My Professional Career

Having been called to the Bar in 1982 my professional career has involved a number of high profile human rights cases both here in the UK and internationally. My practice has involved representation of a wide range of clients and high profile cases from the Victoria Climbie case through to the Kamlesh Bahl employment case to appearances before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). I have also appeared at the European Court of Human Rights in Gregory v The United Kingdom.

After spending many years at Tooks Court Chambers with Michael Mansfield Q.C. I moved to become a direct access practitioner working on a selection of cases alongside my part time Judicial career and consultancy work. Having been appointed a part time Immigration Judge in 1997, and then a Recorder in the Crown Court and part-time Employment Judge in 2003. I have successfully run my private practice alongside my Judicial appointments and my previous public duties as Vice Chair and Independent member of the Metropolitan Police Authority.

My practice at the Bar has been complimented by the experience I have gained within the criminal justice system and the health service. My experience has included being an adviser to the former Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith Q.C. as well as Vice Chair, and an independent member of the Metropolitan Police Authority from 2000 to 2008 and having been a member of Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow Health Authority from 1990 to 1998. I have chaired two public mental health homicide enquiries for the Department of Health that have been published as reports. I have also been involved in several Inquests as Counsel for the bereaved family.

I have appeared regularly on national and international news current affairs channels such as BBC TV News, CNN, BBC Question Time, Sky News, BBC Newsnight, and helped produce documentary programmes as a human rights barrister and as Chair of the Society of Black Lawyers. I have written for the Guardian newspaper, Times, Independent and Voice newspapers and been reported extensively in publications from the USA, Japan and most recently in Sicily.

 

Professional Recognition


  • 2002 -

    Presented with the “Spirit of Excellence Award” by the American Bar Association for diversity and human rights work.

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    2010 -

    Awarded The Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) by Her Majesty the Queen for services to “Equality, diversity and human rights”.


  • 2012 -

    Presented with the “Ronald Harmon Brown Award” of “International Distinction” by the National Bar Association (USA).

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    2015 -

    Attained the Paceworking Community event for “Excellence and Leadership in the Legal Profession”.

 

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