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Omar Faruk

(Head of Chambers)
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Ian Mason

Called 1978

Ian Mason was called to the Bar in 1978, has been in continuous practice since 1979 and now specialises in providing direct public access services in landlord and tenant law, property matters and disputes about trusts of land and jointly owned property. Ian also takes cases involving contract law, negligence, civil wrongs (tort law), and injunctions.

Al Mustakim

Called 1997

Respected, experienced and creative – Al has a proven track record for fearlessly fighting cases that have impacted genuine social change, and raised points of law that effected public opinion. Al specialises in the areas of judicial review, professional discipline and regulatory law, employment, commercial and company law.

Mary Bullen

Called 2004

Mary has an excellent reputation for being a straight-talking and forward-thinking practitioner. Her tactical response to legal problems is hard to match. She believes that a client’s needs are of the utmost importance.

Abu Sufian

Called 2011

Abu has a diverse and successful practice where he is able to draw on the knowledge he has gained from across his specialist practice areas. Clients benefit from the comprehensive service he is able to offer as a result.

Daniel Searle

Called 2015

Daniel joined Chambers as a tenant in 2016 after successful completion of pupillage. He accepts instructions in all of Chambers’ practice areas. Daniel has appeared in County Courts, Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, Employment Tribunals, Immigration Tribunals, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Prior to pupillage, Daniel worked as a Legal Advisor to barristers, including research and advice for Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights cases.

Jayed Sarker

Called 2016

Throughout his pupillage, he has gained experience across civil law, commercial law, company law, public law (and judicial review), immigration & asylum and professional discipline & regulatory law. He has been involved in several conspicuous cases at the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and the High Court. One particular case touched the intersection of money and power on an international level, such as a $6.3 million commercial dispute between Saudi Arabian princes and a Jordanian merchant. The case also involved issues of national security and intelligence, diplomatic relations and allegations of funding terrorism overseas. Another case involved a challenge to the lengthy retention of police cautions under Article 8 of the ECHR.

Luka Maxted

Called 2015

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Sharin Cockerton

Called 2013

Sharin started her pupillage in April 2017 under the supervision of the head of chambers, David Mendes da Costa. During her first sixth, Shárin has gained valuable experience in family law, and in particular in child contact, financial disputes and emergency remedies for domestic violence. Shárin has also worked on cases involving housing, TOLATA, defamation and general civil law issues.

Mike Watts

(Chambers Director)

Mike’s main focus at Strand Chambers is bringing together clients and barristers in a way that will work well for both parties. He brings over thirty years of experience in marketing and inter-personal communications. The focus was always on improving communication between businesses and customers.

Al Mustakim

Called 1997
Respected, experienced and creative – Al has a proven track record for fearlessly fighting cases that have impacted genuine social change, and raised points of law that effected public opinion. Al specialises in the areas of judicial review, professional discipline and regulatory law, employment, commercial and company law.

He was widely acclaimed for his successful landmark Supreme Court challenge to the Government’s policy against under 21 marriages, which lead to the Supreme Court holding that the policy was contrary to a couple’s right to respect for family life under the European Convention on Human Rights.

In his unnerving pursuit to prevent the Government’s attempt to dilute the protection stemming from the 1951 Refugee Convention, Al successfully challenged the Government’s failure to recognise the human rights abuses in Bangladesh and their unlawful designation of the country as a “safe” country.

Al has also successfully argued cases ranging from the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court to the European Court of Human Rights.

In the area of professional conduct, Al provides representation to a wide range of professionals, including doctors, nurses, dentists and accountants at all levels of proceedings. Al has taken part in various reported cases in the field of regulatory law before the High Court and Court of Appeal. He currently has a specialist and busy practice representing Doctors facing allegations before the GMC at the Medical Practitioner’s Tribunal Service (MPTS) and High Court appeals against MPTS decisions. He is happy to take further instructions in this area.

Al also has a diverse practise spanning the legal spectrum and is happy to receive instructions in general common law. Al’s resume speaks volumes regarding his continued technical excellence, commitment and enthusiasm.

Public Law, Judicial Review, Human Rights, Professional Discipline and Regulatory, Employment, Commercial, Company, General Common Law.
Al is a graduate of Jesus College, Oxford University.
  • Hayat v GMC [2017] EWHC 1899 (Admin)
    Concerning whether the Tribunal was entitled to proceed in the Doctor’s absence in light of his right to a fair hearing under Article 6 of the ECHR.
  • Apex Global Management Ltd v Global Torch Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ. 315
    When is it appropriate to raise the issue of a jurisdiction clause? This long-running, widely followed case involved two Saudi princes and a Jordanian businessman in a $6.3 million dispute concerning allegations of funding terrorism overseas.
  • Krol v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2017] EWCA Civ. 321
    Whether the retention and disclosure of criminal records is contrary to the right to private life. This case is currently awaiting Supreme Court permission.
  • Gosalakkal v General Medical Council [2015] EWHC 2445
    Concerning conduct committed by a doctor outside the course of professional practice.
  • Fordson Ltd v Essex County Council [2014] EWCA Civ. 1259
    Challenge to the Council’s decision to build a waste station within a residential area. The case is pending in the European Court of Human Rights.
  • Mosekari v The London Borough of Lewisham [2014] EWHC 3617
    Concerning the requirement to undertake statutory induction by teachers.
  • Flynn v Warrior Square Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ. 68
    Regarding the time limit for making a claim in relation to public interest disclosure.
  • Hanth Phuong v Glendwr University [2014] EWHC 908
    The requirement for a university to act fairly and to hear representation.
  • Solaja v Secretary of State for Home Department [2013] EWHC 3431
    A challenge to the Secretary of State’s refusal to consider the exercise of discretion.
  • Syed and Ahmed v Secretary of State for Home Department [2014] EWCA Civ. 196
    Whether the ACCA qualification is a recognised “degree”.
  • Thames Chambers Solicitors v Miah [2013] EWHC 1245 (QB)
    Solicitor’s liability for wasted costs in bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Quila and Bibi v Secretary of State for Home Department [2011] UKSC 45
    Challenge to the government’s policy against under 21 marriages and whether it was contrary to the right to family life.
  • Darboe v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWCA Civ. 121
    Judicial review challenge to the government’s policy to designate the State of Gambia as a “safe” country.
  • RS v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWCA Civ. 114
    The right to an oral review under Civil Procedure Rule 52.16(6))
  • Azazur Rahman v ECO [2006] EWHC 1755
    Judicial review challenging the power to re-refuse entry clearance following a successful appeal.
  • Zakir Husain v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2005] EWHC 189
    A challenge to the lawfulness of the Government’s designation of the State of Bangladesh
  • Diaby v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2005] EWCA Civ. 651
    Regarding the relevance of medical and psychiatric evidence in assessing credibility.
  • Al is a member of Lincoln’s Inn.
  • ‘I am pleased to inform you that the letter you sent to my ex business partner had a magic effect.’ A business client.
  • ‘I cannot describe my debt towards you for guiding me through this troubled time.’ A Doctor.

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