Family, Immigration, Civil
Year of call: 2013
Sima joined 2 King’s Bench Walk in January 2021, having secured Pupillage with Article 6 Law in October 2017, and successfully completing this in July 2018, becoming a tenant in chambers.
Sima has a strong family, civil and immigration practice. She specialises in engaging in all areas of divorce and financial remedy. She regularly undertakes cases relating to non-matrimonial finances such as TOLATA applications, cohabitation cases and civil-partnership issues. She has also been instructed internationally on child abduction cases and safe return of children. Sima has been an Immigration, Asylum and Human Rights practitioner since 2013.
Sima is able to speak a variety of languages fluently such as Urdu and Punjabi. She prides herself on ensuring her cases are prepared to the best standard to achieve successful results for her clients.
Sima has expertise in Direct Public Access and is authorised to accept instructions from members of the public directly. Sima works directly with her clients and can be instructed to provide written advice, advise in conference, and provide representation in court at a hearing, or at a settlement conference or mediation.
Sima represents clients in Children Act matters and frequently acts in private law children cases involving safeguarding issues, and allegations of physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse, representing both parents and grandparents. Sima also regularly acts in Family Law Act non-molestation and occupation order applications.
Sima specialises in all areas of divorce and financial remedy applications from first appointments to final hearings. She frequently deals with high-value asset cases, complex business structures, family trusts and assets outside of the jurisdiction, involving multiple parties and intervenors.
Immigration, Nationality and Asylum
Sima has a strong immigration law practice involving asylum, immigration and nationality work ranging from first instance adjudication level up to the Court of Appeal. Her expertise covers both visa applications for spouses, fiances, students, visitors and adult dependants, involving Points Based System applications and Article 2, 3 and 8 cases. Her field of expertise also covers human rights, EU free movement legislation, immigration detention, deportation, illegal workers and British Citizenship and nationality. She also has experience of Judicial Review work and has drafted grounds for reconsideration to the Tribunal.
Family law and Immigration Interplay cases
Sima is often instructed on cases where there are key features of immigration issues in Children cases. As an Immigration and Human Rights practioner she has robust knowledge of the Home Office applications system and the law surrounding the granting of visas. There is usually an interplay of Article 6 and Article 8 rights in these kinds of cases. Sima represents clients who are overstayers in the UK seeking to exercise their parental responsibilities and seeking contact with children. She also represents those who feel that the Children Act proceedings have only been instigated by a parent to advance their immigration status.
Sima is frequently instructed to advise and appear in a broad range of civil disputes including small claims hearings, fast track and multi-track trials, property disputes, Landlord & Tenant law, and contractual claims. She frequently advises on Tenancy Deposit regulations. She has also drafted commercial retail leases and other documents relating to leases and tenancy agreements, and advises on issues about service charges and property management.
- Called to the Bar – July 2013
- LLB (Hons)
- Chartered Legal Executive (2016-2017)
- Honourable Society of Inner Temple
- Human Rights Lawyers Association
- Midlands Asian Lawyers Association
- The Family Law Bar Association
- Resolution Member