Aaqib completed pupillage at Spire Barristers in 2021 and has since gone on to become a tenant at Chambers.
Aaqib is developing a practice across all of Chambers’ specialist practice areas, and retains a particular interest in public law children and Court of Protection work. He has appeared on behalf of local authorities, parents, grandparents, and intervenors across all stages of the Court process and has been commended by instructing solicitors and lay-clients alike for his ability to clearly communicate the key issues in any case.
Aaqib frequently takes on work on a pro bono basis and has developed a strong relationship with Advocate and the Family Legal Advice Clinic run by BPP. He also coaches and mentors students at his former secondary school in the Bar Mock Trial Competition. Aaqib sits on the Young Legal Aid Lawyers Committee and assists with campaigns and events targeted towards advocating on behalf of aspiring social welfare lawyers. He has recently developed his own mentoring programme which focuses on providing advice to students undertaking the BPTC.
Public Law Children
Aaqib regularly represents local authorities, parents, children, and inter-venors in all forms of public law children work. Aaqib has developed expe-rience in cases concerning non-accidental injury, vulnerable parents, and the overlap between the Children Act 1989 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Aaqib has appeared on behalf of the local authority and children in cases concerning the discharge of care orders and has given advice to local au-thorities seeking to make deprivation of liberty order applications to the High Court in respect of a child.
Private Law Children
Aaqib is a member of Chambers’ Private Law Children team and is often instructed on behalf of the parents or children. Aaqib has experience in cases concerning parental alienation, serious domestic abuse (including sexual abuse) and s91(14) ‘barring orders’.
Aaqib has been commended by clients for his ability to narrow the issues and often assist parents with reaching an agreed position without the need of having a final hearing.
Court of Protection – Health and Welfare
Aaqib is quickly developing a Court of Protection practice which includes representing both Local Authorities and Applicants in Section 21A challenges.
Domestic abuse and Injunctions
Aaqib has appeared in several Forced Marriage Protection Order cases, including cases where Forced Marriage Protection Orders were successfully discharged. Aaqib has provided advice to Local Authorities in relation to the current law in this area.
Aaqib has appeared on behalf of both Applicants and Respondents in applications for non-molestation orders and/or occupation orders. He has appeared in multi-day fact-find hearings concerning serious allegations of abuse and is able to deal with matters sensitively. Aaqib also has experience in cases concerning the transfer of tenancies where domestic abuse has featured in a relationship.
Aaqib has experience of representing clients involved in applications for Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders. Aaqib understands the cultural sensitivities that are often involved when dealing with FGMPO matters and takes particular care in ensuring that all parties understand the implications of such orders.
International Family Law
COurt of Protection: Health and Welfare
Mental Health and Community Care
Co-editor of Spire Barristers’ Court of Protection Newsletter
Purpose-Driven Pro Bono – New Law Journal
Justice First Fellow Young Legal Aid Lawyers Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit) Family Law Bar Association Association of Lawyers for Children Resolution CoPPA Lincoln’s Inn