Katy Ayres is a door tenant at GCN.


Katy is a door tenant and was a full tenant at Chambers until February 2011.  She is currently a Legal Consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, Kenya, working with the Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (DELC), in partnership with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, on a number of projects focusing on the interface between the environment and human rights.

Katy continues to retain strong links with Chambers and her work since leaving full-time practice at chambers underlines the strength of her commitment to human rights. 

The focus of Katy's UN consultancy at present is working with an OHCHR appointed expert on developing mutually beneficial links between these two areas in national and international legal frameworks, and also assisting the Commission of the African Union to develop binding legal frameworks in these areas.

Before commencing her current role with the UN, Katy was employed by ClientEarth on a consultancy basis (2011) to prepare a case against the European Commission regarding its refusal to provide ClientEarth and a number of other NGO’s with requested environmental information, specifically relating to EU biofuels policies and their harmful indirect impacts in Africa.  She then worked as an in-house lawyer at human rights NGO Freedom from Torture , (2012-2013) which provides clinical services to torture survivors, as well as protecting and promoting their rights at a policy level. Katy advised on all aspects of refugee and human rights law, particularly in the context of the asylum claims and related proceedings of clients, and worked closely with the Policy and Advocacy team, alerting them to key legal and policy issues arising out of legal case-work and assisting with strategic litigation.

In practice as a pupil and subsequently tenant at GCN (2009-2011), Katy developed a varied civil practice covering asylum and immigration, public, housing and employment law.


Katy completed pupillage with Garden Court North Chambers and became a tenant in April 2010. Prior to joining Chambers Katy undertook an internship in the environmental and human rights department at the Centre for International Environment Law in Washington DC, which included representing indigenous communities and assisting with class actions against agro-chemical companies. During her BVC she provided pro bono support (particularly in the Asylum and Immigration team) at Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre. Before the Bar Katy spent seven months volunteering in a Law Centre in South Africa, and also undertook an extra year as part of her degree at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, in order to specialise in European and Public International Law.




BA (Hons)
LLM International Law (UCL)