Ishaani joined Devereux as a tenant after the completion of her pupillage in 2014. Prior to joining the Bar, Ishaani worked as a Kaufman Fellow at the AIRE Centre in European Union and human rights law and at Leigh Day & Co solicitors in international and group claims. She holds a first-class B.A. in Law and an LL.M. at the University of Cambridge, and an LL.M. at Harvard Law School.
In 2019, Ishaani was appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel (C Panel) (effective from 01 March 2019).
"I found Ishaani to be well-prepared, very knowledgeable and an excellent speaker. Her delivery of the employment training sessions was pitched at the right level and included useful case studies and examples. I would be delighted to invite Ishaani to deliver further training in the future." - Rebecca Perlman, Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills (2016)
Ishaani accepts instructions in all areas of employment work.
Ishaani’s recent advice work has covered issues of equal pay and breaches of restrictive covenants.
She appears as sole counsel in multi-day hearings. Recent issues have included age, sex, sexual orientation and race discrimination, as well as gross misconduct.
She has acted as a sole independent investigator for a regulatory body, as well as acting with more senior counsel on investigations into public sector bodies.
Ishaani has acted for a wide range of clients, both claimant and respondent, including: the BBC; British Telecommunications plc; Coca Cola European Partners; Macmillan Cancer Support; the General Dental Council; various NHS Trusts; the NSPCC; and the Security Industry Authority. She has acted for defendants in The Construction Industry Vetting Information Group Litigation (the group litigation relating to the alleged blacklisting of construction workers) with Christopher Stone.
Through Pro Bono Community, Ishaani has run a series of seminars giving comprehensive training to junior lawyers assisting the pro bono department at Herbert Smith Freehills.
Ishaani accepts instructions in all areas of public law work.
Ishaani’s has advised on European Union law (in particular, the free movement of persons under Directive 2004/38/EC and the Immigration Regulations) and human rights.
She works heavily with individual claimants, charities and NGOs. She is currently instructed by the Media Legal Defence Initiative, in an intervention before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice.
She has appeared as sole counsel representing individuals before the Social Security and Immigration and Asylum tribunal.
She undertakes all areas of judicial review work and was sole junior counsel to Graham Read QC in R(DHL International (UK) Limited) v Ofcom  EWHC 938 (Admin).
Ishaani is acting as a junior junior for the UK Government in the Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation brought by over 40,000 claimants in respect of their experiences in Kenya in the 1950s. This has involved working closely with panel counsel in drafting individual defences, preparing cross-examination of test claimants and medical experts, as well as researching historical legislation, limitation issues and questions of international law.
Ishaani continues to work pro bono for the AIRE Centre on their programme in South Eastern Europe. She is a key contributor to the Annual Rule of Law Forum for South East Europe, attended by ECHR judges, all levels of judiciary, and lawyers and NGO workers from Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. While working full-time at the AIRE Centre, she had been instrumental in the creation of the content for AIRE’s European Human Rights Database for South East Europe and continues to assist in updating it.
Ishaani has written one of the two key publications being presented before the March 2018 Forum in Macedonia. This Forum will focus on Article 3 of the ECHR: the prohibition against torture.
Ishaani is a regular contributor to the Adminstrative Case Digest.
Ishaani has acted as sole counsel for the National Crime Agency, and is currently instructed by HMRC with Akash Nawbatt QC and Christopher Stone.
ALBA, COMBAR, ELA, BILA
Harvard Law School:
Irving R Kaufman Public Interest Fellowship to work at the AIRE Centre (2012)
Lord Mansfield Scholar (2009)
Hardwick Entrance Award (2009)
Award for international Rounds of the Philip C Jessup International Moot Court Competition (2010)
International Law Fund:
Scholarship from the International Law Fund to attend the Hague Academy Public International Law course (2009)
University of Cambridge:
Scholarship - Harvard LL.M. (2011)
Senior Harris Scholar (2008)
Buchanan Prize (2008)
Appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel (C Panel) in 2019
Lecture – Overview of Employment law (Shearman & Sterling, Pro Bono Community)
Lecture series – Employment law for pro bono clients (Pro Bono Community)
Harvard Law School, LL.M. (2011-2012)
BPP Law School, BVC (2009-2010)
University of Cambridge, LL.M. (2008-2009) (Highest overall mark in International Commercial Litigation; Settlement of International Disputes; Restitution; International Human Rights)
University of Cambridge, BA (Hons) Law (2005-2008) First class, top 5% of year. (Highest overall mark in Labour law)
French, Basic Russian, Hindi
AIRE Centre, fellow for European Union and European Human Rights law (2012-2013)
Leigh Day & Co solicitors, paralegal in International and Group claims (2010-2011)
Research assistant for Professor Guglielmo Verdirame (2009-2010) and Sir Michael Wood KCMG (2010, 2012-2013)
Hague Academy Public International Law course (2009)
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Intern (2009)
Contributor to the Administrative Court Digest
Contributor to Westlaw Insight - Freedom of Expression (forthcoming)
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