Barrister: Rehana Popal

Year of Call: 2013

Rehana read International Politics at City University before attaining her GDL and BPTC qualifications. Following completion of her GDL, Rehana set up an NGO to raise awareness of the challenges faced by internally-displaced people. During her BPTC year Rehana worked as an analyst on the United Nations Drone Inquiry, evaluating allegations that the use of drones in lethal, extraterritorial, counter-terrorism operations has resulted in disproportionate levels of civilian casualties. Rehana was called to the Bar in 2013 and is the first Afghan national to be called to the bar by the Honourable Society of Inner Temple and the only female Afghan Barrister practicing in England and Wales.

Before pupillage Rehana worked as a paralegal in the International Group Claims department at Leigh Day. She assisted in civil claims involving claimants from Afghanistan alleging human rights abuses at the hands of British forces. Rehana also served a four-year term as a Director for the School Exclusion Project, jointly run by Matrix Chambers and City Law School. She was part of a small team who developed and pioneered the project. During her time she represented clients with Special Education Needs at Governors Hearing, Independent Review Panels and First–Tier Tribunals.

Rehana completed pupillage on the North-Eastern Circuit before coming to Mansfield Chambers. Rehana is currently accepting instructions in all areas of Chambers work.


  • English (native)
  • Pashto (native)

Appointments & Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers

Education & Qualifications

  • 2016: RIBA Young Architect Award
  • 2015: Sir Geoffrey Nice Scholarship
  • 2013: BPTC, City University
  • 2012: Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship, Inner Temple
  • 2012: Major Exhibition Scholarship, Inner Temple
  • 2012: Graduate Diploma in Law, City University
  • 2011: BSc (Hons) International Politics, City University