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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.

Public, Judicial Review & Human Rights

Chambers specialises across all areas of public law, judicial review and human rights, including cases against to governmental bodies, local authorities, regulatory bodies, institutions and quasi-governmental bodies.

Members have taken on landmark cases brought by individuals on matters that have had an affect on public policy, such as redesignating countries from ‘safe’ to ‘unsafe’ in recognition of human rights abuses in Bangladesh under the 1951 Refugee Convention.

Our team can assist you with a range of services in this area, including advice, pre-action matters, opinions, the drafting of grounds and skeleton arguments and representation before the courts.

NOTABLE CASES

Whether the retention and disclosure of criminal records is contrary to the right to private life
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
Concerning the requirement to undertake statutory induction by teachers
Regarding the time limit for making a claim in relation to public interest disclosure
The requirement for a university to act fairly and to hear representation
A challenge to the Secretary of State’s refusal to consider the exercise of discretion
Whether the ACCA qualification is a recognised “degree”
A challenge to the government’s policy against under 21 marriages and whether it was contrary to the right to family life
Judicial review challenge to the government’s policy to designate the State of Gambia as a “safe” country
The right to an oral review under Civil Procedure Rule 52.16(6))
Judicial review challenging the power to re-refuse entry clearance following a successful appeal
A challenge to the lawfulness of the Government’s designation of the State of Bangladesh
Regarding the relevance of medical and psychiatric evidence in assessing credibility
A finding that the university had been procedurally unfair in withdrawing the CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of tudies). Costs were awarded against the University

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