Episode 1: Law Simplified welcomes Hasaan Ahmad
We welcome Hasaan Ahmad onto our Law Simplified Team. In this podcast, he’ll be giving us a glimpse of his journey. He tells us how he broke barriers coming from a socially deprived town in Manchester and bulldozed his way to the Bar. Hasaan’s been given the most daring task of all: getting close and personal with barristers, solicitors, trainees, paralegals, judges ( where possible) and other legal professionals. He’ll be engaging in a discussion with legal professionals about current updates within their practice areas, so we understand the clear implications of them. Hasaan will also be extracting golden nuggets about their journey, so we can all learn from them. Through this, we’re flying the student flag high, and we aim to always support and open up opportunities where possible.
Episode 2: Hasaan Ahmad sits down with David Boyle
Our podcast host gets up close and personal with a senior Barrister at Deans Court Chambers. Writer, Lecturer and Member of the BSB Advisory Panel of Experts; David Boyle
David provides a fascinating insight into his background, his family and his motivation behind studying at the prestigious Cambridge University. Hasaan and David scrutinised academic institutions, highlighting the “state school/ grammar school” debate. Touching on how an academic institute, regardless of its reputation can propel young professionals given they have the requisite experience, willingness and determination. David goes on to give invaluable advice to BPTC graduates, as well as simplifying some of the implications of Jackson Reforms. Please click here for David’s ‘The Mini Pupil Workbook’, ‘An Introduction to Personal Injury Law’ and ‘On Experts’.
Episode 3: Hasaan Ahmad sits down with Neelam Afzal
Our Podcast Host is joined by a Senior Solicitor and Head of Employment at Wildings Solicitors, Neelam Afzal. Neelam was nominated and commended for her achievements in law at the British Muslim Awards which took place in Manchester earlier this year. Neelam is renowned for her work in the community as well as her backing of Birmingham City University students, delivering seminars and holding mock trials. Hasaan explores Neelam’s current practice, changes in the employment sector as well as the impact of COVID-19 upon employees, employers and explores the settlement options which parties are able to consider before they lodge a claim with the Employment Tribunal. She also touches on the topic of redundancy, ACAS, furlough, and notice period in both of these contexts.
Episode 4: Hasaan Ahmad sits down with Sahar Farooqi
Sahar Farooqi is a barrister of ten years call, practising within commercial litigation and international arbitration as well as all forms of ADR, he joined DWF Advocacy as their sole counsel in 2014, and soon found himself steering the ship as their Director. Sahar works extensively in the MENA and Asia-Pac regions. At home, he is a father to two under two, a mentor to seven aspiring barristers, and a self-professed cricket freak. In this episode, Sahar shares shocking, jaw-dropping moments which occurred over the course of his career, talks about his appointment as the Director of DWF Advocacy, and on being awarded The British Muslim achievements Award in Law Prize 2020. Sahar was very forthcoming on topics such as pupillage with DWF Advocacy, the ever so current BAME issues and his current practice. As you can imagine, we had to quench Sahar’s expertise and experience for all it’s worth.
Episode 5: Hasaan Ahmad sits down with Chris Daw QC
Hasaan and Chris Daw QC sit down to discuss Chris’ success story, his background, his humble beginnings working alongside his father, all within the first part of this podcast. Chris goes on to describe his path into criminal defence and delves into some of the biggest criminal clients he’s worked with. Before taking Silk in 2013, Chris built his reputation in dealing with substantial criminal and serious fraud. In addition to major document-heavy criminal and regulatory cases, Chris has a niche practice advising and representing high net worth individuals in sensitive, personal and criminal matters.
Chris goes on to provide an insight into his recent book #JusticeOnTrial, giving us a glimpse of what we can expect in his latest publication. As always, we put your questions to Chris, discussing a potential Netflix series, tips on Pupillage, and some very constructive advice for law students and legal professionals. Should we legalise drug use? Chris tells us why we should! Please click here to get your discounted copy now!
Episode 6: Callum sits down with Simranjeet Kaur Mann
Callum Gill is joined by Future Womble Bond Dickinson Trainee and Founder of Sim’s Legal Mentoring, Simranjeet Kaur Mann. Having successfully been offered three Training Contracts, Simranjeet set up Sim’s Legal Mentoring with the aim of offering advice to aspiring solicitors, particularly those from the South Asian background. Since its founding, Sim’s Legal Mentoring has amassed over 1000 Instagram followers and assisted numerous aspiring solicitors on their journey. With the application season for Vacation Schemes/Training Contracts on the horizon, we delve into the entire application process with Simranjeet and hear her top tips. Callum also explores Simranjeet’s motivations for a career in law and her journey, which led to her accepting a Training Contract with Womble Bond Dickinson.
Episode 7: Faareen sits down with Ross Birkbeck
Faareen is joined by another spectacular guest, Ross Birkbeck, a practising barrister, specialising in tax, commercial, company and trusts law. He is the Founder and Designer of Casedo, who is challenging the legal status quo and introducing a digital way of working. Casedo is a tool that allows its users, irrespective of their profession and industry, to work more efficiently and without paper. During the interview, Ross shares his journey to the bar Profession, which he pursued after leaving behind a successful filmmaking business. He also simplified some updates in tax laws, discussed his genius invention, Casedo, which is well on its way to becoming the leader in legal tech and was put through his paces by our host during a quickfire round, which was carried out under timed conditions. An epic podcast with lots of fun-filled moments and laughter.
Episode 8: Sara sits down with Mark Robinson
Episode 9: Sara sits down with Adam Wagner
Episode 10: Jaime Hamilton QC- A Top Criminal Law Barrister sits down with Sara El Kaysi
Episode 11: Everything you need to know about UK Hotel Quarantine and Exemptions with Muhammad Zahab Jamali
Faareen is joined by Muhammad Zahab Jamali, Partner and Head of Immigration at Ashton Ross Law and Barrister at Imperium Chambers to talk about UK hotel quarantine and how to apply for an exemption, in the event of medical or compassionate reasons, upon returning from a red list country. In this special episode, he tells us what the quarantine involves, talks about the conditions at these hotels, and the process of making an application for an exemption. He also talks us through some of his recent cases, where he represented parties applying for an exemption, some of which ended up in the High Court, the outcome in those cases, and the general approach taken by the government/court.
Zahab also touched on the progress of the widely publicised case where a Muslim family was served bacon for breakfast and gave advice for people returning to the UK in these current circumstances.
For the government guidance on applying for an exemption, please click here.
Episode 12: The journey to creating UK’s first plant-based barrister wig, with Samuel March
Sara El Kaysi sits down with UK’s first vegan wig inventor, Samuel March. Samuel March is also a pupil barrister at 5 Paper Buildings, specialising in criminal, social, environmental and animal justice law. Samuel is also a volunteer at Animal Lawyers UK. Samuel shares how he created the first vegan barrister wig using hemp. Ironically, hemp is the same species of plant as cannabis. Samuel shared a snapshot of his journey to the bar and says that he intends on creating vegan alternatives for other Bar attire in the near future! Get in touch with Samuel for your very own vegan wig.