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Our People

Meet our team at JSC Chambers

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Joseph Chiffers

Head of Chambers and Practising Barrister

Joseph is a barrister with the right to conduct litigation and to accept public access work. Joseph has expertise in civil and commercial litigation including, landlord and tenant (business and residential), property litigation, employment law, common law and chancery; he worked as a Solicitor Advocate in private practice before setting up his own chambers.

 

He has 18 years of civil and commercial litigation experience and knows the profession well from the perspective of clients, solicitors and the judiciary.

His professional Moto is to 'promote and protect his clients' interests fearlessly, without regard to his own or to other peoples' which comes directly from the Barristers Code of Conduct. 

Joseph practices in civil and commercial litigation, including, landlord and tenant (residential and business), property litigation, chancery, employment and common law. 

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Tracey McIver

Non-practising Solicitor and Practice Manager

Tracey has worked exclusively in the legal profession for over 30 years, focusing on Debt Collection and enforcement, including insolvency. 

She headed up a large solicitors' practice and had responsibility for compliance, regulation, HR and practice management together with running a legal practice. 

This wealth of knowledge and experience lends itself well to her role as Practice Manager at JSC Chambers.

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Tracey Johnson

Assistant to Joseph Chiffers

Tracey has had a career as a Personal and Executive Assistant spanning over 25 years.  Having worked in industries and businesses ranging from cake manufacturing to major computer game developers, Tracey has amassed all the skills necessary to assist Joseph and members of the Chambers with their workloads and responsibilities.

 

Furthermore, Tracey has the experience and inter-personal skills to deal with client queries with empathy and efficiently.

   

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Muhammad Imtiaz

Practising Barrister

Muhammad has completed his pupillage under the supervision of Joseph Chiffers. Muhammad now accepts instructions in his own name and is based in London. 

Muhammad graduated from The University of the West of England with LLB (Hons) and later completed his Bar Professional Training Course from the same university. He was called to the Bar in 2017. 

 

Prior to commencing pupillage at JSC Chambers, Muhammad managed his own law practice in the jurisdiction of Pakistan, where he retains the higher courts right of audience. Over the span, Muhammad has built a substantial practice in civil, commercial and corporate law, and been involved in numerous high-profile cases in the civil courts and higher courts of Pakistan. Through this exposure, Muhammad has developed the ability to formulate well-reasoned arguments while conveying a sense of confidence and purpose in the court.

 

Muhammad has been appointed as a legal advisor to the National Bank of Pakistan since 2019, where he is regularly advising the Bank on compliance, legal and ethical issues surrounding Sharia and Islamic finance in structuring of new products, marketing and promotions. 

 

Between 2019 to 2021, Muhammad has also served as Chair of Foreign Affairs Committee and Overseas Pakistani Affairs Committee High Court Bar Association in Pakistan. He is currently elected as a Chairman of Jail Reforms Committee and Human Rights Committee of the Punjab Bar Council.

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

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Ellie Twist

Pupil Barrister (Second Six) Supervised by Joseph Chiffers

Ellie graduated from Lancaster University with a First Class LLB (Hons). She went on to achieve a Very Competent in the Barrister Training Course which she completed alongside an LLM Legal Practice in which she achieved a Distinction. Ellie was called to the Bar in 2022.  
 

Ellie has had a wide array of pro-bono experience through being an active member of Lancaster University’s Miscarriage of Justice Clinic where she liaised with clients and examined case files with the goal of drafting an appeal. Ellie was also a member of a pro-bono Street Law Team where she provided important, practical legal advice to a wide range of people. Further, Ellie has held numerous leadership roles as she has coached high level Cheerleading teams and ran societies. All roles demonstrate Ellie’s commitment to helping others and promoting the interests of all clients.
 

Overall, Ellie ensures that both her oral and written advocacy are continuously at a high standard.

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Nicholas Copello

Practising Barrister 

Nicholas graduated with a BA from Royal Holloway College, University of London after reading ancient history and philosophy. He then proceeded to obtain a Masters degree conversion in law and studied the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at the University of Law in Birmingham in 2020. Nicholas was called to the bar in 2021. 
 

Prior to his pupillage, Nicholas worked at a Birmingham solicitor's firm in which he gained advocacy and litigation experience on a wide range of civil matters.

