Shahin has 15 years’ experience as an in-house lawyer in the public sector. Shahin joined Fenners Chambers in 2012, following a number of high profile roles in the public sector.
Shahin understands the political and financial landscape inside the public sector, be it with the SEN reforms and moves to EHC plans to the liberalisation of education controls, to planning and infrastructure reforms. As a former senior officer in local government, Shahin is the obvious choice for those who provide and those who receive public services.
Shahin’s experiences as an in house lawyer and statutory Monitoring Officer are particularly sought after by senior public sector clients.
Areas of practice
- Education: representing local authorities and parents in the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Tribunal; advising schools, academies and academy sponsors on school admissions, admission appeals, teachers’ terms and conditions of employment, teachers’ performance and all aspects of employment law affecting teachers and support staff.
- Planning: Planning appeals, inquiries, representation at Planning Committees, s106 agreements, breaches of planning control, planning policy, preparation of planning policies, advice on development and land use.
- Regulatory Law: Trading Standards enforcement; planning enforcement; housing, environmental health and licensing.
Shahin welcomes instructions direct from all tiers of local government, from County Councils, to district, borough, parish and town councils. Her clients include planning and highway teams; SEN teams, schools and academies.
What others say
“Shahin provides sensible, practical advice on what is a fairly specialist area of law. She has an excellent manner in dealing with our staff, defence representatives and defendants alike.”: David Hedger, Head of Trading Standards, Northamptonshire County Council.
Bichard Inquiry: Shahin represented Humberside Police Authority in the aftermath of the Soham tragedies
Peterborough Core Strategy: Shahin oversaw the implementation of Peterborough Council’s planning framework.