Dr Liaqat Malik
Dr Liaqat Malik Pursuing a legal career and becoming lawyer – You might have seen the epic movie court battles, the judges in wigs, the witty repartee between lawyers on TV shows, but what does it take to become a lawyer in real life? attend a few court hearings it will give you ideal the working of a lawyer
A lawyer must have the following skills to become an excellent lawyer:
good written communication skills;
good public speaking skills in order to argue convincingly in the courtroom before juries and judges;
communication and speaking skills can be developed during your studies by taking part in activities such as mooting or general public speaking.
the ability to draw reasonable, logical conclusions or assumptions from limited information is essential as a lawyer. Both the study and practice of law involve absorbing large quantities of information, then having to distil it into something manageable and logical. Being able to research quickly and effectively is essential to understanding your clients, their needs, and to preparing legal strategies;
When working on a case, you must have the perseverance to complete the work necessary to drive it to a successful finish;
ability to display a great deal of creativity in problem solving. The best solution is not always the most obvious and in order to outmanoeuvre your challenger it is often necessary to think outside the box;
Therefore before pursuing a legal career you must be able to adopt a practical approach to clients problems
Running a Legal Practice
The cost of running a legal practice is quite expensive and networking and relationships matter. Looking back, a major part of my success as a lawyer was the ability to build long-lasting relationships with clients and colleagues. In respect of clients, this was facilitated by a mixture of personality, knowledge of the law, a practical approach to the problem and, most importantly, the recognition Dr Liaqat Malik was providing a service to my clients.
Dr Liaqat Malik advice is that the ability to build and maintain a network is hugely important. Dr Liaqat Malik worked for number of law firms and became a partner in
Dr Liaqat Malik Law chambers Solicitors – Manchester and DMCommericalLawChambers.com.pk in Lahore.
Dr Liaqat Malik became a specialist lawyer in public law, concentrating on procedural fairness and fair trial and decision making by the executive or inferior Tribunals (ad hoc). The tasks included taking cases to superior courts and tribunals, drafting legal pleadings, researching the philosophy, hypothesis and history of law, and giving expert legal opinions. Often, instructing and working with other leading counsel and making law in landmark decisions. On average, my practice was making an average of 600 – 800 Constitutional (Judicial Review) applications per annum relating to public interest litigation, prison law, immigration law, government policy making, code and practice of prosecutors and administrative detentions. Over the period of time and experience Dr Liaqat Malik developed advocacy and interpersonal skills, an analytical mind, critical thinking, commercial sense. Dr Liaqat Malik was awarded 7 lawyer of the year awards during my career and gained a doctorate in Law from the University of Manchester. In view of my academic qualifications, my opinions and advice was sought worldwide in
researching the legal issues and the philosophy of law, jurisprudence of law, hypothesis and history of law, and giving expert legal opinions. Dr Liaqat Malik was recognised as a jurist and my research was highlighted in law journals and in the law gazette on several occasions. I gave interviews to the media on legal issues in particular constitutional and immigration issues.
Over period of time Dr Liaqat Malik became a specialist lawyer in immigration and administrative detention. The UK government sought to cap immigration to the UK and so immigration and constitutional lawyers became unpopular with the government and professional bodies and many practices closed as a result following legal actions against the firms and their partners.
Criminal Law – As criminal lawyer Dr Liaqat Malik often represented high profile clients including ministers, government officials and business executives in a number of jurisdictions including Europe, Africa and Asia. Some examples of my cases are:
successfully represented several PIA air Marshalls in drug importation cases
Tahir (Prince) from Lahore, charged with murder in the UK, convicted on manslaughter and sentenced to 5 years. The UK government sought to deport him to Pakistan to face 15 counts of murder. The High Court ordered him to be removed to Pakistan with myself and members of Scotland Yard (anti terrorist squad) to accompany him to ensure he received a fair trial. He was assassinated outside the courtroom. His concerns over his safety were well founded.
Immigration Law – Dr Liaqat Malik was a top immigration lawyer in the UK. Dr Liaqat Malik often made applications to the High Court for Habeus Corpus, Judicial Reviews. Examples of cases are:
Ex-parte Khawaja, House of Lords – Mrs Khawaja, from Rochdale, UK married a Pakistani national working for the Pakistani Embassy in Germany. The Home Office alleged that he entered the UK by deception as he did not declare he was coming to the UK for the purpose of marriage. The Home Office contention that he was an illegal entrant was declared unlawful by the House of Lords. This was a landmark decision as previously the House of Lords made a wrong decision in another case, ex-parte Zameer.
