Aqsa is a second-six pupil accepting instructions in Criminal and Public law matters.
During her first-six, Aqsa predominantly focused on gaining experience in Crime. She 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. She also gained experience in representing police officers in police misconduct matters up to the Police Appeals Tribunals stage.
Aqsa has commenced the Youth Justice Advocacy Training run by the Youth Justice Legal Centre (completion postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic) and is a Level 1 Prosecutor on the Crown Prosecution Service Advocate Panel.
Besides gaining experience in Crime, Aqsa has also worked on developing a Public law practice focusing on inquests, prison law, immigration, and criminal appeals work. This has included advising clients on the merits of judicial review. Aqsa is on the Attorney-General’s Junior Junior panel.
During pupillage, Aqsa has been supervised by Sharon Bahia and Simon Hunka for her Crime pupillage, and Philip Rule for Public law work.
During her second-six, in addition to the regular assortment of Criminal and Public law related work Aqsa has been given under supervision, she is assisting Dr Chelvan on two pro-bono, international human rights cases. She is responsible for drafting applications for both matters for the European Court of Human Rights. These cases include complex family law, immigration and human rights issues.
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 the co-founder of Human Rights Pulse – an online platform dedicated to international human rights issues. She is also a reporter for The Justice Gap – an online magazine about law and justice.
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. Currently, she is a mentor with Young Legal Aid Lawyers guiding aspiring lawyers in their pursuits for a career focused on legal aid.
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)
The Sibel Dedezade Pro Bono Award
The Criminal Bar Association
Human Rights Lawyers Association
Young Legal Aid Lawyers
Midlands Circuit Women’s Forum
Member of the Bar Council’s Young Barristers Committee
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