Barrister Profile  

Ayesha Omar Call: 2012
  • Housing
  • Public Access
  • Real Property
  • Residential and Commercial Landlord & Tenant

Summary

Ayesha’s property practice encompasses all areas of real property and landlord and tenant litigation both commercial and residential.

Ayesha prides herself on being commercially minded and accessible to clients.  She is equally at home with both advisory and litigation work.  Her instructing solicitors have described her work as “excellent” and have said that “clients are always impressed with the clarity of her advice and advocacy skills”.

Ayesha can be instructed directly in suitable cases under the Bar’s Direct Access Scheme.

Areas of Practice

Housing

Ayesha is regularly instructed by private landlords, local authorities, private registered providers and tenants.  She has an in-depth knowledge of housing law and provides her clients with a friendly and efficient service.

Ayesha has considerable experience of advising and representing local authorities.  She is currently seconded to Birmingham City Council (on a part-time basis).  As a result, she is acutely aware of the challenges and financial pressures faced by public bodies.  She appreciates that the outcome of any litigation involving local authorities has the potential of having wide-ranging consequences and understands the importance of taking this into account when advising.

Examples of recent instructions:

  • Acted in possession proceedings involving issues relating to rent arrears, unlawful occupiers, anti-social behaviour, security of tenure, succession and disrepair
  • Advised on general possession procedure, enforceability of possession orders and applications to discharge
  • Appeared in contested accelerated possession proceedings involving licensing issues and tenancy deposits
  • Secured outright possession orders against trespassers
  • Acted in proceedings involving unlawful eviction
  • Acted in matters relating to housing conditions and possession pursuant to section 33 of the Housing Act 2004
  • Assisted with Housing Act 1996 section 204 appeals and related judicial review claims
  • Acted in civil injunction proceedings

Residential and Commercial Landlord & Tenant

Ayesha regularly appears in the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) on behalf of both landlords and tenants. She has extensive experience of a wide range of disputes including service charges, the determination of premiums on the grant of new leases, collective enfranchisement, issues concerning missing landlords and breach of covenants.  Ayesha is skilled in dealing with challenging and demanding clients and is able to work under pressure.

Ayesha is also regularly instructed to represent and advise both landlords and tenants in cases involving business lease renewals, dilapidations, break clauses, breaches of covenant, alterations and improvements and forfeiture. She is able to quickly identify the important aspects of a case and provide her clients with a professional and dedicated service.

Real Property

Ayesha is developing her experience in real property matters. She has acted in cases involving mortgage possessions, trusts of land and co-ownership disputes, land registration, neighbour disputes under the Access to Neighbouring Land Act 1992 and charging orders.

Ayesha appreciates that almost all property disputes are complex, both factually and legally, and will involve high costs.  As a result, she is conscious of the need to provide her clients with clear and practical advice in order to minimise their exposure to the costs of such disputes.

Public Access

Memberships

Property Bar Association

Bar Pro Bono Unit

Qualifications

Bar Professional Training Course – Nottingham Law School

LLB (Hons) – University of Leicester

Other

During her first few years at the Bar, Ayesha was a civil practitioner at a common law set based in Temple.  She accepted instructions in a wide range of areas including housing and property law, breach of contract, sale of goods, loan agreements, insolvency, personal injury and negligence.  She joined Arden Chambers in February 2018 in order to specialise in all things property.

Before coming to the Bar, Ayesha gained significant advocacy experience as a County Court Advocate, conducting a range of civil matters, and as a Duty Adviser, representing defendants in possession hearings.  She volunteered as a caseworker with Shelter Housing Aid and Research Project providing support and advice to vulnerable clients facing serious housing problems. Ayesha has also taught Constitutional and Administrative Law to undergraduate students at the University of Leicester.