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No.8 Family Law Team

family law

The No.8 Family 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. No.8 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.

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Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson

MA, LLB (Hons), BSc (Hons); Dip Social Learning Theory & Practice; Dip. Child Care Law & Practice; Cert. Social Service; Cert. Social Care

Mark was called to the Bar in 1997. He is Head of Chambers and is a specialist criminal practitioner.

He has extensive trial experience including serious fraud and money laundering cases, associated confiscation proceedings, cases concerned with drugs importation and the evasion of duty and cases involving serious violence and sexual offences including rape and allegations of child sexual abuse.

He has particular expertise and experience in relation to commercial, company and Revenue and Customs fraud prosecutions and Money Laundering cases having defended in cases prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office, the Serious and Organised Crime Agency and the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and is able to provide advice and representation in relation to the seizure, forfeiture, restraint, confiscation and recovery of assets in both criminal and civil recovery.

Mark specialises in regulatory law, including Fire Safety Law, Trading Law, Food Safety, Health and Safety, Environmental and Planning prosecutions and Licensing including Taxi Licensing.

He has acted on behalf of members of the armed forces and the police and is an accredited High Cost Case panel advocate. He is regularly instructed to advise and act on behalf of Local Authority Regulators and the Fire and Rescue Authorities.

He is a member of the Criminal Bar Association and the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers. Mark is authorised by the General Council of the Bar to take instructions on a Direct/Public Access basis.

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Lord Thomas of Gresford OBE QC

Lord Thomas of Gresford OBE QC

Call 1968 QC 1979

Martin Thomas is one of the most respected and experienced QCs in England and Wales. His practice has involved him in more than 250 homicide trials and appeals in England and Wales, including significant courts martial, the most prominent of which was the Baha Mousa case.

Lord Thomas has appeared in terrorist cases both prosecuting and defending, the most notorious being the 'Brighton Bomb' case. He has been counsel in many appeals and applications to the Judicial Committee of the House of Lords. In the Privy Council, he has appeared in cases from Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei and the Caribbean. His career has taken him frequently to Hong Kong on both criminal and civil matters. He has appeared in Malaysian courts in connection with the Carrian fraud case from Hong Kong on behalf of Lorrain Osman, following a long series of habeas corpus and judicial review applications in the UK on extradition issues.

He defended libel actions in Singapore brought by Lee Kwan Yu against the then leader of the Workers' Party, Ben Jeyaretnam. In the Carribean, he has appeared in the Trinidad Court of Appeal. His wide experience in civil litigation, mainly in personal injury cases, was recognized by his appointment to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board in 1985, a position from which he resigned on the introduction of the tariff system. In Wales, he has been instructed in a number of Statutory Inquiries ranging from road construction to proposals for the drowning of the Dulas Valley and the digging for gold in the Mawddach Estuary.

Lord Thomas has had a long and illustrious political career where he was made a Life Peer in 1996. He is a spokesman on Welsh Affairs and on Home Affairs (Specifically Criminal Justice Reforms, including anti-terrorism).

Lord Thomas's interests are Welsh affairs, law reform (criminal justice, human rights), Far Eastern affairs (Hong Kong and China), sport, rugby, where he is a WRU coach and referee, rowing (Captain House of Lords Eight), hill climbing, fishing, golf, scuba diving and music and music making.

Areas of Practice

Civil Law, Criminal Law, The Court Martial, Fraud and White-Collar Crime, Homicide, Gang-related offences

Qualifications

Cambridge. MA, LLB (Classics and Law)

Appointments

Recorder of the Crown Court 1976-2002
Deputy High Court Judge 1985-2009
Bencher: Grays Inn 1991
Member, Criminal Injuries Compensation Board 1985-1993
Advisor to East Asia Institute, University of Cambridge 1998-2002 and Patron of China Law Conferences, Cambridge, 1998-2001
Shadow Attorney General 2003-2006
Shadow Lord Chancellor and Law Officers 2006-2007
Shadow Attorney General 2007-2010
Chairman, Association of Military Advocates (Current)

Memberships

Gray's Inn, LCLCBA

Notable Cases

Chief Constable of North Wales v Evans [1982] 1 WLR 1155 HL, Judicial Review of decision to dismiss probationary constable: appropriate remedy.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner v Caldwell [1982] AC 341 HL, Arson with intent to endanger life; whether intoxication a defence to element of intention.

Wills v Bowley [1983] 1 AC 57 HL, Police power of arrest; constable may arrest where honest belief that an arrest has been committed.

Regina v Hancock and Shankland [1986] AC 455 HL, Homicide; murder convictions reduced to manslaughter; distinction between causal connection between defendants' acts and death and foreseeablity.

