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.
- Bar Council’s Speak up for others school initiative
He also speaks in schools in Kent about a career at the Bar and, in some circumstances, provides an opportunity to shadow him.
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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:
- Protect. Advising this leading whistleblowing charity on complex cases; and on policy.
- 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.
- Employment Lawyer’s Association 100 Days Project. This scheme provides support to charities to find free advice from its lawyer members. 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 volunteered two days per year since the scheme’s inception and has represented clients at preliminary hearings including applications to strike out and amend; and has advised on a wide range of employment claims. He recently 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.
- Court of Appeal Scheme for Litigants in Person (COAS). Mukhtiar appeared in the Court of Appeal for a claimant in a multi-million pound claim against a website design company. Further information about the scheme can be found by contacting the Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau or the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
- He provides support and advice to this local Citizens Advice Bureau.
Mukhtiar has worked particular closely with the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), including sponsoring their annual True Honour Awards for a number of years. IKWRO provides practical support, including counselling and shelter, to victims of so-called honour crime; and also provides education and training on this sensitive topic.
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Read more about Mukhtiar’s journey to the Bar:
- Mukhtiar Singh and Danielle Manson of Garden Court talk diversity on BBC Radio 4 Law in Action (12 June 2019)
- Guardian (University of Law partner zone) - 'I visualised my future': meet the man who became a barrister at 41-years-old
- The Lawyer Portal - Case Study: University of Law, Mukhtiar Singh
- The Bar Council - Spotlight on Mukhtiar Singh, Social Mobility Advocate
- The Sikh Way - Launch of £4000 Guru Nanak social mobility scholarship
- New Law Journal - Guru Nanak Scholarship launched
- Sikh Siyasat News - Sikh Education Council and Barrister Mukhtiar Singh Awards £4,000 'Guru Nanak Social Mobility Scholarship'
- Mukhtiar Singh on Twitter promoting Guru Nanak Social Mobility Scholarships
- The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn - Facebook post promoting Guru Nanak Social Mobility Scholarships
- Counsel Magazine - Extraordinary Working Lives: Mukhtiar Singh
- Counsel Magazine - First Guru Nanak award
- Law Gazette-Mukhtiar Singh seeking to expand scholarship scheme to solicitors.