Barry Harwood – Head Of Chambers

Barry is the founder of Harwood Law. He has been practising at the Bar for over 22 years. After completing his combined pupillage in Criminal and Civil law, he has gone on to specialise in Employment law, all aspects of discrimination & Tribunals. He is a senior champion and role model for Stonewall UK. In this time, he has also spent 12 years as a senior lecturer in law teaching the Bar Professional Training Course at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is also a fully qualified mediator & pupil supervisor, puts these skills into use on various committees of which he is a member.

In 2019, Barry was also elected to be a member of the Bar Council of England and Wales, serving on both the Equality, Diversity & Social Mobility and the Education and Training committees. He also gives back to the profession by teaching advocacy to Bar students at the Lincoln’s Inn residential weekends. He was a staff Governor and equality & diversity champion to the board of Governors at Manchester Metropolitan University. He was the LGBT Chair for staff, and he also holds a role as a director/trustee of the Aspireplus multi-academy trust. In his free time, he enjoys travelling and a glass of red wine.

Jennifer Harwood – Specialist Law Consultant

Qualified as a midwife in 2012 and has worked in many different settings over the last 8 years. Jennifer has extensive experience in hospital, community and home settings. She is up to date with current NICE and RCOG guidelines relating to all aspects of obstetric care and has recently started consulting with Barry. In her spare time, Jennifer is a mother to her own 3 children and avid traveler who loves a new adventure.

 

Dravin Bheemah

Deputy Head of Chambers & Equality & Diversity Inclusion Officer

Dravin is a practising barrister who has worked in the legal profession for ten years. He has a significant amount of experience in employment law. Dravin is a former solicitor, and, immediately prior to transferring to the Bar, he was Head of Employment at a large regional firm of solicitors in the West Midlands. He also worked as an in-house barrister for a firm of solicitors that specialises solely in employment law. Dravin has provided representation for clients in complex and high value claims, some of which carried significant reputational risk for the parties involved. He is also experienced in providing representation for clients at
Judicial Mediation.

In his spare time, Dravin enjoys working out with weights and keeping fit and he likes to train at his local David Lloyd gym. Dravin also enjoys reading and playing chess.

Dravin has advised me in relation to both contractual and employment matters. He is a first-class lawyer with a keen eye for detail. Dravin is a highly creative thinker and problem solver; he sees angles and finds solutions to problems that others cannot.
Dravin is also approachable and friendly and he has the ability to talk with people on any level. This is a rare quality and endears him to many. I recommend Dravin without reservation.

Moses Rashid – Founder and CEO at Section: Media (London)

Dravin is approachable, knowledgeable and experienced. He works exceptionally hard and
‘goes the extra mile’ that you need from someone that is representing you. He has a good sense of humour and the ability to listen. He reads situations very well and this contributes strongly to his excellent ability to negotiate.
In our particular case, he had previously dealt with the opposing solicitor and this gave us a considerable advantage. I highly recommend him and would certainly use his services and expertise again.

Paul Blunt – Owner/Founder at Madison Search (London)

I was truly blown away with the outstanding work Dravin did for me. He has a natural ability to influence and provide a high level of service under pressure with a charismatic and vibrant nature.
He understood my disability and that goes a long way in my opinion, particularly when representing a client. Thank you so much.

Louise Duffield (former client)

Jamie Hughes – Advocate

Jamie Hughes joins the team as an Advocate. Jamie has built up a significant amount of experience as a County Court Advocate with the UK’s largest provider of Advocacy Services. He has attended in excess of a thousand hearings across the Civil and Commercial spectrum for a number of leading Solicitors firms. As a result, Jamie keeps a busy and varied Civil practice and will be expanding this to encompass Employment instructions.

Jamie completed his LLB Law and an LLM in Commercial Law at the University of Birmingham and later completed his Bar Professional Training Course at BPP University. He has built up an excellent reputation with Solicitors and Judges across the Midlands Circuit and beyond.

In his free time, Jamie is an avid cinephile, supports Birmingham City Football Club and can often be found at any number of live music venues.

Ferdi Ozer – Commercial Litigations & Dispute Resolution

Ferdi has established himself to be a valued member at HHL specialising in Commercial Litigation, Dispute Resolution, and general civil matters. He has acted for individuals and companies internationally such as in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Turkey. In addition to this, he often assists in trade disputes.
 
After successfully obtaining his law degree and passing the Bar Professional Training Course, Ferdi was called to the Bar at Lincolns Inn. The growth in his international business experience has allowed Ferdi to create well-founded relationships with reputable legal firms.
 
Ferdi’s strong commercial and legal background has allowed him to develop his consultancy firm, Ozer Legal Associates. In summary, Ferdi is a versatile individual with many attributes and hobbies which range from investing in real estate to sightseeing, camping and sports.

Lisa Keane – Commercial and Employment Law Consultant

Lisa Keane joins the team as a Commercial and Employment Law Consultant. Lisa has built up a significant amount of experience as a commercial litigator and a general commercial and employment specialist. She qualified as a solicitor in 2005 having completed her law degree at ARU Chelmsford and the LPC at ARU Cambridge.

Lisa thoroughly enjoys working with different businesses whether it is on disputes and dispute resolution or on more general commercial matters. Lisa has specialised in the technology and e-commerce space over the last 6 years and worked in-house with some large tech companies on multi-million-pound projects.

Lisa has a CIPD qualification and extensive experience of advising business on a range of employment matters such as contract disputes, grievances, discrimination issues, TUPE, redundancies and conducting Tribunal matters. Lisa is also experienced in the area of civil litigation dealing with debt recovery matters, charging orders, possession hearings and bankruptcy matters.

