Christina has a busy, multi-disciplinary practice focusing on equality, diversity and human rights. She accepts instructions to advise and represent clients in a broad range of criminal (domestic and international) and family matters, and has a growing practice in animal welfare and dangerous dog law as well as prison law matters.
Prior to qualifying at the Bar, Christina was admitted to the roll of solicitors in September 2012, and worked at numerous Legal 500 firms. Throughout her legal career, she has also worked as a legal journalist and interpreter.
Christina accepts direct access cases.
Mike prosecutes and defends in Crown Court. He also accepts instructions in regulatory matters, housing and dangerous dogs and animal welfare.
Having completed pupillage at 4 Breams Buildings, he joined 1MCB as a third six pupil in October 2016 and became a tenant in August 2017.
Mike worked previously in conservation and then the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), developing and implementing policy and programmes in Whitehall, Iraq and Afghanistan. His focus in DFID was conflict reduction and security and justice reform in developing countries. After leaving government, Mike managed a large aviation security and police training programme in Somaliland, on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
Mike studied Philosophy at the University of Liverpool, before studying for an MA in International Relations and Development Studies at the University of East Anglia and later an MSc in Security Sector Management at the UK Defence Academy / Cranfield University.
He undertook the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Bar Professional Training Course at City University, London. He has travelled widely and speaks and reads Spanish and Indonesian moderately well.
In appropriate cases, Mike is able to accept instructions directly from members of the public, community organisations and NGOs, through the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme.
Pamela practises in all areas of criminal defence, including serious crime and offences alleging violence (attempted murder, section 18 and section 20 offences), drugs offences, firearms offences, and cases involving animal welfare. She has experience of abuse of process submissions and of confiscation proceedings. She has appeared before the Court of Appeal on numerous occasions. She has significant experience in public order law and offences arising out of protests, having represented miners during the 1980s, anti poll tax in the 1990s and anti war protestors more recently. She has been noted for dealing with difficult and sensitive cases over the years. She has been led in cases ranging from murder to confiscation and RIPA and been both led junior and junior alone in the High Court in dangerous dogs cases.
Sylvia is highly regarded for her family work. She is currently on sabbatical from chambers, expecting to return in the latter part of 2018.
Rajesh is meticulous in his preparation, practical in the advice he gives and bold in his advocacy. He is a well-regarded and experienced barrister who has practised immigration, human rights and public law for over twenty years.
He has been a director of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and the Kurdish Human Rights Project, both of which are leading organisations in the field of immigration and international human rights law. He is now on the panel of the council of experts of the democratic progress institute.
Rajesh has been the treasurer of 1MCB Chambers since 2015. He has also been a director of an AIM-listed investment company where he took charge of the renewable energy portfolio. This has given him insight into business and organisational structures, which he uses when advising on business applications.
He has lectured extensively in the UK and internationally on a wide variety of legal issues, including immigration and asylum law and freedom of expression (Bar of Armenia), enforcement of European court judgments (human rights organisation in Turkey), minority linguistic rights (European Parliament), women’s and children’s rights in areas of conflict (cross-border conference to NGOs working in Kurdish regions). He has chaired these cross-border conferences on an annual basis from 2009 to 2012 in regions in south-east Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan. He has had several reports published as a trial and human rights observer.
Neelim is an established practitioner in criminal and public law children cases. She has also acted for families in inquests and deaths in custody.
She is a long-standing campaigner for community based legal services and was a founder member of the first neighbourhood barristers’ chambers in the UK.
Neelim is actively involved in the work of the International Bar Association and is currently a vice-chair of its Human Rights Law Committee, and an officer of the IBA’s LGBT Committee and the IBA’s Poverty and Social Development Committee. She has previously been a member of the IBA’s Presidential Task Force on Trafficking.
Neelim is head of the family law team at 1MCB.
From the outset of his career at the Bar, Shuyeb has specialised in the fields of immigration, crime and public law, and ultimately in cases that engage human rights issues and/or have an international dimension.
Ranjeet is a highly regarded barrister who specialises in crime, immigration, asylum and human rights work. She is well respected by her professional and lay clients for consistently delivering positive results through her comprehensive and methodical approach to her cases. She has a professional and approachable manner and is often instructed on cases involving young offenders, vulnerable clients and those with mental health problems.
Parveen has a well-established and busy practice in all aspects of criminal defence work. She uses her extensive trial experience, advocacy skills and forensic analysis of evidence to her client’s advantage.
Michael has a mixed general criminal and civil practice.
His criminal practice covers all areas of crime including gang related serious violence, public order disturbances and drug related allegations; fraud, including benefit fraud; domestic violence and sexual offences including rape and serious sexual assault.
His civil advice draws upon his 15 years’ experience of working in the commercial sector, before retraining as a barrister in 2003. He has advised and represented clients in defamation suits, applications for injunctions and several breach of contract cases.
He also has a rapidly developing family practice including private children law, financial orders and confiscation proceedings.
He is a witness and case preparation trainer for the UK’s leading legal training company where he has run numerous courses for professionals involved in the legal system as witnesses and/or investigators.
Before qualifying as a barrister Michael spent over 20 years in advertising in London and New York where he was responsible for the negotiating, planning and buying of multi-million pound television advertising campaigns for major companies including Fiat, Twentieth Century Fox Films, Procter and Gamble and Nationwide Building Society.
He also undertakes public access work.
Cynthia is particularly favoured by both the professional and lay client for her approachability and her ability to effectively communicate or relay complex legal issues and/or procedures.
Cynthia has a diverse history of experience. Not only does Cynthia possess academic and vocational skills essential to the English Bar but has acquired academic, vocational and practical knowledge of other common law and civil law jurisdictions.
In civil, Cynthia appears for both claimants and defendants. Her range includes contract, tort and personal injury.
In family, Cynthia’s range includes private law, public law and financial proceedings after divorce (domestic and international).
Cynthia is an accredited mediator in all areas of law. Please see www.missmcmediator.com for further information.
Cynthia is qualified to accept direct access instructions.
Cynthia is a mentor for Kingston University’s Beyond Barriers Mentorship Scheme. She also volunteers for the homeless charity, Crisis, each year.
“Having worked with Cynthia on many cases, I have always been impressed by the quality of her advice. She has excellent skills in client care. Cynthia has a constant eye to detail and knows every inch of her cases. I have had the pleasure of instructing Cynthia on some complex matters and in each and every instance it has been a pleasure to work with her. She is proactive in her preparation of cases. She is reliable and very efficient in her responses. She offers a quiet and calm assurance.
Cynthia is not only excellent as a Barrister, but she is also amazing as a Mediator. Having attended some mediation sessions that were conducted by her, I can certainly say that she takes a pragmatic approach for all the parties concerned and she does not over complicate things but rather makes the process easy to understand by all parties. Having said that, if a matter is complex, she is capable of handling it. I refer my clients to Cynthia when they need to attend a Mediation and I do that without any hesitation, knowing that they are in good hands.
My experience with Cynthia has been excellent, and she is my first choice. I would have no hesitation in recommending her both as an outstanding Counsel and Mediator.” Zehra Tamkan, Solicitor, Connaughts
Tanya has a multi-disciplinary practice and accepts instructions from solicitors as well as members of the public on a direct access basis.
Tanya is the Founder of Evolve – Foundation for International Legal Assistance, an organisation that aims to build capacity within the legal profession, improve access to justice and promote fairness, integrity and efficiency within the criminal justice system of Uganda.
Prior to joining the bar, Tanya worked for various leading criminal law firms, Amnesty International, Medical Foundation (now Freedom from Torture) and Victim Support.