Human Rights

Shaheen has appeared in a number of significant human rights challenges in the context of her prisoner rights and Special Advocate work. She also acts in HRA claims arising from deaths in custody and detention.

“Shaheen is incredibly thorough and rigorous.” “She really inspires confidence in clients in the most difficult of circumstances.” (Chambers & Partners 2018)

‘Clear and concise in advice. Judicial review is clearly an area of knowledge and expertise.’ (Legal 500 2017)

“She was really impressive on her feet.” (Chambers & Partners 2017)

“A strong human rights advocate with specific specialist knowledge of prisoners’ rights, specifically in relation to their right to religious freedom and healthcare. She is often instructed as a Special Advocate in highly complex and confidential cases.” (Chambers & Partners 2016)

“She is incredibly efficient and a fighter – when the chips are down she really sticks up for her client.” (Chambers & Partners 2015)

“Incredibly hardworking and a real asset in any case.” (Legal 500 2014)

Selected Cases

  • Belhaj & Boudchar v Jack Straw & others [2017] EWHC 1861: Special Advocate in ongoing claim alleging complicity in extraordinary rendition and torture.
  • AA v MOJ [2017]: For prisoner alleging discrimination in the arrangements made for Muslim prisoners, in particular during Ramadan.
  • DO v An NHSFT [2015]: Acting for the mother of a woman discharged from mental health services who took her own life and that of her young son. HRA claim settled.
  • R (Serdar Mohammed) v MOD [2014] 1 WLR 1071: Special Advocate in proceedings seeking extended moratorium on transfer of UK detainees to Afghan authorities in view of risk of torture.
  • AP v An NHSFT [2014]: Acting for family of a patient who took his own life in a mental health unit. HRA and estate claim settled.)
  • BP v An NHSFT [2012]: Acting for the partner of a woman who absconded from an acute mental health unit and took her own life. HRA, estate and dependency claims settled.
  • R (Hussain) v MOJ [2013] EWHC 4706: For Muslim prisoner in human rights challenge to decision to provide methadone outside daylight hours during Ramadan. Case settled following grant of permission.
  • AT v SSHD [2012] EWCA Civ 42: Special Advocate in Control Order case remitted due to insufficient disclosure under Article 6.
  • AM v SSHD [2011] EWCA Civ 710: Special Advocate in long running Control Order case involving consideration of standard of disclosure and what constitutes fresh TRA.
  • R (Bhutta) v HM Treasury [2011] EWHC 1789: Special Advocate in Asset Freeze case with consideration of standard of disclosure.
  • SSHD v AF, AM, AN &AE [2009] 2 WLR: Special Advocate in Control Order case where the Court of Appeal considered whether a minimum level of disclosure was required.
  • R (Ullah) v Special Adjudicator [2004] UKHL 26: For Intervener, Justice, in case concerning extraterritorial effect of Convention rights.
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