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Shazia
Akhtar

Year of call: 2001

Introduction

Shazia is a member of the public law and education team. Her practice includes the areas of judicial review, education law, disability, sex, religious and race discrimination, local government, and community care law. She has a particular interest in the impact of human rights legislation within these areas, and acts for both individuals and public authorities. Shazia successfully represented the claimants in the High Court and Court of Appeal in Kebede v Newcastle City Council, a case which has had far-reaching effects on those care leavers with discretionary leave to remain, affording them access to higher education in circumstances where they have no entitlement to student. She also challenged the change to the Education (Student Support) Regulations in Kebede v Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills.

Where appropriate, Shazia is happy to receive instructions on a direct access basis.

Shazia speaks Japanese and Urdu.

Shazia undertakes consultancy work for NGOs and other international organisations including work for  the Department for International Development (DfID) and the British Council.

Academic

Shazia is a former co-editor of the Education Law Monitor from 2006 to 2009.

Shazia undertakes training for national organisations on all aspects of education law, including the Children and Families Act 2014 and obligations of public authorities under the Equality Act, and provides bespoke training to charities, schools, universities and local authorities in this area.

Shazia successfully completed the Legal Services Commission “Approved Practitioners Course” on Immigration and Asylum and has advised and represented individuals and local authorities in respect of asylum and human rights issues, particularly in the context of local authority duties to unaccompanied asylum seekers.

Shazia carries out specialist advisory work in the international development sector in respect of the rights of women and children and minorities in the context of international law and also in relation to governance and judicial reform.

Qualifications

  • Bsoc.Sc, University of Manchester
  • Dip Law
  • BVC
  • Benefactor’s Scholar of the Middle Temple

Professional associations

  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Education Law Association
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association
  • Association of Women Barristers
  • Young International Arbitration Group