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Geeta joined 1MCB Chambers as a pupil. Her interests and experience encompass domestic and international law and she is dedicated to using law to advance human rights.

Prior to pupillage, Geeta spent a year working as a paralegal at Steel & Shamash. 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 (Admin), 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.

After completing her Masters in International Law, Geeta 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 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 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.

 

 

Housing

During pupillage Geeta developed her knowledge and skills across different areas of housing law, including possession claims, property disrepair and judicial review challenges in homelessness matters.

Geeta successfully challenged a local authority’s decision not to provide accommodation pending a section 202 review. Drawing on her knowledge of criminal law, discrimination law and human rights, she persuasively argued that the claimant was ‘vulnerable’ and the authority agreed to provide interim accommodation prior to issuing judicial review proceedings.

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.

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.

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.

Crime

Geeta is building a strong criminal practice and regularly appears in the Crown, magistrates and youth courts for trials, bail and sentencing hearings. Geeta is committed to advising and representing women and young people in the criminal justice system in particular. She recently appealed an eight month detention and training order on behalf of a young person charged with possession with intent to supply and possession of a bladed article.

Geeta has been instructed in an appeal against conviction following a guilty plea entered by a child victim of trafficking. This case deals with the non prosecution of victims of trafficking under the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings and the defence under section 45 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

International human rights

Prior to pupillage, Geeta worked in a number of human rights organisations and developed in-depth knowledge of how to use international and regional law and mechanisms to protect and promote human rights.

Geeta has developed particular skills and knowledge in the area of business and human rights. For example, at ClientEarth, Geeta drafted submissions to the European Commission on the topic of chemicals regulation and a complaint to the European Ombudsman on the issue of access to information. At the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, Geeta contributed to transnational litigation on the topic of harmful pesticide use in South Asia, assisting in research and drafting legal submissions. In addition to her legal work, Geeta has published articles on corporate accountability in the context of transitional justice.

During pupillage Geeta has continued to develop her knowledge of international human rights and international criminal law and shadowed Iain Edwards who is currently assigned as counsel before the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague.

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.

Publications

  • ‘Interventions in the supply chain’, Human Rights Lawyers’ Association, July 2018;
  • ‘Experiences of a young lawyer’, Bertha Foundation, December 2016;
  • ‘Tunisia: the price of economic reconciliation in the transitional justice process’, Justiceinfo, August 2016;
  • ‘Corporate accountability in times of transition: the role of restorative justice in the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission’, Restorative Justice: An International Journal, Vol.4(1) (2016).

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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