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Legal Award 2015
Human Rights Lawyer
City University London
2010 – 2011
Qualified as a solicitor
Oxford Institute of Legal Practice
Qualifying Lawyer's Transfer Test, Law
Called to the Bar
Inns of Court School of Law
Bar Vocational Course, Law
2006 – 2007
City University, London
Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Skills
2006 – 2007
University of Greenwich
LLB (Hons), Law
2003 - 2006
Shoaib is a legal professional specialising in Human Rights. He has worked on cases at all levels, including European Court of Human Rights cases.
He holds a Postgraduate Diploma and a Masters degree (LLM) in Professional Legal Studies. He is a solicitor and a barrister. He sits on the Executive Committee of the UK's Human Rights Lawyers Association.
He currently manages his own law firm specialising in immigration and asylum law.
Specialities: Human Rights Law, Immigration Law, Asylum Law, European Union Law, Public Law.
Shoaib is a well known human rights lawyer and an avid tweeter on human rights related issues (@ShoaibMKhan). He is often asked to comment on latest human rights issues and is recognised as an active professional in the field. He has advised other lawyers on legal issues and developments, including as part of his previous roles at certain NGOs where he advised lawyers on human rights and EU law matters. He is regularly asked to contribute to human rights projects and sign joint letters etc from others in the field.
Shoaib has volunteered with national and international organisations including Liberty, the Kurdish Human Rights Project, the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre and the British Institute of Human Rights. He has also volunteered with local organisations including Citizens Advice, a local law centre and Victim Support.
He regularly takes up deserving cases and represents such clients in court on a pro bono basis. He works with the NGO BID (Bail for Immigration Detainees) and visits detainees in immigration detention centres to provide advice on a pro bono basis. He has represented clients detained under immigration powers for long periods of time, 3-4 years, which include some of the longest periods of immigration detention in the UK.
He is particularly well known for raising awareness about human rights issues and for dispelling myths about these issues. He regularly corrects misleading or inaccurate media articles on human rights or immigration related issues. One such correction that attracted attention last year was a correction published in the Daily Mail about an article that the UK’s Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling had written. There were legal mistakes and misleading statements in the article, which Shoaib complained about. The Daily Mail then corrected the article, published a separate correction and published a letter from Shoaib setting out the correct legal position.
Shoaib is often invited to speak at legal events on current human rights issues, for instance he recently spoke at an event chaired by the former president of the European Court of Human Rights. He is also invited to speak to aspiring human rights lawyers and has spoken at such events at institutions including the Law Society, the University of Leeds and SOAS, University of London. In 2014 and 2015, he was a judge at the Human Rights Lawyers Association’s annual Judicial Review competition.
In the media:
He has been interviewed on television and in newspapers. He has been mentioned or quoted in newspapers including the Guardian, Huffington Post, the Mirror etc, as well as leading legal blogs and publications.
He has been invited to television programmes on Asian channels including DM, Venus etc. and other channels including Islam Channel and Al-Jazeera. He has also been interviewed several times by Russia Today on their evening news.