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Vyaj has a multi-disciplinary human rights and public law practice with a focus on immigration and housing. Committed to representing the most vulnerable in society and fighting against injustice and inequality, Vyaj is regularly commended for her exceptional client care skills and dedication.

Vyaj provides expert opinions on immigration law in other areas such as in family law proceedings. She is actively involved in policy and campaigning work in the human rights field and has worked on international human rights law abroad.

Immigration & asylum

Vyaj has over six years’ experience in immigration and asylum law having worked as senior immigration caseworker at Wilson Solicitors before joining 1MCB.

Vyaj acts as an independent expert in immigration law, and has provided opinions in matter before the family courts. She also co-edits the 1MCB Immigration and Asylum Update.

Vyaj’s immigration practice includes all aspects of immigration and asylum work including refugee law, human rights and Article 8, trafficking, family reunion, bail, deportation and points based matters.

Her previous experience as a senior immigration and asylum caseworker means that she is especially well placed to advise on all aspects of case preparation and often works with solicitors during the early stages of the case to advise on strategy and evidence.

Recent cases

  • Re D (2016): Expert opinion in family proceedings on the ‘right to rent’;
  • Re Y (2016): Expert opinion in family proceedings on the immigration status of the mother;
  • N v SSHD (2016): The First-tier Tribunal accepted there was disparity between 320(7A) and similar provisions under Appendix FM;
  • CV v SSHD (2015): Upper Tribunal case on revocation of refugee status.

Pro bono

Vyaj is committed to pro bono work and provides pro bono representation to the University of Law Legal Advice Centre and Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) representing clients in bail applications as well as substantive appeals. She previously provided pro bono advice to clients at Hackney Winter Night Shelter and Shelter from the Storm clinic during evening sessions where she assisted clients dealing with immigration and housing issues.

Housing

Vyaj accepts instructions in all areas of housing and community care law.  She is particularly interested in homelessness appeals and challenges to provision of support and accommodation by the local authority in respect of children, care leavers and vulnerable adults. She is regularly instructed in county court and judicial review matters.

Recent cases

  • CG v LB Lambeth (2017): successful judicial review of the local authority’s failure to recognise CG as a child in need and provide accommodation under section 20 Children Act 1989;
  • MD v LB Waltham Forest (2017): judicial review raising issues of article 6 ECHR and eligibility for support to care leavers under section 24 Children Act 1989 subject to immigration control;
  • Re: TD (2016): expert opinion to the Family Court on the ‘right to rent scheme’;
  • MC v LB Haringey (2015): successful homelessness appeal. The local authority had in finding MC was not in priority need had used the wrong comparator, and made the same errors as on an earlier appeal;
  • C v LB Haringey (2015): successful homelessness appeal on priority need;
  • R v LB Lewisham (2015): successful challenge to the local authority’s refusal to recognise R as a former relevant child due to historical failures by that local authority;
  • N v RB Windsor and Maidenhead (2014): judicial review concerning the interpretation of section 23CA of the Children Act 1989. The local authority had initially maintained that a care leaver must be already pursuing rather than ‘wishing’ to pursue a programme of education before it would accommodate them.

Pro bono

Vyaj is committed to pro bono work and volunteered with Greenwich Housing Rights for over fours years, providing duty advice and representation for clients facing possession proceedings. She previously provided pro bono advice to clients at Hackney Winter Night Shelter and Shelter from the Storm clinic during evening sessions where she assisted clients dealing with immigration and housing issues.

Community care

Vyaj accepts instructions in all areas of housing and community care law.  She is particularly interested in homelessness appeals and challenges to provision of support and accommodation by the local authority in respect of children, care leavers and vulnerable adults. She is regularly instructed in county court and judicial review matters.