Regina v Court [1989] AC 28 HL, Indecent assault; section 14 of Sexual Offences Act 1956; prosecution must prove that right-minded people would think the assault indecent; evidence of secret intention admissible.

Jeyaretnam v Law Society of Singapore [1989] AC 608 PC, Solicitor also officer in Singapore political party; convicted of misappropriation of donations to the party to pay costs of related unsuccessful actions; solicitor struck off roll; donation cheques altered voluntarily by donors - cheques not property of the party - convictions quashed; solicitor restored to roll.

Somchai Liangsiriprasert [1991] AC 225 PC, Conspiracy in Thailand to import heroin to USA; drug trafficking offences; defendant arrested in Hong Kong. Whether acts subject to extradition from Hong Kong.

Hui Chi Ming v The Queen [1992] 1 AC 34 PC, Defendant convicted of murder as a joint enterprise with another, who had killed the victim, and at an earlier trial had been convicted only of manslaughter. Evidence of manslaughter conviction properly excluded at defendant's trial.

A-G of Hong Kong v Lee Kwong-kut [1993] AC 951 PC, Right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law; Ordinance providing that previous legislation inconsistent with principle deemed repealed. Requirement that accused "give an account ... how he came by" stolen goods inconsistent and repealed. Provisions for statutory defences in drug trafficking legislation not inconsistent.

Chan Wai-keung v The Queen [1995] 1 WLR 251 PC, Homicide; material prosecution witness giving evidence in expectation of reduced sentence for unrelated offence. Witness received reduced sentence; defendant convicted. Conviction upheld because jury properly warned as to unreliability of witness's evidence.

Mills v The Queen [1995] 1 WLR 511 PC, Homicide; directions regarding identification evidence, alibi evidence, and dying victim's accusation. Convictions upheld.

Wu Chun-piu v The Queen [1996] 1 WLR 1113 PC, Defendant and co-defendant convicted of robbery and firearms offences; defendant's counsel in mitigation refers to probation report which includes admissions, and expresses defendant's remorse for offence. Co-defendant's conviction overturned form inadequate direction on identification evidence; co-defendant acquitted on retrial. Defendant's application to appeal out of time on same grounds rejected because of admissions. Privy Council allows appeal and grants leave to appeal out of time.

Luc Thiet Thuan v The Queen [1997] AC 131 PC, Homicide; provocation; whether mental disability affecting defendant's self-control relevant to degree of provocation; held not relevant to the ordinary person, the "reasonable man" for the purpose of establishing the defence of provocation.

Regina v Martin [1998] AC 917 HL, Civilian son of serving soldier is subject to military law. Juvenile son of corporal charged with murder. No abuse of process in trying him by court-martial in Germany.

Regina v Spear [2003] 1 AC 734 HL, No breach of Article 6 right to a fair trial in trying by court-martial offences against the ordinary law of the land; no such breach by reason of the fact that courts-martial presided over by permanent president.

Cases

Regina v Burnett (9 November 2009),

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Daniel Janner QC

Daniel Janner QC

Call 1980 QC 2002

“Provides excellent first instance and appellate advocacy... Has excellent rapport with juries....First rate legal acumen and particularly fine drafting.” Legal 500 Directory.

High profile cases include:

The Heysel Stadium football extraditions; The Knightsbridge Safety Deposit box robbery; Oyston and Martin rape trials; French student murder trial; “Happy slap” murder trial; London City Bond fraud trial; Gouldbourne Cayman Islands murder; McGrath [Preston politician] money laundering; Cleeve Prior missing body murder; Lord of Fraud, Rodley trials.

His appellate work includes appeals against conviction relating to bad character, defective summing up; and jury interference. He has been an editor of the Criminal Appeal Reports since 1994 and is chairman of Sweet and Maxwell’s Criminal Appeals annual conference.

His advisory work has included advising a major public school faced with blackmail; an MP in the expenses scandal; A State Governor of Nigeria regarding immunity from prosecution.

Daniel has been called to the Cayman Islands Bar and has been instructed by the International Criminal Court as a member of its panel of defence advocates.

He is qualified to accept instructions directly from clients under the Bar Council’s Public Access scheme; and he is an accredited mediator.

Daniel was President of the Cambridge Union Society and was awarded Dr Cooper’s Law scholarship at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He was a Jules Thorn Scholar of the Middle Temple and is a Bencher of the Middle Temple.

He is a former Parliamentary Candidate, Chairman of school governors and is a trustee of the Cambridge Union Society.

Homicide

Daniel Janner QC is frequently instructed in murder trials, often featuring drugs and firearms. These have involved complex forensic evidence such as death by arson; cell site analysis; anonymous witness and cases of “cut-throat” defences. He has considerable experience representing young defendants charged with murder.

