[photo] Rayan Imam (2013)

Rayan Imam (2013)



Commercial & Contractual DisputesHousing & Community CareProperty LitigationFamilyActions Against the PoliceCrime



Rayan has built a multi-disciplinary practice which allows her to draw on a wide range of knowledge when advising and representing. Rayan has a particular interest in civil litigation, housing and regulatory work.



General Civil/Commercial litigation

Rayan accepts instructions from Claimants and Defendants in all aspects of civil/commercial litigation, including interim applications such as relief from sanctions and summary judgment in the County Court and the High Court. She also receives instructions to draft statements of case regularly.

Rayan has a breadth of experience in contractual disputes and has represented in small claims and fast track trials.

She was recently instructed as in-house counsel to act for the Defendant and Third-Party in the Chancery Division in a multi-track multi-million pound commercial dispute (Rollerteam Ltd & Others v Linda Riley [2015] EWHC 1545 (Ch): Declarations of trust; Enforcement; Formalities; Formation of contract; Intention to create legal relations; Part performance; Settlement; Validity)



Rayan acts for Claimants and Defendants in matters pertaining to housing and regularly represents in the full range of possession proceedings in the County Court including making and resisting applications for possession, applications to set aside possession orders, applications to stay warrants, etc. She also advises on merits and quantum in disrepair claims as well as cases involving homelessness.

Recent cases:

• Charlton Triangle Homes v Tiley (2015) – represented the tenant in a fast-track trial which was defended on the basis that he was entitled to succeed to the tenancy.
• Hodgson v Ramlakhan (2015) – acted for the landlord in a case involving a company-let agreement and pursuing the former licensee as a trespasser following the determination of the license.
• Begum v Genesis Housing Association (2015) – acted on behalf of the tenant and reached a favourable settlement on the disrepair claim.
• Vasanthan v Thevapalan & Ors (2015) – successfully resisted a relief from sanctions application made by the tenant following failure to comply with court directions.



Rayan regularly represents in professional disciplinary proceedings, particularly before the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). She has defended registrants at a range of hearings before the Conduct and Competence Committee including interim and substantive order reviews, impairment and sanctions hearings. 

Recent cases:

• NMC v Sheeba – successfully argued that the registrant should not be struck off the register and should instead be dealt with by way of a short suspension notwithstanding the fact that charges involving dishonesty were proven.



Rayan has a particular interest in ancillary relief proceedings but receives instructions in a range of family matters ranging from ancillary relief, contested divorces/annulments and child arrangements cases.



Rayan represents in the Crown Court in a broad spectrum of criminal matters including sexual, violence and dishonesty offences.

Recent cases:

▪ R v Issa, Kingston Crown Court – Represented a youth in a 5-day section 18 trial.
▪ R v S, Basildon Crown Court – Defendant acquitted of racially aggravated harassment. The Crown’s evidence included a covert mobile phone recording capturing an aggressive altercation between the defendant and the complainant.
▪ R v L, Kingston Crown Court – Defendant acquitted of handling stolen goods. The Prosecution relied heavily on the evidence of the arresting officer who stated that the defendant was acting suspiciously whilst in possession of the stolen goods. Cross-examination exposed inconsistencies in the police officer’s account and called into question the reliability of his evidence as a whole.



Prior to coming to the Bar, Rayan interned at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva and assisted in an amicus curiae brief in the UK Court of Appeal as well as drafting various policy papers.

Rayan also worked at international law firm Steptoe & Johnson on two multi-million pound (ICSID) investment treaty arbitrations against the Republic of Zimbabwe. 



LLB (First Class), Kingston University, 2008

LLM with specialisation in Public International Law (Merit), University College London, 2010

BPTC, University of Law, 2013



Arabic (fluent), French (basic)