From the outset of his career at the Bar, Mukhtiar has been strongly committed to provide service to the vulnerable and less-advantaged.
Mukhtiar’s various pro bono activities including:
- Promoting recruitment to the legal profession, particularly students from poorer backgrounds.
- Pro bono representation through law centres.
- Support and sponsorship of charities.
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.
- 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
He now acts through the following schemes:
- The Bar Pro Bono Unit. This charity helps provide free assistance from volunteer barristers. He recently represented a client in a contested probate case and has represented clients in a broad range of litigation cases.
- Employment Lawyer’s Association 100 Days Project. This scheme provides support to charities to find free advice from its lawyer members. Mukhtiar recently 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.
- 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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