Soraya is a versatile barrister, combining a developing criminal practice prosecuting and defending in the Crown Court with an established career in international human rights.
Prior to joining chambers as a third six pupil, Soraya successfully completed pupillage with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), where she exclusively prosecuted in the Crown Court, receiving praise for her robust, fair and sensitive advocacy, particularly in cases involving vulnerable defendants and witnesses. Soraya is developing expertise in cases where defendants may be victims of human trafficking or modern slavery and are referred to the National Referral Mechanism.
Soraya is an expert on international human rights in the Middle East and North Africa region. She has appeared regularly before various UN bodies, both as an expert and to represent victims of human rights abuses, in the context of juvenile justice, human trafficking, and counterterrorism. She has particular expertise in preparing submissions to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the Special Procedures and Committees.
Between 2013 and 2019, Soraya spearheaded Reprieve’s strategic casework on the death penalty in the MENA region, leading the organisation’s work on some of the most prominent cases involving victims of human rights abuses facing imminent execution.
Soraya is dedicated to enhancing access to international justice for victims. She has trained human rights defenders, lawyers and NGOs on preparing complaints to UN Mechanisms, as well as drafted best practice manuals on capital defence and international law. Soraya is trained in documenting torture and ill-treatment in line with UN principles, and in assessing State compliance with international minimum standards in the conduct of such investigations.
Soraya has also advised governments, large consultancies and small boutique dispute advisory firms on money laundering and terrorist financing legislation in the MENA region.
Before embarking on a career in law, Soraya was an investigative journalist and maintains an interest in freedom of expression and human rights in the digital age.
A passionate and approachable barrister with a diverse background, Amritpal is a third-six pupil practising housing, employment and discrimination law.
Prior to joining 1MCB Chambers, Amritpal was a researcher at the House of Lords Library where he authored briefings for peers—including for members of the Government, the Opposition, and crossbenchers (including former members of the judiciary)—to support their participation in debates and questions in Parliament. He researched across the House of Lords’ main policy areas, particularly on constitutional affairs, and social policy issues such as homelessness and poverty.
At the Free Representation Unit, Amritpal represented claimants in employment and social security cases, including successfully in the Upper Tribunal. As an intern at Medical Justice, he supported a large research project examining the unlawful detention of victims of torture. At Liberty, he undertook research in areas pertaining to human rights. Amritpal has also volunteered for the homelessness charity, Crisis, during Christmas periods.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Amritpal began his professional life as an Optometrist, during which he also volunteered for the charity, Vision Aid Overseas, in India, Zambia, Ghana and Ethiopia. Amritpal is a keen cyclist and recently cycled from London to Paris.
Lucy is a career changer undertaking pupillage at 1MCB from November 2019. She has extensive experience working with vulnerable and socially excluded clients, and is committed to upholding the rights of others. Lucy washighly commended at the 2019 Access to Justice Foundation award category at the LawWorks/Attorney General’s National Student Pro Bono Awards, recognising individuals and organisations who have made a significant contribution to access to justice.
Lucy is the founder of CommUnify, an award-winning pro bono advice project for social housing residents. She is Chair of her tenant management organisation, representing hundreds of residents on her estate and negotiating to improve conditions for the community. She additionally advocates for social housing tenants’ rights nationally as an executive member of NFTMO (the National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations).
During her previous career, Lucy was a trade union representative for UNISON, accustomed to handling employment, discrimination and health and safety matters, having had six years’ experience undertaking casework and advocacy for clients at workplace hearings, as well as representing the workforce collectively in bargaining and negotiations with the employer. Lucy held various elected positions within the union, including branch Vice Chair, and was a national conference delegate on several occasions, writing and moving a motion that was made union policy on disability discrimination. Lucy has particular knowledge of policy and practices relating to public services, having formerly worked for a local authority in both management and frontline roles.
As a voluntary caseworker at Bail for Immigration Detainees (BiD) in the Article 8 Deportation Advice Team, Lucy worked on deportation appeals involving the application of human rights and EU law arguments, and provided advice to detainees on immigration bail matters. Lucy’s work at BiD exposed her to community care law, which complimented her work for the Free Representation Unit, where Lucy volunteers representing clients in disability benefits appeals at the Social Security Tribunal.