Notable cases include:

Barratt [2012-13]. Multi-handed stabbing murder trial. Complex CCTV expert evidence. Victim was a former European Welter Weight boxing champion. http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1488390_eight-men-arrested-on-suspicion-of-murder-in-connection-with-rochdale-nightclub-stabbing-of-john-lee-barrett.

Jesse Richards murder trial [2012]. Difficult issues arose concerning the gypsy victim whose body could not be found and anonymous identification witnesses. The main prosecution witness was shot during the course of this high security case. http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/2012/03/21/jesse-richards-murder-trial-drug-smuggler-pleaded-with-gang-to-spare-his-life-92746-30587789.

Simon Sheen [2009]. Defended a young man charged with the murder of his mother and attempted murder of his two siblings in a house fire. The case involved challenging highly complex forensic evidence as to the cause of the fire. http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/coventry-man-jailed-for-starting-killer-246228

Shosanya [2008]. prosecuted defendant who murdered a French student.

Chuong Nguyen [2007]. Vietnamese contract killer trial featured on Crimewatch.

Gouldbourne [2007]. Cayman Islands diminished responsibility murder trial. Defendant stabbed and shot his girlfriend. Daniel appealed the conviction to the Privy Council. http://www.caycompass.com/cgi-bin/CFPnews.cgi?ID=1014013

South bank “Happy Slap” Murder trial [2006]. Daniel represented a 16 year old in murder of survivor of Soho pub bombing case. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2005/dec/15/ukcrime.sandralaville

Chaplin murder trial [2006] Daniel represented a 15 year old girl charged with murder of a friend’s boyfriend.

Brima, identification murder trial. 16 year old defendant, street stabbing. [2006] EWCA Crim 408.

Ogier [2004] Ascot Racecourse murder trial.

Fraud and Financial crime

Daniel Janner has appeared in numerous complex and serious fraud trials, often representing professionals [including solicitors, accountants and financial advisers].

Notable cases include:

The “Lord of Fraud” Rodley bank and boiler room fraud trials [2009 and 2012], involving over £200 million. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2171543/Self-styled-Lord-Hugh-Rodley-guilty-targeting-600-pensioners-6million-suck-lists-scam.html.

Gillespie [2011]. This was the largest counterfeit medicines prosecution in Europe involving several million pounds. The prosecution described it as “the most serious breach of the medicines control regime in the EU with far reaching consequences for the pharmaceutical companies, the control mechanism, patients and the confidence of the general public”. Daniel represented first on the indictment and main defendant. Leave to appeal was granted to appeal the ruling on bad character. The appeal was heard in December 2011 before Elias LJ. [2011] EWCA Crim 3152. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-13020208.

Darienzo; [2011] Operation Erasure. £20 million VAT fraud. Multi-handed complex serious fraud trial lasting 4 months.

Cotton [2011] Daniel represented a financial advisor charged with a long-term and involved Ponzi type fraud.

McGrath [2010]. The defendant was a former Preston politician and well known businessman who had been acquitted for serious fraud in the 1990s. He had been represented by Daniel during those cases. In 2010, Daniel represented him in respect of laundering the proceeds of drugs money. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/7309305/Ex-councillor-guilty-of-laundering-drugs-cash.html.

Peacock [2007-2010]. Daniel represented an accountant charged with money laundering and a mortgage fraud in three successive trials. Twice leave was granted to appeal convictions to the Court of Appeal on the basis of unfair summing-up. [2010] EWCA Crim 1746. http://www.lep.co.uk/news/local/the-final-chapter-in-a-seedy-story-of-lust-and-money-1-2284740

Shah [2010]. Daniel represented a solicitor on a multi-million mortgage fraud.

Issitt [2007] Operation Divert. £85 million carousel fraud trial. One of the largest ever frauds of its kind prosecuted in this country. The trial lasted several months in Liverpool.

Daniel appeared for one of the main defendants in the notorious London City bond trial. Liverpool Crown Court 2002. The case was stayed following three month abuse of process hearing. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2004/feb/09/ukcrime

Serious crime [including sexual offences, drugs, blackmail, kidnapping]

McDonnell [2008]. This was a blackmail and kidnapping case involving the abduction of a co-conspirator in a fraud.

Kevin O’Dowd [2004]. Daniel was court appointed cross-examiner in this rape trial.

Lawson and others [2003/4]. Daniel prosecuted a multi-handed drugs trial. The Court of Appeal considered the judge’s mistake in referring to inadmissible evidence in his summing-up. [2005] EWCA Crim 605.

Briggs-Price [2003]. Daniel defended in one of the largest and most difficult drugs investigations in the East Midlands. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/4255237.stm

Smith [2002] Aylesbury Crown Court. Child sex abuse ring trial.

Police civil actions

Daniel has acted for both Claimants and defendants in actions involving malicious prosecution, false imprisonment and assault.

In 2010 he acted for the Claimant arising out of arrests in the Reading child murder trial.

