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Khatija has a busy and broad practice spanning public, competition, procurement, and information law.
As well as working as part of a team, Khatija is regularly instructed and appears as an advocate in her own right. She has appeared as sole counsel in the High Court (on substantive judicial reviews, interim relief hearings, permission hearings, and urgent out-of-hours applications), the Immigration and Asylum (First-Tier) Tribunal, the Information Tribunal, the SENDist Tribunal, the Technology and Construction Court, and the County Court.
Since 2020, Khatija has been a member of the Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA) Committee and is regularly asked to speak at conferences or deliver training. She is ranked as a Rising Star and Up and Coming Junior across three practice areas.
Highlights of her recent cases include:
Public law: R (Article 39) v Secretary of State for Education  EWCA Civ 1577 – landmark Court of Appeal ruling concerning the unlawful failure to consult in relation to the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.
Competition law: Khatija acts for both Claimants and Defendants in high-profile competition litigation, most recently acting for Visa in proceedings brought by Euronet concerning arrangements for ATM transactions and representing the Secretary of State for Transport in the Boyle and Guttmann collective proceedings.
Procurement law: Acting for the Department of Health and Social Care in challenges brought by the Good Law Project and others concerning the procurement of PPE pursuant to Regulation 32 PCR in response to the Covid-19 pandemic (one of the Top 20 cases of 2021).
Information and data law: Advising the Information Commissioner in relation to the unprecedented penalties awarded to British Airways and Marriott International for breach of the GDPR. She is also representing a number of charities and NGOs intervening in the case concerning end-to-end encryption brought by Telegram against Russia in the European Court of Human Rights.
Prior to joining the bar, Khatija worked as an advocate for children in care for the charity “Coram Voice” for 3 years and was a Tribunal volunteer advocate for IPSEA. From 2011-2022, she was a Trustee for “Become”, the charity for children in care. She is currently a member of the Legal Reference Panel for the Centre of Women’s Justice. Khatija welcomes instructions from charities and NGOs, including on a pro bono basis.
Khatija has an impressively wide-ranging public law practice encompassing led and unled work across the spectrum of administrative law. She has particular expertise in judicial reviews concerning the rights of vulnerable children (see the separate Community Care section below) and acts for charities and NGOs. In January 2020, Khatija was appointed to the committee of the Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA) Committee.
As a member of the Attorney General’s C Panel, Khatija regularly advises government departments on public law issues. Most recently this has included advising on the Northern Ireland Protocol Agreement.
Khatija is a highly experienced and in-demand junior in Community Care matters, having worked extensively in the area before coming to the bar. She regularly advises on all matters arising out of the Children Act 1989, age assessments, education, the rights and entitlements of children with SEND, and issues arising under the Care Act. She also provides advice and training to charities and organisations providing support to vulnerable groups.
From 2011-2022 Khatija was a Trustee at “Become”, the charity for children in care. Prior to joining the bar, Khatija was an advocate for children in care at the charity, “Coram Voice” for three years. Khatija was also a Tribunal volunteer for IPSEA, representing families at the SENDist Tribunal for two years. She welcomes instructions from charities and NGOs, including on a pro-bono basis.
Khatija is regularly instructed in procurement cases before the Technology and Construction Court. As a member of the Attorney General’s C-Panel, her clients include central government departments as well as private clients. She advises on all areas of procurement policy, including most recently in relation to sector-specific post-Brexit government procurement policy.
Her notable cases include:
Khatija practices in the field of competition law and associated regulatory law before the Competition Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal. She works well as part of a team, as well as regularly advising clients on competition law issues as sole counsel.
Recent cases include:
During pupillage, Khatija was supervised by Rob Williams KC and assisted on competition act enforcement work, including Balmoral Tanks v CMA and CMA v Concordia International. She was also supervised by Ronit Kreisberger KC and assisted on Flynn Pharma / Pfizer v CMA.
