ayesha accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.