Shereen Akhtar, Barrister

Shereen regularly undertakes work in all areas of Law. She has a particular interest in matters involving human rights arguments, immigration disputes and housing, property and planning matters.

Shereen completed her undergraduate BA (Hons) degree in Law from the University of Cambridge and postgraduate Master degree in Private and International Law from the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas). She also holds a Licence in French Law and has a working knowledge of French.

She completed the Bar Professional Training Course and was called to the Bar at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in March 2015.

She completed pupillage in September 2016 at leading public and commercial law set, 39 Essex Street Chambers, assisting the following supervisors: Kate Grange QC on high profile public law litigation; Karim Ghaly QC on high value, complex commercial matters ; Andrew Tabachnik QC on employment, property and planning matters; and Emily Formby on personal injury cases.

She began her tenancy at Arden Chambers, where she specialised in housing and anti-social behaviour disputes. She was seconded to Birmingham City Council as an in-house legal consultant within the Community Safety (anti-social behaviour) and Housing Disrepair teams. In that role, Shereen advised and represented the local authority in matters at first instance and on appeal before the County Court, Youth Court and Valuation Tribunal.

She is also a Senior Fellow with Humanity In Action, having completed a multidisciplinary training course on human rights and equality matters. Shereen has also spent time working with senior lawyers at the Center for Equal Justice in New Orleans, Louisiana, assisting with death penalty defence work, and at Lambda Legal in New York City, New York, assisting with seminal cases advancing the civil rights of LGBTQ+ persons and persons living with HIV. Her particular focus was on juvenile justice. Shereen was also a Criminal Justice Policy intern with JUSTICE.