Chambers is delighted to announce that Rehan Popla has joined chambers with immediate effect.
Rehan Popal is a member of our Civil team. Winner of the 2019 Barrister of the Year Award, at the 2019 Inspirational Women in Law Awards. Rehana has a busy Public and Civil practice and undertakes work in a broad range of areas including, Immigration, Refugee & Asylum, Administrative/Judicial Review, Civil and Education law.
During her GDL, Rehana set up an NGO to raise awareness of the challenges faced by internationally-displaced people and during her BPTC year, she worked as an analyst on the UN Drone Inquiry, evaluating allegations that the use of drones in extra-territorial and counter-terrorism operations has resulted in disproportionate levels of civilian casualties.
Prior to pupillage, Rehana worked as a paralegal in the International Group Claims department at Leigh Day assisting in civil claims involving alleged human rights abuses at the hands of British forces by claimants in Afghanistan. She also served a 4-year term as a Director for the School Exclusion Project, run jointly by City Law School & Matrix Chambers, as part of a small team that developed and pioneered the project. During this time she represented clients with Special Educational Needs at Governor Hearings, Independent Review Panels and First-Tier Tribunals.
Rehana is the first Afghan national to be called to the Bar by Inner Temple and is the only female Afghan Barrister currently practising in England and Wales.
Rehana welcomes instructions that are either privately funded or legally aided and is also happy to assist on a Public Access basis where appropriate.