Barrister Category: Tenants

Michael Murphy

Michael was called to the Bar in 1992, and is a member of the Inner Temple.

His broad and illustrious career at the Bar has involved a number of high profile criminal cases; Judicial Review claims; Planning appeals; Immigration Tribunal cases, Tax Tribunal matters, coroner cases and Regulatory matters.

He has appeared many times in tribunals, criminal courts, the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Michael is currently instructed in the Grenfell Inquiry, as one of the Barristers representing the relatives of the unfortunate people who lost their lives in that tragedy.


Soraya Bauwens

Soraya is a charismatic, diligent and personable barrister, combining a busy Crown Court practice with an established career in international human rights. Soraya is known for her robust advocacy, methodical analysis, and exceptional client care.

Soraya joined 1MCB Chambers as a tenant in November 2020 after a third six, following completion of pupillage with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). There, she prosecuted a range of offences exclusively in the Crown Court. During her time at the CPS, Soraya was involved in a number of complex prosecutions for trafficking for sexual exploitation, historic child cruelty and sexual assault, drugs trafficking and serious violence offences.

Before coming to the Bar, Soraya spearheaded Reprieve’s strategic casework on the death penalty in the Middle East and North Africa for six years, leading the organisation’s work on some of the most high-profile cases involving victims of human rights abuses facing imminent execution. She frequently appeared before the United Nations, on expert panels in the UK and EU parliaments, and has guest lectured at Leiden University on human rights in the context of counterterrorism.

Soraya is committed to enhancing access to domestic and international mechanisms for victims seeking to hold governments to account for human rights abuses and frequently works pro bono alongside NGOs, human rights defenders, victims and survivor. She frequently advises on sanctions regimes, particularly under the Global Human Rights Sanction Regulations 2020 and so called Magnitsky laws.

Amritpal Bachu

A passionate and approachable barrister with a diverse background, Amritpal practises housing, and employment and discrimination.

  • ‘Highly Commended’ in the category of Junior Pro Bono Barrister of the Year (Advocate Bar Pro Bono Awards 2020)
  • Very diligent approach a keen eye for detail” (Instructing solicitor in successful homelessness appeal 2020)
  • Professional and courteous and had a personal touch regarding the plight of the client that is not always seen” (Instructing solicitor in a disrepair claim 2020)
  • Amrit really did pull out all of the stops for me, working late nights, all weekend and an extension to time on the day. He really did focus in on key areas in a rapid amount of time and put across my case concisely and persuasively” (Pro bono client in discrimination case 2020)

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.

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.

Amritpal also volunteered extensively at the Free Representation Unit representing 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.

Lucy Chapman


An engaging, creative and tenacious advocate, Lucy combines meticulous case preparation and strategy with a down to earth manner and impeccable client care.  Practising in criminal defence, family, housing, employment, discrimination, and dangerous dogs and animal welfare law, she is eager to develop her practice in actions against the police, community care, prison, public and regulatory law. Lucy’s unique background and multidisciplinary practice equip her to advise clients and approach cases in a holistic manner.

Lucy has a busy practice in the family and criminal courts, and also regularly appears in the county court. She has extensive experience dealing with vulnerable and socially excluded individuals and is committed to upholding the rights of others.  Lucy received the Access to Justice Foundation award (Highly Commended) at the LawWorks/Attorney General’s National Student Pro Bono Awards 2019, which recognise individuals and organisations who have made a significant contribution to access to justice.

A former trade union advocate, Lucy benefits from six-years’ experience in her previous career for a local authority representing employees in workplace employment, discrimination and health and safety matters. She has an interest in housing and social welfare law, running her own award winning pro bono project for social housing tenants, CommUnify, having advocated for tenants’ rights as an executive committee member of the National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations (NFTMO) and through her tenant management organisation, and representing clients in disability benefits appeals in the social security tribunal for the Free Representation Unit.  Lucy is therefore well placed to undertake employment, discrimination and regulatory matters, as well as advising on community care and public law matters which involve local authorities and public bodies.

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 for Justice for Colombia, casework for Bail for Immigration Detainees (BiD) in the Article 8 Deportation Advice Team, and a delegation to Cuba, where she explored human 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 is direct access qualified and able to deal directly with members of the public for certain matters, whether that is legal advice, drafting, or representation at hearings in court.

Phillippa White (Pupil)

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 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, Ireland and internationally.

Ghazala Hussain

Ghazala is a strategic and tenacious barrister practising in the areas of family, immigration and criminal law.  She is accessible and firmly dedicated to the needs of her clients.

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.

Ghazala has a growing practice in all areas of criminal defence, representing clients in both the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.  She is recognised for her methodical approach and skilled courtroom advocacy.  She has worked on a number of 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 maintains an interest in the Terrorism Prevent Strategy and has worked with local councils, schools and the police force in relation to this.

As a criminal practitioner, her experience of cross-examination and witness handling techniques are particularly advantageous in her family law practice, particularly where there is a crossover in cases involving domestic abuse or sexual violence.  With her empathetic manner, she approaches cases with the necessary tact and care to achieve the best outcome for her clients making her a repeat choice counsel.

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. With more than 15 years’ experience in educational governance she has a particular handle on educational appeal hearings.

Ghazala is committed to helping the vulnerable and disadvantaged and is routinely involved in pro bono work, often providing advocacy services to Bail Immigration Detainees.  She has volunteered for the Citizens Advice Bureau and worked for the Free Representation Unit. She was part of the Mayor of London’s programme, Here to Stay, offering immigration advice to members of the public in light of Brexit.  She is involved with various charitable organisations, regularly providing assistance, and has played an integral part in initiatives helping vulnerable members of the community.

Ghazala has a particular interest in human rights having had exposure to such issues in her various practice areas.  She did a placement at the UN Mechanism for International Residual Mechanism Criminal Tribunal in the Hague assisting Iain Edwards in the case of Prosecutor v Stanišić & Simatović.   Ghazala also supported Evolve with a study visit to London of the Sentencing Guidelines Committee of Uganda, and continues to maintain an active interest in the organisation’s work.

Geeta Koska

Geeta practises in all areas of housing, actions against the police, public and equality law. She is an innovative and determined advocate, who works tirelessly for her clients.

By combining her experience of civil litigation with her broad legal knowledge, Geeta provides robust and practical advice and representation. Her cases often involve complex legal issues that cut across human rights, discrimination and international law.

Geeta is regularly instructed on behalf of clients with multiple vulnerabilities, and prides herself on her clear and sensitive approach to such cases and adapting to the different needs of her clients.

Prior to the Bar, Geeta worked as a paralegal at Edwards Duthie Shamash Solicitors, assisting in group litigation and judicial review proceedings. She has a Masters in International Law, and gained experience in strategic litigation in the field of business and human rights and environmental law through her work with ClientEarth, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and the Human Rights Law Network.

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 practised at the Bar since 1991.

In crime, he prosecuted and defended for a number of years but now has an exclusively defence practice. He has extensive experience of cases involving murder and serious violence, firearms, rape, drug importation and production, major fraud and asset forfeiture.

He has established practices in the areas of family and employment law.

Before the Bar, Philip worked in the City for a US bank, drafted and monitored loan agreements for a small London merchant bank and analysed the profitability/viability of UK corporations.

He also spent a period investigating asbestosis compensation claims in Cleveland, Chicago and New York City.

Philip was the criminal advisor at Tottenham Law Centre at the time of the Broadwater Farm unrest in 1985.

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.