Navida joined Garden Court chambers in December 2018 upon completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Mark Symes and Anya Lewis. She is developing a public law practice with a focus on immigration, asylum and housing.
Navida has been instructed on complex appeals involving minors, vulnerable adults and victims of torture. She has experience in a wide variety of immigration matters including deportation, human rights, "safe third country" and representations for Tier 2 sponsor licenses.
She also has experience in housing, including applications to suspend warrants, possession claims, disrepair, and homelessness appeals. She has significant expertise in this area, having previously worked in local government, social housing and volunteered as a housing advisor.
Navida has a strong commitment to pro bono work. She frequently provides advice and representation for individuals and organisations on a pro bono basis.
During her first six, Navida assisted Mark Symes with a wide variety of cases in immigration and asylum.
Navida assisted on the case of ZN (Afghanistan) & Anor v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 1059 with research on the impact of legal aid cuts on the sustainability of high street law firms and law centres.
Prior to being called to the Bar, Navida worked in local government and a social housing association as a policy and research officer. She advised on policy development in line with legal changes in areas including anti-social behaviour, gambling and welfare reforms. She advised review panels on urgent housing allocation applications raising issues such as domestic violence, knife crime and disrepair. She also trained heads of service and managers on policy drafting and legal analysis. During this time, she volunteered as a housing advisor for tenants at Toynbee Legal Advice Centre.
Navida also volunteered for Bail for Immigration Detainees, working on Article 8 deportation cases making "out-of-country" appeals and drafting grounds for immigration bail.
As a representative at the School Exclusion Project, Navida represented excluded children and their parents at Governors' Discipline Committee and Independent Review Panel hearings, seeking the reinstatement of excluded children, including children with Special Education Needs. Her experience as a youth worker at the Osmani Trust, prepared her thoroughly for this role.
In 2016 Navida interned for BELA (Bangladesh Environmental Law Association), assisting with the legal analysis of ship-breaking rules further to a radical judgment which halted the importation of vessels deemed dangerous and in contravention of international standards. She also assisted with field trips and public hearings with the aim of bringing public interest litigation on deforestation, stone excavation and ground water extraction.
UK Environmental Law Association Bursary
Inderpal Rahal Memorial Trust Award
Winner of the UK Environmental Law Association moot competition (Summer 2014)
- BPTC, City Law School
- PGDip in Law and Community Leadership, SOAS
- LLM in Human Rights Conflict & Justice, SOAS
- Law LLB (Hons), London Southbank University
- Administrative Law Bar Association
- Young Legal Aid Lawyers
- UK Environmental Law Association
- Bengali - advanced - written and spoken (in two dialects - Shuddho and Sylheti)