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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:

Immigration, asylum, free movement and detention

  • HA (Iraq) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (compatibility of the deportation regime and Article 8 ECHR)
  • MM (Lebanon) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (the minimum income requirement and Article 8 ECHR)
  • Akyarko v Secretary of State for the Home Department (whether “insurmountable obstacles” is compliant with Article 8 ECHR)
  • SXH v Crown Prosecution Service (prosecution of asylum seeker for illegal entry)
  • R (Nouazli) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] UKSC 16  (detention)
  • R (O) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] UKSC 19 (detention)
  • Johnson v Secretary of State for the Home Department (denial of automatic British citizenship to an illegitimate child, deportation)

Public law, human rights and discrimination

  • Belhaj v Straw, Rahmatullah v Ministry of Defence (application of state immunity and Foreign Act of State doctrine to tort claims alleging torture abroad by foreign state agents)
  • Mohammed v Ministry of Defence (application of Crown Act of State doctrine)
  • Al-Waheed v Ministry of Defence (power of detention in a non-international armed conflict and compatibility with Article 5 ECHR)
  • Ministry of Defence v Iraqi Civilians [2016] UKSC 25 (limitation period for bringing a claim)
  • Youssef v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2016] UKSC 3 (United Nations Security Council asset-freezing)
  • MA v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (challenge to the bedroom tax)
  • R (The Public Law Project) v Lord Chancellor [2016] UKSC 39 (lawfulness of the proposed civil legal aid residence test)
  • R (Bancoult (No 2)) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2016] UKSC 35 (whether the decision should be re-opened)
  • R (Roberts) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2015] UKSC 79 (stop and search)
  • R (Hicks) v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis (arrest and detention, Article 5 ECHR)
  • FirstGroup Plc v Paulley (disability discrimination)
  • Taiwo v Olaigbe [2016] UKSC 31 (discrimination)

Media and information

  • PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2016] UKSC 26 (injunction restraining publication of the claimant’s extra-marital affairs)

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.

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