Mugni Islam-Choudhury > Chambers of Adrian Keeling KC and Jonathan Jones KC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Adrian Keeling KC and Jonathan Jones KC
No5 Barristers' Chambers
FOUNTAIN COURT, STEELHOUSE LANE
BIRMINGHAM
B4 6DR
England

Position

Mugni has interest and expertise in dealing with high value claims, particularly in the field of discrimination (e.g. recently involved in a number of lifetime career loss claims for stress/disability discrimination), whistle-blowing, and High Court injunctive relief involving IP issues (e.g. confidentiality and business protection). Having recently moved back to the Bar, Mugni has been instructed by large firms such as Eversheds, Irwin Mitchell and Bevan Brittan, as well as local authority in-house legal teams at Warwickshire Council and Staffordshire Council. Mugni regularly appears in the Employment Tribunal and EAT in a variety of hearings. He has acted for a whole range of NHS/health sector clients, as well as large private sector clients such as Centrica (British Gas), Diageo plc, Severn Trent Water, The Automobile Association, Unipart, National Grid and Tarmac Limited. Public sector clients include: the Forensic Science Service, the Legal Ombudsman of England and Wales, Worcester City Council, Warwickshire Council and Warwickshire Police and Southampton City PCT. Mugni has appeared successfully against and alongside leading advocates in the employment field such as John Hendy QC and James Goudie QC. Mugni has recently been instructed by the Forensic Science Service on a number of hearings dealing with technical issues concerning redundancies as well as appearing in a number of complex doctors’ disciplinary cases. Notable cases: Pannu & others v (1) Premier Manufacturing (2) General Motors & others (2010) (ET) – successfully appearing for Premier in a complex and novel TUPE case with 35 claimants and 1 Trade Union, co-defending with James Goudie QC acting for GM. Both succeeded in arguing no TUPE transfer on the basis that the goods and service exclusion applied to the service provision change; Myburgh v Diageo (2010) (ET) – successfully appearing for Diageo in an indirect sex discrimination. The claimant, a part-time female middle manager, with childcare responsibilities, was challenging a standard contractual clause to work ‘such additional hours as the business required from time to time’. Mugni successfully argued that the clause was justified on the novel point that the legitimate aim of the clause was to facilitate rather than hinder part time working.

Career

Called 1996; Lincoln’s Inn; pupil barrister, 11 Bolt Court (Chambers of Richard Mandel) 1996-97; barrister (tenant), Clarendon Chambers 1997-2003; barrister, Cartwright Cunningham Haselgrove & Co 2003-04; barrister and senior associate in employment, Bevan Brittan 2004-10; senior associate barrister, Eversheds 2010-12; barrister, No 5 Chambers 2012.

Languages

Conversational Bengali.

Memberships

Employment Lawyers Association.

Education

Manchester Grammar School (1992); University College London (1995 LLB (Hons) Law); Inns of Court School of Law (1996 Bar Vocational Course).

Leisure

Cricket; squash; following the highs and lows of Manchester United’s fortunes.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Employment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Mugni Islam-ChoudhuryNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Mugni is a commercially-minded barrister, putting the client’s interests first. He is a good and clear communicator and an assured presence during complex and stressful proceedings.’  

The employment group of No5 Barristers’ Chambers offers the full range of advisory and advocacy services in all courts and tribunals in England & Wales. Mugni Islam-Choudhury heads the employment group and is currently handling a direct age discrimination that challenges the retirement policy of the University of Oxford, affecting over 5,000 academics. Helen Barney is ‘astute at cross-examination’ and the ‘go to’ barrister for a number of NHS clients, local authorities, and social housing providers. Charles Crow has particular experience in the fields of unfair dismissal and discrimination cases.