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Tanya joined chambers as a pupil in 2009 and spent ten years in full-time practice specialising in crime, immigration/asylum and public law.  She also acted pro bono in several employment law matters and represented individuals before the Mental Health Tribunal. She was regularly instructed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and by the Serious Fraud Office as disclosure counsel on two multi-million pound investigations in 2015 and between 2018-2020.

In 2013, Tanya took a sabbatical from her practice to run a sentencing project for the Centre for Capital Punishment Studies in Uganda, during which she organised and facilitated the re-sentencing process of beneficiaries of Attorney General v Susan Kigula and 417 others, which held that the mandatory death sentence was unconstitutional. In 2014, Tanya founded Evolve, a criminal justice development organisation which aims to improve access to justice; build the capacity of lawyers, judges and institutions; and promote respect for human rights and the rule of law in Uganda.  In 2017, Tanya won the Sydney Elland Goldsmith Bar Pro Bono Award, for her work.

She was appointed as a fee-paid judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) in 2019.