Asma Nizari > One Pump Court > London, England > Lawyer Profile

One Pump Court

Work Department

Dispute ResolutionDirect Access


Asma has a broad and busy practice in the fields of immigration/asylum, Court of Protection and discrimination and education law.

She has appeared before a range of tribunals including the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and (Special Educational Needs and Disability Chamber), the Upper Tribunal, the county court, the Court of Protection, the High Court, the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Asma provides advice and representation in all areas of immigration, asylum, deportation and European free movement law. She has experience of appeals, bail applications, administrative review and judicial review cases. She deals with a range of cases including refugee and human rights claims, cases involving vulnerable clients (including unaccompanied minors) and cases involving the Points Based System. Asma has experience of deprivation of nationality cases and has a developing trafficking practice.

Asma is regularly instructed to advise in cases involving discrimination in schools and higher education institutions. She also deals with school exclusions and has experience of cases involving Special Educational Needs. She represents higher education students in internal disciplinary cases and has experience of public law challenges and negligence cases in the field of education.

Asma has a varied Court of Protection practice. She has dealt with a range of cases including those involving deprivation of liberty, personal welfare disputes and disputes regarding property and affairs issues. She has experience of committal proceedings and applications relating to forced marriage protection orders.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Asma was a judicial assistant to Lord Justice Pill in the Court of Appeal. She also spent a year as the Assistant Legal Officer at the Free Representation Unit (Employment and Social Security).

Asma is committed to pro-bono work. She regularly volunteers for Bail for Immigration Detainees and the Article 8 Deportations Advice Project. She accepts instructions through the Bar Pro Bono Unit. Asma volunteers for Rights of Women and has volunteered for Haringey Migrant Support Centre.


Year of call: 2009


Urdu (fluent), Hindi (conversational), French (basic) and Spanish (basic).


Human Rights Lawyers Association (Executive Committee), Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, Administrative Law Bar Association, Mental Health Lawyers Association, Bail for Immigration Detainees, Athens Legal Support Project.


BA Jurisprudence, University of Oxford

LLM in Human Rights & International Law, University College London

Bar Vocational Course, BPP London

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Asma Nizami – One Pump CourtVery strong commitment to her clients and pursues every evidential and legal angle of the case; extremely personable and wins the trust of vulnerable clients.

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

Asma NizamiOne Pump Court ‘Asma is very pragmatic and takes a very proactive approach in proceedings both during her prep and at court. She proposes sensible solutions at court, she is very persuasive and has a very good ability at securing agreement from the other side.’