Recent cases

  • CG v LB Lambeth (2017): successful judicial review of the local authority’s failure to recognise CG as a child in need and provide accommodation under section 20 Children Act 1989;
  • MD v LB Waltham Forest (2017): judicial review raising issues of article 6 ECHR and eligibility for support to care leavers under section 24 Children Act 1989 subject to immigration control;
  • Re: TD (2016): expert opinion to the Family Court on the ‘right to rent scheme’;
  • MC v LB Haringey (2015): successful homelessness appeal. The local authority had in finding MC was not in priority need had used the wrong comparator, and made the same errors as on an earlier appeal;
  • C v LB Haringey (2015): successful homelessness appeal on priority need;
  • R v LB Lewisham (2015): successful challenge to the local authority’s refusal to recognise R as a former relevant child due to historical failures by that local authority;
  • N v RB Windsor and Maidenhead (2014): judicial review concerning the interpretation of section 23CA of the Children Act 1989. The local authority had initially maintained that a care leaver must be already pursuing rather than ‘wishing’ to pursue a programme of education before it would accommodate them.

Pro bono

Vyaj is committed to pro bono work and volunteered with Greenwich Housing Rights for over fours years, providing duty advice and representation for clients facing possession proceedings. She previously provided pro bono advice to clients at Hackney Winter Night Shelter and Shelter from the Storm clinic during evening sessions where she assisted clients dealing with immigration and housing issues.

Public law & judicial review

Vyaj’s public law practice covers immigration, housing and community care issues as well as other human rights and public law areas. She is regularly instructed in judicial review matters and has been instructed in cases concerning breaches of human rights in other areas, such as the tax tribunal.

Recent cases

  • Re C (2016): Care Act challenge on grounds of ordinary residence;
  • F v HMRC (2016): successfully argued and relied on a breach of Article 1, Protocol 1, ECHR before the tax tribunal;
  • A v LB Brent (2013): case concerning the refusal by the local authority to issue a ‘blue badge’.

Pro bono

Vyaj is a Trustee of Just Fair, a charity advocating for economic, social and cultural rights in the UK, including, food, poverty, housing and health. She has assisted Just Fair in the parallel reporting process to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (UNCESCR), including helping to edit and write reports and attendance before the UNCESCR in Geneva in 2015 and 2016.

International human rights

Vyaj volunteered at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) funded by a scholarship from Lincoln’s Inn. Her role included using international comparative and human rights law to assist in strategic litigation and policy work.

Recent cases

At ACRI Vyaj worked on issues including:

  • use of less than lethal weapons;
  • access to healthcare;
  • protection of human rights defenders;
  • transparency in communications surveillance.

Pro bono

Vyaj is a Trustee of Just Fair a charity advocating for economic, social and cultural rights. Vyaj has assisted Just Fair in the parallel reporting process to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (UNCESCR), including helping to edit and write reports and attendance before the UNCESCR in Geneva in 2015 and 2016.

Education

  • LLM International Human Rights Law, Essex University (currently studying part-time)
  • BVC, College of Law (Very Competent)
  • LLB Law (First Class Honours), University of Wales, Swansea

Publications

  • 1MCB Immigration and Asylum Updates – a weekly e-update used by lawyers and members of the judiciary, co-edited with Bernadette Smith and Ariane Adam;
  • Westlaw Insight – ‘Immigration appeals’ (2016) co-authored with Shuyeb Muquit and Ariane Adam;
  • Just Fair: Assisted in drafting and editing a shadow report to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2015 & 2016).

Speaking events, training and seminars

  • Reach Cambridge: ‘Introduction to Law’, ‘Human Rights Law’, ‘Refugee Law’, ‘Economic Social and Cultural Rights’ (2015 & 2016);
  • Just Fair: assisted in drafting, editing and presenting a shadow report to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2015 & 2016);
  • 1MCB: ‘Introduction to Community Care Law’ (2015);
  • 1MCB: ‘Strategic Case Preparation’ (2013);
  • College of Law, MIA Society: ‘Long Term Immigration Detention – What Right to Liberty?’ (2013).

Scholarships

Lord Denning, Levitt, Hardwick and International Volunteer Scholarships from Lincoln’s Inn.

Awards

Nominated for the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award 2014 – legal aid newcomer.

Hobbies & interests

Travelling, surfing, snowboarding,

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