Zeenat Islam > Chambers of P Mendelle QC, G Carter-Stephenson QC & J Dein QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of P Mendelle QC, G Carter-Stephenson QC & J Dein QC
25 Bedford Row

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Zeenat is currently instructed as junior counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Her practice encompasses all areas of criminal defence and she has a growing practice in public law. She has a particular interest and expertise in public international law, human rights and social justice issues. Zeenat is particularly passionate about representing the most vulnerable individuals and working with marginalised communities.


Alongside her courtroom practice, Zeenat is heavily involved in pioneering projects working to widen access and improve diversity in the legal profession; specifically in raising the profile of Muslim women. Additionally, she is the Founder & Director of YOU*th Inspire; an award winning educational initiative seeks to nurture a voice of change in young people through creative engagement with law, human rights and politics.


She was a finalist in the UK Legal Diversity Awards 2017 and a nominee for Rising Star in the 2016 Society of Asian Lawyers Awards


Zeenat was called to the Bar in 2013. Throughout her time in chambers, she has completed a Pegasus Fellowship at the Centre for Constitutional Rights in New York where she worked on Guantanamo Bay litigation. Additionally, she has spent time in The Hague developing her expertise in ‘lawyering for the public interest’ and was selected as a participant for the SEC’s criminal advocacy programme in Florida.


Prior to joining Chambers, Zeenat was a research associate for the Warwick Centre for Human Rights and conducted work for the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and worked on projects covering international criminal justice, Islamic law and refugee protection in the Middle East. She also worked as a seminar tutor for Warwick Law School. She has supported and worked with a number of charities and grassroots organisations including Restless Beings and MOSAIC.


Bengali, Arabic (basic).


The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, The Criminal Bar Association, Human Rights Lawyers Association and Association of Muslim Lawyers; SEC


University of Warwick (LLB hons, 1st class 2010; Warwick MSP Scholarship 2007-10; Warwick Law School Best Academic Performance 2009 and 2010; Julia Kerr Human Rights Award 2010); London School of Economics (LLM, Public International Law, Merit, 2012; Inner Temple Scholar 2012); University of Law (BPTC, outstanding, 2013; Inner Temple BPTC Prize 2013); Criminal Bar Association Bursary 2014; Pegasus Scholarship 2016; SEC Criminal Advocacy Award 2017; Rising Star Nominee Society of Asian Lawyers Awards 2016; UK Legal Diversity Awards Finalist 2017; Bar Council International Legal and Professional Development Grant 2016, 2018.