In her spare time Lisa enjoys all types of motorsport and completed the Nürburgring in 2014 in a 911. She is also a big Irish rugby fan.

Faareen Ali – Advocate

Faareen Ali joins Harwood Law as an Advocate. She brings with her extensive experience of successfully clients within Civil and Commercial areas of law, with the UK’s largest Advocacy Services Provider. She has conducted a vast number of small hearings and small claims trials to date, and has been thoroughly praised by Judges and her professional clients for her powerful advocacy. She has also acted for parties at the Social Security Tribunal and during health assessments conducted by Department of Work and Pensions, on a pro bono basis. Faareen was particularly praised for ‘being the voice behind a man’ in an exceptional case where she found herself representing an extremely vulnerable individual with cognitive disabilities, who was unable articulate his case before the panel.
 
At the age of 19, Faareen began her Company which is responsible for the provision of dispute resolution services to Banking institutions, whilst simultaneously completing her LLB Law at University of Bradford. Her Company was contracted to investigate customer complaints through the application of internal policies and procedures, and occasionally liaise with the Financial Ombudsman Service for matters which had been escalated. Faareen completed her BPTC at BPP Law School, securing a Very Competent overall. She selected Employment Law as one of her electives during Bar School and developed a strong interest in the module. She has recently founded her second Company called Law Simplified Ltd, which focuses on encapsulating and simplifying recent updates in law, and legal principles, and delivering them to Individuals and Companies to keep them informed about the developments in the industry.
 
Faareen loves reading motivational books and spends whatever spare time she has in the gym. She enjoys attending fitness classes inclusive of Spin classes, which can often be intensive. She is a passionate individual who gives her utmost to every task, and takes pride in everything she does, whether personal or professional.

Ashish Kumar Singh – Door Tenant

Ashish is the co-founder and joint managing partner of Capstone Legal. He has extensive experience in dispute resolution including arbitration. Several cases in which he has appeared have been reported by the Courts – including the Supreme Court of India. He is regularly quoted on important legal issues by leading Indian newspapers and legal magazines.
 
He holds a law degree from National Law School of India University, Bangalore. In 2019, he was awarded the prestigious Pegasus Scholarship by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, London. As a part of the scholarship, he undertook a work placement with Outer Temple Chambers, Blackstone Chambers and Cornerstone Barristers.
 
Ashish specialises in giving advice on Indian regulatory regime with particular emphasis on renewable energy and property law.
 
Occasionally, Ashish also speaks on the topic ‘Developing your own personal Brand’ in his free time.

Mark Goh Founder VanillaLaw® – Door Tenant

Bachelor of Laws LLB (Hons) University Of Buckingham (UK), Barrister-At-Law Of The Middle Temple, Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore), Accredited Mediator, Singapore International Mediation Institute, Trained Negotiator (University of Oxford), Year Of Call – 1993
 
I started my own law practice more than 26 years ago. I recall that sometime into my 10th year, I was approached by a fairly large law firm to join and head their corporate litigation department. I never forgot what the managing partner told me: “Mark, your small business suffers from days between feasts and famine, whereas in a large company, this is something you will never have to experience again.” I immediately recognised the truth of that statement and very nearly wanted to give up my small business to go join a bigger outfit. But, as people now know, I never did. Why?
Instead of just accepting the truth of that statement, I decided to challenge it by asking myself a further question: Why is it so that all small companies have to suffer this?
My search for an answer led me discover that small businesses actually need not have to suffer this if they learned the secrets of large companies and applied them. I soon learned that all businesses comprise of 5 basic functions of Sales, Operations, HR, Finance and Legal Structures. Like most small business owners who frequently focus on sales and do not normally have the time nor “head space” to think about the other 4 functions.
I changed my way of thinking about my business. I started to think and act by juggling all the 5 functions. This has now resulted in me not having to suffer the “feast and famine” problem. Many business owners think that legal problems can be solved in isolation to the rest of the other business functions. However, the truth is that it has to be solved in the context of the rest of the business functions. This is where VanillaLaw® LLC is unique. With more than 26 years of experience as a business owner in the SME space, I can safely say I have deep understanding of the challenges faced daily by my clients, and therefore, I am able to offer them solutions designed for their businesses.

Milad Shojaei – Practice Director & Personal Legal Assistant to Head of Chambers

Milad Shojaei joins Harwood Law as the Practice Director & Personal Legal Assistant to head of chambers. As a County Court Advocate with LPC Law, he developed vast experience as a legal professional, appearing before district judges in the County Courts and representing clients in Commercial & Civil matters. As a Strategy & Engagement Director at CASEDO, he has advanced himself as a thought leader and pioneer in the legal tech industry. He has had the opportunity to advocate the digitisation of the legal sector as a visiting lecturer at universities and by implementing expansive strategic projects. He has also commenced training as a Legal Advisor at the Ministry of Justice UK, bringing further expertise with the law and legal procedure.

Milad completed his undergraduate studies at City, University of London, studying law together with Pro-Bono experience as an Initial Assessor at Toynbee Hall. He received his Call to the Bar in November 2019, securing a Very Competent overall. He has also completed a Master of Laws in Bar Professional Training, focusing his dissertation on the rights of the most vulnerable in the age of austerity.

Milad enjoys playing and teaching chess in his spare time, from a young age he has appeared in the Islington Tribune for his achievements. He is an avid reader of ancient history and enjoys following sports, namely Arsenal football club and the Iranian National Team.