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Yaaser’s practice covers public law and human rights, planning and environmental law and property law. He regularly appears at the appellate level (High Court and Court of Appeal) as well as in specialist Tribunals and County Courts. He has been appointed to the Attorney General's C Panel of Counsel. 

He is known for his personable style, the clarity of his advice and advocacy, and his ability to think creatively. Clients have stated that he is “extremely capable” and have commented on his “exemplaryenergy and commitment” and “very approachable style”. Yaaser is ranked as one of the top juniors under 35 in the 2018 Planning Magazine's Planning Law Survey. 

He studied undergraduate law at Clare College, Cambridge University before completing postgraduate law degrees at Keble College, Oxford University (BCL) and Harvard Law School (LLM). He was also the 2012 Eldon Law Scholar of Oxford University.

Yaaser also spent a year as the Judicial Assistant to Lord Toulson and Lord Hughes in the Supreme Court, where he worked closely with the Justices on a wide variety of cases.

He previously worked at the South African Human Rights Commission, Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Clinic and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute.

Yaaser is regularly instructed on high profile cases. These include:

  • R (TP and AR) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2018] EWHC 1474 (Admin): Acted for the claimants in the first successful challenge to Universal Credit. The case involved a judicial review of Universal Credit and its discrimination against severely disabled persons contrary to Article 14 ECHR together with Article 1 Protocol 1 and Article 8 ECHR. This case has been widely covered in the national press, including in the Guardian, the Independent and the Mirror;

  • Sheffield City Council v Fairhall and others [2017] EWHC 2121 (QB): High Court claim to restrain the Sheffield tree protestors based on Article 10/11 ECHR (freedom of expression and assembly) and subsequent committal proceedings. This case was widely covered in the national press, including on the BBC and ITV and in the Guardian;

  • R (Preston New Road Action Group) v SSCLG and Cuadrilla [2018] EWCA Civ 9: A Court of Appeal challenge to the first horizontal fracking wells in the UK, including climate change and planning issues. This case was widely covered in the national press, including on the BBC and in the Times and Guardian;

  • R (Williams) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] 1 WLR 3283: Appearing for the claimant in the Court of Appeal on whether requiring destitute children to pay a fee before obtaining British citizenship is ultra vires and/or a breach of Article 8 (private life) and/or 14 ECHR (discrimination); and,

  • McDonald’s Inquiry in Newcastle (2016): Sole counsel in a 2-week Inquiry for the No McDonald’s Kenton Residents’ Action Group between McDonald’s and Newcastle City Council. It related to a proposed development near one of the biggest secondary schools outside of London. The claim involved issues of transport safety, design and health policy.

His experience in specific practice areas can be found on the following pages: