Black Letter Law Directory | 2015 | Queen’s Counsel (QCs)

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This sub-section lists the Queen’s Counsel (QCs) of African, Asian, Caribbean and other ethnic minority ancestry.

Eason Rajah QC

Eason Rajah QC is a barrister at Ten Old Square Chambers and took silk in 2011. He was called to the Bar in 1989 and is qualified as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaysia. Eason has a Chancery practice with special expertise in litigation and advisory work involving fiduciary...

Alper Riza QC

Alper Riza QC is a barrister at Goldsmith Chambers and a Recorder. He specialises in all areas of criminal and constitutional law, administrative law and EU and European Human Rights law. Alper was called to the Bar in 1973 and took silk in 1991. He was also Chairman of the Immigration Law...

John Roberts QC CBE

In 1988 John Roberts became the first known person of African ancestry to be appointed a Queen's Counsel and became the first known person of African ancestry to become Head of Chambers in 1975. He has been called to the Bar in 10 other countries. He is a Master Bencher at Gray's Inn and is also...

Matthew Ryder QC

Matthew Ryder QC, a barrister at Matrix Chambers, has been described by Chambers and Partners as a 'High Court Judge in the making' and took silk in 2010. He was appointed as a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2009. Matthew specialises in serious and complex crime, focusing on civil litigation,...

Manjit S. Gill QC

Manjit Singh Gill QC is Head of the International Human Rights Law Group at No5 Chambers, having moved from 6 King's Bench Walk Chambers in 2010. He is a leading immigration and international human rights silk who has conducted several high-profile terrorist trials and national security...

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Vikram Sachdeva QC is a barrister at 39 Essex Street Chambers. Vikram’s practice areas include administrative and public law, commercial and construction, regulatory and disciplinary, European Union law and financial services...

Pushpinder Saini QC

Pushpinder Saini QC is a barrister at Blackstone Chambers. He was called to the Bar in 1991 and took silk in 2008. He is recognised as a leading silk in both Chambers and Partners 2012 and Legal 500 2011. He is acclaimed as a 'Star of the Bar' by Chambers and Partners for achieving rankings in so...

Patricia Scotland QC, Baroness Scotland of Asthal

Patricia Scotland QC is a barrister at 4 Paper Buildings. In 1991 she became the first female Queen's Counsel of African Caribbean ancestry and the youngest ever QC (at that time), aged of 35. In 2007 Baroness Scotland was appointed Attorney General by the Prime Minister and was the...

Vasanti Selvaratnam QC

Vasanti Selvaratnam QC, a founding member of Stone Chambers was appointed the Joint Head of Chambers (with Elizabeth Blackburn QC) in 2014. She is also a Recorder and a mediator. She specialises in all aspects of international commercial litigation and Shipping Law, including admiralty,...

Akhil Shah QC

Akhil Shah QC is a barrister at Fountain Court Chambers. He was called to the Bar in 1990 and took silk in 2010. In addition he was admitted to the British Virgin Islands Bar in 1999 and has acted in the Caribbean. Akhil specialises in commercial law and has some 20 years' experience in...

Nirmal Shant QC

Nirmal Shant QC was previously a barrister at 23 Essex Street and took Silk in 2006. In March 2015, she was appointed a Circuit Judge and sits at Derby Crown...

Saira Kabir Sheikh QC

Saira Kabir Sheikh QC is a barrister at Francis Taylor Building. Saira’s practice spans across all aspects of administrative and public law, environment and planning. She also advises and acts in statutory nuisance matters and health and safety. She regularly appears in the Court of Appeal,...

Jo Sidhu QC

Jo Sidhu QC is a barrister at 25 Bedford Row Chambers and No5 Chambers. He was called to the Bar in 1993, took silk in 2012 and was elected a Bencher of Lincoln's Inn in 2014. Jo is instructed in serious criminal cases, including terrorism, homicide, fraud, drugs, armed robbery and...

Sir Rabinder Singh

The Honourable Mr Justice Singh became Britain's second ethnic minority High Court judge (assigned to the Queen's Bench Division) and the first Sikh to assume the role in 2011. He was a founding member of Matrix Chambers and took silk in...

Kuldip Singh QC

Kuldip Singh QC is a barrister at Serle Court Chambers and specialises in commercial litigation, chancery commercial, civil fraud, criminal fraud, arbitration, financial services, banking, disciplinary and regulatory, human rights, sports law, defamation, contempt, professional negligence, health...

Christopher Tehrani QC

Christopher Tehrani QC is a barrister at Exchange Chambers. Christopher’s practice focuses on crime and regulatory law. He has acquired a specialist reputation in serious crime having instructed in demanding defense cases including prison riots and escapes, gangland murders, fraud,...

Bankim Thanki QC

Bankim Thanki QC took silk in 2003 and is Deputy Head of Fountain Court Chambers. Chambers and Partners says of him that he is “one of the new generation of star silks”, a “Rolls-Royce barrister” who is “an absolute star across the...

Leslie Thomas QC

Leslie Thomas QC is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers and his cases are regularly national headline news. His specialism is civil liberties, human rights, police and inquest law with particular expertise on death in police custody caused by restraint in such a way that prevented breathing or...

Adam Vaitilingam QC

Adam Vaitilingam QC is a barrister at Albion Chambers in Bristol and a Recorder. He was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1987, was appointed a Recorder on the Western Circuit in 2005 and took silk in 2010. Adam's practice involves principally criminal, with some ancillary civil work. He also...

Anesta Weekes QC

Anesta Weekes QC is a barrister and Head of Education and Training at 23 Essex Street Chambers and specialises in Criminal Law. Her primary areas of practice are Public Inquiries, Privy Council appeals, Fraud, Corporate & Financial Crime and Regulatory...

Rufina (Aswini) Weereratne QC

Rufina (Aswini) Weereratne QC is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and took silk in 2015. She has also been a part-time judge since 2001 for the Mental Health Review Tribunal (Southern Region) which is now the First-Tier Tribunal (Mental Health) and became Deputy Chair of the...

Richard Wilson QC

Richard Wilson QC is a barrister at 36 Bedford Row Chambers and is a Recorder of the Crown Court and of the County Courts. He was called to the Bar in 1981 and took silk in 2003. Richard has a varied cross-practice specialising in commercial disputes, and employment and discrimination cases. He...

Len Woodley QC

Len Woodley became Britain's first Queen's Counsel of Caribbean origin in 1988. Between 1988 to 2000 he was the Head of Chambers of the radical 8 King's Bench Walk Chambers (now 1 Mitre Court) and is now succeeded by Lord Tony Gifford. In 1988 Len invited Nelson Mandela, who was then serving a...

Colin Wynter QC

Colin Wynter QC is a barrister Devereux Chambers. His principal areas of practice are insurance and reinsurance litigation and arbitration, Conflicts of Law, General Commercial Law and some areas of Employment Law. Colin was called to the Bar in 1984 and took silk in 2006. His recent career...

Tahir Z. Khan QC

Tahir Z. Khan QC is a barrister at Broadway House Chambers in Bradford and has been a Recorder since 2004. He was called to the Bar (Lincoln's Inn) in 1986 and took silk in 2011. Tahir's practice is in criminal defence and prosecution work, environmental protection and National Rivers work. He...

Mohammed Zaman QC

Mohammed Zaman QC is a barrister at St Philips Chambers in Birmingham. He was called to the Bar in 1985 and took silk in 2009. He has a substantial and wide-ranging commercial litigation practice with an emphasis on Company Law, insolvency, civil fraud, breach of confidence and restraint of...

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