An interest in international fundamental rights led Lucy to research and volunteer with NGOs in the UK and in Latin America. This included communications work forJustice for Colombia, and a delegation to Cuba, where she exploredhuman rights under the embargo. Lucy has written on her research for various publications, highlighting legal and social issues such as the marginalisation of social housing tenants and the injustice of the US Cuban blockade.
Lucy has a background in the performing arts. Her first degree was in Commercial Music, where she studied law relating to the music industry, music business and performance. Lucy was awarded the Rosie Keene Memorial Scholarship to study the BPTC LLMat City Law School, where she previously undertook the GDL (Commendation awarded for both). She received the ‘Writer’s Award for Excellence’ for her contribution to the City Law Journal in 2017, and was a prize-winner at the Social Enterprise Festival ‘Pitch for Good’ competition 2018, where entrepreneurs pitched their business plans to an expert panel.
Phillippa joined 1MCB as a pupil in November 2019. She intends to build a broad practice in public law with particular focus on domestic and international human rights, immigration and asylum, and the intersection between public law and criminal law. She is particularly interested in cases that affect vulnerable people or involve equality or discrimination issues.
Prior to coming to the Bar Phillippa gained broad experience in public law and criminal law. She worked on the Infected Blood Inquiry for a year, where she led an investigation into a pharmaceutical company, drafted witness statements and served as point of contact for a designated legal representative. Between 2017 and 2018 Phillippa was the Judicial Assistant to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Burnett of Maldon. She drafted bench memoranda to assist the Lord Chief Justice in civil and criminal matters before the Divisional Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Before this she was Legal Research & Projects Officer at King’s College London, providing assistance to Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers and Lord Judge of Draycote. In 2013 Phillippa worked with the defence team for General Ratko Mladic on his trial for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity at the ICTY, where she assisted counsel by drafting motions that were filed before the Tribunal concerning admissibility of evidence, trial procedure, and the right to a fair trial. She maintains an active interest in international criminal law. Phillippa has also worked as a freelance research consultant, predominantly in international criminal law, international humanitarian and human rights law, and public law, for individuals and organisations.
Phillippa is committed to pro bono work, particularly where individuals’ civil liberties are at stake. During her BPTC studies she volunteered as an Education Advocate, advising and representing parents in school exclusion appeals at Governors’ Disciplinary Committee and Independent Review Panel hearings and is experienced in cases involving special educational needs. During her undergraduate studies she volunteered with the university legal clinic, advising in housing law, and undertook death penalty research for Amicus.
Phillippa graduated from King’s College London with a first class honours degree in Law. She was awarded a merit-based full tuition scholarship from Queen Mary, University of London to study the Human Rights Law LLM and graduated with Distinction in 2015, top in her specialism. She was awarded an Outstanding on the BPTC, where her studies were supported by both a Prince of Wales Scholarship and Hebe Plunkett award from Gray’s Inn. Phillippa is also a member of the Bar Council’s Young Barristers’ Committee.
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.
Prior to joining chambers, 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  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 joined 1MCB in 2019 upon completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Shuyeb Muquit and Rajesh Rai. She is developing a practice across housing, community care, public law, immigration law and actions against the police and public authorities.
She has a busy housing law practice, including applications to suspend warrants, possession claims, disrepair claims and homelessness appeals. Her possession work includes defending proceedings on the basis of disability discrimination, public law and human rights.
Geeta also specialises in immigration and community care, and can advise in cases where community care intersects with other legal matters.
Geeta’s interests and experience includes administrative and public law. She has acted in urgent judicial review proceedings under the Housing Act 1996 and has obtained favourable settlement terms for clients. Alongside her pupillage, Geeta assisted in R (on the application of O’Brien v Independent Adjudicator)  EWHC 2884. In a unanimous judgment, the Divisional Court held that an Independent Adjudicator had acted unlawfully in referring disciplinary charges to the police.
Prior to pupillage, Geeta worked as a paralegal at Steel & Shamash, now Edwards Duthie Shamash Solicitors. 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  EWHC 367. Following her Masters in International Law, she 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 environmental 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, where she conducted field research and assisted in litigation before the Supreme Court and the High Court.
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.
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 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 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.
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 and has been appointed to the specialist panels for serious crime, fraud and proceeds of crime.
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.