Barrister Profile  

Shereen Akhtar Call: 2015
  • Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Community Care / Court of Protection
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Planning & Compulsory Purchase
  • Public Access
  • Public Law
  • Real Property


Shereen became a member of Chambers in 2017 after completing her third six pupillage under the supervision of Annette Cafferkey. Shereen accepts instructions in all areas of chambers’ work.

Shereen regularly appears before County Courts across the South and the Midlands, the High Court and Youth Court and has assisted supervisors in cases before the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, Commercial Court, Court of Protection and various Planning Inquiries.

Prior to pupillage, Shereen read Law at Trinity College, University of Cambridge and holds a qualifying degree in French Law as well as a Masters in Private International Law from the University of Paris II (Pantheon-Assas). She was awarded a major Exhibition award by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.


Areas of Practice

Anti-Social Behaviour

Shereen accepts instructions to act and advise in all areas of anti-social behaviour, including anti-social behaviour injunctions, power of arrests, urgent without notice applications, committals, public law defences, discrimination and legal capacity issues.

She has spent time on secondment with a large local authority and a charitable housing association where she dealt with the preparation and conduct of anti social behaviour cases.

Community Care / Court of Protection

Shereen accepts instructions in all areas of community care and is keen to expand her practice in the Court of Protection. She has written on the issue of best practice in regards to what constitutes ‘relevant information’ in professional decisions as to the capacity of an assessed individual.

Shereen has been instructed in cases concerning issues of mental capacity and is particularly interested in Court of Protection cases concerning housing, community care and property.


Shereen accepts instructions in all areas of education law.


Shereen advises and acts on behalf of both landlords and tenants on all aspects of housing law, including possession claims, injunctions to restrain anti-social behaviour, disrepair, harassment, unlawful eviction, allocations, succession and homelessness. She has particular experience of the preparation, trial and settlement of disrepair and possession claims. She is particularly interested in public law defences (including unlawful discrimination), issues relating to capacity and tenancy fraud.

She has participated in a regular secondment scheme to a Midlands local authority advising on various aspects of homelessness, allocations, assignment and succession and other housing-related disputes.

Planning & Compulsory Purchase

Shereen accepts instructions in all areas of planning control and disputes. As a pupil, she assisted in the preparation and trial of several major planning inquiries and contested applications, including applications arising out of HS2 and schemes for over a hundred new-build housing units.

Real Property

Shereen accepts instructions from both social and private landlords and tenants in all matters relating to commercial and residential property. She has dealt with cases involving contractual tenancies, tenancy deposits, mortgages, trusts and guardianship, leasehold enfranchisement and forfeiture, boundary disputes and party walls.

Public Law

Shereen maintains a keen interest in public law, equality and human rights. As a pupil, she assisted on several major judicial review challenges, including litigation arising out of alleged human rights abuses by British armed forces in Iraq, and the Chilcott Inquiry. She is thoroughly familiar with the law relating to judicial review and keen to expand her practice to address issues of public law import within the housing, local government and property and planning sectors.

Public Access


Following her studies, she worked with a civil rights and capital murder defense attorney in New Orleans, Louisiana, and later with a leading strategic advocacy and civil rights law firm based in New York City. She has also worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan on a project to reform national legislation relating to company structures.

Shereen was previously an intern for JUSTICE and the Equal Rights Trust and maintains a keen interest in issues involving civil rights, equality and anti-discrimination law. Shereen was a Trustee for the Habeas Corpus Project, a pro bono organisation that challenged illegal immigration detention in England.

She is a member of the Housing Law Practitioners Association, the Social Housing Lawyers Association and the Administrative Bar Association.

Shereen speaks fluent French and Urdu.