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Omar Faruk

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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.

Direct Access

Strand Chambers was the first chambers in London to specialise in accepting instructions via the direct public access scheme (also referred to as public access or direct access), after it was introduced in 2004.

At Strand Chambers we aim to provide a reliable, no nonsense service to people who need to access specialist legal services and who do not want to instruct a solicitor. Today over 80 per cent of our instructions are received via the direct access scheme.

How to engage our barristers
You can instruct one of our barristers in two different ways.

The first is by meeting with one of our barristers to discuss your case and receive expert legal advice in a 60 minute conference.

How it works:

  • Contact us using the form below, via email to info@strandchambers.com or call us on 020 7117 6920 and provide a brief outline of your case.
  • We will match you with a suitable barrister
  • You pay a fixed fee of £280 (+ VAT (where applicable)) up front (card payment by phone)
  • We book in your conference at a time to suit you at our Chambers, based in Temple, London. In some cases, if you are unable to attend in person, we can arrange your conference via telephone or Skype

The second is by instructing a barrister to provide services including representation at a court hearing, drafting particular documents or to prepare written advice. If you would like to instruct a barrister in this way, please contact us by using the form below, via email to info@strandchambers.com or call us on 020 7117 6920.

What Is Direct Access
The direct access scheme allows members of the public to obtain advice or representation from a barrister directly without the need for a solicitor or other professional.

What Can Our Direct Access Barristers Do For You
If you decide to instruct one of our barristers for your case, you will have immediate access to a specialist barrister. Under the direct access scheme, our barristers can:

  • Represent you at Court, Tribunals or Mediation
  • Provide advice about the merits of your case and what is likely to happen in a conference or in a written advice
  • Help you with preparing documents for court such as claim forms, defences and witness statements
  • Help you will preparing other documents such as Wills or Deeds of Trust
  • Assist you with drafting correspondence and review and advise on incoming correspondence
  • Advise on suitable experts and draft instructions to expert witnesses
  • Negotiate on your behalf to reach an agreement, including settlement agreements

Under direct access rules, barristers are prohibited from doing a lot of the work that solicitors would normally do. This means that you may have to take responsibility for gathering evidence, issuing court documents and corresponding directly with the other side.

Advantages Of Direct Access
There are a number of advantages to direct access, the most notable are the financial benefits; it is almost always less expensive than instructing both a solicitor and a barrister.

You will have greater control of your case, both financially and in the way your case is conducted because you can choose when and how the barrister assists with their case. In some instances, you may choose to engage a barrister for the entire duration of the case while in others may wish to approach one of our barristers at certain stages in your case, for example, representation at a hearing, drafting or for tactical advice.

At Strand Chambers we often offer fixed price packages to give you a clear indication of the costs involved in your case.

FAQS

Under direct access rules, barristers are prohibited from doing a lot of the work that solicitors would normally do. This means that you may have to take responsibility for gathering evidence, issuing court documents and corresponding directly with the other side.

The rules on the direct access scheme prohibit barristers from doing any of the following:

  • Issue court documents on your behalf (unless they are also certified to conduct litigation)
  • Contact witnesses or collect and investigate evidence
  • Instruct an expert witness on your behalf
  • Correspond with others on your behalf

Some of our barristers hold a Litigation Extension which means that they are authorised to conduct litigation on their client’s behalf. Barristers with a Litigation Extension are allowed to also issue claims, file and serve documents and write and send letters on your behalf. For more information about what our barristers can do for you, please contact our Management Team using the form below, via email to info@strandchambers.com or call us on 020 7117 6920.

Direct access is available in almost all practice areas.

Not every case will be suitable for direct access and in some cases you may need to instruct a solicitor or other professional. If you would like to meet with one of our barristers to discuss this further, our Management Team will be happy to assist you. Our Management Team can be contacted using the form below, via email to info@strandchambers.com or call us on 020 7117 6920.

We understand that costs are important to you. At Strand Chambers we provide competitive, transparent prices for the work our barristers do on your case. We pride ourselves on being clear and upfront; there are no ‘hidden’ or ‘surprise’ costs, the work we do is agreed before it is started. We can build a bespoke package for your case to meet your specific needs and we often agree a fixed price for your case and the work you want our barristers to do for you.

The total cost will depend on a number of factors including:

  • The amount of work that the barrister will need to do on your case
  • The complexity of the issues in your case
  • How urgently you need the work complet
  • How experienced your chosen barrister is

Our barristers do not take on cases funded by legal aid.

Our barristers do not normally take on cases under a Conditional Fee Arrangement (also known as a CFA or ‘no win, no fee’). This is because we require payment in advance. In some limited cases a barrister may be willing to take on cases under a fee arrangement. This is a matter for each barrister following an evaluation of your case.

If you would discuss this further with one of our barristers, our Management Team will be happy to assist you. Our Management Team can be contacted using the form below, via email to info@strandchambers.com or call us on 020 7117 6920.

Our barristers do not normally take on cases under a Damages Based Agreement (also known as a DBA). This is because we require payment in advance. Under a DBA, the barrister’s fees are paid out from a percentage of a claimant’s successful amount of damages. In some limited cases, a barrister may be willing to take on cases under such a fee arrangement. This is a matter for each barrister following an evaluation of your case.

If you would discuss this further with one of our barristers, our Management Team will be happy to assist you. Our Management Team can be contacted using the form below, via email to info@strandchambers.com or call us on 020 7117 6920.

To ensure you get the most out of your instruction of your barrister, it is helpful to provide the barrister with a summary of your case and copies of the key documents relating to it.

If possible, you should try to provide a brief outline of the following information:

  • Who your dispute is with
  • The nature of your dispute (e.g. divorce, financial remedy, unfair dismissal, etc.)
  • A brief background (try to set this out in chronological order as briefly as possible. It may be helpful to set this out in a bullet pointed list)
  • Any relevant deadlines (e.g. any hearing dates, any deadlines set out in any court orders, time limits for responding to any offers, any limitation deadlines etc.)
  • What you want your barrister to do (e.g. represent you at a hearing, provide advice, draft key documents, conduct litigation etc.)

If you have access to relevant documents it may also be helpful to give a copy of these documents to your barrister.

Our barristers are required by law to carry out certain identification procedures. When you instruct a barrister you will need to provide evidence of your identity (proof of your name, date of birth and current address) by producing your current passport or other national identity card or a driving licence with a photograph together with a recent utility bill, or bank or building society statement.

Our Management Team will help find the right barrister for your case. Alternatively, if you have a particular barrister in mind, please let our Management Team know and they will be happy to accommodate your request.

More information about each of our barristers can be found here: Our People

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