Our People at Caveat Solicitors in London

Rehana Choudhry

Rehana Choudhry

Rehana is the Principal and founder of Caveat Solicitors. She qualified as a solicitor in 1998 after training at a West London based specialist family practice where Rehana was made a partner and worked continuously until 2010. The stability of working at one firm for so many years provided Rehana with a wealth of experience in not only legal case work but also enhanced her management skills which is why she is able to run and manage Caveat Solicitors so effectively.

Rehana has worked in the areas of Family and Child Care law since training in 1996 and has been a member of the Law Society Childrens Panel since 2003. She is also a Specialist Accredited Member of Resolution since 2010 with specialist knowledge in the areas of children and domestic violence.

Rehana has volunteered for Rights of Women working on their telephone advice line, helping and advising some of the most vulnerable people of society. She also runs legal advice surgeries for charities around London providing pro-bono advice to vulnerable clients including those affected by domestic abuse.

Rehana has dealt with a broad spectrum of cases representing parents, grandparents and other adult parties in both public law and private law proceedings involving children.

She has specialist knowledge and experience in dealing with non-accidental injury cases and has dealt with a number of complex and high profile cases involving the controversial shaken baby syndrome. In all of these cases Rehana has successfully represented the clients to rehabilitate children back to parental care. Her experience and knowledge of criminal defence work has enhanced Rehanas expertise in advising clients with related parallel criminal proceedings.

Rehanas current case load consists of both public law and private child care matters, many with international and cultural issues; she has also had a significant case load in the past involving Chinese nationals and has developed an effective understanding of working with clients from different ethnic backgrounds who may not be familiar with the legal procedures. She has also dealt with cases where domestic violence is involved, representing clients in various fact-finding hearings.

In her spare time Rehana enjoys spending time with her family as well as travelling and cooking. Rehana has also taken part in judicial dry run exercises and is hoping as a progression of her legal career, to apply for a judicial position in the near future.

Niral Patel

Niral Patel

Niral is a highly qualified solicitor in the Family and Child Care Department. Niral joined Caveat Solicitors in 2012 and was appointed as a director in 2013. Niral is a member of Resolution and will be applying to become a member of the Law Societys Children Panel for a specialist accreditation in the area of Children Law.

She has a keen interest in representing parties in matters involving children and has specialised in this particular area since qualification. Niral is confident in undertaking all areas of Family work and especially matters within Children Act proceedings. She continues to represent parents, grandparents and other family members. Where, and if possible, Niral will undertake her own advocacy.

Whilst in practice Niral has covered various areas including residence, contact, specific issue, prohibited step order and obtaining parental responsibility orders. Recently, Niral has undertaken cases where there have been complex international issues and abduction issues. Niral has also undertaken work where domestic violence has been an element and dealt with cases involving non-molestation orders and occupation orders.

Her main interest however lies in representing parents and adult parties where the local authority are involved such as applications for care orders, supervision order, placement orders, emergency protection orders and special guardianship orders. Niral is extremely committed to the area of Public Law Children matters and has been instructed on various cases where there are complex issues such as non-accidental injuries caused to a child, concurrent criminal proceedings, and cases with over 10 children involved and where there are issues of mental health and litigation capacity.

It is essential for Niral that she has a good rapport with her clients and a relationship of trust. Niral achieves this through her understanding nature, friendly manner and ability to give sound legal advice which provides the client with confidence in Niral. This has led to clients returning to Niral and referring her legal services to others.

Niral has been able to form strong relationships with local organisations and has been on hand to provide legal advice to both the organisation and the individual seeking assistance often on urgent basis. This has led to organisations having the confidence to contact Niral and Caveat Solicitors as and when required with the reassurance that quality advice is given. This has also allowed Niral and other members of the Caveat Solicitors team to work towards ensuring that everyone has some form of access to legal advice and assistance irrespective of their circumstances.

Pooja Verma

Pooja

Pooja joined Caveat Solicitors in September 2012 and is currently heading the Immigration department. She is a qualified solicitor and supervisor.

Pooja qualified as a solicitor in 2010 after completing her part time LPC at BPP Law School, Holborn, London. She read law at the University of Westminster, London. Pooja is a qualified as a Level 2 senior caseworker and supervisor under the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme.

Poojas experience includes:

  • Applications for marriage
  • Unmarried and civil partnerships
  • Visitors
  • Dependant relatives
  • Ancestry and long residence
  • Family reunion
  • ILR
  • Naturalisation
  • Discretionary leave
  • Concessionary policies
  • Human rights
  • British nationality law
  • Asylum applications
  • EEA workers
  • Family members rights
  • Removal and deportation matters
  • Bail applications and much more

Pooja is able to deal with Immigration and Asylum applications through to Judicial Review.

Pooja advises employers on how to apply for sponsorship licence applications and advises employers on how to issue certificates of sponsorship which include Tier 2 and Tier 5 migrants, as well as the intra-company transfers. She has a wealth of experience in all areas of business immigration law including the Points Based System (PBS), and keeps herself up to date with the latest developments in order to guide clients through the immigration process.

Pooja holds an enhanced CRB and has experience of working with unaccompanied minors, victims of domestic violence and detained persons, including the detained fast track process. She has helped many clients and has obtained successful outcomes for them in various applications.

Pooja undertakes her own advocacy at the First-tier Tribunal and has previously assisted clients in relation to their Asylum appeals, Human Rights appeals, bail applications, spouse refusal appeals, student appeals and many more.

Pooja is fluent in Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu; she is interested in travelling and enjoys cooking.

