BARRISTERS' PROFILE

 

RICHARD MARTIN: Crime, (including Regulatory Crime), Immigration, Public & Private Family Law, Civil Cases and Human Rights.

Inner Temple, called 1978. Richard's Crime practice sees him appering in Crown Courts all over the country representing clients for all types of criminal offences from Robbery to the most serious offences in the criminal calender. His Immigration practice covers all aspects of Immigration matters and he is willing to travel to out of town IAC hearing centres subject to travel disbursements. The Public & Private Family Law cases Richard covers see him appear in the County Courts and Family Proceedings Courts on a regular basis. He covers all arears of Family cases including Ancillary Relief. In relation to Richard's Civil practice Richard receives a mixed bag of Instructions ranging from Planning, Environmental Law, Contract, Construction, Personal Injury etc. Richard has appeared and advised on complex civil causes. 

 

CHRISTOPHER GIBBONS: Crime, VAT Law, Public & Private Family Law and General Civil Law.

Gray’s Inn, called 1977, (N Ireland 1983). Chris has a general provincial practice. He is a specialist in Crime at all levels and appers on a regular basis in the Court of Appeal, Crown Courts as well as the Magistrates & Youth Courts. He is also on the CPS Advocate Panel. His VAT law practice has seen him appear at Tribunal hearings and in some cases Criminal prosecutions arising out of the evasion of VAT. His Public & Private Family law practice covers all aspects of Family work and he appears in the County Courts & Family Proceedings Courts on a regular basis. Chris also covers all aspects of Civil cases and accepts instructions in a range of matters from Landlord & Tenant to Road Traffic and Infant Approvals. Chris appeared for the mother in Re U (a child) (Department for Education and Skills intervening) [2005] Fam 134, The Times 27th May 2004, which dealt with the issue of serious injury and the standard of proof applicable in family proceedings. Other reported cases include Nidderdale Building Ltd v C & E and Lofthouse v C & E 1997 STC 800. Chris is registered to accept Direct Access Instructions.

 

ELIZABETH NORMAN: Crime, Immigration, Public & Private Family Law, Human Rights and Employment Law.  

Middle Temple, called 1977. Liz specialises in all areas of Crime and has dealt with cases ranging from Assault, Burglary & Robbery to Rape and Murder. In relation to her Immigration practice Liz is a regular face at most local IAC hearing centers.  She deals with all aspects of Immigraion cases from Visitors upto Asylum & Deportation. Her Public & Private Family Law practice see Liz appearing in the County Courts and Family Proceedings Courts on a regular basis in relation to all areas of Family Law except for Ancillary Relief which is an area that Liz does not accept instructions in. Her Employment Law knowledge is extensive and Liz is able to advise in writing and in conference on all aspects of Employment matters from a very early stage right upto a full hearing. Liz is described in the peer-reviewed Chambers UK Legal Directory as”a leading junior...with an extremely wide range of expertise” whose Solicitors are “consistently impressed by her diligence and efficiency.” Her reported cases include Sandwell MBC v Bujock [1990] 23 HLR 48, British Waterways Board v Norman [1993] 267 HLR 232, Swithland Motors Plc v Clarke [1994] ICR 231 EAT, Burret v West Birmingham Health Authority [1994] IRLR 7 EAT & East Staffordshire Borough Council v Fairless [1999] 31 HLR677.

 

GURNAM GILL: Immigration and Human Rights.

Middle Temple, called 1978. Gurnam from the outset has only practiced in Immigration work and has appeared in all levels of the IAC. He deals with all aspects of Immigration cases from Visitors right up to Asylum & Deportation. Gurnam is registered to accept Direct Access Instructions.

 

DEVON SMALL: Crime, Prison Law and Human Rights.

Inner Temple, called 1990. Devon is an experienced Criminal practitioner who started out as a Senior Prosecutor in the CPS . He now is mainly instructed in defence work in the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal covering the full range of criminal offences. He has recently had a number of successful appeals in the Court of Appeal. Devon also specialises in Prison Law dealing with Adjudication hearings and Human Rights. He is hardworking and has good client care and is much liked by his instructing solicitors.

 

MOHAMMED AMIR RIAZ: Crime

Grays Inn, called 2003. Amir's Criminal practice covers the full spectrum of Criminal offences from Burglary & Assault through to and including Serious Sexual Offences, Serious Violent Crime and Fraud involving hundres of thousands of pounds. Amir only defends in Criminal cases and his client care is excellent and he has a particularly good manner with vulnerable witnesses and clients with learning difficulties and mental health issues.

 

AMANPREET BHACHU: Crime, Immigration & Civil. 

Lincoln's Inn, Called 2004. Amanpreet graduated from the University of Leicester and went on to complete a Masters Degree in International Criminology at the University of Sheffield. Bar Vocational Course completed at Nottingham Law School. Practice currently includes criminal and immigration matters. Amanpreet has also represented in Road Traffic and Possession Hearings.  

 

MICHAEL BROOKS: Civil, Contract, Credit Hire, Crime, Employment, Landlord & Tenant, PI, Professional Negligence, Road Traffic.

Middle Temple, called 2007. Michael is a mature entrant to the Bar, having previously had a successful career in industry. His commercial experience means that he has a particular empathy with issues in the areas of employment and contract. Having completed pupillage in Manchester, Michael is now building a practice in the Midlands as he lives in Worcester. His practice is mixed and he accepts instructions across a broad range of Chambers’ work.

