Manjit S Gill QC - Commercial Litigation
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Manjit undertakes general commercial litigation and both commercial and investment arbitration. He has assisted Indian, middle-Eastern and African businesses on matters such as: commercial activities in the UK, the effect of bilateral investment treaties, investor-State disputes, assets recovery, property disputes. He has represented client companies in the catering and hospitality sector as well as in other sectors in commercial judicial reviews, often devising novel arguments as to the human rights of corporations to property and possessions, and often in relation to regulatory regimes.
He has also advised companies on free movement of persons and services and rights of establishment, the large-scale movement of labour across and into Europe, abuse of EC law rights, and the immigration and employment issues relating to the movement of sportsmen and women.
He has also represented high profile individuals in relation to action being taken against them for commercial fraud and related crime, and advised governments on such action, often involving a mix of commercial fraud, extradition and immigration contexts.
He brings to his commercial work a strong human rights and international law approach and is approached specifically because he is able to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach.
He advises on privacy and media issues especially where they raise human rights issues. He has represented middle-Eastern royalty in contempt proceedings and other types of proceedings.
He is approved for direct public access.
Speeches and seminars
Manjit Gill QC has spoken regularly at national and international conferences. For example:
2014:Chaired conference at Birmingham City University on human rights in Sudan
2014: Chaired Conference on judicial review, Public Law Project
2013: Speech at International Council of Jurists Conference
2012: Special commendation at the England & Wales Bar Conference, London, for pro bono work
2011: Speech at Conference on Best Interests of the Child
2011: Two speeches at the International Council of Jurists Conference, London, on (1) Social Responsibility of Corporations and Human Rights and (2) Responses in International Law to Terrorism
2009: Speaker at the England & Wales Bar Conference, London, on equality and diversity implications of public funding cuts in family law (Also advised Family Law Bar Association on legal challenges to public funding cuts)
2008: Speech at the England & Wales Bar Conference on impact of Sharia law and its use in arbitration systems
2005: Speech to the Indian Supreme Court Bar Association
2004: Speaker at Brussels conference, European Policy Centre, on EU Common Basic Principles on Integration
2001: He led a NGO delegation to the UN World Conference Against Racism in Durban which resulted in the successful introduction into the 2001 UN Durban Declaration of a clause to promote cultural diversity.
He has given seminars and training sessions in his various areas of practice, appeared before UN human rights committees, carried out fact finding missions abroad (e.g. to the West Bank to assess the operation of alternative legal systems of communities under occupation) and attended many UN conferences and worked closely with other NGOs on diversity issues. He continues to be involved in various human rights organisations on a pro bono basis. Some minor radio appearances, including an in-depth interview by Julia Neuberger, Parting Gifts, Radio 4, on Religion and Justice.
2012: Honorary Professor at University of Birmingham. Member of the Bar Council (to date).
2011: Chair of the Strategic Legal Fund’s Experts’ Panel
2010: Master of the Bench (Gray’s Inn)
2000: appointed Queen’s Counsel
1997: appointed by the Attorney-General under s.6 of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission Act 1997 as one of the very first Special Advocates authorised to represent the interests of appellants before the Commission (National Security cases).
1992: appointed by the Attorney-General as Junior Counsel to the Crown in Common Law matters.
Regularly recommended in leading directories. For example:
‘Very experienced and knowledgeable.’: Legal 500, 2015
'A powerful advocate’: Legal 500 2014
Manjit Gill QC is ‘highly regarded’: Legal 500 2013
‘razor sharp’: Legal 500 2012
‘admired by sources for his ability to inspire confidence and command respect’: Chambers & Partners 2009
‘renowned silk’: Legal 500 2008