Four members of 1 MCB Chambers have been ranked in the 2021 edition of Legal 500.  Congratulations to Iain Edwards, Bernadette Smith, Ben Hawkin and Salma Lalani.

Iain Edwards was ranked for International crime and extradition:

Unflappable in court. He puts everyone in the courtroom at ease whilst at the same time remaining focused, thorough and succinct. Mr. Edwards remains at the top of his game and a stalwart in international criminal proceedings.

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. He is developing a strong practice in extradition.

Salma Lalani was ranked for Crime:

Highly impressed by her meticulous case preparation, strong work ethic and excellent client care. Her approach is one of forensic preparation, precise cross-examination and passionate advocacy.”

Salma specialises mainly in criminal defence work and has developed a highly successful practice encompassing all areas of serious and complex crime.  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.

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 appeared at every level of the tribunal and court system, representing victims of human rights violations, leaders of political groups, high-ranking military officers, diplomats, terrorists, financiers and long term serving prisoners. Ben has been involved in a number of ground breaking cases in the higher courts.

Bernadette Smith was ranked for Immigration (including business immigration):

Bernadette is accessible and engaged throughout the preparation period, her knowledge in immigration and asylum matters is excellent, she is creative, very bright, and her input is invaluable.”

Bernadette is an immigration, asylum and public law specialist.  She is committed to representing publicly funded and vulnerable clients and is experienced in representing individuals in complex cases.  She delivers training on asylum and recently co-authored two working guides, one for representatives and one for unrepresented appellants, on the procedural changes that were introduced into the Immigration and Asylum Chamber due to the pandemic. ​