Mukhtiar has a particular interest in social mobility at the Bar and has set up the Guru Nanak Social Mobility Bar Scholarship scheme to assist those from disadvantaged backgrounds. He is also a Bar Council Social Mobility Advocate as part of the “#IamtheBar” Social Mobility campaign which was launched in 2018. For more details on this click here .
Selection from the many and not the few enriches the legal profession and the law. Mukhtiar actively seeks to promote the Bar to those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Mukhtiar provides mentoring and support as part of the following schemes:
- Lincoln’s Inn Pupillage Foundation Course.Run twice a year to help post-BPTC members in search of pupillage.
- University of Law mentoring scheme. This is available to students of the BPTC or GDL.
- University of Kent Employability. Mentoring scheme available to students seeking a career in law.
- The Guru Nanak Social Mobility Bar Scholarships, which he funds.
He also speaks in schools in Kent about a career at the Bar and, in some circumstances, provides an opportunity to shadow him.
More information about a career in Law can be found at The Lawyer Portal | The Resource for Aspiring Legal Professionals.
Pro Bono work
Prior to the Bar
Mukhtiar has been committed to pro bono representation since he first started his legal studies. As a student, he provided representation at the Free Representation Unit on employment and social security cases. His first employment case involved successfully obtaining a substantial settlement for a domestic servant who was a victim of slavery
At Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K) he successfully argued numerous social security appeals. Mukhtiar was also a member of a Sikh charity, which supported women’s rights and tackling so call “honour” crime. As chairman of the charity, he advised employees and employers on workplace issues. The charity provided evidence in a case where a Sikh student successfully argued her right to wear a bangle (“kara”) in school (Watkins-Singh v Aberdare School).
Current pro bono work
Mukhtiar has a strong commitment to Access to Justice and pro bono work:
- Mukhtiar is a volunteer Non-Executive Director at Primary Care International a not-for-profit organisation working to strengthen primary healthcare globally.
- Mukhtiar is a member of the Advisory Council and the Legal Support Network of leading whistleblowing charity Protect.
- Shareholder activism with a focus on the climate emergency and workers’ rights through Share Action.
- The Bar Pro Bono Unit (now “Advocate”). This charity helps provide free assistance from volunteer barristers.
- During the Covid 19 crisis, he provided pro bono legal advice to his local businesses and key workers; and donated 20% of his earnings to charities supporting the vulnerable during the crisis.
- Mukhtiar represented a Claimant who successfully obtained a six-figure settlement in a victimisation and discrimination case.
- Employment Tribunal Litigant in Person Scheme (ELIPS). The scheme provides a barrister and a solicitor to attend Central London Employment Tribunal on Thursdays to provide representation at hearings; and one-off advice to litigants who have issued or are defending a claim. Mukhtiar has represented clients at preliminary hearings including applications to strike out and amend; and has advised on a wide range of employment claims. He successfully defended an application to strike out a claim of sexual harassment against a leading football club.
- ELAAS. A scheme organised by the Employment Appeals Tribunal and the Employment Law Bar Association providing litigants in person with representation primarily at hearings to determine permission to appeal. Mukhtiar has assisted for a number of years including successfully obtaining permission to appeal for Claimants.
Mukhtiar has worked particularly closely with the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) , including sponsoring their annual True Honour Awards for over ten years. IKWRO provides practical support, including counselling and shelter, to victims of so-called honour crime; provides education and training on this sensitive topic; and campaigns (with some success) for law reform.
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Read more about Mukhtiar’s journey to the Bar:
- A new face at Doughty Street Chambers | Legal Brief (legal-brief.co.uk) (2022) - Read more about this here
- Not All Lawyers Have Law Degrees: Mukhtiar Singh: Taking a risk with someone who’s different on Apple Podcasts (2021) - Read more about this here
- The Lawyer Portal -Case Study: University of Law, Mukhtiar Singh - Read more about this here
- The Bar Council -Spotlight on Mukhtiar Singh, Social Mobility Advocate - Read more about this here
- The Sikh Way -Launch of £4000 Guru Nanak social mobility scholarship - Read more about this here
- New Law Journal -Guru Nanak Scholarship launched - Read more about this here
- Sikh Siyasat News -Sikh Education Council and Barrister Mukhtiar Singh Awards £4,000 'Guru Nanak Social Mobility Scholarship' - Read more about this here
- Mukhtiar Singh on Twitter promoting Guru Nanak Social Mobility Scholarships - Read more about this here
- The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn - Facebook post promoting Guru Nanak Social Mobility Scholarships - Read more about this here
- Counsel Magazine -Extraordinary Working Lives: Mukhtiar Singh - Read more about this here
- Counsel Magazine -First Guru Nanak award - Read more about this here
- Mukhtiar Singh and Danielle Manson of Garden Court talk diversity on BBC Radio 4 Law in Action (12 June 2019) - Read more about this here