Manisha Marwaha

Manisha Marwaha

MANISHA MARWAHA

Year of call: 2009

Call clerks: 0113 297 1200

Email clerks: clerks@kbwchambers.com

 

  • Practice Recommendations

    Legal 500 [2018]  – “Very client-focussed”

    Legal 500 [2017]  – “An Immigration Law Specialist”

    Practice Summary

    Manisha is a dedicated immigration specialist who has extensive experience in advising and representing appellants in the First-Tier and Upper-Tier Tribunal of the IAC for full immigration and asylum appeals. She has a healthy Judicial Review workload and considerable experience in the High Court. Manisha is also experienced in appearing before the Court of Appeal as a junior alone in cases with issues central to asylum claims.

    Manisha’s mixed background in training allows her to draw on experience from a variety of different jurisdictions. This has proven to be advantageous to those of Manisha’s clients who are engaged in multiple proceedings, including those with ongoing family and criminal matters, and also those facing deportation cases and bail applications.

    Excellent advocacy and client care skills allow Manisha to deal effectively with a wide variety of clients, particularly vulnerable clients and those engaged in emotionally distressing situations. She combines high quality advocacy and meticulous preparation in all aspects of asylum, immigration law and judicial review.

    Manisha regularly drafts grounds of appeal and skeleton arguments for her instructing solicitors, including up to Court of Appeal level. She is used to working to strict deadlines and making herself available at short notice in this fast paced and continuously changing area of law.

    Areas of expertise

    Manisha’s appellant based practice is comprised of the full range of appeals available. Manisha accepts instructions particularly in the following types of cases to all levels:

    – Judicial Review

    – Human Rights applications and appeals
- of particular note, Manisha is regularly instructed in family and child matters which include challenges to decisions of the SSHD to remove a non resident parent where there are extant contact proceedings. Manisha further has considerable experience in cases where the removal is sought of a dependant adult relative.

    – Applications for Refugee Status (including third country removal, minors and disputed nationality). Manisha has extensive experience of cases involving nationals from all over the world but particularly Eritrea, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Albania, Sri Lanka and Iran. Manisha can be relied upon to be up to date on the country situation of any national she is representing.

    – Detention and bail.

    – Deportation and removal.

    – EU Free Movement and other Nationality claims
- Manisha has provided advice in complex cases concerning applications to be registered as a British Citizen under the British Nationality Act 1981 as a result of parentage. Manisha is further, in the current climate of Brexit, frequently met with requests for advice on where EEA and EU nationals and their family members stand and what they ought to do now.

    – Refugee Family Reunion.

    – Work Permits.

    – Business Applications.

    – Dependant Relatives.

    – Points Based System.

    Additional Information

    Manisha is happy to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients, in appropriate cases, under the Direct Public Access scheme. Manisha can offer a variety of services from the provision of initial advice on the merits of a case and the undertaking of drafting work, to representation at court hearings.

    Manisha spent four months working as a Human Rights Advocate in the north of India for a ground roots organisation dealing specifically with issues of national police reform and the rights of women and children. Manisha’s work quickly gained her relevant experience in dealing with vulnerable individuals engaged in highly sensitive matters. Such matters included internal corruption within government groups and serious sexual and physical abuse as administered against children and women within villages and police stations.

    In addition to the above, Manisha also conducted seminars and workshops for Indian State Police and Local Bar Associations and further drafted and filed several public interest litigation applications to the Supreme Court of India.

    Manisha has been a regular speaker on overlapping immigration and family law issues in the popular KBW Seminar Series. She also provides smaller seminars on current or general topics at the request of her professional clients.

  • Practice Recommendations

    Legal 500 [2018] – “She is very client friendly.”

    Legal 500 [2018] – “Manisha Marwaha has solid experience in cases involving potential international relocation / abduction of children.”

    Legal 500 [2017] – “Very personable and diligent; clients like her.”

    Legal 500 [2017] – “Manisha Marwaha handles cases involving potential international relocation of children.”

    Practice Summary

    Manisha is a highly regarded Family Law Barrister on Circuit with a unique dual expertise in Immigration Law. Manisha is experienced in advising and providing high level representation in the County Court, the Family Proceedings Court and the High Court. Manisha has represented parties at all stages of proceedings and accepts instructions in all aspects of public and private family law including care, contact, residence, injunctive proceedings and emergency proceedings.

    Manisha’s unique dual expertise in Immigration Law has proven popular with a wide range of clients who also have ongoing immigration matters and/or whose cases have overlapping issues with an international element. Similarly Manisha’s background, specifically her earlier training in criminal work, has proven to be particularly popular when conducting complex fact-finding hearings in private, public and injunctive proceedings and further when dealing with expert witnesses.

