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Ariane has a multi-disciplinary practice focusing on equality and human rights. She accepts instructions to advise, draft pleadings and represent clients in a broad range of civil, immigration and public law matters. She has particular experience in representing young and vulnerable people and individuals with mental health difficulties.
Ariane is also frequently contracted to undertake human rights evaluations and to produce policy and research papers for international bodies and organisations.
Ariane is currently a Legal Adviser in a leading human rights organisation operating globally, where her thematic portfolio is focused on the rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, expression, association, peaceful assembly, and privacy.
International human rights
Between September 2016 and June 2017 Ariane led Reprieve’s work in Malawi assisting prisoners benefiting from the decision in Kafantayeni & Others v The Attorney General of Malawi (Constitutional Case No. 12 of 2005), by which the mandatory death sentence was ruled unconstitutional. During her time at Reprieve, Ariane worked with the Malawi Human Rights Commission and other local partners to secure new sentences for 51 prisoners; 24 of these individuals have received custodial sentences that led to their immediate release. Ariane represented the organisation in high level advocacy meetings with governments, intergovernmental bodies and other actors. She has also facilitated the provision of training to regional actors and NGOs on minimum standards on the application of the death penalty, mental health as mitigation, and engagement with human rights instruments.
Ariane undertakes human rights evaluations, and produces policy papers and research for international bodies and organisations. She has undertaken such work for the Open Society Foundation, the Institute for War & Peace Reporting, the Freedom Online Coalition and Global Partners Digital. In 2018 she supported the Open Data Charter team during their consultation on refreshing the Open Data Charter Principles, assisting specifically on gathering and analysing views on the relationship between the principles and privacy and data protection norms. Ariane has been a consultant at Adapt, helping companies rethink their relationship with data.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Ariane worked for Reprieve 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 edited Reprieve’s manual for US defence attorneys representing European nationals on death row. Ariane also undertook consultancy work with Global Partners & Associates, advising a government partner in Brazil on the implementation of the 2011 Access to Information Law.
Ariane has contributed to the work of Evolve – Foundation for International Legal Assistance in Uganda, assisting local lawyers in progressing appeals against conviction and the death sentence before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. She has continued to assist Reprieve pro bono – recent work has included drafting, with Vyaj Lovejoy, a complaint to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention relating to the detention of three relatives of the director of the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy; the Working Group declared the detention unlawful.
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. She is experienced in family reunification cases under Dublin III and in assisting unattended asylum-seeking children.
- KA v SSHD (2018, FTT Taylor House) – appeal of an Afghan citizen allowed on asylum and human rights grounds.
- SM v SSHD (2018, UT Field House) – successful appeal against the FTT’s dismissal of an adjournment application to obtain an expert report.
- WZ v SSHD (2017, FTT Harmondsworth) – successful appeal against deportation under the EEA Regulations.
- DH v SSHD (2016, FTT York House) – successful appeal against deportation on article 8 grounds in an ‘Operation nexus’ case. The FTT held that the SSHD had failed to prove the ‘non-conviction’ allegations against the appellant.
Ariane has volunteered and sat on the Executive Committee of Refugee Legal Support, an organisation offering free legal advice and assistance to refugees in and around Athens. RLS received the LexisNexis Legal 2018 Pro Bono Award.
Ariane is instructed in a wide range of housing matters from possession proceedings and disrepair, to unlawful eviction, harassment and water rates claims. She also regularly advises and represents applicants in county court appeals and judicial review challenges in homelessness matters.
Ariane’s knowledge of and experience in discrimination law make her especially well placed to advise and pursue disability discrimination arguments in this area.
Ariane has also delivered training and developed homelessness and housing law training materials for Shelter
- SG v LB Merton (2016) – successful homelessness appeal. The local authority in deciding that the applicant was intentionally homeless had failed to have due regard to the medical evidence of her mental health.
- ALL v HA (2016) – in possession proceedings on the ground of trespass brought by a private party, the court allowed an application to join the local authority and to defend proceedings on the basis that it had unlawfully discharged its duty under the Housing Act 1996 by housing the defendant through a private provider. This claim was then withdrawn, and a second claim struck out on Ariane’s application for abuse of process.
- MH v LB Southwark (2015) – a successful appeal on whether an applicant was in ‘priority need’. The local authority failed to seek an updated medical opinion and to properly address its obligations pursuant to the Equality Act 2010.
Ariane volunteered for over two years for Greenwich Housing Rights providing duty advice and representation for clients facing possession proceedings.
Ariane accepts instructions to advise and represent individuals in matters relating to children’s rights and adult social care, including cases where her client has ‘no recourse to public funds’.
Public law & judicial review
Ariane advises and represents individuals in judicial review proceedings in the Upper Tribunal and Administrative Court in all areas of homelessness and immigration law. She also accepts instructions in administrative challenges against public bodies outside of these areas.
- BA Philosophy, University College London
- MSc Human Rights (Distinction), London School of Economics
- Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School
- BPTC, BPP Law School
Benefactors Scholarship, Middle Temple
- Greek (fluent)
- French (proficient)
- Spanish (basic)
Stan Cohen Prize, London School of Economics