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.
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 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’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.
Sylvia is highly regarded for her family work. She is currently on sabbatical from chambers.
Jacqueline provides advice in family, crime and immigration work.
She now specialises in family law but her background traverses many areas of law and she still sits as an immigration judge. For this reason she is often seen as the perfect advocate for cases that involve various disciplines.
Jacqueline has practised as a family barrister for more than 25 years. In that time she has regularly been instructed in both private and legal aid work and is pleased to do either.
She has a background in serious criminal offences, particularly those involving young offenders, offenders with mental health issues, sexual offences and cases where it was necessary to cross-examine very young children. Her patience, determination and legal aptitude in dealing with these cases meant that since she moved to an exclusively family law practice she has become renowned for working in particularly difficult cases where the participants are from challenging backgrounds. In particular she is sought after where the client has mental health issues, issues with violence or where the child may be particularly vulnerable. She is also regularly instructed in cases where sexual offences and violence are alleged, including child abuse and other related matters.
The fact that her work covers three complex legal disciplines is rare, but she is able to deal with each area of law with ease.
James has wide experience of practice at the Bar. For many years he combined a civil practice with crime and now concentrates on criminal cases. He conducts a wide variety of criminal cases in the Crown Court involving such matters as supplying drugs, serious violence, robbery, and multi handed cases generally for both defence and prosecution.
Claire Newton is currently on sabbatical.
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.
Having held the post of treasurer at 1MCB Chambers for years 2015-2019, Raj is now joint Deputy Head of Chambers. 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.
Jackie specialises in all aspects of immigration and asylum law, including immigration and asylum related judicial review applications. She has been a specialised immigration practitioner since 1996 and she particular interests in representing people who are persecuted for their faith, and in humanitarian cases.
Barnabas is a barrister specialising in immigration and asylum law and related areas and has extensive experience in the First Tier and Upper Tribunals, with onward appeals to the Court of Appeal. He regularly undertakes judicial review applications in the High Court and Upper Tribunal. He has also advised local authorities and family law solicitors on immigration problems, particularly those relating to children.
Additionally he has experience in terrorism and national security cases.