Parosha Chandran is the UK’s leading anti-slavery lawyer and she has been practicing at the Bar of England and Wales for 24 years. She is an award-winning human rights barrister and a leader at the Bar in the fields of human rights, human trafficking, forced labour and labour exploitation, immigration, trafficking-related criminal appeals and public law. A world-leading expert on the law relating to human trafficking for the UN, Council of Europe and OSCE, she represents adult and child victims of modern slavery and human trafficking and has set critical legal trafficking precedents in the asylum, slavery, criminal non-punishment, civil and public law contexts. She has contributed to key international legal guidance on trafficking, provides judicial training and has advised on legislation including the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
She has received many honours for her work including the Trafficking in Persons Hero Award 2015 from John Kerry in Washington DC for her work in developing the rule of law on trafficking in the UK and abroad and for her “unparalleled achievements in providing legal services to survivors of modern slavery”.
Parosha is also a Legal Advisor to Parliament’s Modern Slavery Project which supports Commonwealth States in improving their trafficking and modern slavery laws. In 2018 she received the distinction of being appointed the first Professor of Modern Slavery Law at King’s College London. She has appeared in the High Court of England and Wales, the Court of Appeal (both Civil and Criminal divisions), the Privy Council, the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and Chamber, the Employment Tribunal and she has drafted several successful applications to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Many of her cases are test cases, impacting directly upon the development of law and policy in the UK and abroad.