Our Team

Rachel Townley – Paralegal

Rachel is currently working as a criminal defence paralegal alongside Jawad Babar.

She has recently  joined BMS having been in the medical sector for over ten years where she worked closely with medical consultants in one of the leading hospital’s in the UK. In this role she built relationships with sick patients and their family’s which shows her care and compassion for people.

Rachel is going into study the Police Station Representative Accreditation Scheme and hopes to become accredited in late 2022.

Rachel is friendly empathetic and approachable and strives to get the best outcome for the client.

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Shahnaz Babar – Associate Solicitor

Shahnaz has a Masters Degree in Law specialising in Human Rights Law. She also passed her Legal Practice Course with a Commendation before qualifying as a Solicitor.

Shahnaz undertakes all types of Private Immigration work and has predominantly worked and built up an expertise in Family Reunion matters especially Partner, Children and Dependant Relative Applications from both within and outside the Immigration Rules.

She also has a wealth of experience in Spouse Entry Clearance visa applications.

Shahnaz has previously worked in Citizen’s Advice Bureau, North Greenwich Community Law Centre, Asian Women’s Resource Centre in Harlesden and Not For Profit Charity Organisations. She has strong links with community organisations who work with Refugees such as Rainbow Haven, Unity Community and Rethink, Rebuild Syrian Community Centre.

Shahnaz is fluent in English, Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi.

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Marvi Bijarani – Trainee Solicitor LLB ( Hons ), LLM

 

Marvi is a Trainee Solicitor based at the Manchester branch. She specialises  in Criminal, Family Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence.

 

She has previously worked at high profile commercial firms in the Civil department, before she successfully acquired her Training Contract at BMS Solicitors.

 

Since her time at BMS Solicitors she has gained extensive experience by senior legal staff. She has worked on major Criminal Cases with the Principal solicitor Mr Jawad Babar.

 

Marvi assists the in-house barristers with all their litigation work for Criminal law, Family law and high profile Clinical Negligence.

 

She is assisting the firm with developing the family department. She has achieved an 2:1 and Merit LLB, LPC and LLM award.

 

Marvi is currently training for her higher rights of audience qualification and undergoing her Police station accreditation. Marvi will qualify as a Solicitor in October 2022.

 

 

Languages spoken: English, Urdu and Hindi.

 

 

 

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Jawad Babar – Principal Solicitor LLB (Hons), LLM

Jawad Babar is a leading criminal law solicitor with particular legal specialism in defending  clients  facing serious criminal prosecution  Including  fraud, drug trafficking, regulatory and money laundering charges.  Jawad  has represented  many high-profile individuals who have needed expert advice on all aspects of  criminal law.

Jawad is based at the Manchester office where he has built up a strong reputation for providing first-class client care and extensive legal advice. Previously a partner with the renowned London based Stokoe Partnership, Jawad was able to lead a multitude of high profile, complex cases involving a vast array of speciality areas, including terrorism, serious organised crime and money laundering.

In September 2016, Jawad moved on to set up BMS Solicitors and has expanded his client base and area of focus, to include a number of major international and diplomatic affairs, involving high profile individuals from the Middle East and North Africa.

Jawad regularly conducts conferences with influential members of the global business community and advises on international, trade and immigration law.

A thoughtful, methodical lawyer, with a finite attention to detail, Jawad consistently provides accurate, critical and conclusive legal advice.

Languages spoken: English and Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi.

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Waqas Hussain – Solicitor LLB (Hons), LLM

Waqas is a solicitor based at the Manchester branch and primarily focuses on Criminal Defence work. Since joining BMS Solicitors Waqas has worked on many serious areas of crime vastly consisting of Banking Fraud, Firearms and Drug offences. He has also had significant experience In Public Order offences and most recently was instructed on a high-profile violent disorder attracting the attention of the media.

This area involves advising clients in both the magistrates and Crown Court in addition to the preparation of complex cases for Counsel ensuring that his clients are provided with an exceptional service.

With a reputation for meticulous attention to detail, an exacting standard of service and a willingness to go above and beyond his duty, Waqas ensures that clients are always the priority and are treated as such.

Languages spoken English, Urdu and Punjabi

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Edna Astle – OFFICE MANAGER

Edna has worked at BMS Solicitors since the inception and launch of the company as Office Manager. As one of the original team members, her long standing understanding of the organisation and ability to utilise this understanding, her role is integral to the smooth running of the office.

Prior to working at BMS Solicitors, Edna has worked for other leading UK law firms, wherein she has gained her expansive experience.

As the first point of contact, Edna is able to empathise with, understand and listen to each individual who contacts the firm and then liaise with the appropriate team member to ensure the enquiry is handled in an efficient and pragmatic manner.

In addition to our professional and dynamic team

BMS Solicitors is able to draw on a close and extensive network of experts, including leading Queens Counsel, doctors, forensic accountants and engineers, who are all able to provide insight, advice and opinion in order to support your case, whether issuing proceedings or defending action taken against you or your business.

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