Reported decisions include:

Elguzouli‐Daf v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis [1995] 1 WLR 9 (CPS immunity from actions in negligence)

Preston Borough Council v McGrath TLR 19th May 2000; ILR 19th May 2000 (disclosure by police of material obtained in criminal proceedings and released to third parties for use in subsequent civil proceedings)

Darker and others v Chief Constable of West Midlands [House of Lords 2000] 3 WLR 747 (police immunity for acts as law enforcers or investigators)

Joakim v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis LTL 14th April 1997 (police negligence)

Disciplinary and regulatory

Daniel has acted in police disciplinary tribunals and solicitor regulatory hearings.

Reported cases include:

Barnett JJ, ex p. Wood [1992] Cr.L.R. 312 (procedure at committal proceedings)

R v Chief Constable of Lancashire, ex p. Parker [1993] 97 Cr.App.R. 90 (police search procedures)

R v Bromley JJ, ex p. Smith and Wilkins [1995] 2 Cr.App.R. 90 (disclosure principles)

R v Warley JJ, ex p. DPP [1999] 1 WLR 216 (new procedure on committal for sentence to the Crown Court)

R v Worcester Crown Court ex p. Norman [2000] 3All ER 267 (custody time limits)

R v McCadden and others [2002] (construction of time limit regulations)

R v Fehily and others TLR 18th July 2002 (interpretation of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (Service of Prosecution Evidence) Regulations 2000)

Watson v Council of Licensed Conveyances’ The Times, 16th June 2000

Brabazon‐Drenning v UK Central Council for Nursing and Midwifery and Health Visiting, LTL 4th January 2001 (first challenge under Article 6 of ECHR of a nursing disciplinary Hearing).

Kaupaitis v The Prosecutor General’s office, the Republic of Lithuania [2006] EWHC 2185 (Admin), extradition and judicial review proceedings

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Amanda White

Amanda White

LLB (Hons) CNNA

Call 1976

Practice Groups
Family, Immigration & Human Rights

Professional Organisations
Family Law Bar Association

Interests
Reading, listening to Radio 4, gardening and family

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Venice James

Venice James

BA (Hons)

Call 1983

Venice has a wide experience in acting for appellants in asylum and immigration appeals. She regularly acts for applicants and respondents in family matters, both in private and public law and represents claimants and defendants in civil and Probate actions, including small claims and personal injury matters.

She also appears regularly in the lower courts on behalf of the prosecution and for defendants. She has been involved in planning cases, notably and successfully in the Stratford-upon-Avon Aerial Enquiry in 1983, the Bishops Itchington/Blue Circle Cement Enquiry, gypsy/resident disputes and developer/resident disputes.

Practice Groups
Civil, Family, Crime, Immigration & Human Rights

Interests
Swimming, reading, opera and travel

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Stephen Vokes

Stephen Vokes

BA (Hons) University of Wales

Call 1989

Stephen Vokes is, and has been for a number of years, rated leading junior Counsel in the Midlands in the areas of Immigration and Asylum work according to Chambers and Partners Guide to the Legal Profession.

He practices exclusively in this field, and has done so for over 20 years, and appears regularly in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Recent work includes the latest Country Guidance cases by the Upper Tribunal on Afghanistan (AK (Article 15 (c)) Afghanistan CG [2012] UKUT 163 (IAC)) and Uzbekistan (LM (returnees-expired exit permit) Uzbekistan CG [2012] 390 (IAC).

Practice Groups
Immigration & Human Rights

Reported Cases
R (Rusdi Mohammed) v An Adjudicator, The Times 12th December 2002
Skanderaj v SSHD [2003] 4 AllER 555
R (Bosombangwa) v IAT [2004] EWCA 1656 Admin
FS & Others v SSHD (Iran-Christian converts) CG Iran [2004] UKIAT 00303
NS v SSHD (Social Group - Women - Forced Marriage) CG Afghanistan [2004] UKIAT 00328
B2 DR (Risk-Political Journalist) Iran CG [2002] UKAIT 06452
Nhengu v SSHD [2004] EWCA Civ 298. Link to case here.
OS (10 years' lawful residence) Hong Kong [2006] UKIAT 00031
R (Yusuf & Others) v SSHD [2006] EWHC [Admin] 3513
ZH (Afghanistan) v SSHD [2009] EWCA Civ 470
EM (Zimbabwe) v SSHD [2009] EWCA Civ 1006

Membership of Professional Organisations
Immigration Law Practitioners' Association

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Gary Gook

Gary Cook

BEd (Hons) 1st class

Call 1989

Gary is a vastly experienced advocate in Criminal cases. He also practices in regulatory law.

Gary undertakes Inquest work on behalf of interested parties and FSA hearings.

