• After an impressive start to her law career in human rights, Zara Brawley has experienced work in Chambers across the full range of our practice areas.


    Before joining Chambers Zara Brawley worked at home and abroad on a range of human rights projects. Since joining QEB Hollis Whiteman she has enjoyed the full wealth of specialisms Chambers' has to offer.


    In corporate and financial crime she has: assisted in the preparation of the prosecution of a long-term fraud carried out against BT; helped to prepare and then observed trial in relation to the operation of a fraudulent lottery scheme targeted at elderly victims; assisted with the review of an advice being provided to an entity facing SFO proceedings for historical fraud offences; assisted with the preparation of proceedings being brought by the SFO against Barclays Bank and a number of its executives in relation to dealings with Qatar in 2008; and assisted with a privilege review being conducted in advance of confiscation proceedings against the client’s father.

    In the field of general crime she has assisted with the preparation both pre and during trial of: a man accused of murdering a grandmother on an allotment; the trial of two men accused of stabbing a young man to death with a samurai sword; the prosecution of two “acid attack” trials; the prosecution of a trial for sexual assault; the defence of two cases where the defendant faced charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm; the sentencing of a defendant who had pleaded guilty to 61 separate offences; the prosecution of a defendant for stalking involving fear of violence; the prosecution of a defendant who had made a substantial number of indecent images of children; the prosecution of a modern slavery case; sentencing research into an unduly lenient sentence reference being considered in relation to the sexual assault of a child; assisted with the prosecution of three defendants charged with beating a young homeless man to death. One of the defendants was found unfit to plead at the start of trial; he was found to have “done the act” and his co-defendants were both found guilty of murder. (BBC News report: here); and acted as noting junior in an eight-defendant trial for conspiracy to supply high-quality cocaine with a street value of £300,000.

    Zara has also been involved in professional regulatory proceedings. She has observed proceedings before the General Chiropractic Council in relation to a chiropractor facing charges of dishonesty and assisted in the defence of a doctor, being represented via Direct Access, in relation to General Medical Council misconduct proceedings.

    Zara has also worked with members of the Public Law Team. She has assisted with the representation of a nurse at the inquest of a young woman who was found to have committed suicide whilst an in-patient on a psychiatric ward (BBC News report: here); conducted research into “directed surveillance” under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and the application of the Act in Scotland; attended part of the IICSA public inquiry into child sexual abuse in Rochdale; and assisted with research in relation to the merits of pursuing a judicial review against the decision by the CPS to prosecute in a particular criminal matter.

    Before joining QEB Hollis Whiteman as a pupil, Zara was based in Malawi for over a year at the Malawi Human Rights Commission. Here she led the implementation of High Court re-sentencing hearings for 170 prisoners previously sentenced to the mandatory death penalty. To date, the project has secured the immediate release of over 100 men and women.

    Zara also worked for two years at the charity Reprieve where she acted as caseworker for individuals facing the death penalty in Pakistan, the USA and Sub-Saharan Africa, and assisted on the successful Stop the Lethal Injection Project, engaging with shareholders in pharmaceutical companies whose drugs were being used in US executions.

    Zara has also worked on a number of document review projects for commercial law firms and financial institutions and assisted with the coordination of a high-value European fund as a paralegal at the US law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.


    • BPTC – City, University of London
    • GDL – City, University of London
    • BA (Hons) European Social and Political Studies – University College London
    • Gerald Moody BPTC Scholarship (Gray’s Inn)
    • City Law School Postgraduate Scholarship (City, University of London)
    • Cheng Tien-His Prize for Public International Law (UCL)
    • Sessional Prizes for German and European Social and Political Studies (UCL)


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