As a group of dedicated direct access immigration barristers based in central London it has been a hectic first month or so since we moved into our new offices in Gray’s Inn. For those who have followed me before (theimmigrationbarrister.co.uk) you will be aware that I like to try and blog regularly with updates as to what is going on not only in my practice but also outside it and to make mention of any relevant developments in the law.
Its been a busy few weeks as the team have settled in, profiles of Nishan Paramjothy, Jay Gajjar, Paige Unchurch and Mohammed Elmaazi will be going up on the site along with some hopefully flattering photos very soon. Having said this I thought I would paint a few thumbnail sketches of the team.
As the joint founder, there is me, Paul Turner, much as I am happy to write about the law and cases I find it a bit strange writing about myself so will direct anyone who is not familiar with me and my background to my standalone site, theimmigrationbarrister.co.uk. Among barristers providing immigration advice / representation I am within a small group who are also able to conduct litigation. I decided last year that in addition to being able to deal directly with the public there were a few, in reality minor, aspects of work that I could not do, I applied for and passed the BSB’s approval for me to be licensed to litigate.
Then we Nishan Paramjothy. He is a well respected and excellent barrister who not only takes instructions from leading solicitors but also has a thriving direct access practice. Nissan is fully proficient across all areas of immigration law. What he does not know about Tamil cases is probably not worth knowing. He has an encycolopedic knowledge of all things Sri Lankan, indeed I can testify to this having often asked his advice on this particularly complex area of law. He also speaks Tamil which is fantastic when dealing with clients who are both nervous and scared of giving their account. I am proud to be working alongside him and to have him as the joint founding member of Imperium Chambers (“IC”).
Jay Gajjar is as highly qualified as it is possible to be at his age. He has some three degrees and has recently completed the BPTC and obtained a very competent. No small achievement given that almost half the people failed the course at first attempt. Jay speaks Hindi and Gujarati and therefore allows us to provide our service to a wide range of clients from the subcontinent and East Africa. Jay has worked with over the last 2 years and has excellent people skills and I am often told as to how well he does in putting the nervous client at ease. Jay was called to bar last year and I expect that he will be become a practising barrister in his own right in the near future.
Paige Upchurch brings the organisation that is needed to us and provides the relevant clerking and billing that is vital to a successful set. She has completed a degree in Business Management at the well respected University of Greenwich and is currently studying the Graduate Diploma in Law (“GDL”) at the BPP on a part time course. Paige also brings excellent inter personal skills to IC and compliments the set up. She is currently undecided as to whether she wishes to go the bar or become a solicitor, which ever profession she chooses she will undoubtedly succeed in given her drive and commitment.
Mohammed Elmaazi has recently joined us. In addition to a law degree he has completed the LPC and is able therefore to provide experience gained during the solicitor training to what would otherwise be a barrister heavy set up. He is currently working part time while looking to commence a training contract.
I think our current team offers a good balance of experience and a range of talents that will allow us to provide the best possible service to clients, who are often vulnerable, at all stages of the process, whether this is at the stage where they are considering whether to make an application to the Secretary of Sate for the Home Department / UKVI or faced with a refusal / appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal / Upper Tribunal / Court of Appeal.
This is the current team. I envisage that the team will be expanding both in respect of admin and also in respect of barristers.
At present we are currently working on both expanding our direct access capacity and also our solicitor / OISC driven work and it is only a matter of time before we are actively looking to recruit more barristers to our team. If you are interested in becoming involved, either as a member of chambers, or as a paralegal or looking for a mini pupillage or internship then please get in touch and lets talk.
If you are have stumbled across our site or have been looking for excellent legal help in the complex and ever changing field of immigration I would ask that you get in touch with us either by email, through the website, or, if its an emergency by way of our 24 hour seven day a week helpline 07432 101 211.
Imperium Chambers has at its heart the idea that those who are in the country with immigration problems should be entitled to have easy and unfettered access to first rate direct access immigration barristers if only to be able to get fast, accurate and cost effective advice. We are also privileged to work with some of the United Kingdom’s top immigration solicitors, such as Barnes Harild and Dyer (based in Croydon) and Farani Javaid Taylor (based in central London) to name but two. This means that if the case requires additional help then we are able to provide it.
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