    Excellent advocacy and client care skills mean Manisha is further able to deal effectively with the most difficult and/or vulnerable clients, particularly those engaged in emotionally distressing situations. She has extensive experience in representing vulnerable clients, deploying detailed cross examination of expert witnesses and providing a rigorous analysis of medical and phone data. She has developed a reputation as a determined and highly persuasive advocate who quickly builds an excellent rapport with both her lay and professional clients.

    Areas of Expertise

    Private Law Children

    Manisha advises and acts for parents and other family members in a wide range of private law children work including applications spanning the full range of child arrangements orders, cases involving issues over parental responsibility, cases with an international element and cases involving serious allegations of child abuse, sexual abuse and serious domestic violence.

    Manisha also has extensive experience of enforcement proceedings in this area. Manisha has represented parties at all stages of proceedings from first appointments and directions hearings to finding of fact hearings, issues resolution hearings and final hearings. She also has considerable experience in cases concerning specific issue orders and prohibited steps orders, with specific emphasis on education and name changes.

    Public Law Children

    Manisha acts for all parties in care and adoption proceedings, including parents, grandparents, interveners, children’s guardians and local authorities. Manisha has been instructed on numerous occasions on behalf of the Official Solicitor and accordingly has extensive experience with the most vulnerable clients. She has considerable experience in cases involving non-accidental injury, sexual abuse, serious domestic violence between parents, fabricated/induced illnesses, proceedings set in sensitive cultural contexts and also proceedings with an international element.

    Notable Cases

    Re Q – Represented a father in private law proceedings in a contested application for contact where serious and multiple allegations of rape, sexual assault, physical and verbal abuse had been advanced against the father. The matter involved a lengthy finding of fact hearing in which the mother was ultimately found to have fabricated many of the sexual allegations and substantially exaggerated her evidence in other areas. The father further had an outstanding immigration claim and accordingly the case required knowledge and advice on relevant aspects of immigration law. Manisha was uniquely instructed in both jurisdictions.

    Re G – Represented a father in multiple sets of proceedings concerning firstly the relevant child arrangements and thereafter the enforcement proceedings brought by father against mother in relation to the ordered arrangements. Following a fully contested final hearing the mother was found to be in breach of the existing order without any reasonable excuse and made subject to a financial penalty and unpaid work.

    Re M – Acted on behalf of a mother in private law proceedings in an application for contact where the mother suffered from severe learning difficulties and allegations of child neglect had been advanced against the mother.

    Re D – Represented a father in private law proceedings where the father wished to prevent the mother from relocating to China, where the parties had previously lived. The child arrangements ordered were favourable to the father and thereby prevented the mother from relocating with the children.

    Re R – Represented a father in a complex care case involving issues of child abduction, neglect and human trafficking. Analysis of lengthy phone evidence was required. In addition sensitive and measured cross examination was undertaken of a vulnerable young adult mother with learning difficulties who required the use of an interpreter throughout.

    Re F – Represented the Local Authority in a care case involving a complex finding of fact and further final hearing concerning multiple non accidental injuries caused to two children including severe fractures and burns.

    Additional Information

    Manisha is happy to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients, in appropriate cases, under the Direct Public Access scheme. Manisha can offer a variety of services from the provision of initial advice on the merits of a case and the undertaking of drafting work, to representation at court hearings.

    Manisha spent four months working as a Human Rights Advocate in the north of India for a ground roots organisation dealing with numerous issues including the rights of women and children. Her work quickly gained her relevant experience in dealing with vulnerable individuals engaged in highly sensitive matters. Such matters included female officers being subjected to rape in the work place and serious violence and abuse being administered against children and women within villages and police stations.

    Manisha also conducted seminars and workshops for State Police and Local Bar Associations whilst in India. She continues to present seminars for her professional clients to date. Manisha is a speaker in the KBW Seminar Series dealing with private and public children law. She is also happy to contribute to other events on request by her professional clients.

  • Practice Recommendations

    Legal 500 [2018] – “Very client focussed”

    Legal 500 [2017]  – “An Immigration Law Specialist”

    Public and Regulatory Practice Summary

    Manisha is a passionate and popular leading public law junior with a wide range of expertise in areas including immigration law, judicial review and education law. Manisha regularly provides advice and representation to those wishing to challenge as well as defend decisions of bodies such as the state, private sector and non-governmental organisations. Manisha has extensive experience in appearing before a number of specialist tribunals nationwide including the Administrative Court, Upper and First Tier Tribunals.

    Areas of Expertise

    Judicial Review: Manisha is a highly regarded junior with considerable experience in Judicial Review applications. Manisha’s practice carries a particular emphasis on applications concerning immigration decisions issued by the Secretary of State. Manisha’s practice further involves applications concerning public sector duties, powers and allegations of misconduct.