Ex-parte Jerome Ahmed – Detained as a terrorist under Administrative detention for allegedly plotting to bomb Birmingham. The Home Office refused to provide adequate evidence of the alleged plots due to public interest before a Home Office special security panel. The detention was challenged in the High Court and the Court of Appeal which was refused. An application was made to the European Court of Human Rights. The application was successful. The UK government had to set up a new Special Immigration Tribunal following this decision to secure human rights.
Ex-parte Patel 1 – Asylum seekers right to work whilst their claims are pending and Ex-parte Patel 2 – whether foreign nationals married to British citizens together with British children could be removed and/or separated.
Dr Liaqat Malik represented many immigrants including ex-parte Khan and the right to detain potential asylum seekers with false passports or ID documents and Ex-parte Wong where the British officials were allegedly making fake passports in Hong Kong.
Ex-parte Paracha – convicted of importation of drugs. Sentenced to 22 years. The Parole Board refused to count the detention period whilst detained awaiting extradition from the Cyprus/Greece border to the UK. Both these countries come under NATO. Any detention should have been included in the 22 years. Mr Paracha was eligible for parole but parole was refused on the grounds that the Secretary of State owes a duty to other states to keep them safe so he could not be removed to Pakistan on parole.
Ex-parte Zulfiqar – Mr Zulfiqar was serving a 10 years sentence for endangering life. He was regularly strip searched and the prison refused to give him Halal food. Upon his refusal to permit further strip searches and to eat non Halal food, the prison governor added further days of imprisonment to his sentence. This was challenged successfully in the High Court. Prison services were required to provide Halal food and strip searches were ordered to be done in a dignified way. All Mr Zulfiqar’s extra days were quashed.
As a specialist prison lawyer, Dr Liaqat Malik was regularly challenging the refusal of privileges to prisoners, adjudications, parole decisions.
There are few education law specialists in the UK. Dr Liaqat Malik took cases on a pro-bono basis, representing before Panels where students had been refused degrees, disciplinary proceedings, removal from school hearings, discrimination matters:
Represented many Iraqi students who were refused degrees because their government had not sent the fees in time under the emergency law by the UK government.
Dr Liaqat Malik represented various governments before Tribunals on Vienna Convention Issues and Diplomatic Immunity:
Bradford Police arrested an official of the Consulate who was allegedly in receipt of false passports. The police had no power to arrest as this was a diplomatic matter. I forcefully took the bag from the custody of the police.
Business and Banking Law
Dr Liaqat Malik was asked to represent businesses to set aside creditors meetings, winding up and directors disqualifications. Dr Liaqat Malik advised on unfair banking terms and conditions, setting aside unfair contracts and personal guarantees, consumer protection.
On many occasions Dr Liaqat Malik was instructed to investigate and challenge the practice surrounding the local elections including selection of candidates, funding and allegations of rigging the polls. There were large concerns regarding the local elections for the Mayor and councillors in Oldham, UK which was challenged in Manchester County Court.
instructed by several trusts to monitor elections of charity trustees.
Planning permission was refused for Pakistan House in Rochdale which was partly to be used by the Pakistani embassy. The Rochdale planning committee comprised of councillors and politicians refused on the basis that the building was primarily to be used for the liberal democrats. I represented the Pakistan House at the enquiry and we were successful and was given an award by the Pakistan High Commissioner and Cyril Smith, MP.
Legal Practice as a Business
The law is one of the best professions to give experience. Many eminent lawyers have become prime ministers and leaders of nations such as Mohammed Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, Zulfqar Ali Bhutto, Margaret Thatcher, Anthony Blair, Barrack Obama, Abraham Lincoln.
If you can protect your clients, you can have a thriving business. Dr Liaqat Malik had several trainees from the Asian sub-continent. Most of them stayed with me for their training period then left and set up their own practices. It is essential that you have a restraint of trade agreement in contracts.
Working With Other Lawyer
My PhD thesis, supervised by Professor Loughlin, Dean of the University of Manchester, is Judicial Control, Administrative Guidance and Immigration Control contains many of my landmark decisions and is available for viewing at the University of Manchester Library.
Dr Liaqat Malik have worked with and gained experience and skills from many eminent lawyers including Mr S Kadri QC, Head of Chambers, Master of Bench, Mr Graeme Williams QC, Head of Chambers, Master of Benches, Mr Colin Ross-Munrow QC, Head of Chambers, Master of Benches, Mr D Pannick QC, Deputy High Court Judge, Arthur Blake, District Judge, Dr Tony Thorndike, Immigration Judge (my former examiner) and Bob Fordham QC and David Berkley QC.