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Aysha Ahmad

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Aysha specialises in employment and discrimination Law. She regularly acts for both Claimants and Respondents before Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. She also has experience of dealing with a wide range of commercial and contractual litigation. Clients value her approachability and sound commercial sense. 

Aysha brings a commercial insight into her practice from having worked as In-House Counsel in a City Solicitors firm, Raymond Saul & Co from 1998 – 2000. In this role she managed their Employment and Commercial litigation and was in charge of a BCCI group action related to the cases of Malik v BCCI and Mahmud v BCCI (1998) AC 20 and BCCI (in Compulsory Liquidation) v (1) Munawar Ali, (2) Sultana Runi Khan and Others (1999) 2 All ER 1005; (1999) IRLR 226 (Damages for loss of reputation and Stigma).

In 2000-2001 Aysha was one of the first four Legal Assistants appointed to the Law Lords. She was individually assigned to Lord Steyn and Lord Hope. Her work covered commercial and employment disputes and due to her previous experience In-House, she was individually assigned to the Three Rivers Case [2003] 2 AC 1 which involved the creditors of BCCI suing the Bank of England for breach of regulatory duty.

Aysha joined Chambers straight after her appointment to the House of Lords in 2001. Aysha regularly advises and lectures clients, HR advisors and solicitors on employment tribunal procedure, the avoidance and management of claims and conducts witness training seminars. Aysha is accredited to undertake public access work.

  • I instructed Aysha on two complex employment cases, and she won both of them. One was a sex discrimination claim, where she achieved top of the highest band award for injury to feelings, and the other was an unusually complex unfair dismissal claim, where she succeeded in obtaining an order for reinstatement. Both claims were aggressively defended. However, her preparation was extremely thorough and her cross examination was tenacious and very effective. She also built an excellent rapport with both clients. I would not hesitate to recommend Aysha for more complex employment claims, and in particular, discrimination claims where a sensitive and empathetic approach is required.' Donna Clancy Employment Partner, OH Parsons
  • "Superb - she is very practical and client focused, with substantial court experience that comes across when she prepares cases. A tenacious cross-examiner, she also takes a proactive and assertive approach to claimant litigation." Legal 500 2021
  • “I would recommend Aysha for her approachability and understanding of the commercial realities, combined with a shrewd mind, a robust attitude and the determination to get the best possible result for her client”

Legal 500

Professional memberships

  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Administrative Law Bar Association

Selected cases

  • Aysha worked on the two notable employment cases to reach the House of Lords in 2001.
  • Johnson (A.P) v. Unisys Limited [2003] 2 AC 518 which involved Unfair Dismissal, damages for injury to feelings and breach of the implied term of trust and confidence.
  • Lister and Others (AP) v Hesley Hall Limited [2001] 2 WLR 1311, which involved the test for vicarious liability for employee’s torts.


  • Joint BA (Hons.) London School of Economics in Law and Social Anthropology
  • LLM Employment and Discrimination and Human Rights Law from the London School of Economics

Scholarships & Awards

  • Middle Temple Benefactor’s scholarship
  • Middle Temple Residential scholarship

Other information

  • Languages: Fluent in Urdu
  • Hobbies include: Scuba Diving, Skiing and Dancing

News & events

News & events

The London Legal Walk

42 Bedford Row are pleased to announce that today we are walking with the Lord Chief Justice and thousands of lawyers to raise funds for the London Legal Support Trust, the Free Representation Unit and the Bar Pro Bono Unit. Our walkers so far are: Tina Cook QC, Nicholas Bidnell-Edwards, Andrew Pote, Aysha Ahmad, Sian

22nd May 2017 Read more

Chambers is proud to announce that 3 February 2017 saw the second annual 42 Bedford Row Disability Law Essay Prize take place at the University of Oxford

This year’s question concerned employment law and challenged students to think about how the law should be framed so as to ensure that persons with disabilities receive equal remuneration for work of equal value. Students and attendees were given the opportunity to question a panel consisting of Lord Justice Bean, Professor Alan Bogg of Oxford

23rd February 2017 Read more