Practice Groups
Crime

Membership of Professional Organisations
Criminal Bar Association

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Davinder Dhaliwal

Davinder Dhaliwal

LLB (Hons), Deputy District Judge (Civil)

Call 1990

Davinder has a successful practice covering all areas of immigration, asylum, and human rights cases. She regularly appears before the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.

She has considerable experience in both private and public law family matters. She is regularly instructed in all aspects of care and adoption proceedings, ancillary relief, matrimonial finance, inheritance disputes, property disputes, residence and contact cases. She has a particular interest in cases where family law overlaps with human rights and has been involved in proceedings under the Hague Convention and in Judicial Review.

Davinder is a Board Member to the voluntary sector organisations assisting women and children experiencing domestic violence. She provides lectures and training seminars to lawyers and community groups on domestic violence, childcare law, forced marriages and human rights.

Practice Groups
Family, Immigration & Human Rights

Membership of Professional Organisations
Criminal Bar Association
Family Law Bar Association

Languages
Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu

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Alison Scott-Jones

Alison Scott-Jones

LLB (Hons)

Call 1991

Alison Scott-Jones has a particular focus on family and crime matters.

Practice Groups
Family, Crime

Membership of Professional Organisations
Criminal Bar Association
Family Law Bar Association

Interests
Horse Riding

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Philip Brunt

Philip Brunt

BSc Econ (Hons), Diploma in Law

Call 1991

Philip Brunt has practised at the Birmingham Bar since 1993 and joined No.8 Chambers in 2006.

He prosecutes and defends all kinds of criminal cases, and has a varied civil practice as well.

On the civil side he has a particular interest in Employment, Planning and VAT cases.

Practice Groups
Civil, Crime

Reported cases

R v Shillam [2013] EWCA Crim 160

R v Hussain [2013] All ER (D) 125

R v B (JJ), Times, May 8, 2012

R v Twist & Others [2011] EWCA Crim 1143

R v RGB [2009] EWCA Crim 906

Commissioners of Customs and Excise v Zielinski Baker & Partners Ltd [2004] UKHL7, [2004] 1 WLR 707, [2004] 2 All ER 14

R. v C (A Juvenile) (Persistent Offender) [2001] 1 Cr App R (S) 120

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Robert Cowley

Robert Cowley

LLB (Hons)

Call 1992

Robert Cowley has a particular focus on crime matters. He also practices in regulatory law.

Practice Groups
Crime

Membership of Professional Organisations
Criminal Bar Association

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Naomi Hobbs

Naomi Hobbs

LLB (Hons)

Call 1992

Naomi has been a practicing Barrister called to the Bar in 1992. She specialises in Family and Immigration law. In particular Naomi has developed a practice in which she has gained considerable experience in all jurisdictions including the High Court and Appeal cases.

Naomi's practice includes Care Proceedings, cases involving children being removed from the jurisdiction to non-Hague Convention countries, Private Law and Domestic Violence cases.

Naomi is particularly experienced in assisting cients who suffer from mental health difficulties, cases in which same sex relationships may be a feature, discrimination cases and clients who have learning disabilities.

Naomi undertakes work from Local Authorities and private firms in respect of all aspects of her Family Law practice.

Practice Groups

Family, Immigration & Human Rights

Membership of Professional Organisations
Employment Law Bar Association
Family Law Bar Association

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Maninder Kalsi

Maninder Chagger

LLB (Hons)

Call 1992

Maninder Chaggar is an experienced advocate who has maintained an extremely successful Immigration and Asylum practice dealing with cases in all courts including the AIT, High Court and Court of Appeal. Maninder is willing to advise and represent all clients and has extensive knowledge of most nationalities, and has particular experience in Gender Persecutions.

As well as Human Rights issues Maninder also maintains a Criminal law Practice dealing with both defence and prosecution in both the Crown Courts and Magistrates Courts. Maninder has dealt with many trials including sexual offences, robbery and assault. Maninder is especially good at dealing with cases which have sensitive issues.

Practice Groups
Crime, Immigration

Reported cases
EB (Risk – Return - Ethiopian - Eritrea) Eritrea [2002] UKIAT 06317
Reference link here.

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Richard Franck

Richard Franck

BA (Hons)

Call 1993

Richard is an experienced advocate in Criminal cases. He defends and prosecutes in the Crown Court and is a Grade 3 prosecutor.

He also practices Immigration Law.

Practice Groups
Crime, Immigration and Human Rights

Membership of Professional Organisations
Criminal Bar Association

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Ruth Manning

Ruth Manning

LLB (Hons) Staffordshire University

Call 1993

Ruth practices in all areas of Private and Public Family Law. She is an accredited Immigration Practitioner and is experienced in bail, asylum, deportation, entry clearance applications and appeals at all levels.

