Seema Kansal

  • Year of Call 2007

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Introduction

Introduction

Seema has developed a wide-ranging multi-disciplinary practice which has at its core her commitment to human rights.  She is a seasoned advocate with a focus on all aspects of public family law and private family/finance, immigration, judicial review, and public and administrative law,  including care proceedings.  She appears in courts and tribunals at all levels including the Court of Appeal.  She advises and  represents clients not only in the UK but also clients who are abroad but who consult her through the arrangements for direct (public access).  

She regularly challenges the decisions of the Secretary of State at all levels, including appeals. Her client’s include private individuals, colleges, sponsors, businesses and Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) organisations who instruct her either on an individual or consultancy basis.  She is able to draft the necessary documentation and to pursue any applicable level of appeal.

Seema has a solid reputation as a tenacious advocate who leaves no stone unturned in working towards achieving the best result for each client. She is known for her eye in spotting the telling point of law and regularly provides updating seminars and training as part of her commitment to her specialist areas of expertise. Seema's client's value her client care,  her patience and attention to detail in the most complex of case and her robust and effectice advocacy.  Seema's client's value her client care,  her patience and attention to detail in the most complex of case and her robust and effectice advocacy.  

As a result of her strong multi-disciplinary practice she is able to provide a complete advice to her clients that is cost-effective and solution-oriented. Once instructed, she is often retained by her clients who are always impressed by not just her commitment but also her success rate.  

In the years preceding full time practice at the Bar, Seema worked for various charities and NGOs, including the Centre for Social Research based in Delhi, which is solely aimed at female empowerment and tackles a range of human rights abuses within India. She trained the trainers of the police personnel based in Delhi on issues surrounding domestic violence and helped them to recognise the importance of issues relating to enforcement of the Protection Against Domestic Violence Bill, which made domestic violence a crime in 2002.

Seema’s commitment to public law issues embraces the areas of social housing, community care, wardship and cross-border disputes (particularly Indian subcontinent) and care proceedings.  She also advises on damages under human rights claims in immigration and family law, housing and homelessness appeals and actions against the police. 

Family

Family

Seema regularly appears on behalf of local authorities as well as parents and intervenors. She has worked on many high-profile cases involving serious sexual assault, serious non-accidental injury and radicalisation issues. Seema advises on   forced marriage, radicalisation cases, domestic abuse, child abduction, sexual abuse, in the course of her work dealing with public law care proceedings. She is instructed in complex child arrangement cases and represents and advises clients in relation to financial remedies following relationship breakdown.  

She represents clients who are:  

  • looking to relocate with their children abroad and where the other parent is resisting
  • wanting to enforce their contact orders where the other parents is being wholly unreasonable
  • requiring non-molestation orders and other injunctions
  • asking for residence and contact orders
  • in dispute over relocation whether internal or abroad 

Immigration & Nationality

Immigration & Nationality

Seema handles and advises on judicial reviews; EEA regulations; the Ankara Agreement; ECHR; deportation and removal; and damages. 

Notable Cases

Notable Cases

IA332842014 & Ors. [2015] UKAITUR IA332842014 (14 September 2015)
LN (A Child) (Without Notice Application for Summary Return) [2016] EWHC 1033 (Fam)
AM v DF [2017] EWHC 2034 (Fam) (01 August 2017); ([2017] 4 WLR 149
C v P & Ors [2017] EWFC 23 (11 April 2017)

Memberships

Memberships

Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)

Qualifications

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Politics, University of York 2:1
GDL, BPP Law School
BVC, BPP Law School

Languages

Languages

Seema speaks Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi and regularly travels between England and the Indian Sub Continent.

Direct Access

Direct Access

Seema is accredited to accept work under Direct access, also known as Public access, in suitable cases. In order to instruct Seema on a Direct access basis, contact the clerks on +44 (0) 20 7242 6476 or at clerks@33bedfordrow.co.uk.