 

Nicholas completed his pupillage with JSC Chambers in 2023.
 

Nicholas is interested in the links between philosophy, history and the law, and uses this knowledge and interest to inform his arguments and legal reasoning. He feels passionate about the law and his commitment to protecting clients' interests.

Jitna Majithia

Practising Barrister

Jitna offers expertise in a range of complex and high-stakes commercial and employment law cases. Leveraging her unique background in clinical practice and business, she provides a holistic understanding of client challenges and particularly values the opportunity to help clients resolve disputes early on.

 

Jitna is also a qualified mediator, bringing strong communication and negotiation skills to both her practice as a barrister and mediation sessions. She believes in keeping clients informed and involved throughout the process. Her commercial awareness and understanding of the challenges involved in running a business also allow her to provide pragmatic, tailored advice and practical solutions whilst maintaining high professional standards.

For Employment Law
 

Jitna has a proven track record of representing both claimants and employers in complex employment law disputes. From unfair dismissal and discrimination to disciplinary hearings, Jitna navigates challenges with finesse.  

 

Her focus is always on achieving the best possible outcome for her clients, whether that's through:
 

  • Facilitating early settlements that save clients time, money and emotional distress. 

  • Delivering excellent results. Jitna has extensive experience in Employment Tribunal disputes and drafting complex pleadings. She welcomes challenging cases that require in-depth analysis and strategic insight. 

 

Jitna's reputation extends beyond legal expertise. Clients value her as a trusted advisor to:
 

  • Understand client needs, considering both the legal and human aspects of their situation. 

  • Communicate clear and persuasive legal arguments combined with exceptional cross-examination skills.

Case highlights: 

  • Secured optimal settlement terms for a claimant facing discrimination in a challenging case against a public body. 

  • Achieved dismissal of charges at a TRA disciplinary hearing through effective presentation. 

  • Demonstrated exceptional cross-examination skills, exposing insufficient evidence against a teacher facing serious allegations. 

  • Negotiated a favourable settlement on the first day of trial in a complex race discrimination case. 

  • Successfully negotiated settlement in a victimisation case with potentially severe costs consequences. 

  • Advised a client on a strategic withdrawal from a wrongful dismissal claim, preventing unnecessary legal fees. 

For Commercial Law

Jitna brings proven expertise in commercial law, with a focus on key areas of contract law, construction law and company law. She brings a wealth of civil and commercial litigation experience, including complex cross-border cases.  

 

With a strategic and client-focused approach, Jitna excels at:

 

  • Cost-effective resolutions, including leveraging Part 8 procedures to achieve favourable client outcomes. 

  • Strong case management throughout the legal process. This includes leading tactical discussions, strategies on Part 36 offers, drafting clear lists of issues for court hearings, and preparing the full range of legal documents.  

  • Protecting client interests, including insolvency matters such as bankruptcy hearings and winding-up petitions, ensuring clients navigate challenging financial situations effectively. 

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Muhammad Umar Malik

Practising Barrister

Muhammad was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2018 and possesses a unique and diverse range of skills and experience.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Muhammad worked as an Infrastructure and Cybersecurity specialist in the public and private sector for over 17 years. Muhammad possesses strong technical ability with a keen eye for attention to detail, giving him an added advantage and ability to analyse and assimilate technical and legal issues. Muhammad’s technical ability coupled with his legal knowledge and experience is a valuable asset to his clients, giving him a cutting-edge and significant advantage over conventional barristers.

Muhammad practises in all areas of Chambers practice including Family, Immigration and Crime. Muhammad regularly appears before Upper Tribunals on substantive Immigration and Asylum appeals. Muhammad has a strong drafting practice with the ability to draft clear, concise and persuasive legal documents to protect his client’s interests. Muhammad is based in the North, however, he is willing to accept instructions nationwide, including for cases in London.

Muhammad is also a certified mediator and provides mediation services in civil and commercial disputes. Muhammad possesses excellent communication, negotiation and problem-solving skills, with a focus on achieving excellent results for all parties involved.

Outside of law, Muhammad enjoys sports and travelling. He is a keen cricketer and plays recreational cricket in his local league as well as being Chairman of his local cricket club. Muhammad is also passionate about charitable work and is regularly involved in charitable activities within the UK and abroad. Muhammad is fluent in English, Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi with basic proficiency in Arabic.

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