Nadia joined Garden Court as a tenant following successful completion of pupillage in October 2022.
Nadia has a broad public law and civil liberties practice. She accepts instructions in Administrative and Public Law, Immigration & Asylum, Community Care, Education, Human Rights & Civil Liberties, Court of Protection, and challenges under the Equality Act.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Nadia worked in the human rights sector at leading UK non-governmental organisations, Liberty and JUSTICE where she gained a wealth of experience in policy, campaigns and strategic litigation.
Nadia has extensive experience working with children and adults at risk, including survivors of trafficking, torture and gender-based violence as well as clients with special educational needs and mental health issues.
Nadia has a strong background in immigration law. Prior to coming to the Bar, she qualified as an IAAS Senior Immigration Caseworker and worked for close to two years providing legal advice and assistance to migrants in Greece and Calais, France.
She has experience in asylum and human rights appeals, family reunions, deportation and EUSS claims. She welcomes instructions at the earliest stage and is always keen to work with her instructing solicitor to assist with evidence preparation and negotiation with the Home Office.
Nadia has a particular interest in issues arising in the context of immigration detention. She is regularly instructed in bail applications and provides a holistic approach to advice and representation, including where issues of unlawful detention and/ or asylum support arise.
She takes a trauma-informed approach to her practice and is trained in psychological first aid and working with people experiencing PSTD.
Nadia is building a busy judicial review practice which cuts across her multi-disciplinary practice. She has experience in judicial review in the areas of immigration law, community care, age assessments and education law.
Nadia takes a holistic approach to her practice and is adept at providing advice on potential public law challenges arising out of or alongside her caseload.
She has a strong academic and policy background, having taught public law at UCL and worked at organisations including Liberty and JUSTICE. Nadia welcomes instructions from NGOs to advise on legal issues arising out of policy matters as well as strategic claims and interventions.
Nadia is regularly instructed and has had a number of successes in challenges to age assessments on behalf of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and in matters involving the entitlement of children and adults to support under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, Children Act 1989 and Care Act 2014.
Nadia is regularly instructed in SEND Tribunal appeals in relation to Education, Health and Care Plans, and has experience in running – and securing settlement – in disability discrimination claims in the First-tier Tribunal.
She has developed particular expertise in challenging decisions to permanently exclude children from school and is confident running complex discrimination arguments. She is frequently instructed on behalf of young people and parents, often acting pro bono with organisations such as Just for Kids Law.
Nadia was recently led by Stephanie Harrison KC in judicial review proceedings challenging the lawfulness of a school exclusion relying on the public sector quality.