Esma Basbaydar is presently working as part of Westminster City Council's Litigation team. Her practice includes civil, criminal and commercial litigation. She represents clients across the organisation in a broad range of matters.
Prior to joining Westminster, she worked at a civil liberties firm, where as well as acting for individuals in criminal and civil litigation, she represented the interests of core participant groups and families in Public Inquiries, including the Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the Undercover Policing Inquiry. She also represented clients at all levels of the criminal justice system as a Solicitor-Advocate.
Esma was also a Trainee at the European Parliament, where she worked in DG External Affairs and published reports on the protection of human rights and freedom of expression in EU candidate countries as well as contributing towards inter-parliamentary briefings in a broad range of areas. Previously Esma volunteered in the House of Lords and later the Law Society’s International Action team where she worked with the Human Rights Committee on the trials of lawyers and activists in Turkey and contributing towards a report to the UN on the same.