Maha has been working in the field of immigration, asylum and human rights for over a decade. She is a versatile barrister able to provide advice and representation to a wide range of clientele.
Maha represents a wide range of clientele from asylum seekers and other vulnerable clients to private clients who want assistance with their personal or business immigration matters.
She is a contributing author to the leading immigration practitioner text, Macdonald's Immigration Law and Practice. She co-wrote the chapters on “visits and other temporary purposes” and “Working, business and investment in the UK”.
Maha is a dynamic advocate regularly appearing in the First and Upper Tier Tribunals in asylum, human rights and deportation appeals. She also represents applicants for bail.
She is passionate about the protection and representation of vulnerable clients, including victims of torture, unaccompanied minors and cases concerning FGM and trafficking.
Maha has considerable experience with private immigration matters having worked in the private client team at Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP where she assisted individuals with a wide range of immigration services. She is experienced in the Points Based System, family-based applications, nationality, visit visas and EEA applications, among others.
During her time with one of the Big Four, Maha gained commercial skills and business acumen representing numerous high net-worth and high-profile clients. In addition, she has advised companies applying for sponsor licences and has drafted representations and grounds successfully challenging Home Office decisions to refuse, suspend or revoke their licences.
Maha was involved in the Court of Appeal litigation of Balajigari where she was led by Sonali Naik QC and acted for the proposed intervener Migrants Rights Network. The case involved challenges to the refusal of settlement applications (based on earning discrepancies) where the Home Office relied on paragraph 322 (5) of the Immigration Rules.
Maha co-wrote the widely acclaimed chapter on the new Points Based System in Macdonald's Immigration Law and Practice.