Ayeesha Bhutta

Called 2006

Ayeesha is an experienced, busy family practitioner. Ayeesha has considerable experience of the full range of family law cases. Ayeesha has developed particular expertise in international elements of public law and international elements of children law.

If you would like any further information regarding Ayeesha Bhutta’s practice, please contact her clerks or call +44 (0)207 405 6114.

International Children/ Public Law

Ayeesha regularly acts for Local Authorities in cases where the jurisdiction of the court is in issue. Ayeesha has experience of both the practical and legal issues that arise in such proceedings.

Ayeesha also acts in proceedings with an international element such as the uncertain status of the child/parents, possibility of placement overseas, obtaining of information from overseas.

Ayeesha is instructed by adoptees and adopted parents in international adoption cases and has experience of cases where there is a need to regularise or recognise a foreign adoption.

Ayeesha frequently provides both formal and informal advice on international issues in children cases in particular:
(1) Legal questions of jurisdiction and habitual residence.
(2) Practical advice on liaison with foreign authorities
(3) Placement of children overseas
(4) International adoption.

Child law - Public

Ayeesha is instructed in public law children and adoption matters acting for Local Authorities, parents and Guardians. She has experience of acting at all stages of proceedings, from first, emergency hearings (including out of hours applications) to fact-findings and final hearings and appeals. Ayeesha seeks to provide continuity of representation throughout proceedings.

Ayeesha has experience of the full range of public law cases including serious injury to a child (involving multiple experts and fact-finding hearing), death of a parent, death of a child, sexual abuse and long term neglect. Ayeesha commonly acts in cases with parallel criminal and or immigration proceedings.

Ayeesha has acted in cases that involve media interest and has sought and obtained reporting restrictions orders to prevent publication of information relating to children.

Ayeesha provides practical advice, in particular to Local Authorities, on evidence and procedure in public law cases.

Child Law - Private

Ayeesha has extensive experience of private children cases including, contact, residence, shared residence, leave to remove, prohibited steps and specific issue orders. She regularly undertakes cases which feature a foreign element, allegations of domestic violence, or allegations of abuse.


Ayeesha has acted in contested divorce and nullity proceedings. Ayeesha has a particular interests in the validity of marriage (whether contracted in the UK or overseas) and provides advice on applications in relation to possibly invalid marriages (in particular Islamic marriages) .

Injunction/ Domestic Violence

Ayeesha represents alleged victims and perpetrators of domestic violence at both ex parte and inter partes hearings as well as in committal proceedings. Ayeesha is also experienced in advising and representing clients seeking to regulate the occupation of a family home (whether by transfer of tenancy or occupations order).

Recent Cases
  • International Adoption – Authors:Ruth Cabeza, Ayeesha Bhutta, Jason Braier. 1st Edition November 2012. Jordans Publishing.
  • Placement of Children Outside England and Wales, International Family Law Journal, –. (article, co-authored with Ruth Cabeza), July 2013
  • The Voice of the Child, Local Government Lawyer, June 2010
  • BA (Hons)(York)
  • CPE and BVC Nottingham Law School
  • Harmsworth (major) Scholarships (Middle Temple) (2005 and 2006)
  • Lady Templeman Award (Middle Temple) (2006)
Professional memberships
  • FBLA
  • ALC
Additional information

Ayeesha is a qualified Public Access barrister.

Ayeesha is a pro bono unit panel member (children) and undertakes pro bono work through the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

Ayeesha provides case summaries to Family Law Week on a regular basis and has written informal articles for the Legal Week website.