Afshaan Hena

Call: 2007

Practice areas

Public Access : Yes


Afshaan joined 10 Kings Bench Walk as a door tenant. She is a practitioner who specialises in immigration, asylum and family law. She undertakes advocacy at all courts and has appeared in Court of Appeal applications and undertaken a number of High Court ‘Out of Hours’ applications. She is Direct Access qualified whereby members of the public can instruct her directly. Prior to the Bar she had a background in human rights and has been a fellow with the legal action charity Reprieve on the issue of police abuse in Pakistan. She volunteered for the Palestinian Refugee charity Najdeh in Lebanon working on the rights of Palestinian refugees displaced in Lebanon.


Afshaan appears regularly before the First Tier and Upper Tier Tribunals as well as drafting grounds to from the First Tier to the Court of Appeal. She provides a full range of representation and advice in all areas of asylum work, entry clearance, Article 8 cases, deportation, Detained Fast Track, bail and cases relating to the Points Based System.

Afshaan developed her expertise in asylum law when she worked as a caseworker for Refugee Legal Centre RLC (later known as Refugee Migrant Justice ‘RMJ’) and Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice Bureau, where she was an LSC Asylum and Immigration Level 2 caseworker. Her three years as a caseworker gave her expertise in preparation of asylum cases, drafting witness statements, fresh claim representations and working with vulnerable trafficked women.

She has a keen interest in working with clients with mental health problems after working as civil litigation caseworker for the Office of the Official Solicitor for three years. Where she worked on a wide range of cases where she would act as Litigation Friend to those without capacity

As a pupil at Renaissance Chambers Afshaan assisted on the following notable cases: MN and others (Ahmadis – country conditions – risk) Pakistan CG [2012] UKUT 00389 (IAC) and KA (Afghanistan) & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 1014 (25 July 2012).


Afshaan is happy to accept instructions on a wide range of family law proceedings and has acted in a number of private law matters relating to contact. She has also appeared on behalf of Local Authorities, parents and grandparents in care proceedings.

She has in particular acted for parties with on-going Immigration matters regarding their status and has found that the family courts have benefited from her knowledge of immigration law.

She is keen to expand her practice in this area and keen to provide advice on adoption and the relevant immigration rules.

Appointments & Publications

Afshaan has been regularly instructed to do Pro Bono work for the charity Bail Immigration for Detainees (BiD).

As a Pupil Afshaan contributed to the well-known immigration blog Freemovement.


Afshaan is a keen traveller and has travelled to Iran, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Tanzania. She also goes to the theatre, campaigns on human rights issues, walks along the beach and keeps active.

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Afshaan Hena
10 King's Bench Walk
London EC4Y 7EB
(t) +44 (0)20 7353 7742
(f) +44 (0)20 7583 0579
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