Barristers

Tahneet Irshad

1st Six Pupil
Called: 2018 (Solicitor 2011)

Summary

Tahneet commenced a shortened pupillage with Spire Barristers under the supervision of Michael Burdon in July 2019.

Having attained a B.Sc. (Hons) in Business Administration and an LL.B. in Laws, Tahneet commenced her legal career as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales (2011) at Holman Fenwick Willan LLP, a leading international law firm in London. Concurrently, Tahneet was a pro bono Solicitor at Morden Legal Advice Centre, advising clients on employment and housing issues.

Tahneet was latterly called to the Bar by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, London in October 2018.

Prior to qualifying at the Bar, Tahneet completed an LL.M. in Human Rights Law, specialising in the International Law on the Rights of the Child under the tutelage of Prof. Geraldine Van Bueren QC, one of the original drafters of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 (UNCRC 1989).

Tahneet was convoked to the United Nations Young Professionals Programme for Legal Affairs and has worked with both the Human Rights Team of UNICEF Geneva and the Child Protection Team of UNICEF Bangladesh.

During her time at UNICEF Geneva, inter alia Tahneet ensured compliance of State Party (governmental) reports pursuant to art. 44 of the UNCRC 1989, prior to the review of governments before the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC).

Tahneet also had the opportunity to engage with NGOs, international organisations, and members of the UN CRC in discussions relating to the legal interpretation of the child’s right to a healthy environment.

During this period, Tahneet advocated for the rights of children in Libya and Sudan (Video links below) before the Human Rights Council at the Palais des Nations, Geneva.

Libya:
http://webtv.un.org/geneva-press-briefing-unicef-wmo-iom-unhcr/3470424850001/watch/id-contd-on-technical-assistance-to-libya-35th-meeting-30th-regular-session-human-rights-council/4517675632001/?term=?lanarabic&sort=date#player - @ 2 mins 22 secs

Sudan:
http://webtv.un.org/geneva-press-briefing-unicef-wmo-iom-unhcr/3470424850001/watch/id-contd-human-rights-in-sudan-36th-meeting-30th-regular-session-human-rights-council/4518479690001/?term=?lanarabic&sort=popular#player - @ 30 mins 33 secs

Tahneet was also contracted by the Child Protection Team of UNICEF Bangladesh to support the Hon. Justice Md. Imman Ali, the senior-most judge of the Bangladesh Supreme Court, Appellate Division and Chair to the Supreme Court Special Committee on Child Rights. Inter alia, Tahneet worked on child detention issues and the out-rolling of a child-friendly juvenile system as per Bangladesh’s Children Act 2013 (which has been harmonised with the UNCRC 1989).

Tahneet has marshalled with the Hon. Mr Justice Moor of the Supreme Court, Family Division, at the Royal Courts of Justice, London.

Memberships

Bar Human Rights Committee
The European Circuit
Association of Lawyers for Children
Family Law Bar Association

Education

B.Sc. (Hons) Business Administration, 2007
LL.B. Laws, 2009
LL.M. Human Rights Law, 2016

Interests

MMA, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai