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Tanya has a multi-disciplinary practice and accepts instructions from solicitors as well as members of the public on a direct access basis.

Tanya is the Founder of Evolve – Foundation for International Legal Assistance, an organisation that aims to build capacity within the legal profession, improve access to justice and promote fairness, integrity and efficiency within the criminal justice system of Uganda.

Prior to joining the bar, Tanya worked for various leading criminal law firms, Amnesty International, Medical Foundation (now Freedom from Torture) and Victim Support.


Immigration & asylum

Tanya specialises in all aspects of immigration and nationality law, including cases involving the points based system (tier 1, tier 2, tier 4 and tier 5), family migration, EEA free movement, settlement, citizenship and human rights.

She regularly appears in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber (both First-tier and Upper Tribunal) in appeals and judicial review hearings. She has experience in the High Court and Court of Appeal, challenging adverse decisions by the Home Office in immigration appeal and judicial review matters. Tanya has extensive experience of drafting grounds of appeal and judicial review, including emergency applications requiring injunctive relief.  Tanya’s experience in criminal law is particularly useful in deportation appeals and bail applications.

Tanya also has considerable experience preparing applications for entry clearance, leave to remain and indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

Prior to joining the Bar, Tanya assisted refugees through her work at the Medical Foundation (now Freedom from Torture) and Amnesty International.

Recent cases

  • R (on the application of Gibson) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department:  judicial review of decision to certify applicant’s human rights claim under section 94B of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002. The Upper Tribunal held (prior to the Supreme Court decision in Kiarie & Byndloss) that the Secretary of State’s approach was Wednesbury unreasonable and that it would be a breach of Article 8 ECHR to remove the applicant prior to his deportation appeal. Section 94B certificate quashed.
  • R (on the application of A) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department: judicial review in the Court of Appeal relating to the interaction between the Dublin II Regulation and Article 8 ECHR;
  • OK v The Secretary of State for the Home Department: appeal allowed on Article 3 ECHR grounds (prison conditions in Ukraine), upheld by the Upper Tribunal following an unsuccessful appeal by the Home Office;
  • AK v The Secretary of State for the Home Department: appeal allowed on asylum (imputed political opinion) and human rights grounds (suicide risk under Article 3 ECHR) of victim of torture from Cote D’Ivoire following successful appeal to the Upper Tribunal;
  • R (on the application of) SA v The Secretary of State for the Home Department: successful judicial review application involving fresh claims and Article 8 ECHR;
  • DS v The Secretary of State for the Home Department: decision to deport found contrary to rights under Article 8 ECHR.

International human rights

Tanya’s pro bono work in Uganda began in 2013 as Director of the Centre for Capital Punishment Studies’ Mitigation Project.  In 2014, she founded Evolve – Foundation for International Legal Assistance. Evolve works closely with judges, lawyers, law students, prisoners and civil society organisations.  Evolve’s barristers have assisted well over 500 individuals accused or convicted of capital offences and have trained over 90 members of the legal profession in sentencing and international practice.

Notably, Tanya took a lead role in the re-sentencing process of over 250 beneficiaries of the Supreme Court case of Attorney General v Kigula and 417 others (Constitutional Appeal No. 3 of 2006) which upheld the decision of the Constitutional Court that an automatic death sentence, without affording a defendant the chance to mitigate, was unconstitutional.


Tanya is an experienced criminal practitioner having defended individuals accused of crimes such as harassment, theft, robbery, burglary and fraud as well as sexual, violent and immigration-related offences.

In her practice, Tanya has drawn on her experience as a former caseworker for well known firms of solicitors, where she was involved in some serious and high profile cases including the 2006 transatlantic aircraft plot; cases involving the Parliament Square peace campaigner Brian Haw and the first trial under section 145 of the Serious and Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 which saw the unsuccessful prosecution of several animal rights protestors.

Recent cases

Notable cases and matters that have attracted media attention include:

  • R v G: successful appeal against conviction of harassment against ex-wife, widely reported in the local media;
  • R v W: 2011 London riots case. Persuaded judge not to impose a custodial sentence on a university student. Click here for news report;
  • R v R: Oxford tube crash. Defendant only given 12 months imprisonment following guilty plea to causing danger to road users by interfering with a motor vehicle. Click here  and here  for news reports;
  • R v D: successful appeal against conviction for failing to provide a specimen of breath following expert evidence on learning difficulties of the defendant (dyspraxia and dyslexia)

Regulatory law

Tanya regularly appears on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in professional disciplinary proceedings before the Conduct and Competence Committee.

Employment & discrimination

Tanya has represented individuals at both the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Recent cases

Notable cases include:

  • S v Gatehouse Educational Trust: successful claim against school who summarily dismissed caretaker for failing to look after children on a school trip;
  • NA v Central London Bus Company Ltd: successful claim against bus company for unfair dismissal, following appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal and expert evidence: UKEAT/0204/11/SM


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