Tayyiba’s main areas of practice are crime, inquests and public law. She is also developing a practice in civil actions against the police and public authorities.
Tayyiba has a busy criminal practice representing clients accused of a wide range of criminal offences and appears regularly in the youth, magistrates’ and Crown Court. Her experience includes instruction in a Schedule 7 trial, assisting in the drafting of an application to the European Court of Human Rights and an active role as part of the defence team throughout a ten-week terrorism trial. Tayyiba worked on several high-profile terrorism cases during her fellowship with Reprieve, representing the victims of drone strikes in a challenge to German complicity in the US drone programme, and assisting with a claim in the U.S. challenging the inclusion of a US citizen on the so-called “Kill List”.
In addition to her criminal practice, Tayyiba has also been instructed in a number of inquests to represent the families of the deceased. She has similarly assisted with a number of claims against public authorities, including claims against the police, prisons and local authorities.
Tayyiba has also been actively involved in the sphere of public law and been instructed on a number of urgent judicial review claims in the fields of housing and social welfare. She has a particular interest in crime-related public law.
Alongside her domestic law practice, Tayyiba is developing an international law practice. Having worked at a number of international human rights NGOs, during pupillage Tayyiba was instructed in relation to an application on behalf of victims in relation to the ICC’s investigation into war crimes in Palestine. Tayyiba has also recently been instructed by REDRESS in the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian national arbitrarily detained in Iran.
Prior to commencing her career at the Bar, Tayyiba qualified as a solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before moving to work for the human rights NGOs Reprieve and Equal Rights Trust.
Most recently, Tayyiba was a Bertha Justice Fellow at Reprieve, where she primarily worked on the counter-terrorism team. She investigated the use of lethal force in the context of counter-terrorism operations abroad, with a particular focus on Yemen. During her time at Reprieve, Tayyiba worked on various strategic litigation cases challenging the legality of counter-terrorism strategies, including a successful challenge to the use of Ramstein Airbase in Germany in the U.S. drone programme. She was also involved in initiating a project with the NGO Witness to train Yemeni human rights defenders in documenting human rights abuses, with a particular focus on abuses under the guise of counter terrorism measures. Tayyiba also supported Reprieve’s death penalty work, working directly on the cases of individuals facing the death penalty in Pakistan.
Before joining Reprieve, Tayyiba worked as an Advocacy and Programmes Assistant at the NGO, Equal Rights Trust. She worked in partnership with local activists around the world, including in Yemen, Thailand, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Pakistan to document discriminatory human rights abuses and identify strategic litigation opportunities to advance the rights to equality and non-discrimination.
Tayyiba qualified as a solicitor in 2016 after completing her training contract at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. She completed seats in financial litigation, competition litigation, international arbitration and employment. During the course of her training contract, she was also seconded to Liberty.
Tayyiba has also interned at a capital defence organisation in New Orleans, the World Health Organisation in Geneva and with a Federal Appellate Court judge in Washington D.C.