We are thrilled to announce the excellent results we have achieved in the Chambers and Partners 2020 guide which sees us achieve departmental rankings in London, Birmingham, and Watford, Uxbridge and surrounds, as well as five individual lawyers recognised in their respective areas of law.
Our criminal defence department has retained its Band 1 ranking for its work in Watford, Uxbridge and the surrounding areas, and remains a recognised practitioner for its London based work. The department handles a range of criminal defence cases from money laundering and fraud, to large-scale drugs conspiracies, sexual offences and murder. Concurrently, criminal defence director Rubin Italia is ranked Band 4 for his London-based practice, with sources describing him as ‘…extremely diligent solicitor with wonderful client care skills.’
Our Birmingham-based practice has maintained its status as a recognised practice ranking in the Family/Matrimonial category. The department specialises in a wide variety of family law matters including divorce and ancillary relief, matters involving domestic abuse and a range of international family law issues such as child abduction cases and special guardianship orders.
We are pleased to announce that this year we have a new department recognised; our London based immigration department is noted as a Band 3 in the Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation category. Chambers notes the range of the department, commenting that the team is ‘…particularly well known for its work on behalf of legal aid clients. Active across the spectrum of human rights-related immigration cases, including unlawful detentions, asylum appeals, LGBT+ persecution and national security issues.’
Two individuals, public law director Toufique Hossain and solicitor Stefan Vnuk are both ranked in this category, with Stefan maintaining his formidable Band 1 status, and Toufique being ranked Band 3. Stefan is described as a lawyer who ‘works tirelessly on behalf of clients’ and ‘his attention to detail is really extraordinary’. Toufique is described as a ‘…brilliant strategic litigator’ and is particularly noted for his successful challenged concerning detention issues.
Toufique’s success continues as he is also ranked Band 3 in the UK-wide Administrative and Public Law category, where Chambers highlights the comments of an impressed source; ‘He can spot an important case, bring out what's required and put a team together well. He's an all-round good litigator.’
Another individual maintaining their ranking is Croydon-based housing director Dianne Cowie who once again is ranked in the UK-wide Social Housing category as a Band 3 lawyer whose key strengths are her ‘…grasp of the legal issues and her clear, straightforward and straight-talking manner’.
Child care director Laila Bhunnoo maintains her Recognised Practitioner status in London based Children: Public Law Matters group. Based in the firm’s Shepherd’s Bush office, her practice covers special guardianship orders, supervision orders, and emergency protection orders as well as adoption and abduction cases both in the UK and overseas.
We are delighted to see that all of our individuals and departments have maintained their rankings this year, and it is particularly pleasing to see our London Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation practice being ranked for the first time.
These rankings are a direct result of the hard work, dedication and commitment shown by all of our lawyers throughout all of our offices in England and Wales.
We would like to thank all our referees, clients and professional networks for their time providing feedback to Chambers and Partners on our behalf and supporting our work.