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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. He specialises in civil and commercial litigation and worked as a Solicitor Advocate in private practice prior to 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. 

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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.

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 is a public access barrister based in Birmingham, having completed her pupillage with JSC Chambers.  Jitna obtained her GDL with a Distinction from the University of Law and later completed her Bar Professional Training Course from the same university with a Very Competent. She was called to the Bar in 2022. 

She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the International Mediation Institute. 

Jitna is a keen sportswoman and charity supporter, and in recent years she has sky-dived and participated in competitive obstacle races. 

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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