Head of Chambers
Called 1976

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Called 1976

David M. da Costa

(Head of Chambers)
Called 1976

David has practiced as a family lawyer and civil barrister since 1980. He has extensive experience at all levels of the family court system, whether initial hearing, trials or appeals. His practice has ranged from financial remedy issues, Inheritance and Family Provision trials to Residence and Contact cases. His area of particular interest is jointly owned property where the shares are in dispute.

Ian Mason

Called 1978

Ian Mason was called to the Bar in 1978, has been in continuous practice since 1979 and now specialises in providing direct public access services in landlord and tenant law, property matters and disputes about trusts of land and jointly owned property. Ian also takes cases involving contract law, negligence, civil wrongs (tort law), and injunctions.

Al Mustakim

Called 1997

Respected, experienced and creative – Al has a proven track record for fearlessly fighting cases that have impacted genuine social change, and raised points of law that effected public opinion. Al specialises in the areas of judicial review, professional discipline and regulatory law, employment, commercial and company law.

Mary Bullen

Called 2004

Mary has an excellent reputation for being a straight-talking and forward-thinking practitioner. Her tactical response to legal problems is hard to match. She believes that a client’s needs are of the utmost importance.

Abu Sufian

Called 2011

Abu has a diverse and successful practice where he is able to draw on the knowledge he has gained from across his specialist practice areas. Clients benefit from the comprehensive service he is able to offer as a result.

Daniel Searle

Called 2015

Daniel joined Chambers as a tenant in 2016 after successful completion of pupillage. He accepts instructions in all of Chambers’ practice areas. Daniel has appeared in County Courts, Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, Employment Tribunals, Immigration Tribunals, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Prior to pupillage, Daniel worked as a Legal Advisor to barristers, including research and advice for Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights cases.

Jayed Sarker

Called 2016

Throughout his pupillage, he has gained experience across civil law, commercial law, company law, public law (and judicial review), immigration & asylum and professional discipline & regulatory law. He has been involved in several conspicuous cases at the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and the High Court. One particular case touched the intersection of money and power on an international level, such as a $6.3 million commercial dispute between Saudi Arabian princes and a Jordanian merchant. The case also involved issues of national security and intelligence, diplomatic relations and allegations of funding terrorism overseas. Another case involved a challenge to the lengthy retention of police cautions under Article 8 of the ECHR.

Luka Maxted

Called 2015

Coming soon...

Sharin Cockerton

Called 2013

Sharin started her pupillage in April 2017 under the supervision of the head of chambers, David Mendes da Costa. During her first sixth, Shárin has gained valuable experience in family law, and in particular in child contact, financial disputes and emergency remedies for domestic violence. Shárin has also worked on cases involving housing, TOLATA, defamation and general civil law issues.

Mike Watts

(Chambers Director)

Mike’s main focus at Strand Chambers is bringing together clients and barristers in a way that will work well for both parties. He brings over thirty years of experience in marketing and inter-personal communications. The focus was always on improving communication between businesses and customers.

PRACTICE AREAS

Family

Child contact, divorce, financial remedies, emergency remedies for domestic violence, children disputes...

Property

Landlord & tenant, possession proceedings, boundary disputes, disrepair claims, unlawful eviction, trusts of land...

Employment

Unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, discrimination, equal pay, TUPE, restrictive covenants, whistleblowing...

Public, Judicial Review & Human Rights

Judicial review, constitutional & administrative, claims against government bodies and local councils, human rights...

General Civil (Inc. Contract, Consumer Rights)

Consumer rights, breach of contract, injunctions, enforcement, negligence, Road Traffic Act, personal injury...

Motor Offences

Speeding offences, careless and dangerous driving offences, drink driving, drivers at risk of disqualification...

Immigration & Asylum

Visas, asylum, settlement, appeals, judicial review, deportation, extradition, First Tier & Upper Tribunal, bail...

Professional Discipline & Regulatory

Actions by regulatory bodies including healthcare regulators, actions against professionals, conduct hearings...

Company & Commercial

Shareholder disputes, directors duties, contract disputes, injunctions, damages, sale of goods and services...

Criminal

Representation in Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal, private prosecutions, defense ...

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DIRECT ACCESS

Strand Chambers was the first chambers in London to specialise in accepting instructions via the direct public access scheme (also referred to as public access or direct access), after it was introduced in 2004.

At Strand Chambers we aim to provide a reliable, no nonsense service to people who need to access specialist legal services and who do not want to instruct a solicitor. Today over 80 per cent of our instructions are received via the direct access scheme.

How to engage our barristers
You can instruct one of our barristers in two different ways.

The first is by meeting with one of our barristers to discuss your case and receive expert legal advice in a 60 minute conference.

How it works:

  • Contact us using the form below, via email to info@strandchambers.com or call us on 020 7117 6920 and provide a brief outline of your case
  • We will match you with a suitable barrister
  • You pay a fixed fee of £280 (+ VAT (where applicable)) up front (card payment by phone)
  • We book in your conference at a time to suit you at our Chambers, based in Temple, London. In some cases, if you are unable to attend in person, we can arrange your conference via telephone or Skype

The second is by instructing a barrister to provide services including representation at a court hearing, drafting particular documents or to prepare written advice. If you would like to instruct a barrister in this way, please contact us by using the form below, via email to info@strandchambers.com or call us on 020 7117 6920.


ADR (ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION)

Here at Strand Chambers we recognise the benefits of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and that some disputes are best resolved outside court. ADR allows parties to settle their disputes out of court in the knowledge that those settlements can also be legally binding.

Here at Strand Chambers we recognise the benefits of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and that some disputes are best resolved outside court. ADR allows parties to settle their disputes out of court in the knowledge that those settlements can also be legally binding.

Strand Chambers has a group of barristers who can negotiate, mediate or arbitrate cases across a range of specialist areas.

ABOUT US

Strand Chambers was the first chambers in London to specialise in direct public access, allowing clients to take advantage of the benefits of going straight to a barrister for legal services without the need to instruct solicitors. We also take instruction from solicitors – including at short notice. All of our clients benefit from our rapid response and no-nonsense approach.

At Strand Chambers we adopt a practical, transparent handling of each case, ensuring our clients remain fully informed of the progress of their case and the costs arising at each stage. We quote fixed-fees in advance for our services on a no-obligation basis, allowing our clients to stay in control. We offer one-to-one conferences with our experienced barristers, for prices starting at £280.

Our barristers have experience in a wide range of practice areas including family, property, employment, regulatory, immigration, crime and wills and probate and can provide advice and representation on all aspects of your case. Our barristers can appear in any court, tribunal or disciplinary hearing in England and Wales, right up to and including the Supreme Court. We also have on-going cases in the European Court of Human Rights.

If you have any questions or would like further information about how we can help you, contact Mike Watts, the director of chambers, on 0207 117 6920 or email info@strandchambers.com.

LATEST NEWS

Sharin Diegan commences second six

Sharin Diegan commenced her second six on 18 October 2017 and is now accepting instructions.

During her first sixth, Sharin trained under the supervision of our head of chambers, David Mendes da Costa. She has gained valuable experience in family law, with emphasis on child contact, financial disputes and emergency remedies for domestic violence. She has also worked on cases involving housing, TOLATA, defamation and general civil law issues.

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