We are delighted to welcome Zehrah Hasan, Fatima Jichi, Luke McLean and Angharad Monk who have joined Garden Court Chambers as pupils.
Zehrah Hasan (2016)
Zehrah has previously worked at a number of non-profit organisations, including Liberty, Southall Black Sisters and the London Black Women’s Project. She currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Human Rights’ Lawyers Association. She has in-depth knowledge of legal protections for migrant survivors of domestic abuse, and owing to this she gave oral evidence in Parliament as an expert witness to the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill. She has also worked on policy and legislative reform surrounding abortion rights, immigration detention and LGBTQIA+ equality. Zehrah intends to build a practice in public, human rights, immigration and asylum law. She has a particular interest in representing survivors of gender-based violence and trafficking, as well victims of discrimination.
Fatima Jichi (2019)
Before joining the Bar, Fatima was a medical statistician at University College London. She helped set up Sufra Food Bank in NW London in 2013 and was an active trustee until 2019. Her community engagement inspired her to retrain as a barrister focusing on social justice issues. During her legal studies, Fatima worked in the field of counter terrorism law, including with the former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, Max Hill QC. Fatima is a trustee of the Kalisher Trust, which works to support talented individuals from diverse backgrounds to enter the Criminal Bar. She is the legal affairs editor of an online comment site, The Platform, which advances marginalised narratives. Fatima intends to build her practice in public law, actions against the police and criminal defence work, particularly financial crime and terrorism.
Luke McLean, (2017)
Luke began his legal career as a paralegal focusing on serious crime. Following successful completion of the BPTC, Luke worked for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse for Lambeth Council. Subsequently, he worked for the independent Grenfell Tower Inquiry team. Luke prides himself on his adaptability in working both with professionals and members of disadvantaged communities who often have real distrust in the legal system. He intends to build his practice in the areas of public law, civil liberties and employment law.
Angharad Monk (2017)
Prior to commencing pupillage Angharad worked as a housing paralegal at Hackney Community Law Centre, conducting housing casework and giving outreach advice at migrant projects in London, in particular the Hackney Migrant Centre and the Islington Unity Project (a project dedicated to assisting clients with applications to remove “no recourse to public funds” conditions from their leave to remain). Angharad has experience of the full range of housing work, including homelessness, possession and disrepair, in addition to accommodation related aspects of community care law. In the migrant centre context she has helped clients navigate housing problems linked to complex immigration issues. She seeks to build a practice in housing, community care, and wider public law.