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‘An innovative and progressive set that continues to be instructed in high-profile and often law-defining cases.’Chambers and Partners 2014
Ayesha Christie

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Ayesha became a member of Matrix in October 2015 after successfully completing her traineeship, during which she was supervised by Raza Husain QCDavid Wolfe QCDan Squires QCNick Armstrong and Sara Mansoori.

Immigration, asylum, free movement, deportation, detention and trafficking

Ayesha has extensive experience in immigration and asylum law, having worked in the field for the past 10 years. Before coming to the Bar, Ayesha was a Caseworker at Refugee and Migrant Justice, was the Senior Immigration Advisor at the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities, and 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 regularly delivers talks and training in all aspects of UK and EU immigration law.

Ayesha regularly represents individuals in appeals in the First Tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal, and in judicial review proceedings in the Admin Court and Upper Tribunal. She has a particular interest in children and vulnerable adults involved in the immigration process, and the protection of victims of trafficking. Ayesha is also experienced in representing individuals in English language testing cases.

Public law and human rights

Ayesha has a wide-ranging public law practice, which spans community care, equality and discrimination, social welfare, education, environment, inquests, prison law, actions against the police, and national security cases (including the cancellation of passports).

She is frequently instructed in age dispute cases, including cases involving issues of mental capacity.

Her current prison law practice includes judicial review challenges to the treatment of children detained in Young Offenders Institutions.

Notable cases include:

Medical Justice and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] 4 WLR 198 (representing five of the claimants) – successfully argued that the definition of torture in the Home Office’s immigration detention policy was unlawful

FA v LB Ealing (2017) 20 CCL Rep 383 (JR/12123/2016) – successfully resisted a dental age assessment in judicial review of a local authority’s age assessment

AS (Guinea) (CA judgment pending) – intervening on behalf of UNHCR, addressing the standard and burden of proof in statelessness 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 was a Supreme Court Judicial Assistant to Lord Reed and Lord Carnwath from 2015-2016.

Ayesha speaks Spanish to an advanced level.

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Ayesha accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.

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