Sun, 28 Feb | Webinar

Life as a Barrister: From Pupillage to Tenancy

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Time & Location

28 Feb 2021, 19:00 – 20:30

About the Event

Considering a career at the Bar but unsure about what it involves? Speakers will share their experiences as pupil and tenant barristers and shed light on this unique profession which is often misunderstood by those outside it.


Tayyiba Bajwa, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers

Tayyiba’s main areas of practice are crime, inquests and public law. She is also developing a practice in civil actions against the police and public authorities. Alongside her domestic law practice, Tayyiba is developing her international law practice. Having worked at a number of international human rights NGOs, during pupillage Tayyiba was instructed in relation to an application on behalf of victims in relation to the ICC’s investigation into war crimes in Palestine.

Prior to commencing her career at the Bar, Tayyiba qualified as a solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before moving to work for the human rights NGOs Reprieve and Equal Rights Trust. Most recently, Tayyiba was a Bertha Justice Fellow at Reprieve, where she primarily worked on the counter-terrorism team. She investigated the use of lethal force in the context of counter-terrorism operations abroad, with a particular focus on Yemen.

Syed Ahmed, Barrister, Citadel Chambers

Syed was called to the bar in 2011 and is a tenant at Citadel Chambers. He is instructed to both prosecute/claim and defend in a variety of civil and criminal cases. Syed has more than thirteen years' experience as a consultant to major financial institutions and at the ‘big four’ specialising in anti-money laundering and white collar crime. He advises and represents on allegations of fraud, financial crime, and HMRC tax investigations.

Zeenat Islam, Barrister, 25 Bedford Row

Zeenat was called to the Bar in 2013 and is a barrister at 25 Bedford Row. Having spent the initial years of her practice in criminal defence, since 2017 she has been instructed as Junior Counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

In addition to lawyering, Zeenat teaches on the LLB programme at the University of Warwick. She is a trainer & consultant and delivers projects in areas including; education, DE&I, activism/advocacy & people building. She is the founder of 'Redefined Lawyers,' an alternative platform for lawyers and activists from minoritised backgrounds.

Omran Belhadi 

Omran is a criminal barrister at Nexus Chambers. He works on a range of cases including protest cases, large scale drugs and firearms conspiracies and serious violence. Omran has an interest in cases where the State has abused its power. Before practicing as a barrister, Omran worked on cases of detention without trial, drone strikes and torture at Reprieve. Omran is the co-head of the Racial Justice Working Group at the Muslim Lawyers Action Group.

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