Naima Asif specialises in all areas of family law and human rights. She has a keen interest in protecting the rights of vulnerable individuals and has been commended for her analytical mind and ability to draw out the essential points of a case.
Naima qualified as an Advocate of the High Courts in Pakistan in 2015.
Alongside her core practice, Naima maintains a particular interest in cases concerning human rights and social justice issues and has been involved in capital cases before the superior courts in Pakistan.
Naima is currently instructed to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
Prior to pupillage Naima spent a year with the Bar Pro Bono Unit as part of the Justice First Fellowship. She is the co-founder of a project, which aims to educate children in cases involving local authority intervention, forced marriage, FGM and domestic violence.
Naima accepts instructions in international and private law children matters, care, injunctive Family Law Act proceedings and financial remedies.
She represents parents at all stages of Children Act proceedings, including fact-finding hearings.
Naima undertook a secondment with the Directorate of the Legal Services of the Metropolitan Police. She was instructed to appear in applications concerning disclosure of information in cases of alleged child abuse, including child neglect and cruelty and sexual abuse, and linked criminal and care directions hearings.
In financial remedies, Naima represents clients from the first appointment to the final hearing. She has been instructed in cases involving sexual abuse and conduct, foreign assets, multiple properties and intervenors.
Naima has spent significant time in Pakistan gaining experience in cases involving forced/child marriage, domestic/honour based violence, stranded spouse, international child abduction and Islamic law. Naima is regularly instructed to provide expert advice on Pakistani law and Islamic law.
As a staunch opponent of the death penalty Naima successfully acted as sole counsel in an appeal in the Lahore High Court in the case of State v Farman in which a sentence of death was commuted to one of life imprisonment. She collaborated with Justice Project Pakistan for the production of a training manual for the judiciary of Pakistan on the rights of mentally ill defendants in capital cases under domestic and international law. Naima remains committed to the fight against the death penalty and accepts instructions on a pro bono basis.
Naima also has a strong interest in public international law and has assisted in extensive research on the rights of human rights defenders in the Americas for the former UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Human Rights Defenders.