Ishaani joined Devereux as a tenant after the completion of her pupillage in 2014. Her practice covers core areas in chambers as well as public and international law.
She obtained a BA in Law and LL.M. at the University of Cambridge. After completing the BVC, she undertook an LL.M. at Harvard Law School, as part of which she worked for the Human Rights Clinic. She has worked as a legal researcher for Guglielmo Verdirame and Sir Michael Wood, as a paralegal in international and group claims at Leigh Day & Co, and as a fellow at the AIRE Centre specialising in EU and human rights law.
Ishaani works heavily with charities and NGOs. She continues to contribute to AIRE's annual Rule of Law Forum for South East Europe, this year held in Tirana and focusing on Freedom of Expression. She regularly updates all ECHR case law against Serbia, Montenegro, Albania and Bosnia for the European Human Rights Database for South East Europe. She has run a series of lectures for Pro Bono Community, a charity offering a specialised training programme for junior lawyers to prepare them for volunteering in Law Centres and other advice agencies. She is currently working with the Media Legal Defence Initiative.
"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 has advised and acted in cases concerning age, sex, race and disability discrimination as well as wages, unfair dismissal and restrictive covenants.
Ishaani has acted as a sole independent investigator for a regulatory body, as well as acting with co-counsel on investigations into public sector bodies.
Ishaani has acted for defendants in The Construction Industry Vetting Information Group Litigation (the group litigation relating to alleged blacklisting of construction workers).
Through Pro Bono Community Ishaani provides comprehensive training to assist the pro bono department of Herbert Smith Freehills through a series of seminars and case studies covering basic claims, unfair dismissal and discrimination. Ishaani has also provided training to Shearman & Sterling LLP.
Public law, EU and government work
Ishaani undertakes judicial review work and was sole junior counsel to Graham Read QC in R(DHL International (UK) Limited) v Ofcom  EWHC 938 (Admin).
Ishaani represents appellants before the Social Security and Immigration and Asylum tribunals in respect of their free movement rights as EEA nationals under Directive 2004/38/EC and the Immigration Regulations.
Ishaani has advised claimants on the HRA and ECHR, in particular right to life issues arising in the context of historical claims.
Ishaani is acting as a junior junior in the Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation brought by over 40,000 claimants in respect of their experiences in Kenya in the 1950s. Ishaani has closely worked 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 international law questions.
Ishaani continues to work pro bono for the AIRE Centre on their programme in South Eastern Europe. She is a key contributor in the Annual Rule of Law Form for South East Europe, attended by all levels of the judiciary of Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, as well as ECHR judges from those countries, lawyers and NGO workers.
Ishaani will be working with the Media Legal Defence Initiative in its work involving freedom of expression.
Ishaani is a regular contributor to the Adminstrative Case Digest
Ishaani accepts instructions in all areas of tax work and has recently been instructed by the National Crime Agency and HMRC. As pupil to Akash Nawbatt, Ishaani assisted in cases involving domicile, national insurance contributions, and the effect of branch, agency or partnership under the Income Tax Act 2007.
As well as undertaking her own cases, Ishaani has acted with Richard Harrison in defending a high value claim against accountants.
Ishaani takes instructions in all areas of insurance and reinsurance work. As a pupil, she assisted Richard Harrison in Rathbone Brothers Plc v Novae Corporate Underwriting & Ors  EWHC 3757 (Comm), representing insurers in a dispute arising from the termination of a claims handling delegated authority agreement.
In respect of the Insurance Act 2015, Ishaani has provided seminars and participated in the BILA mock trial addressing changes that will be introduced by the Act and highlighting areas of potential uncertainty. She wrote a short article in summary for Insurance Post Online.
Ishaani has spoken on Practical Tips on Contracting Out and Maintaining Good Faith following the Act in C5 Communications Ltd's two day conference on the Practical Implementation of the Insurance Act.
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)
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)
Insurance Post Online