Ruth is instructed in general civil litigation and Education law. She is also instructed by parents to represent them at School Admission Appeals and Exclusion Appeals.

Ruth is registered with the Bar Council to undertake direct access work.

Practice Groups
Family, Immigration & Human Rights, Civil

Appointments
Ruth was a tutor at the College of Law from April 2008 to January 2010. She taught Civil Litigation, ADR and Immigration options.

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Mohammed Azmi

Mohammed Azmi

LLB (Hons)

Call 1998

Practice Groups
Civil, Family, Immigration & Human Rights

Reported cases
DJ (Bantu-not generally at risk) Somalia CG [2005] UKIAT00089

Membership of Professional Organisations
Personal Injury Bar Association

Languages
Hindi and Urdu

Interests
Oil Painting, Wood Sculpting

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Saiqa Aslam

Saiqa Aslam

LLB (Hons) MSt in Law and Economics University of Oxford

Call 1995

Saiqa was called to the Bar in 1995 and, having accumulated considerable and wide-ranging experience in general civil law, family and immigration over more than two decades, she now has a broad family, immigration and asylum and civil practice.

Practice Groups
Family, Immigration, Civil

Family

Saiqa has a broad family practice encompassing private and public law. She is regularly instructed in cases involving domestic abuse, residence and contact.

Immigration and Asylum

Saiqa has a wide range of experience in Immigration, Nationality and Asylum law. She has a particular interest in Human Rights cases.

Civil

Saiqa has extensive experience of personal injury and road traffic accidents including credit hire. She represents claimants and defendants in small claims trials, fast track trials.

Direct Access

Saiqa is accredited to accept instructions on a public access basis.

Membership of Professional Organisations

Family Law Bar Association
Inner Temple

Languages

Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi
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Adam Pipe

Adam Pipe

LLB (Hons), LLM (Legal Aspects of Medical Practice), FInstCPD

Call 1999

Adam is experienced in all aspects of immigration and asylum law. He is particularly interested in refugee law. Adam has appeared at all levels of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and in the Administrative Court and Court of Appeal. In his spare time Adam enjoys reading, especially theology and he teaches on an applied Christian studies course.

Adam is ranked Band 1 for Immigration in the Midlands by Chambers and Partners 2013.

The 2013 edition of Chambers and Partners observes - Adam Pipe is "the counsel in the Midlands for immigration and asylum work. He is well versed in tribunal proceedings and has unparalleled experience of the immigration judges in the Midlands." Instructing further solicitors appreciate his regular updates on legal and practice developments as and when new issues in the field arise.

The 2012 edition of Chambers and Partners observes - "The "extremely thorough" Adam Pipe does a broad range of asylum, human rights and immigration work relating to the points-based system. Recent work includes a case about work permits and indefinite leave".

The 2011 edition of Chambers and Partners observes - "Adam Pipe has a growing immigration practice, covering both business immigration matters and asylum and human rights cases. Market commentators say he is 'exceptionally advanced' for his year of call".

Practice Groups: Immigration & Human Rights

Reported Cases
B (Zimbabwe) [2004] UKIAT 00076 (23 April 2004)
GK (Return, Sentenced by Former Regime) Serbia and Montenegro [2004] UKIAT 00203 (02 July 2004)
RH (Para 289A/HC395, no discretion) Bangladesh [2006] UKAIT 00043 (18 April 2006)
LM (risks on return) Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville) CG [2008] UKAIT 00064 (01 September 2008)
BD (work permit - continous period) Nigeria [2010] UKUT 418 (IAC) (21 October 2010)
AH (India) v SSHD [2012] EWCA Civ 1619
R (on the application of Collin) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] All ER (D) 92 (Jun)
MA (Pakistan) v SSHD [2014] EWCA Civ 163
R (on the application of Chikasha) v Secretary Of State For The Home Department [2014] EWHC 1071 Admin
Gu v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 1634 (Admin)
Begum v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 2968 (Admin)

Professional Organisations
Fellow, Institute of Continuing Professional Development
Justice, Medico-Legal Society
Immigration Law Practitioners' Association

Publications
Contributing Editor to Butterworths Immigration Law Service - Butterworths weblink.
Contributions to Lexis Nexis Legal News Analysis

Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards - Shortlisted for Barrister of the Year 2013.

Direct Access: In suitable cases Adam will undertake public access work.

Interests: Theology, Reading, Cinema

Social links to Adam


Adam has also worked on LexisPSL

Click here for a link to Adam's posts on LinkedIn

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Harleen Masih

Harleen Masih

LLB (Hons)

Call 1999

Harleen has been a barrister at No. 8 Chambers since December 2008.

Her principal areas of practice are Immigration and Family Law.

