[photo] Ariane Adam (2011)Ariane Adam (2011)



Housing and Community Care, Immigration, Employment & Discrimination, Regulatory Law


Ariane has a multi-disciplinary practice focusing on equality and discrimination and human rights. She accepts instructions to advise, draft pleadings and represent clients in a broad range of civil, immigration and public law matters. Ariane has particular experience in representing young and vulnerable people and individuals with mental health difficulties.

Ariane is also frequently contracted to undertake human rights and media development evaluations and to produce policy papers for international bodies and organisations. Prior to qualifying as a barrister, Ariane worked for Reprieve’s Death Penalty team. She continues to undertake research on capital punishment and to assist prisoners on death row.



Housing & Community Care

Ariane is regularly instructed in a wide range of housing matters from possession proceedings and disrepair, to unlawful evictions, anti-social behaviour injunctions and harassment. She is available to advise and represent in appeals and judicial review challenges in homelessness proceedings. Ariane regularly volunteers for Greenwich Housing Rights providing duty advice at Woolwich County Court.

Ariane’s knowledge of and experience in discrimination law make her especially well placed to advise and pursue disability discrimination arguments in this area.

Immigration & Asylum

Ariane advises and represents applicants, both privately and publicly funded, in immigration, asylum and deportation appeals before the First-tier and Upper Tribunals. She also accepts instructions to advise and represent in judicial review challenges of Home Office and Tribunal decisions.

Ariane is particularly interested in unlawful detention challenges and has experience in assisting NGOs in filing complaints on behalf of individuals to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

Employment & Discrimination

Ariane acts for clients in a range of employment-related litigation, negotiation, and advisory work. She is regularly instructed in Employment Tribunal cases covering unfair and wrongful dismissal, unlawful deduction from wages, redundancy, whistleblowing, and discrimination.

Ariane accepts instructions in matters of varying length and complexity, from preliminary and case-management hearings to multi-day, legally and factually complicated discrimination cases. She has advised and represented in unfair dismissal and discrimination claims against large public bodies. Notable recent cases include:

Y v P&Co and Anor (2015), East London ET: successfully represented a vulnerable individual in a 6-day trial of multiple disability discrimination allegations. Sizeable compensation was secured for the client, including a substantial injury to feelings award, aggravated damages and compensation for injury to health.

C v BCC (2016), Birmingham ET: represented a head teacher in her unfair dismissal claim against the local authority. The claim was successful and the maximum compensatory award the claimant could have received was awarded by the Tribunal.

Public Law

Ariane is developing her public law practice within the areas of prison law, immigration and housing and accepts instructions to advise and represent in administrative challenges of decisions of public bodies outside of these areas.

Regulatory Law

Ariane is experienced in appearing before healthcare regulators, particularly the NMC and the HCPC.

International Practice

Ariane has a particular interest and experience in international human rights law and undertakes substantial work for NGOs in this field. She has recently been assisting a project in Malawi, which seeks to ensure that international standards are respected in resentencing hearings following the abolition of the mandatory death penalty. She also regularly contributes to the work of Evolve – Foundation for International Legal Assistance, a not-for-profit that works to improve access to justice in Uganda.

Ariane has recently undertaken media development, press and internet freedom, and human rights evaluations for international bodies and organisations including the Freedom Online Coalition and the Institute of War and Peace Reporting in Rwanda.



Prior to coming to the Bar, Ariane worked for Reprieve’s Death Penalty team assisting defence teams in the US in raising international human rights arguments before the appellate State and Federal Courts, as well as the US Supreme Court. She has drafted parts of and edited Reprieve’s manual for US defence attorneys representing European nationals on death row. Ariane also undertook consultancy work with Global Partners Digital, advising a government partner in Brazil on the implementation of the 2011 Access to Information Law.



· BA Philosophy, University College London
· MSc Human Rights (Distinction), London School of Economics
· Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School
· BPTC, BPP Law School



· Stan Cohen Prize, London School of Economics
· Benefactors Scholarship, Middle Temple



  • Housing Law Practitioners’ Association
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association
  • Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA)



· Greek (fluent)
· French (proficient)
· Spanish (basic)