Five members of 1MCB Chambers have been ranked in the 2022 edition of Legal 500. Congratulations to Iain Edwards, Ben Hawkin, Bernadette Smith, Salma Lalani and Amritpal Bachu.
Iain Edwards was ranked for international crime and extradition:
“A composed and highly competent advocate. Very experienced in international criminal law matters with a concomitant comprehensive understanding of this area of the law.”
Iain is a seasoned and compassionate barrister specialising in serious crime. He represents defendants charged with the gravest of offences and has a particular expertise in international crimes and UN sanctions work.
Benjamin Hawkin was ranked for immigration (including business immigration):
“He goes straight to the core of the matter and provides clear and concise advice.”
Ben practises in immigration & asylum, mental health, prison law and public law, with a particular emphasis on human rights issues. He has represented victims of human rights violations, leaders of political groups, and other prominent individuals. Ben has also been involved in a number of groundbreaking cases in the higher courts.
Bernadette Smith was ranked for immigration (including business immigration):
“She has a tremendous success rate with the most difficult of cases and is a first point of call for cases involving vulnerable clients.”
Bernadette is an immigration, asylum and public law specialist who is committed to representing publicly funded clients. Her work focuses on long-running complex asylum, deportation and EEA cases. She has a particular interest in cross-cutting migrant welfare and justice issues arising out of her work with community organisations and charities.
Salma Lalani was ranked for crime:
“Salma is a dynamic advocate who will always approach a case with exceptional care and skill, and provides advice that is both practical and reassuring.”
Salma specialises mainly in criminal defence work and has developed a highly successful practice encompassing all areas of serious and complex crime. She is a well-respected leading junior highly sought after by solicitors who are impressed by her sensible, thorough and well-balanced approach to often difficult matters.
Amritpal Bachu was ranked for social housing:
“Amritpal is dedicated, reliable and highly professional, and has gone above and beyond exploring all avenues to secure the best results.”
Amritpal specialises in social housing and employment law. A passionate and approachable barrister, he acts in complex cases involving possession, unlawful eviction and disrepair, with a particular focus on anti-social behaviour and homelessness cases intersecting with discrimination law.