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

Housing

Amritpal has a particular interest in homelessness appeals, and housing cases intersecting with the Equality Act 2010. He also advises on disrepair issues, and was described by specialist disrepair solicitor as “professional and courteous and had a personal touch regarding the plight of the client that is not always seen”.

Amritpal is happy to accept instructions in a full range of housing cases, including possession, disrepair, anti-social behaviour, unlawful evictions, and social housing. Amritpal also has experience commercial property matters, TOLATA claims, and leasehold disputes.

Employment & discrimination

In employment law, Amritpal’s recent success includes a racial harassment trial in which his client was awarded £11,000 for injury to feelings. He has also represented clients in preliminary hearings involving complex discrimination issues. Amritpal has also represented employers in County Court claims for unpaid wages. As a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, Amritpal recently attended courses on discrimination strategy and High Court litigation.

Civil litigation

Amritpal also has broad experience of general civil litigation, including small claim trials in commercial contractual disputes and consumer credit disputes. Additionally, Amritpal has experience of commercial chancery work, such as early insolvency applications and enforcement proceedings.

Languages

  • Fluent spoken Punjabi

Education

  • BSc (Hons) and LLB(Hons)

Awards

  • ICLR National Mooting Competition Winner 2009
  • Middle Temple Benefactors’ Scholarship 2009

Hobbies & interests

  • Music, art, current affairs, anti-racism studies and equal rights
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