Khatija advises private clients in her own right on state aid matters, including more recently on the WTO Rules and the subsidy control provisions of the UK-EU trade and cooperation agreement. Her advisory work includes:
Khatija advises and acts on a range of EU legal matters. She acted alongside Robert Palmer KC in successfully defending a Francovich claim for damages in Bioplus v Secretary of State for Health  EWHC 329 (QB). In 2018, she completed a six-month secondment at the Bank of England assisting in their work to prepare for Brexit.
Khatija has a diverse data protection practice. She regularly advises and acts for the ICO, private clients and public authorities in relation to the Data Protection Act 2018, GDPR and Freedom of Information Act 2000. She also advises on the compatibility of policies and decisions with fundamental ECHR rights and represents charities and NGOs before the European Court of Human Rights. She has a particular interest and expertise in data protection issues concerning vulnerable children and the education sector, and is particularly skilled at spotting data protection points in administrative and judicial review cases.
Khatija is a Lexis Nexis Expert on Article 8 ‘Right to Respect for Private and Family Life’. In 2022, Khatija spoke at the Public Law Project ‘Data Law for Public Lawyers’ Conference on the key principles of data protection law.
Her recent cases include:
Leading Junior in Administrative & Public Law: “Khatija’s ability to interact with an array of clients is very good and her knowledge of administrative law is outstanding.” “Khatija is ready to take on challenging cases. Her written work is accurate on the law and she is clear and persuasive.” – Chambers UK, 2024
Leading Junior in Community Care: “Khatija is able to offer a very thoughtful and analytical approach, and provide strong, robust solutions.” “Khatija makes very compelling submissions.” “Her analysis is always very good” – Chambers UK, 2024
Up and Coming in Public Procurement: “She is a confident advocate who is well prepared, calm under pressure and quick on her feet and fights tenaciously for her clients’ interests.” “Khatija’s written and oral advocacy has been impressive.” – Chambers UK, 2024
Rising star in Court of Protection and Community Care: “Khatija is superbly detailed and focused and does not miss a thing. She is empathetic with clients and has a reassuring manner, which is particularly important in this area. She is approachable and an excellent advocate.” – Legal 500, 2024
Rising star in Administrative Law and Human Rights: “She is exceptionally hard working, with an impressive ability to understand and marshal complex facts.” – Legal 500, 2024
Rising star in Public Procurement: “Khatija has exceptional attention to detail and possesses an impressive ability to marshal complex facts.” – Legal 500, 2024
Up and Coming in Administrative & Public Law: “She is a real independent thinker; the rigour of her work and the quality of her analysis are really strong.” “She is really impressive; clearly very hard-working, on top of the subject matter and has very good client skills.” “She is fantastic; she’s thorough in everything that she does, extremely knowledgeable and an impressive advocate.” – Chambers UK, 2023
Up and Coming in Community Care: “She is very good to work with and is very responsive.” “Khatija’s tactical awareness is great.” – Chambers UK, 2023
Up and Coming in Public Procurement: “Very responsive and very good to work with. A highly reliable barrister, who drafts very clearly and is extremely helpful across the board.” – Chambers UK, 2023
Rising star in Court of Protection and Community Care: “Khatija is a dedicated barrister with knowledge beyond her call. She is already very well respected by her peers and is a regular ‘go-to’ junior barrister for children’s rights’ cases. Equally good on her feet as she is with her written work.” – Legal 500, 2023
Rising star in Administrative Law and Human Rights: “Khatija is a dedicated barrister with knowledge beyond her call. She is already very well respected by her peers and is a regular ‘go-to’ junior barrister for children’s rights cases.” – Legal 500, 2023
Rising star in Public Procurement: “A highly effective barrister. With her strong mind and excellent written advocacy, she is one to watch.” – Legal 500, 2023
Up and Coming in Administrative & Public Law: “A fantastic junior barrister with an outstanding understanding of children and social care law.” “She identifies the strengths and weaknesses from an early stage.” – Chambers UK, 2022
Up and Coming in Community Care: “Khatija is great to work with. She really humanises clients and understands things from their perspective.” “Khatija is bright and sympathetic, really thinks around the case and fights hard to achieve the right outcome.” – Chambers UK, 2022