    Education: Manisha advises and provides representation to parents, pupils, schools, academies, institutes of further and higher education, teaching staff, academic staff and local authorities across the complete range of disputes from nursery to university. Manisha’s practice encompasses a wide range of matters including school admissions at all levels, special educational needs, exclusions and disciplinary matters. Manisha’s expertise overlaps with her strength in public law, human rights and immigration and accordingly Manisha also provides advice and representation regarding judicial review proceedings, for example arising from decisions of local authorities or independent panels.

    Inquests: Manisha has appeared before the Coroner’s Court in multiple inquests for a variety of interested persons. Manisha has a particular interest in inquests involving public sector duties, powers and allegations of misconduct.

    Training and Seminars

    Manisha is able to provide tailor made training, seminars and/or workshops on new developments in education law, immigration law and judicial review for a range of clients including Local Authorities and Solicitors. Manisha is also experienced in providing specific training on issues of equality and diversity.

    Direct Access

    Manisha is able to accept instructions in appropriate cases under the Direct Access Scheme, which means she can be directly instructed without the need to go through a Solicitor. Manisha can undertake a variety of services from the provision of initial advice on the merits of a case and drafting of relevant documentation to representation at hearings.

  • Practice Summary

    Manisha is experienced in advising and representing claimants and defendants in a wide range of civil claims and hearings, at all stages, across the country. Manisha has extensive trial experience and is regularly instructed on fast track and multi track trials. She has considerable experience when dealing with the various interlocutory applications that can be made under the CPR and also attends on cost and case management hearings, pre-action disclosure applications, disposal hearings, small claims and infant settlements.

    Manisha is regularly instructed on matters involving accidents at work, highways and occupiers’ liability claims and road traffic accidents. Her full range of expertise is listed below.

    Manisha further has a busy paper practice and regularly advises on evidence, liability and quantum and drafts statements of case. Accordingly Manisha is able to assist throughout the claims process including drafting, conference and hearings at all stages.

    Areas Expertise

    – Employers’ Liability

    – Public Liability

    – Industrial Disease, particularly Noise Induced Hearing Loss

    – Road Traffic

    Other Civil Expertise

    – Mortgage possession

    – Insolvency

    – Landlord and Tenant

    – Consumer Credit

    – Debt recovery and enforcement

    Additional Information

    Manisha is happy to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients, in appropriate cases, under the Direct Public Access scheme. Manisha can offer a variety of services from the provision of initial advice on the merits of a case and the undertaking of drafting work, to representation at court hearings.

    Prior to commencing pupillage Manisha worked for two years as a County Court Advocate appearing in a wide range of personal injury and civil litigation matters across the North Eastern Circuit. Manisha was regularly instructed by national and regional firms to represent clients ranging from banks to private individuals.

  • Practice Summary

    Manisha accepts instructions to advise and provide representation on a range of police related matters. Manisha is experienced in providing representation in claims for false imprisonment, assault, malicious prosecution, misfeasance and negligence. She has considerable trial experience including regular instruction in fast track and multi track matters. Manisha is further regularly instructed in cases involving various types of orders sought by the police against individuals and also disclosure applications in the Family Courts where police investigation documents are sought. She also advises on liability and quantum and drafts statements of case.

    Areas of expertise

    – Anti Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs)

    – Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPOs)

    – Football Banning Orders

    – Forced Marriage Protection Orders (FMPO’s)

    – Domestic Violence Prevention Orders (DVPO’s)

    – Disclosure applications in the Family Courts where documents have been obtained as a result of Police investigations.

    Additional Information

    Manisha is happy to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients, in appropriate cases, under the Direct Public Access scheme. Manisha can offer a variety of services from the provision of initial advice on the merits of a case and the undertaking of drafting work, to representation at court hearings.

    Manisha spent four months working as a Human Rights Advocate in the north of India for a ground roots organisation dealing specifically with issues of national police reform and the rights of women and children. She conducted seminars and workshops for State Police and Local Bar Associations and further drafted and filed several public interest litigation applications to the Supreme Court of India.

  • Education

    University of Newcastle Upon Tyne – LLB (Hons)

    Nottingham Law School – Bar Vocational Course

    Recommendations/Awards

    Legal 500 2018: “Very client-focussed”

    Legal 500 2018: “Manisha Marwaha has solid experience in cases involving potential international relocation / abduction of children”

    Legal 500 2017: “Very personable and diligent; clients like her”

    Legal 500 2017: “An Immigration Law Specialist”

    Levitt Scholarship – Lincoln’s Inn

    Winner of the Times / Herbert Smith National Advocacy Competition

    Appointments

    Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (C)

    Chair and Panel Member for Education Admission Appeals, Bradford

    Board Member on The Manual Bravo Project

    Professional Memberships

    Immigration Law Practitioner’s Association

    Administrative Law Bar Association

    Family Law Bar Association

    Society of Asian Lawyers

    North Eastern Circuit