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Legal Award 2015
Child & Child
2001 – 2002 College of Law, Hockley, Birmingham (LPC)
1998 – 2001 University of Birmingham (Degree in Law (LLB)
1991 – 1998 Townley Grammar School, Kent (9 GCSES, 3 ‘A’ levels & 1 'AS' level)
Irpreet is an Associate in the Family Team at Child & Child. She is becoming increasing renown for her specialism dealing with Asian clients whose cases involve cultural and specific religious aspects.
Irpreet’s background and experience enable her to deal sensitively but yet constructively with an understanding of both the legal and practical impacts that particular decisions may have on the client as well as the ongoing emotional pressure faced when making these difficult decisions.
Irpreet is adept at advising on the impact of overseas marriages (such as an Islamic Nikah) or divorces (such as an Islamic Talaq or Khula) on English proceedings and navigating the client through complicated and lengthy legal applications as swiftly as possible. Irpreet is also able to ensure that the financial proceedings properly deal with cultural and religious considerations such as the return or the payment of the ‘Mehr’ (often referred to as dowry) and the impact that being divorced is likely to have particularly on female divorcees with regards to future relationships.
Much of Irpreet’s work is through previous clients and word-of-mouth referrals which in itself, is a testament to the client service she provides.
Clients and colleagues have praised Irpreet’s straightforward and comprehensive approach to dealing with matters and have said:-
“I remember my first phone conversation with you and feeling supported afterwards, even before seeing you face to face”
“From the outset Irpreet demonstrated a high level of professionalism and integrity but also a good degree of empathy and understanding.”
“I am extremely grateful to you personally, am impressed by your understanding of Asian / Muslim cultural matrimonial issues, your strategic thinking and actions to address Asian cultural matrimonial problems as well as your emotional intelligence as evident from your correspondence, and totally ethical practice of the Law “
Clients appreciate the honest and cost proportionate strategies applied which enable them to finalise their matters and achieve their objectives as swiftly as possible whilst feeling emotionally supported and advised.
Irpreet is the resident legal writer for Asian Wedding Directory and provides articles on topical issues on a quarterly basis.
Irpreet also presents courses for Central Law Training to other family lawyers on her specialist areas of law.
Outside of work, Irpreet spends most of her time running around after her daughters and spending time with her family. She also enjoys travelling, reading and creating spread sheets at any given opportunity.
In the media:
Irpreet was recently quoted in the Times when the Law Society published the guidance on Sharia Wills and is frequently asked to provide legal insight for the BBC Asian Network on topical issues – her most recent discussion being in May 2015 on whether there is still a stigma faced by British Asian divorcees.
Irpreet’s work in this area has resulted in her being noted as a Rising Star for the past 3 years in “Chambers UK, A Guide to the Legal Professional” which is considered an authoritative guide used by many lawyers and other professionals. Entries have commented as follows:-
"Irpreet Kohli acts in complex matrimonial disputes and children law cases. Sources say: "She's just fantastic with the figures and analysing the different financial possibilities of different settlements. She's excellent on the numbers and looks at the bigger picture."
(Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2015)
"Irpreet has a particular specialism in advising Asian clients, especially where religious and cultural considerations are prominent concerns."
(Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2014)
"extremely smart, sensitive, professional, conscientious' and very good at negotiating with the other side. Peers say 'She explains facts and figures to clients so well."
(Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2013)