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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.

International human rights

Ariane has a particular interest and experience in international human rights law. Between September 2016 and June 2017 she 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 contributes 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.

Ariane also 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.

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.

 

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.

Recent cases

  • 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.
  • RD v SSHD (2016, FTT Taylor House) – appeal against the refusal of an Afghan minor’s asylum claim allowed.
  • PM v SSHD (2016, FTT Taylor House) – successful appeal outside the Immigration Rules of the SSHD’s refusal of leave to enter as a partner of a British Citizen.

Pro bono

In May 2017 Ariane volunteered for the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association Legal Support Project for refugees, assisting in preparing asylum claims and training and building capacity for Greek lawyers. She continues to provide remote support to the volunteers in Athens.

Housing

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

Recent cases

  • 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.

Pro bono

Ariane regularly volunteers for Greenwich Housing Rights providing duty advice at Woolwich County Court.

Community care

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’.

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.

Recent cases

  • BC v BCC (2016, Birmingham ET): represented a headteacher 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;
  • KY 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.

Public law & judicial review

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

Regulatory law

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

Education

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

Scholarships

Benefactors Scholarship, Middle Temple

Languages

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

Awards

Stan Cohen Prize, London School of Economics

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