Barrister Category: Tenants

Tetevi Davi

Tetevi has been described as a talented and tenacious advocate who is garnering a strong reputation amongst professional and lay clients alike. He is developing a broad practice encompassing all areas of criminal defence, appeals, civil liberties and international law.

Prior to starting his pupillage, Tetevi assisted a London-based firm of criminal defence solicitors on a cross-border SFO bribery investigation involving British nationals and several West African politicians. Alongside this work, he was a rapporteur for Oxford International Organizations, where his research focused on public international law.

Tetevi has spent time at the International Criminal Court in The Hague where he was based in the Legal Advisory Section of the Office of the Prosecutor. In this role, he carried out research for the head of the Court’s Investigation Division and for the Deputy Prosecutor.  He has also interned in the Appeals Chamber of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

Tetevi was awarded the prestigious Nicolas Bratza Scholarship by Lincoln’s Inn. This allowed him to spend time at the European Court of Human Rights as a visiting scholar where his work was divided between the Court’s Research Division and the Office of the President. He also carried out research for the Court’s British Judge, Tim Eicke KC.

Tetevi enjoys writing and recently completed an article on the revised guidelines for burglary offences, which was published in the newsletter of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association. He has also written on racial bias in the use of “suspicionless” stop and search powers, universal jurisdiction and transitional justice with Jeremy Sarkin, former UN Chair-Rapporteur for Enforced Disappearances.

Tetevi previously sat on the Executive Committee of the Human Rights Lawyers Association. In this capacity he organised several well-attended events, such as an event on the prosecution of international crimes with Courtenay Griffiths KC, and an event on protecting human rights in a digital age with Nani Jansen Reventlow, which he co-chaired with Aswini Weereratne KC.

Tetevi accepts instructions in both English and French.


Michael Murphy

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

Throughout his career at the Bar, Michael has been instructed in many areas of law, including family, crime and immigration.

During his lengthy career at the Bar, Michael has been instructed in family matters, including for example domestic violence proceedings, and obtaining injunctions. Michael has always enjoyed working with clients in order to seek out a solution to the problems that they face. The solicitors that instruct him have recognised that clients feel at ease with Michael, and like dealing with him.

Michael has worked in the immigration field, appearing for clients from the first tier and upper tribunal stages right through to the High Court and the Court of Appeal.  Throughout his career at the Bar, however, he has also taken time out to be involved in high profile cases in other areas, most recently as one of the nine barristers for Team 2 in the Grenfell Inquiry, representing a specific group, the bereaved, survivors and residents.  Michael has also represented defendants at major criminal trials including in murder, kidnap and fraud cases.

He has been instructed in hundreds of judicial review claims – some reported – appearing many times in both the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Michael has acted for clients in planning appeals at inspector level and dealt with injunctions and statutory appeals in the High Court.  He has appeared in the tax tribunal (both first and upper tiers) on an important  reported case determining whether colleges should be exempt from VAT.

In 2013, he represented the family at a coroner’s inquest into the death of an elderly lady in a care home, a case which attracted widespread media interest, and which was featured on the BBC’s Panorama programme.

For a period of two years, Michael was also involved in one of the lengthiest cases to have taken place relating to a councillor alleged to have breached his local authority’s Code of Conduct.

Soraya Bauwens

Soraya specialises in Crime, International Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law. Soraya is an engaging and robust trial advocate, known for her meticulous preparation, methodical analysis and exceptional client care.

Recognised in the Legal 500 as a leading junior in Crime for two years in a row, Soraya’s criminal practice includes terrorism and public justice offences, serious violence and firearms, as well as fraud, financial crimes and sexual offences. Soraya has been led and appeared alone in criminal and regulatory matters that frequently involve an international or human rights dimension. She has also represented petitioners before the UN Ombudsperson to the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee.

In her international practice, Soraya is frequently instructed to represent victims of serious human rights abuses carried out by States before the United Nations Special Procedures,  with a particular focus on the protection of human rights defenders as well as victims of state-sponsored sexual and gender-based violence.  Soraya is also instructed to advise on global sanctions against state agents or bodies for grave human rights abuses.

Between 2021 and 2023, Soraya combined her practice alongside her role as Deputy Director of Reprieve UK, a leading international legal services NGO working to end the use of the death penalty globally, and to end extreme human rights abuses carried out in the name of counterterrorism or national security.

Amritpal Bachu

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

  • Amritpal is dedicated, reliable and highly professional, and has gone above and beyond exploring all avenues to secure the best results” (Legal 500 2022)
  • Amritpal truly cares and gives clear, helpful advice, taking time provide solid written submissions, which play a vital role in providing our applicants with the high quality service they deserve” (Nominated for the ‘John Collins Pro Bono Excellence Award’ in Advocate Pro Bono Awards 2021)
  • ‘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.

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 and Criminal law.  She is accessible and firmly dedicated to the needs of her clients.

Ghazala practices 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.

As a criminal practitioner, her experience of cross-examination and witness handling techniques are particularly advantageous in her family law practice, predominantly 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 both schools and parents at Independent Review hearings.  With more than 15 years’ experience in educational governance she is familiar with the issues and 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.  She is a volunteer member at Advocate and has previously volunteered for the Citizens Advice Bureau and worked for the Free Representation Unit. She was also 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. She also attends schools to offer career talks especially underachieving schools to promote the Bar as a career open to everyone.

Ghazala has a keen interest in human rights particularly the impact of these in her areas of practice.  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.

Mike Hollis

Mike prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court in a range of criminal matters, including POCA, and has appeared in the Court of Appeal and the High Court. He prepares thoroughly and has excellent client care. Mike is a CPS grade 3 prosecutor and has been appointed to the specialist panels for serious crime, fraud and proceeds of crime. He also been appointed to the SFO’s panel C for prosecution, proceeds of crime and international assistance.

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.