Sabiha Khatoon

Sabiha qualified as a solicitor in 2011 and specialises in all areas of immigration law. She has a masters degree in International Business & Commercial Law from the University of West London (UK) 2013.

She passed the QLTT, BPP professionals and College of Law, UK 2010. Sbiha has an excellent rapport with her clients and achieves outstanding results for them, making her an increasingly popular member of the immigration team.


Felix Oweka

Felix

Felix qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor of the
Supreme Court of Nigeria since 1999.

He re-qualified as a Solicitor of the senior Courts of
England and Wales in 2010 and he holds a Masters (LLM) degree from University of Westminster (2017) in International and Commercial dispute resolution law.

Felix is accredited under the Law Society’s
Accreditation Scheme as a Level 2 Senior Immigration Caseworker which is a field that he has been heavily involved with throughout his legal career in the
United Kingdom.

He is passionate about all aspects of immigration/asylum law and has an enhanced CRB status which permits him to
represent unaccompanied asylum seeking children and other vulnerable immigrants.

Felix has a wide knowledge of immigration/asylum law
and is experienced to deal with matters such as entry clearance/refugee family reunion applications, further leave, “outside of the rules” and Indefinite
Leave to Remain (ILR) applications, domestic violence applications involving
EEA nationals and their family members, detained casework, bail applications
and appeals. He is also experienced in PBS and Judicial Review applications and
he does most of his advocacy at the Tribunals.


James Liasis

James Liasis is a Criminal Defence Law
Solicitor who has achieved success early on in his career. After training at a leading Criminal Law Practice and qualifying in 2012 he has achieved Duty Solicitor status as well as Higher Rights of Audience. He has attended a large
amount of police stations including representing Defendants facing serious charges including drug conspiracies and murder. He also attends the Magistrates court regularly to act in criminal proceedings.

Whilst conducting the above, he has also amounted a diverse growing client base that includes Chinese and Brazilian clients and represented clients facing very serious charges in the Crown Courts.

He can act in all Criminal Defence matters
including Police station, Magistrates and Crown Court representation as well as confiscation, cash seizure and appeal hearings.

He works closely with many high level barristers each specialising in their own practice areas which can suit all
client’s needs.

Selected cases include:·

  • a conspiracy to defraud the TFL (R v RV & others) (2013)
  • Importation Cannabis – R v TG (2018) – Kingston Crown Court
  • Importation Cannabis/Money Laundering – R v ML (2018) – Harrow Crown Court – Case dismissed after plea negotiations. 
  • Conspiracy to supply class A – known as the “Breaking Bad case of Bristol” (2014) – Acquitted after half time submissions.
  • Rape trial youth at Old Bailey (2017) R v S
  • Rape of a minor – 2015 – Croydon Crown Court – Acquitted of Rape. (R v PP)
  • Rape – 2016 – R v W – Croydon CC – Case discontinued.
  • Section 18 GBH – R v HA – Case involving stabbing of two minors. Case dismissed on first day of trial after disclosure issues Defence put forward.
  • Section 18 GBH(2018) – R v DN – Gang related stabbing trial.
  • Section 18 GBH (2019) – R v I – Gang related stabbing and shooting. Youth matter.
  • Sexual Assault involving Police Officer (2013) Blackfriars CC – Acquitted (R v JB)·
  • Offences Against Persons – R v DS (2018) – City of London Mags - Case dropped after disclosure argument and CPS failed duties.·
  • Possession of Class A – R v CC (2018) – Croydon Mags – Case dropped after enquiries made as to inadequate retention of drug samples at police station.

Majharul Islam Miah

Majharul is a Solicitor working within the Family Department.

Majharul completed his degree at University of Hertfordshire and graduated with an LLB
degree in Law.

Majharul trained with Caveat Solicitors and qualified with the firm in November 2018.

Majharul deals with a variety of Family Law matters ranging from Care Proceedings, Child Contact Issues and Divorce. Majharul has built up particular expertise in all areas of Children matters both public and private representing
client’s in Local Authority’s application for Care Order and Supervision Order.

Further within the department Majharul ensures that all emergency calls are acted upon in an approachable and sensitive manner, ensuring the client’s needs are put first.

Outside of work Majharul has a keen interest in sports and attends the gym. 


Languages: Fluent in English and Bengali

Baljinder Randhawa

Baljinder specialises in all aspects of public and private
family work including divorce and separation, family finances, domestic
violence, children, cohabitation disputes, child abduction, forced marriages
and pre and post nuptial agreements. Baljinder is also an advocate and
regularly attends Court to represents clients.

Baljinder deals with complex financial issues and represents
clients of a high net worth both here and in other jurisdiction, often with an
international element having knowledge in all stages of proceedings including
final hearings and enforcement of orders. Whilst Baljinder has an
empathetic approach she is known for offering clients sensible, pragmatic
advice and representation with the aim of achieving sensible solutions. As a
member of the Advanced Family Panel, Baljinder aims to conduct matters in a
constructive and non-confrontational manner. For Baljinder negotiations is of
paramount importance to ensure that her clients achieve best possible results
in the speediest time and at the lowest cost to the client. Where negotiation
is not fruitful she is able to aggressively defend your interest drawing on her
experience of civil litigation.

Baljinder is fluent in Punjabi and Hindi

Other Staff

We have many other solicitors and admin team enabling us to provide you with experience, expertise, skill and the highest standards of client care, this includes: Jahangeer Choudhry [Office Manager], Tasleem Bhatti [Reception & Admin Manager]

Our staff and clients are the foundation of our firm and our most valuable asset

Call us today on the number listed at the top of this page for more information on how any of our highly qualified staff can assist you.

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