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Geeta joined 1MCB in 2019 upon completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Shuyeb Muquit and Rajesh Rai. She is developing a practice across housing, community care, public law, immigration law and actions against the police and public authorities.

She has a busy housing law practice, including applications to suspend warrants, possession claims, disrepair claims and homelessness appeals. Her possession work includes defending proceedings on the basis of disability discrimination, public law and human rights.

Geeta also specialises in immigration and community care, and can advise in cases where community care intersects with other legal matters.

Geeta’s interests and experience includes administrative and public law. She has acted in urgent judicial review proceedings under the Housing Act 1996 and has obtained favourable settlement terms for clients. Alongside her pupillage, Geeta assisted in R (on the application of O’Brien v Independent Adjudicator) [2019] EWHC 2884. In a unanimous judgment, the Divisional Court held that an Independent Adjudicator had acted unlawfully in referring disciplinary charges to the police.

Prior to pupillage, Geeta worked as a paralegal at Steel & Shamash, now Edwards Duthie Shamash Solicitors. In her role, she assisted in complex group litigation and a number of judicial review proceedings, including LW, KT, MC & Faulder v Sodexo Limited & Secretary of State for Justice [2019] EWHC 367. Following her Masters in International Law, she spent two years working with different organisations that use litigation to pursue social justice and environmental protection. At ClientEarth she contributed to work in the area of EU chemicals management and access to environmental information. Whilst at the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Germany, she assisted in transnational strategic litigation to promote corporate accountability. She gained further practical experience through volunteering with the Human Rights Law Network in India, where she conducted field research and assisted in litigation before the Supreme Court and the High Court.

 

 

Housing

Geeta has a busy practice across housing law, including applications to suspend warrants, possession claims, disrepair, and homelessness appeals. Her possession work includes defending proceedings on the basis of disability discrimination under the Equality Act 2010, public law and human rights.

She has also acted in urgent judicial review proceedings under the Housing Act 1996 and has obtained favourable settlement terms for clients. In a complex case, Geeta drew on her knowledge of criminal and discrimination law to persuasively argue that the claimant was in priority need, and the authority agreed to provide accommodation pending a section 202 review.

Community care

Prior to commencing pupillage, Geeta volunteered with the Free Representation Unit where she represented clients before the social security tribunal. Geeta has continued to develop specialist knowledge of community care law and accepts instructions to advise and represent individuals in matters relating to children’s rights and adult social care.

Geeta also advises on negligence and human rights claims against local authorities for claimants who suffer harm as a result of failures to perform their functions under the Children Act 1989 and related legislation. Geeta is able to advise on limitation, liability, quantum and litigation strategy in this complex and developing area of law.

Immigration & asylum

Geeta was supervised by Shuyeb Muquit and Rajesh Rai during pupillage and has developed expertise in advising and representing clients in the First-Tier Tribunal in asylum and human rights appeals.

She has a range of experience in immigration matters, including immigration related judicial reviews and drafting grounds of appeal to the Court of Appeal. Geeta also takes on bail applications on behalf of Bail for Immigration Detainees and is strongly committed to pro bono work in this area of law.

Public law & judicial review

Geeta has experience acting for claimants in judicial review challenges. She acts in urgent judicial review proceedings under the Housing Act 1996 and has obtained favourable settlement terms for clients.

Alongside her pupillage, Geeta assisted in R (on the application of O’Brien v Independent Adjudicator) [2019] EWHC 2884. In a unanimous judgment, the Divisional Court held that the Independent Adjudicator had acted unlawfully in referring disciplinary charges to the police. Geeta represented Mr O’Brien at the prison adjudication prior to commencing pupillage, and remained involved in the case.

As a paralegal at Steel & Shamash, now Edwards Duthie Shamash Solicitors, Geeta assisted in a number of judicial review proceedings. This included LW, KT, MC & Faulder v Sodexo Limited & Secretary of State for Justice [2019] EWHC 367 where the High Court found that the Secretary of State had breached his positive obligations under Article 8 by failing to implement an effective system for monitoring and supervising the operations of a contracted-out prison.

Actions against the police

Geeta has built on her previous experience assisting in group litigation representing women who had been unlawfully strip searched in custody. Her practical litigation experience as well as her knowledge of criminal, prison and immigration law means she is well placed to pursue successful claims against public and private bodies.

Geeta also advises in negligence and human rights claims against local authorities arising from their failures to perform functions under the Children Act 1989 and related legislation. Geeta is able to advise on limitation, liability, quantum and litigation strategy in this complex and developing area of law.

Prison law

Geeta has a longstanding interest in defending the interests of prisoners and detainees. She previously worked with a leading prison law practitioner, where she represented clients at hearings before the Parole Board and Independent Adjudicators.

Geeta has developed expertise in pursuing civil actions and judicial review claims against the Ministry of Justice and private prison operators to enforce prisoners’ rights. Through her work, Geeta has acquired particular knowledge and experience of the issues affecting women and transgender prisoners.

International human rights

Geeta’s international experience spans across litigation, consultancy work and research with a focus on business and human rights. She has in-depth knowledge of how to use international and regional law and mechanisms to protect and promote human rights, and can advise clients on legal matters that touch on international and foreign law.

During pupillage Geeta shadowed Iain Edwards who is currently assigned as counsel before the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague. Prior to pupillage, Geeta worked at ClientEarth where she contributed to work in the area of EU chemicals management and access to information. During her time at the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Germany, she assisted in transnational strategic litigation to promote corporate accountability. She gained further practical experience through volunteering with the Human Rights Law Network in India and Global Diligence LLP in the UK. During her Masters, Geeta was also a research assistant to a member of the International Law Commission in Geneva.

Publications

Education

  • First class degree in Law, University of York;
  • International Law Masters, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, being awarded the LaLive Scholarship;
  • Bar Course, City Law School, being awarded a Rosie Keane Memorial Prize;
  • Lincoln’s Inn Hardwicke, Denning and Shelford Scholarships.

Memberships

  • Police Action Lawyers Group
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association
  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association
  • Housing Law Practitioners’ Association
  • Criminal Bar Association

Languages

  • Italian (proficient)
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