Immigration Law

Harleen is experienced in all areas of Immigration and Nationality Law, including:

  • Asylum claims and related matters
  • Points-based system applications
  • EEA applications
  • Marriage applications
  • Family reunion applications
  • Student visas
  • Settlement visas
  • Applications outside the immigration rules
  • Citizenship applications
  • Applications for indefinite leave to remain
  • Fresh Claims

As well as providing representation at the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, First Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tier Tribunal, she has also contributed to seminars on immigration issues. Her work has increasingly involved Human Rights challenges.

Family Law

Harleen’s family practice includes, Injunction Applications, Children Act Proceedings, Care proceedings, Divorce and Matrimonial Finance.

She is qualified to accept Direct Access Instruction.

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Liz de Oliveira

Liz de Oliveira

LLB (Hons)

Call 2000

Liz de Oliveira secured a first class Law degree as a mature student whilst a single parent bringing up two young children. Her friendly but straight talking approach makes her popular with clients.

She undertakes all aspects of Criminal Law and regularly appears in the Crown Court and Magistrates' Court on behalf of both the Prosecution and the Defence. She also prosecutes on behalf of Probation, the Department of Works and Pensions and TV Licensing.

Liz also undertakes representation at Social Security Tribunals.

She has an established Family Law Practice both in the Family Proceedings Court and County Court, representing both Local Authorities and parents in Public Law proceedings and also undertaking Private Law proceedings including Residence and Contact disputes.

Liz also has an Immigration Practice including Asylum, Entry Clearance and general Immigration work.

Practice Groups

Family, Crime, Immigration & Human Rights

Languages

Fluent Portuguese, Spanish and French.

Interests

Away from work she loves travelling to unheard of places!

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Chris Lane

Chris Lane

MA Jurisprudence (Oxon)

Call 2002

Chris has a common law practice together with a particular focus on property law. As well as general property matters, Chris deals with housing cases such as those involving anti-social behaviour injunctions and public sector possession claims, and acts for housing associations and private landlords as well as tenants in these types of cases. Chris has dealt with many clients with mental health problems and wishes to extend this area of his practice further.

Chris undertakes a large amount of personal injury work in and out of court. Chris also has wide experience in all matters related to contract law, tort, equity and trusts. Chris's experience extends to asylum and immigration law.

Practice Groups
Civil, Immigration & Human Rights, Family

Articles
“Widening the ambit of non-consensual treatment?” (R on the Application of B v Ashworth Hospital Authority) New Law Journal Vol.155, No.7173, page 626;
“The nature of the burden” (R (on the application of DJ) v MHRT and R (on the application of AN) v MHRT) New Law Journal Vol.155, No.7177, page 802;
“Watch this space, but mind the gap” (The Compensation Bill) New Law Journal Vol.155, No.7182, page 978.

Membership of Professional Organisations
PIBA, Lawyers Christian Fellowship, The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn.

Appointments
Chris was employed part time as a lecturer in Civil Litigation on the Bar Vocational Course at the College of Law in Birmingham from 2007 to 2010. He tutored in civil litigation, advocacy, negotiation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, opinion writing and drafting. Chris still maintains links with the College of Law and frequently attends at practitioners events to give advocacy training to the students as well as judging moots.

Advocacy

Chris takes a keen interest in matters relating to international development and aid. He works with, and fundraises for, an organisation in Uganda called African Hearts to provide shelter and education to street boys in Kampala. He has previousy volunteered for Tearfund and has spoken and fundraised on their behalf at churches and other meetings. Chris is currently involved in trying to grow awareness of the International Justice Mission in the Midlands area and hopes to carry on the work he did for Tearfund with the IJM.

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Emma Rutherford

Emma Rutherford

LLB (Hons)

Call 2002

Emma specialises in immigration, crime and general civil litigation.

She advises and represents in all types of immigration and asylum cases and has an interest in nationality law. She appears frequently before the First Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal, including as junior counsel in the recent country guidance case of AK (Article 15(c)) Afghanistan. She is experienced in judicial review work and is instructed in Court of Appeal matters, recently having appeared for one of the Appellants in SS and Others (Zimbabwe). Her experience as a criminal practitioner enables her to be particularly effective in deportation cases. She also has a specific interest in immigration cases with an EEA element.

Emma is in the up and coming category for Immigration in the Midlands in Chambers and Partners 2013.

The 2013 edition of Chambers and Partners observes that Emma has a strong following and maintains a broad immigration and asylum appellant practice.

The 2012 edition of Chambers and Partners observes that the "hard-working" Emma Rutherford has developed a notable immigration practice acting for both claimants and defendants. Clients praise her fighting spirit, saying that "she never gives up."

Emma is an experienced criminal advocate providing advice and representation in all types of criminal cases including sexual offences, drugs offences, offences involving violence and dishonesty. She appears regularly in the Crown Court for both the prosecution and the defence. She has an expertise in representing vulnerable defendants and has experience in acting in cases for Defendants in cases involving issues surrounding fitness to plead.

