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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. 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. She is currently on sabbatical having joined Reprieve to lead its work on the re-sentencing hearings in Malawi (following the abolition of the mandatory death penalty in 2007) and to pursue strategic initiatives to abolish the death penalty or restrict its application in Sub-Saharan Africa.
International human rights
Ariane has a particular interest and experience in international human rights law and undertakes substantial work for NGOs in this field.
She also undertakes human rights evaluations, produces policy papers and research for international bodies and organisations. She has undertaken such work for Open Society Foundations, the Institute for War & Peace Reporting, the Freedom Online Coalition and Global Partners Digital.
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. 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.
International criminal law
Ariane joined Reprieve in 2016 to lead the organisation’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 has worked with the Malawi Human Rights Commission and other local partners to secure new sentences for 39 prisoners; 23 of these individuals have received custodial sentences that led to their immediate release. Ariane has 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 regularly contributes to the work of Evolve – Foundation for International Legal Assistance drafting submissions for prisoners appealing their death sentences in Uganda, and offering support to local lawyers.
Prior to commencing pupillage, Ariane edited Reprieve’s manual for US defence attorneys representing European nationals on death row.
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.
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.
Ariane regularly volunteers for Greenwich Housing Rights providing duty advice at Woolwich County Court.
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.
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 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.
Public law & judicial review
Ariane is developing her public law practice within the areas of prison law, mental health, immigration and housing and accepts instructions to advise and represent in administrative challenges of public bodies outside of these areas.
Ariane is experienced in appearing before healthcare regulators, particularly the Nursery & Midwifery Council and the Health and Care Professions Council.
- 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