Varsha worked in bioethics and the biological sciences before coming to the Bar.
She graduated from Cambridge University with a BA/MSci in Biochemistry and an MPhil in Molecular Biology. Whilst completing her MPhil, she was awarded a place at E4S, a prestigious international bioethics summer school convened by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and the European School of Molecular Medicine.
Varsha subsequently worked for several years in bioethics research at the independent think tank, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. Here, she researched and prepared major reports on the ethical issues concerning dementia and neurotechnologies for the treatment of brain disorders. She also researched the ethics of paediatric clinical trials and global health issues. Varsha completed a Law and Medical Ethics course with Edinburgh University.
Varsha also previously volunteered with the Citizens Advice Bureau at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where amongst other things she examined the importance of free legal advice to the physical and mental wellbeing of patients’ families.
Before joining No5 Barristers’ Chambers, Varsha completed pupillage at a leading police/public law set.
Varsha accepts instructions in all areas of immigration and asylum law. She is committed to representing claimants in the first-tier and upper tribunal, and also acts for BID in bail applications.
Recent cases include:
- Instructed as junior counsel for the claimant (led by S Chelvan) in the Court of Appeal in a matter concerning private life and whether it is reasonable to expect a child who has lived in the UK for at least seven years to leave.
- Representing the applicant in a bail application where the applicant had a history of paranoid schizophrenia and was therefore an adult at risk.
BPTC Major Scholarship, Inner Temple
Duke of Edinburgh Award, Inner Temple
GDL Exhibition, Inner Temple
BBSRC MPhil Research Studentship
Award by Harvard Kennedy School of Government, European Molecular Biology Laboratory and European School of Molecular Medicine to attend E4S
Pro Bono Unit
BPTC, City Law School: Very Competent
GDL, City Law School: Commendation
Law and Medical Ethics CPD course, Edinburgh University
MPhil Molecular Biology, Cambridge University
BA/MSci (Hons) Biochemistry, Cambridge University: Upper Second Class