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Kareesha Turner

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Ba (Hons)Management, LLB (Hons) First Class, PG Dip Communications & NLP, PG Graduate Dip Law

Year of Call: 2013, The Honourable Society of Middle Temple

Overview

Kareesha is an experienced human rights practitioner with a wide-ranging practice based around family law, immigration law and international law. She has significant experience in both private and public law matters.

Prior to commencing pupillage Kareesha gained substantial legal experience, with a particular focus on commercial matters and human rights issues. She has previously advised on aviation, fuel jet and is developing a commercial practice with particular emphasis on aviation and cryptocurrencies.

Kareesha also served a 2-year term as a Head of Law at St. Patricks College – the largest private higher education institution in the UK which is part of the Global University System (Ulaw, LSBF, St-Patricks) She was also a Visiting Lecturer at Kensington College of Business and Middlesex College of Law where she London she taught Contract Law, and Public law.

Kareesha has a well-established practice in immigration law, she represents clients at all levels up to the Court of Appeal.

Kareesha has an increasingly international practice and has been instructed to assist in significant cases involving Thailand, Poland, Antigua and Barbuda Mauritius amongst others.

Clients praise her for her pragmatic and sound advice together with an approachable personality.

Recently, the High Court found in favour of her client in a contractual dispute against a multinational oil company.

She was also the legal consultant for a bank in Vanuatu.

Kareesha is licensed to accept Direct Public Access work. Kareesha will consider pro bono work on a case-by-case basis.
Kareesha runs her own YouTube channel on Immigration and Human Rights @ https://youtu.be/WZZ4VatKB5Q.

Credentials

She has a particular interest in asylum and humanitarian protection involving women and children. Her cross-expertise in family law is particularly useful in cases involving the best interests of children pursuant to s. 55 of the 2009 Act.

Kareesha represents parents at all stages of Children Act proceedings, including fact-finding hearings and appeals.

She accepts instructions for complex private child disputes, no contact orders, child contact orders as well as family disputes with immigration elements.

Clients praise her for her pragmatic and sound advice together with an approachable personality.

She has previously advised on aviation, fuel jet and is developing a commercial practice with particular emphasis on aviation and cryptocurrencies.

Recently, the High Court found in favour of her client in a contractual dispute against a multinational oil company.

Due to spending time in-house at a major oil company, Kareesha has an appreciation for the business objectives, realities and pressures at play during commercial disputes.

Some of the world’s foremost fuel jet companies are counted as her clients.
She was called to the Bar in 2013 at the Honourable Society of Middle Temple.  She was previously a Consultant for the TMF Group in South East Asia.

She is also the legal consultant for a bank in Vanuatu.

Combining legal practice with academic research, Kareesha was previously the Head of Law at St. Patricks College – the largest private higher education institution in the UK which is part of the Global University System (Ulaw, LSBF, St-Patricks) She was also a Visiting Lecturer at Kensington College of Business and Middlesex College of Law where she London she taught Contract Law, and Public law.

What followed from that is her appreciation of potential and challenges of the law promoting gender-equality. She has taken a particular interest in women legal issues that often overlap with immigration law. She holds a free monthly surgery for women and children in need for women who cannot afford legal advice.

Kareesha is a specialist in Direct Public Access and is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public.

