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Khatija Hafesji

Call: 2016

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Education

BA (Cambridge),  MPhil (Oxford), GDL (City University), BPTC (City University)

 

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Introduction

Khatija has a vibrant practice with a particular focus on public law, 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. As of January 2020, Khatija was co-opted to the Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA) Committee.

Her recent cases include:

Public law: R (Article 39) v Secretary of State for Education [2020] 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.

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.

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.

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. She has been a Trustee for “Become”, the charity for children in care, since 2011 and is currently the Senior Independent Trustee.

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