Shuyeb Muquit > 1MCB > London, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Immigration & Asylum; Crime; Public law & Judicial Review


Shuyeb is a highly regarded practitioner specialising in the fields of immigration, crime and public law, and ultimately in cases that engage human rights issues and/or have an international or foreign dimension.

A Social and Economic History graduate of the LSE, Shuyeb worked at the Department of Trade and Industry before undertaking (on completion of his CPE at the University of Birmingham and his BVC at BPP London) a specialist immigration/public law pupillage at Enfield Chambers, under the guidance of James Gillespie, the co-author of the seminal Immigration Law Handbook, during which he was seconded as a trainer of caseworkers at the IAS.

Adept, in particular, in handling cases where there is a crossover/interaction between immigration, criminal and family law, Shuyeb has navigated innumerable successes before the First Tier and Upper Tribunal (AIC), the Administrative Court and both divisions of the Court of Appeal, reflecting his depth of knowledge, phenomenal work rate and ability to take matters in these areas from the bottom to the top with skilful and imaginative written and oral advocacy.

Shuyeb was junior counsel, led by the late Ian Macdonald QC, in both the Cambridge College test case, which concerned allegations that foreign students were coming to the UK to attend bogus colleges, leading to a parliamentary inquiry and the introduction of sponsor licence requirements and the ‘points-based system’; and in Jeffers v Labour Party [2011] EWHC 529 (QB), a case challenging the control exercised by the Labour Party over the internal administration of its affiliate BAME – Black and Minority Ethnic – group.  Most recently, Shuyeb was Counsel for the appellant in Zulfiqar (‘Foreign criminal’; British citizen) [2020] UKUT 312 (IAC), where the Upper Tribunal gave guidance on the reach of statutory provisions governing the assessment of Article 8 rights raised in response to the proposed deportation of “foreign criminals”.

Shuyeb represents all manner of individual and organisations, including local authorities, in their confrontations and negotiations with the UK’s labyrinthian immigration laws. He appears in all tiers of the tribunal, as well as before the appellate courts.

Shuyeb is qualified to accept instructions from members of the public directly under the Direct Access Scheme.

Consistently provides timely and highly professional advice, a true pleasure to work with and someone I would highly recommend”


Called to the Bar 1998


  • Bengali-Sylheti (fluent)
  • Hindi/Punjabi (proficient)


Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association


  • BSc, London School of Economics
  • CPE, University of Birmingham
  • BVC, BPP Law school, London