Notable Cases

  1. SH (Pakistan) v SSHD (2017): Successfully represented a young woman who feared return to Pakistan, both on the grounds of domestic violence pursuant to KA (Afghanistan) and inability to internally relocate pursuant to AK (Article 15(c)) Afghanistan. The appeal was allowed on the spot in open court.
  2. Patel v SSHD (2017): Successfully represented the Appellant and his family in a 322(5) tax discrepancy case. The appeal was allowed on the spot.
  3. Mohammed v SSHD (2018): Successfully represented the Appellant and his wife in a 322(5) tax discrepancy of more than £30,000. The Judge found that paragraph 322(5) was not appropriate in this case. The appeal was allowed.
  4. AP (India) v SSHD (2018): Successfully represented a young woman who feared return to India based on her sexuality, arguing amongst others, a breach of ECHR Article 3 in relation to prison conditions on return.
  5. AS (Bangladesh) v SSHD (2018): Appeal allowed in the Upper Tribunal as the First Tier Tribunal Judge had made an error of law in relation to risk of return for individuals associated with illegal Bangladeshi political parties.
  6. SK (Iran) v SSHD (2018): Successfully argued an error of law in the Upper Tribunal due to the misapplication of the appropriate burden of proof.
    OH (Turkey) v SSHD (2018): Successfully represented the Appellant, a minor, in asylum proceedings arguing risk of return to Turkey.

Human Rights and Immigration

Kareesha regularly appears for clients before the First Tier and Upper Tribunals in Asylum and Article 8 of the HRA appeals and all other matters dealing with Immigration and human rights. She has a particular interest in representing vulnerable clients, including minors, trafficking and torture survivors and those held in immigration detention.  She has provided advice in prospective litigation to challenge immigration detentions. She regularly takes on BID hearings and is strongly committed to pro bono work in this area of law.

Kareesha Turner also assists high net worth individuals and their families looking to relocate to or remain in the UK.

Recently, she has been on the working on the Tier 1 Investor scheme and have an established network of specialist advisors to help support clients through this visa category.  Kareesha assists senior executives transferring to a UK office.

She advises clients on recovering costs from the Government in unlawful detention cases, amongst others.

Kareesha provides a high quality of written and oral advocacy for applications, administrative reviews, appeals and judicial reviews including cart JR as well as dealing with UKVI on behalf of her clients.

Home Office work

She was previously instructed by the Home Office at the immigration Tribunals where she defended the decision of the SSHD to refuse the right to remain in the UK.

She accepts instructions on a direct access basis from individuals and businesses as well as from solicitors [ and legal aid firms] and OISC approved representatives.

Kareesha runs her own YouTube Channel where she posts regular immigration and human rights updates.

Civil

Kareesha gained exposure to a range of commercial and contractual litigation during traineeship after she was called to the Bar. She worked as a junior for a claim against Exxon Mobile where the High Court of England and Wales found in favour of her client.

In 2019, she collaborated with a luxury brand on counterfeit products in Thailand and made representations to the various authorities in Thailand about trademarks and copyright infringements.

Kareesha has significant experience in drafting contracts, consulting agreements and non-disclosure agreements, terms and amendments for customers located in Europe, the Middle East and Mauritius mainly in English, sometimes in French.

Family Law

Kareesha provides specialist advice and representation in the most complex disputes regarding child custody and child arrangements, acting for parents, children, grandparents and other family members.

She has often been instructed in complicated fact-finding hearings and have particular expertise where there have been allegations of abuse. Kareesha combines strategic intelligence with empathy in her work with vulnerable parties and those who have mental health difficulties.

As Kareesha specialises in Immigration, she can provide a comprehensive umbrella service for the most complex cases involving family disputes with underlying immigration issues.

Crytocurrency assets

Kareesha advises on :

  • Control and ownership of crypto assets including cryptocurrencies
  • Tracing crypto assets
  • Fraud relating to crypto assets
  • Valuation of crypto assets
  • Using proceeds from crypto asset investments for the purchase of property
  • Crypto assets and the regulatory perimeter
  • Reviewing and advising on the contents of whitepapers
  • Anti-money laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) compliance advice

Languages

English, French, Hindi (spoken only), Mauritian Creole

Notable Work

Kareesha gained exposure to a range of commercial and contractual litigation during her internship with an international jet fuel company abroad.

Kareesha represented the interests of one of the major shareholder at Bitfinex in the Dao hack in 2016.

She was instructed by Financial Services Regulatory Commission and the Antiguan Government in Antigua and Barbuda on a FAFT report.

She also advised on the Panama papers leak.

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