Called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn, in 1984, and prior to joining St Philips Chambers, in November 2011, Mirza excelled in his 26 years career in local government and is nationally recognised as a top performing lawyer. From 2000 to 2011, Mirza was the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Director of Governance of Birmingham City Council, with leadership over 800+ staff, and he has been a Member of the General Council of the Bar for England & Wales since 1995 (save for 1998).
Mirza was ‘Top Ranked’ in Chambers and Partners Legal Directory in 2017 and is in Legal 500 for Public & Administrative Law and Employment Law. He practices from St Philips Chambers in Birmingham (at 55 Temple Row) and in Leeds (41 Park Square).
In addition to Public & Administrative Law (such as Judicial Reviews, Planning, Commercial Property, CPO, Governance, Fraud / Misfeasance in Public Office, Grants and Public/EU Procurement matters), Mirza has a thriving private practice, which includes giving advice and appearing regularly, as an accomplished advocate, before civil courts/tribunals, appeal courts /tribunals and employment tribunals, as follows:-
Employment Law – for Claimants and Respondents, alike (including experience of being instructed by multiple claimants and respondents) in relation to complex multi-day trials dealing with, for example, dismissals, discrimination (race, sex, disability, harassment and victimisation), redundancies, restrictive covenants and TUPE;
Land and Property – commercial disputes for Claimants and Defendants, alike, in relation to, for example, multi-million Pound partnerships, company and joint venture disputes;
Personal Injuries, Clinical & Medical Negligence – for Claimants (in relation to / against doctors, dentists and hospitals) and for Claimants / Defendants alike in relation to Road Traffic Accidents (including fraud allegations) and Employer / Public Liability claims;
Professional bodies – Mirza has undertaken a number of cases involving members of professional bodies who have disputes with or who seek the Judicial Review / Appeal of professional body decision-making relating to, for example, the striking off from the professional register of members and/ or the imposition of restrictive conditions of practice relating to doctors / nurses; and
Direct Public Access – members of the public can save lots of money by coming direct to authorised barristers without going through a firm of solicitors. Mirza is duly authorised to provide expert legal advice and/or representation to members of the public in relation to all of the above areas of work.
Qualifications and Appointments:
- LLD – Doctor of Laws (Honorary) : 2008
- LLM – Masters Degree in Employment & Industrial Relations Law :1998
- MBA – Masters Degree in Business Administration : 1992
- Barrister – Bar Vocational Course & Called to the Bar: 1984
- Combined Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) Degree in Law and Politics, 1983
What the Directories Say:
- “Recommended for unfair dismissals and restrictive covenants work.”
- “Experienced in judicial review work.”
- “Extremely thorough and shows great empathy”
- “Provides a realistic view of the strengths of a case”
- “Truly inspirational and returned my faith in justice”
- “He shows commercial awareness and strong technical knowledge of discrimination cases”
- “Highly experienced in judicial review challenges”
- “A great deal of public law experience”
- “Excellent client skills”
- “Pragmatic advice”
- The Lawyer Hot 100 for 2009 from The Lawyer Magazine
- Public Sector Lawyer of the Year 2009 – from the Society of Asian Lawyers
- 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 2005 – from Local Government Chronicle
Recent and Reported Cases:
As an employed barrister with over 26 years experience, Mirza has had a number of cases reported in relevant publications dealing with the full range of local authority cases. Some of these cases were decided by the House of Lords/Supreme Court and included major Judicial Reviews in relation to, for example:
- housing & homelessness;
- employment (Single Status, Equal Pay and Discrimination);
- joint ventures, planning and procurement law.
Recent public body instructions include:
- Appearing for a London Borough in a Judicial Review and Housing Appeal cases;
- Advice for/against Councils re Judicial Reviews, CPOs, Leisure Trusts, procurement and contractual challenges;
- Employment cases (including discrimination and redundancies) for/against Councils, a University, and two NHS Trusts; and
- Other litigation for/against a Probation Trust, a Royal College, Housing Trusts / Associations.
Recently reported case(s):
- D Kotak v J Kotak  EWHC 3121 (Ch) – £11 M commercial property portfolio, partnership and winding up dispute.”
- EAT judgement 14/05/2015 – Her Honour Judge Eady QC (EAT) – Reason for dismissal including substantial other reason.
October 2016 – Direct Public Access client:
“Working with [Mirza] has been truly inspirational and returned my faith in justice”.
September 2016 – Principal at Trent Law Solicitors, Nottingham:
“We are really impressed with Dr Mirza’s performance in our recently instructed case of X v ASDA. He not only managed to secure our client a good compensation but also recovered more than expected costs for us. We are definitely instructing him going forward.”
July 2013 – Employment Lawyer at Dudley MBC:
[Mirza was] instructed at very short notice [and he] prepared the case extremely well [His] cross examination was faultless an excellent performance with a great result.
July 2013 – Partner at Willsons Solicitors:
[My client and I] have been very impressed with [Mirza’s] ease of availability, promptness in responding … as well as ability to express complicated points in clear and simple terms.
June 2013 – Principal at Bailey Wright & Co. Solicitors:
Mirza is a lawyer with an enviable range of skills and experience. He is conscientious with a high level of commitment to any task that he undertakes. If you want results, Mirza is the man to have on your team.
Articles and Publications:
Mirza is the General Editor of two legal encyclopaedia publications:
- “Lexis Nexis’ Local Authority Law, Practice and Procedure” (since 2009); and
- “Butterworth’s Knight’s Guide to Public Procurement Law and Practice” (2007-2014).
He has, over the last two decades, written a number of articles on ethical and corporate governance, employment, EU Directives & UK Procurement Regulations, Compulsory Competitive Tendering, Human Rights Act 1998 and on TUPE (the Transfer of Undertaking Regulations).
- Member of The General Council of the Bar for England & Wales (since 1995, save for 1998), ELA, PIBA, Midlands Circuit, Birmingham Law Society;
- Chairman of the Bar Association for Local Government & the Public Services (since 1998); and
- President of the Association of Council Secretaries & Solicitors (2009/2010)
- Lawyer of the Year 2017 : UK Government & Public Services, from Finance Monthly
- The Lawyer Hot 100 for 2009, from The Lawyer Mega zine
- Public Sector Lawyer of the Year 2009, from the Society of Asian Lawyers
- 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 2005, from Local Government Chronicle
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