The civil part of Michael’s practice includes personal injury, road traffic and credit hire matters as well as employment, general contract, domestic landlord and tenant and professional negligence. He provides advices on liability and quantum and will make himself available to discuss matters in conference.

On the crime side of his practice, Michael has both defended and prosecuted in the Crown and Magistrates’ Court, including the Youth Court. He has also appeared on behalf of the Probation Service.

He has appeared the County Court in Fast Track and Small Claim Track matters. He has also appeared in the County Court in Infant Approvals and in the Employment Tribunal.
 

ARNELA IMAMOVIC: Crime, Immigration and Public & Family Law.

Lincolns Inn, called 2008, College of Law Birmingham.

Arnela completed her 12 month pupillage in July 2013. Arnela is instructed in Criminal, Asylum and Immigration, and Family matters.

Arnela has a wide experience of Criminal Law. Arnela worked as a Clerk/Paralegal in a criminal solicitors firm prior to undertaking pupillage. In addition Arnela has worked as a County Court Advocate and undertook a variety of cases including Possession Hearings (Landlord & Tenant), Contract and Infant Settlement. Arnela is also regularly instructed in Immigration matters and has experience as a Home Office Presenting Officer (Agent).

 

HASSAN SARWAR: General Civil, Commercial, Personal Injury, Employment, Property and Immigration

Lincoln's Inn, called 2010, BBP Law School London: BVC University of Birmingham: LLB

Hassan completed his 12 month pupillage in mid February 2012. Prior to commencing pupillage he worked in a commercial solicitors firm; conducting both advocacy and written work. His civil work encompasses a wide range (see above), and he takes keen interest in commercial matters. Hassan was recently instructed to advise and draft pleadings in a passing off case in the High Court, and similarly appeared in a high value action against a major bank concerning the sale of a property at an undervalue. He is adept at representing clients in all tracks of the County Courts and in Employment tribunals. Hassan is also instructed in Immigration disputes ranging from asylum applications to visit visas, and represents privately funded clients in the Magistrates Court. His client care is an integral aspect of his approach to a case, combined with meticulous preparation and strong advocacy skills. He is able to provide cogent and detailed written advices upon any of his practice areas. 

Professional Associations: Employment Law Bar Association

 

RAJA HAROON RASHIDPersonal Injury, Immigration and Crime.

Middle Temple, called 2010, College of Law Birmingham: BVC, Keele University: LLB

Haroon intends to develop a practice in the areas of Personal Injury, Immigration and Crime.

Haroon is currently instructed on a noting brief for one of the largest ever Construction Industry and Sub-Contract labour frauds with over 20 defendants resulting in 3 trials due to the sheer size. The case involves a sophisticated conspiracy to cheat the Revenue of Income Tax, Corporation Tax and National Insurance Contributions. The case has been classified as a VHCC (Very High Cost Case). 

As a pupil at Rowchester Chambers, Haroon has assisted in a wide range of cases. He has assisted counsel on drafting Judicial Reviews Grounds and Submissions for country guidance cases. 

Prior to commencing pupillage Haroon worked in a solicitors practice as a paralegal.

Haroon is due to commence his second six in January 2014; he will be able and happy to accept instructions.

 

LARRY MEAD: Civil Law and VAT Law. (Door Tenant)

Called 1977. Larry's background includes being a director and company secretary. Larry can advise on any aspect of Company Law including company formations, shareholdes rights, director's powers, duties and liabilities, tax, VAT, mergers and liquidations.

Expertise

 

Crime

The Crime Team represents a long history of practice in this field of work both in prosecution and defence. It includes a number of practitioners whose work is exclusively crime.

Members of chambers undertake a wide range of criminal cases in both the Crown Court and Magistrates Court, ranging from minor offences to the most serious and complex cases.

Those at the senior end are typically engaged in cases involving offences as diverse as murder, sexual abuse, drugs importation and serious fraud.

Family Law

Our team offers a friendly, reliable and efficient service in advocacy, negotiation and client care.

We have a range of specialist and experienced barristers, in all areas of Family Law, appearing in cases from the Family Proceedings Court to the Court of Appeal. The team regularly acts for children, parents, local authorities and other family members.

Aspects of Immigration and Criminal Law feature increasingly in Family cases. Our Immigration team is highly respected in its field and the Family team benefits from members within it who also practise in Immigration. Similarly, some members of the Family team have expertise in Criminal Law. This provides significant advantages to both our professional and lay clients.

Work covered includes:

  • Care and Adoption Proceedings
  • Private Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Child Abduction/ Removal from the Jurisdiction
  • Ancillary Relief
  • Human Rights Cases

 

Immigration

We have a long history of association with the fields of Immigration and Asylum work. Current members of Chambers hold judicial appointments in the Immigration Appellate Authority and the Tribunal and now in the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal.

Our team are well known and well respected by the judiciary, instructing solicitors, fellow members of the Bar and lay clients as being user friendly, well prepared and thorough and skilful in both their advocacy and in respect of paperwork.

Civil Law

Our Civil Team offers a group of practitioners covering a variety of areas of civil practice.

Individuals have vast experience in various fields which include:

  • Professional negligence
  • Contract claims
  • Wills and probate
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Other real property disputes
  • Personal Injury
  • Employment