Aqsa Hussain is a Criminal Barrister at No5 Barristers' Chambers, also specialising in public law and regulatory matters.
She is regularly instructed to appear in the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court on a range of criminal matters. Aqsa prosecutes and defends. She has also been instructed on private prosecution matters.
Aqsa has completed the Youth Justice Advocacy Training run by the Youth Justice Legal Centre. She is a Level 1 Prosecutor on the Crown Prosecution Service Advocate Panel.
During her pupillage, Aqsa was exposed to a broad range of Prosecution and Defence work at all stages of criminal proceedings. She shadowed experienced counsel in cases involving murder, serious violence, fraud, drugs, fatal driving offences, sexual offences and misconduct offences.
Aqsa’s public law practice focuses on inquests, prison law, immigration, and criminal appeals work. This has included drafting advices about the merits of a claim for unlawful detention; drafting submissions appealing matters to the Upper Tribunal; and advising clients on the merits of judicial review.
During her second-six, Aqsa worked on pro-bono international human rights cases. She assisted with drafting applications to the European Court of Human Rights. These cases include complex family law, immigration and human rights issues. She hopes to continue to build her practice in this area.
Aqsa is regularly instructed to prosecute and defend a variety of criminal regulatory offences including matters relating to licensing, fraud and road traffic offences. During pupillage, she also gained experience in representing police officers in police misconduct matters up to the Police Appeals Tribunals stage.
Previous employment / experience
Prior to starting pupillage Aqsa’s work experience spanned the fields of law, international development, human rights, cyber security and strategy consulting. She has experience in both start-ups and multinational organisations.
She has had the privilege of working in various countries such as the USA, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands in leadership, project management, research and advocacy roles.
Aqsa has worked on the Grenfell Inquiry and assisted in complex fraud trials through various solicitors’ firms. She also interned at the International Bar Association where she was responsible for carrying out research into whistleblowing and harassment law contributing to their landmark 2019 report, as well as working for a human rights law NGO in New York where she gained experience in international human rights litigation.
Aqsa is regularly involved with pro-bono work. She is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Human Rights Pulse – a global online platform dedicated to international human rights issues which encourages discussion and accessibility in the field. Through this organisation she regularly collaborates with grassroots initiatives working on various human rights issues at the international scale. She is also a reporter for The Justice Gap – an online magazine about law and justice. Aqsa is a legal supervisor with MEND’s Islamophobia Response Unit and provides caseworkers with advice about hate crime matters.
In terms of mentoring, she is a mentor with Young Legal Aid Lawyers guiding aspiring lawyers in their pursuits for a career focused on legal aid. Aqsa often speaks at events and panels about her journey to the Bar, providing advice to students and young professionals. Most recently, she spoke at the Human Rights Lawyer’s Association’s Careers Day 2020 event.
During Bar school, Aqsa trained as a Mentor to teach debating in prisons through Vocalise and as a youth Mentor with the Y-Stop project to teach young people about their rights during stop-and-search.
Aqsa has a keen interest in technology, namely developments in Artificial Intelligence and the cyber space more generally and is hoping to integrate these fields into her legal practice in the future.
French, Spanish and Urdu (conversational)
“Resourceful and determined.”
“Conscientious, hard-working, honest and a pleasure to work with.”
“I would not hesitate to recommend Aqsa.”
The Sibel Dedezade Pro Bono Award
The Criminal Bar Association
Human Rights Lawyers Association
Young Legal Aid Lawyers
Midlands Circuit Women’s Forum
Themis – the Intersectional Women Barristers’ Alliance (steering committee member)
BPTC – City, University of London
GDL – City, University of London
MSc Economy, Risk and Society – The London School of Economics and Political Science
BA Political Science and International Relations – Amsterdam University College