No5 Chambers has further expanded the immigration team it set up with the opening of the new administrative court in Birmingham.
Manjit Gill, QC, joined the chambers, along with five other experienced barristers specialising in immigration, asylum and human rights law, all taken from 6 King’s Bench Walk, in London.
The new members include Danny Bazini, Ramby de Mello, Mahmud Al-Rashid, Edward Nicholson and Joanne Rothwell. The enlarged team was further boosted by the addition of two more immigration barristers, Nabila Mallick from 7 New Square and Ravinder Bagral from Warwick House Chambers.
Mr Gill, an international law specialist, is one of the leading practitioners in this field and has been involved in many high-profile cases over the last 15 years. He was appointed a silk in 2000 and is a member of the Bar Council’s immigration practitioners accreditation board. He has also previously assisted the Bar Council’s committee deal with direct access to the Bar.
Ralph Lewis, the head of chambers, said: “The opportunity to attract the UK’s leading immigration expert together with high profile members of his team and barristers from other chambers, reflects the growing reputation of No5 in this area, and further strengthens practice groups by increasing the number of silks to 22.”
The newly enlarged immigration division, headed by Abid Mahmood, undertakes cases throughout the UK and beyond, covering asylum, immigration, business immigration and EU law.
Other new members joining No5’s commercial and chancery Group this year include Olivia Chaffin-Laird from KCH and Richard Adkinson from King Street Chambers.
Nassera Butt, also from King Street Chambers, has joined the Family Group and Nazmun Ismail joins as an associate tenant.
No5 Chambers now has 218 barristers practising from Birmingham, London and Bristol.
The specialised immigration team at No5 was put together just over a year ago to deal with new work created by the incoming administrative court.
The chambers put together a 28-strong group of immigration and human rights specialists, led by then-new arrival Abid Mahmood.
Before the opening of the dedicated administrative court in Birmingham in April last year, cases had to be heard in London.