Barrister Category: Tenants

David Langwallner

David is an experienced advocate in a broad range of legal practice areas, including criminal defence, constitutional law, immigration, judicial review, inquests and general civil litigation.

He writes and lectures extensively in the UK and Ireland and internationally.

Ghazala Hussain (Pupil)

Prior to joining chambers as a pupil, Ghazala worked as an immigration tribunal representative and caseworker for several years, gaining extensive experience in a wide variety of immigration matters including deportation, human rights and asylum cases. She has been involved in both appeals and applications for judicial review.

She also has experience of education law and has represented parents before Independent Review Panel hearings seeking admission for their child into a particular school, as well as representing schools opposing admission for reasons such as infant size prejudice.

Ghazala has worked on some serious and complex criminal matters whilst working as a paralegal including the 21/7 London bombing case and R v Jalil and Others (2006) under the supervision of Edward Rees QC of Doughty Street Chambers and Jo Sidhu QC of 25 Bedford Row.  Ghazala has a particular interest in the Terrorism Prevent Strategy and has worked with local councils, schools and the police force in relation to this.

She has experience of family law and has appeared as a solictor’s representative in a range of family law cases, particularly child arrangement matters and cases where domestic violence was an issue.  Most recently she worked on the case of NN v AS and Others [2018] EWHC 2973 (Fam), a case dealing with beneficial ownership of UK assets following an Egyptian financial settlement

Ghazala is committed to helping the vulnerable and disadvantaged and is regularly involved in pro bono work. She has volunteered for the Citizens Advice Bureau and worked for the Free Representation Unit. She has also played an integral part in initiatives helping vulnerable members of the community, often through the aid of her multilingual skills, as a speaker of Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi.

Ghazala holds a first class degree in law and completed the Bar at the Inns of Court School of Law (City University).

Geeta Koska

Geeta joined 1MCB Chambers as a pupil. Her interests and experience encompass domestic and international law and she is dedicated to using law to advance human rights.

Prior to pupillage, Geeta spent a year working as a paralegal at Steel & Shamash. In her role, she assisted in complex group litigation and a number of judicial review proceedings including LW, KT, MC & Faulder v Sodexo Limited & Secretary of State for Justice [2019] EWHC 367 (Admin), where the High Court found that the Secretary of State had breached his positive obligations under Article 8 by failing to implement an effective system for monitoring and supervising the operations of a contracted out prison.

After completing her Masters in International Law, Geeta spent two years working with different organisations that use litigation to pursue social justice and environmental protection. At ClientEarth she contributed to work in the area of EU chemicals management and access to information. Whilst at the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Germany, she assisted in transnational strategic litigation to promote corporate accountability. She gained further practical experience through volunteering with the Human Rights Law Network in India and Global Diligence LLP in the UK. During her Masters, Geeta was also a research assistant to a member of the International Law Commission in Geneva.



Michael Peters

Michael is a dual qualified solicitor and barrister. He was admitted to the roll of solicitors in 2013 and was called to the Bar in 2014 by the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn.

Michael has a multi-disciplinary practice and he specialises in the following areas:

  • serious crime and road traffic;
  • fraud, regulatory and business crime;
  • civil actions/inquests.

Michael trained and qualified with a top-tier firm listed in the Legal 500 and ranked in UK Chambers and Partners.

Shiraz Rustom

As a barrister of considerable experience in criminal and civil as well as commercial law, Shiraz has been speaking on behalf of the vulnerable and outcast for some 20 years. He has particular experience in criminal defence, housing and personal injury (having a medical sciences degree) and has a wealth of experience in cases concerning vulnerable people.

He is also founder and director of Be Coherent Ltd, a communications and legal training company which provides law and advocacy, persuasive communications, and media and defamation training for non-lawyers.

Philip Romans

Philip has prosecuted and defended, but now exclusively defends, in all areas of crime. He also practises in family law, employment law, regulatory work and actions against the police.

Alex Bennie

Alex completed his pupillage at 1MCB. His interests range across crime, social welfare law and human rights, in particular where those areas impact on vulnerable parties, or minorities.

He maintains a broad criminal practice and has acted in trials involving fraud, drugs, weapons and violence. He is further familiar with POCA proceedings, and has acted at parole hearings for extended sentence prisoners convicted of serious crimes. He accepts instructions in actions against the police, challenging assaults, unlawful imprisonment, or unlawful searches and seizures during criminal investigations.

Alex also specialises in immigration and housing law, with a wide experience of acting in immigration appeals, possession proceedings, and homelessness challenges both in the County Court, and on judicial review. He can advise on the intersection of these areas with community care law, and on comparable issues of public law.

He regularly volunteers with charities assisting those that particularly need  legal help. For example, the charity Evolve and their work on sentencing in Uganda; the Matrix-City School Exclusions project; the Free Representation Unit; the Centre for Criminal Appeals; and Reprieve.

Christina Warner

Christina Warner

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.

Christina is co-head of the 1MCB Family team.

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 Hollis

Mike prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court on a range of criminal matters, including POCA. He prepares thoroughly and has excellent client care. Mike is a CPS Grade 2 prosecutor.

He recently appeared in the Court of Appeal, successfully resisting an appeal against conviction on a point of law, namely whether the defendant ‘had with him’ a bladed article within the meaning of s.139 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.

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.

Michael Sprack

Michael has a busy junior practice, combining housing, employment law and criminal defence. He joined 1MCB in February 2016, having completed pupillage at Garden Court Chambers.

Prior to joining the Bar, Michael worked at law centres in South London, Bristol and Surrey. He provided advice and representation in housing law, especially homelessness and possession, as well as employment law and general public law. He has extensive experience of assisting vulnerable clients under legal aid contracts, including county court duty advice.

Michael regularly accepts instructions in the County Court for tenants defending possession claims, as well as tenants alleging disrepair, unlawful eviction/harassment or discrimination. Michael has also represented vulnerable clients in urgently securing interim relief from the High Court, as well as in homelessness appeals, including final hearings.

Michael also has extensive experience over many years of providing advice and advocacy in relation to employment tribunal claims, having represented in claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing, wages and breach of contract. He has been thanked by the Employment Appeal Tribunal EAT for his “thoughtful analysis and clear presentation” (Stroud RFC v Monkman UKEAT/0143/13).

Pamela Rose

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.

Ignatius Fessal

Ignatius’s practice is exclusively criminal defence. He specialises in all areas of criminal law and is increasingly being instructed as leading counsel in highly organised and complex frauds, money laundering and international drug trafficking.