Karen is regularly instructed to appear before the Asylum and Immigration Chamber of both the Upper and First-Tier Tribunals in respect of all areas of immigration law including asylum, human rights claims, and immigration bail proceedings.
Her particular expertise is in representing vulnerable clients including unaccompanied minors and young people and victims of trafficking. Karen has experience in deprivation of nationality cases.
Karen also accepts instructions to draft representations, grounds of appeal and to provide advice (both written and in conference).
Prior to coming to the Bar, Karen was employed as the Head of Advocacy and Immigration for Afghan Association Paiwand, a London-based refugee community organisation, which she continues to be involved with as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Karen also has experience of business immigration, and represents employers in respect of civil enforcement notices and sponsorship licences.
In addition to her immigration practice, Karen accepts instructions in all other areas of Human Rights law. Karen has represented both local authority and private tenants in possession claims, and individuals in possession proceedings against mortgage companies.
Karen has also advocated and advised on prevention from harassment injunctions, and civil claims against government bodies including the Home Office.
Judicial Review is a particular area of interest for Karen, and she accepts instructions at all levels of proceedings from drafting pre-action protocol letters and grounds to representation at hearing.
Appointments & Memberships
Administrative Law Bar Association
Bar Pro Bono Unit
Housing Lawyers Practitioners Association
Immigration Lawyers Practitioners’ Association
South Eastern Circuit
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Challenge to a refusal under paragraph 322(5) based on alleged dishonesty and the appropriate application of the burden and standard of proof in such circumstances.
Scholarships & Awards
Certificate of Honour, Middle Temple, 2010
Middle Temple Young Barristers Advocacy Competition Winner, 2012
Monroe Cup Winner, Middle Temple Debating, 2010
South Eastern Circuit Florida Advanced Civil Trial Advocacy Scholarship, 2014
Lloyd Jacob Memorial Award 2015 (Middle Temple)