Zeenat Islam

Call: 2013zi@onepumpcourt.co.uk

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Zeenat has a broad public law practice with a focus on human rights, civil liberties and social justice work. She has specialist experience of public inquiries, having been instructed as Junior Counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry since 2017. She has particular expertise in state accountability, national security and terrorism, criminal justice, equality and discrimination, and public international law.

Zeenat has extensive experience of working with NGOs, charities, grassroots organisations and activists. She adopts movement lawyering approaches in her practice and is committed to public interest work, from a radical perspective. She is a firm believer in the need for a critical understanding of the law whilst deploying it strategically in order to achieve systemic change.

Additionally, Zeenat is an Associate Tutor at the University of Warwick School of Law. She is also a trainer and consultant advising on issues of justice, equity, and inclusion, social impact, activism and grassroots engagement and people building. Zeenat is the founder of two grassroots projects; Redefined Lawyers and YOU*th Inspire.

As a result of her work she has been recognised in a number of awards including  the UK Bar Chambers Awards, the British Bangladeshi Power and Inspiration List, the Asian Legal Awards and the UK Legal Diversity Awards. She has also featured on various media platforms.


University of Law, Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding), 2013
London School of Economics and Political Science, Masters in Public International Law, LLM (Merit), 2012
University of Warwick, Law, LLB (hons) (First Class, Highest in Year), 2010

Professional Memberships

Inner Temple
The Haldane Society
Bar Human Rights Committee
Muslim Lawyers Action Group
Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights.




UK Chambers Bar Awards, Outstanding Contribution to Diversity & Inclusion: Future Leader Highly Commended Award, 2019
The Baton Awards, Professional Services Award, Nominated, 2018
Asian Legal Awards, Rising Star Finalist, 2018
South Eastern Circuit Criminal Advocacy Award, 2017
UK Legal Diversity Awards Rising Star Finalist, 2017
Nominated for Rising Star, Society of Asian Lawyers Awards, 2016
Pegasus Scholarship, 2016
Bar Council, International Legal and Professional Development Grant, 2016
Criminal Bar Association Bursary Award, 2014
Inner Temple BPTC Prize for Outstanding Performance, 2013
Inner Temple Major Exhibition Award, 2012
Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship, 2012
Life Changers Awards, Female Entrepreneur for YOU*th Inspire: Winner, 2011
Asian Women of Achievement Awards, Social & Humanitarian Category: Finalist, 2011
Women of the Future Awards, Young Star Category: Finalist, 2010
Warwick Law School Best Academic Performance Prize (Final year), 2010
Julia Kerr Human Rights Award. 2010
Warwick Law School Best Academic Performance Prize (Penultimate year), 2009
University of Warwick MSP Scholarship, 2007-2010

Finding a Way to Serve

Zeenat writes about her project REDEFINED Lawyers, how it was born out of the March 2020 lockdown and exists to support aspiring lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds.

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