Profile"Top Ranked' in Chambers & Partners Directories 2017 and ranked in Legal 500:
- expertise in Public & Administrative Law, since Oct 2013; and
- expertise in Employment Law, since Oct 2015.
Client feedback includes:
- “Extremely thorough and shows great empathy”
- “Provides a realistic view of the strengths of a case”
- "Truly inspirational and returned my faith in justice"
- "Commercial awareness and strong technical knowledge in discrimination cases".
- Best Barrister of the Year - UK 2019, from Lawyer International;
- Lawyer of the Year 2017 : UK Government & Public Services, from Finance Monthly; and
- The Lawyer Hot 100 for 2009, from The Lawyer Magazine.
Mirza is the only barrister in St Philips Chambers (Birmingham & Leeds) to be ranked in Chambers & Partners Directory, since October 2013, for expertise in Public & Administrative Law. He has built up a successful private practice focused on:
> Civil, Commercial and Property Law (including contractual, partnership, company, professional negligence and landlord & tenant law);
> Employment, Clinical & Professional Negligence and Personal Injury Law (including professional / disciplinary / regulatory appeals, discrimination, dismissal, protected disclosures, restrictive covenant, Road Traffic / employer / public liability & fundamental dishonesty issues);
> Public & Administrative Law (including Judicial Reviews (for and against local authorities and other public bodies), Planning / Development, Joint Ventures, Housing and Governance issues; and
> Direct Public Access - members of the public can save money and come direct, without solicitors.
Mirza has high level experiences of appearing as a successful advocate in the Royal Courts of Justice, the Rolls Building, other High / County Courts and Employment Tribunals - including appeals relating to professional bodies (such as doctors, surgeons, pharmacists and nurses).
Mirza has also dealt with a number of Appeals (including at the Employment Appeals Tribunal) and has built up a substantial reputation of advising the public, direct, under the Bar Direct Public Access Rules.
Mirza has been the General Editor of ‘Local Authority Employment – Law & Practice’ (since 2009) and ‘Knight’s Guide to Best Value & Public Procurement’ (from 2007 - 2014). He has also published booklets on ‘The implications of the Human Rights Act1988 for UK local Government’ (1988) and, from 2009 to 2011, launched 6 booklets on ‘Firing up the Passion for Excellence in Local Government’.
Mirza practices from Birmingham (55 Temple Row) and Leeds (Citibase). For a more detailed information on his current areas of work, please view his chambers public profile on www.st-philips.com or contact him on : firstname.lastname@example.org / 07429 335 090.
NATIONAL PROFILE & ACHIEVEMENTS:
> President, Association of Council Secretaries & Solicitors, 2009/2010
> Chairman, Bar Association for Local Government & the Public Service, since 1998
> Member of the General Council of the Bar for England & Wales, since 1995 (save for 1998)
> Member of the Council for Birmingham Law Society, 2000 - 2011
> "The Lawyer Hot 100” for 2009 – from The Lawyer Magazine
> Public Sector Lawyer of the Year 2009 - from the Society of Asian Lawyers
> Midlands Excellence Awards 2009 & 2006 - ‘Highly Commended’ and Investor in Excellence
> Legal Achievement Award 2008–from MJ
> Public Sector Excellence Award 2007 - from Muslim Power 100
> Lawyer of the Month” April 2006 – from Black Lawyers Directory
> "Top 5 Lawyers in Local Government” and Legal Team of the Year 2005 - from LGC.
LLD - Doctor of Laws (Honorary), Manchester Metropolitan University, 2008
LLM - Masters Degree in Employment & Industrial Relations Law, University of Leicester, 1998
MBA - Masters Degree in Business Administration, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1992
Barrister - Called to the Bar, Gray's Inn, 1984
Bachelors Degree - Law & Politics, Keele University, 1983
Career experiences includes 26 years experience in Local Government Law & Practice, with the last 11 years in local government (from 2000 - 2011) providing leadership to the largest local authority legal department in Europe, as the Chief Legal Officer/Corporate Director of Governance of Birmingham City Council, managing approximately 850 staff and with corporate Monitoring Officer responsibilities over £3 Billion annual budgets of the Council.
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