She is also experienced in representing in driving matters in the Magistrates Court and the Crown Court. In respect of general civil litigation, Emma represents both Claimant and Defendants appearing in cases listed on the small claims track and the fast track.

Practice Groups
Immigration and Human Rights, Crime and Civil

Reported cases
A B (Sudan) CG [2004] UKIAT 00260
AK (Article 15(c)) Afghanistan CG [2012] UKUT 163 (IAC)
SS and Others (Zimbabwe) v SSHD [2013] EWCA Civ 237

Membership of Professional Organisations
Immigration Law Practitioners Association.
Midlands Circuit

Direct Access
In suitable cases Emma will undertake public access work.

Interests
Tennis, Formula One, travel, belly dancing, history and theatre and the arts.

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Carol Strongman

Carol Strongman

LLB (Hons) University of Leeds

Call 2003

Carol Strongman qualified as a solicitor in 1985. She was a partner in private practice and a sole practitioner.

She specialises in family matters relating to children, in both public and private law.

She was a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel from 1998 to 2003 before transferring to the Bar.

During the five years prior to her transfer to the Bar, Carol worked almost wholly as a solicitor agent for local authorities in the West Midlands, representing them in care and freeing applications in the Family Proceedings, County and High Courts. Since her transfer to the Bar, Carol has continued to specialise in public law work, with the representation of local authorities accounting for much of her practice.

Carol also represents parents and children in Public Law Proceedings.

Practice Groups
Family

Membership of Professional Organisations
Family Law Bar Association

Languages
French

Interests
Reading, embroidery and walking.

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Sally Cairns

Sally Cairns

LLB (Hons) 1st Class, MA (Humanities), BA (Langs), Dip. M

Call 2006

Sally is an experienced advocate in all aspects of criminal law appearing regularly in the Crown Court for both prosecution (Grade 3 CPS approved) and defence. She also practices in regulatory law.

She has undertaken a range of work in the Family Proceedings Court and County Court representing parents and Local Authority in care proceedings and in private law cases including residence and contact.

Sally has experience in a wide range of asylum and immigration law in the AIT.

She is authorised by the Bar Council to take instructions on a Direct / Public Access basis.

Practice Groups
Crime, Family, Immigration & Human Rights, Civil

Membership of Professional Organisations
Gray's Inn
Midland Circuit
Chartered Institute of Marketing

Appointments
Appointed to the Board of Governors at Woodhouse School 2006.

Languages
French, German, Spanish, Italian

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Paul Hevingham

Paul Hevingham

LLB (Hons) MRICS FCIArb

Call 2006

Paul is a former Chartered Surveyor and now has a full time practice as a barrister, mediator, adjudicator and arbitrator.

His practice has a broad civil and commercial base specialising in construction, planning, landlord and tenant, insolvency, insurance and professional negligence including all aspects of:-

  • Building, construction and other engineering disputes of any type.
  • Health and Safety at Work matters.
  • Professional Negligence claims against Architects, Surveyors, Engineers and other designers or professionals.
  • Sale of Goods and Supply of Goods and Services matters.
  • Property Development, joint venture arrangements and option agreements.
  • Companies Act disputes.
  • Land and Property matters including neighbour disputes, boundaries, party wall issues and rights of light, easements and covenants.
  • Insurance matters including subrogation claims.
  • Landlord and Tenant including dilapidations actions.
  • Insolvency matters including personal bankruptcy.
  • Town and Country Planning matters including s106 negotiations Planning Appeals and Enquiries, Conservation area or listed building disputes and enforcement.

Paul is an experienced mediator and is accredited as being ‘Grade A’ with the ADR group. He is also an accredited family mediator.

Practice Groups
Civil, Crime (regulatory)

Membership of Professional Organisations
Western circuit
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Interests
Music, history, tennis and all competitive sports including walking and skiing.

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Alex Barnfield

Alexander Barnfield

LLB (Hons) London School of Economics
Harmsworth Scholar of the Middle Temple 2006-07

Call 2007

Alex has a mixed practice and accepts instructions in all areas of chambers work.

In crime, Alex defends in the Crown Court and has defended and prosecuted in the Magistrates' Court including work for the Probation Service.

On the civil side, Alex has conducted a variety of personal injury and credit hire work and he has acted in landlord/tenant, general contract, professional negligence and nuisance cases. He has also conducted social security appeals and criminal injuries compensation claims. Alex advises on all aspects of employment law and has appeared in the Employment Tribunal.

Alex has experience of family law matters and has experience of a wide range of asylum and immigration law in the AIT.

Practice Groups
Crime, Civil, Immigration & Human Rights, Family

Membership of Professional Organisations

Midland Circuit

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