Bilaal Shabbir | Accredited Paralegal
Bilaal joined MBS Solicitors in 2013. He is an Accredited Paralegal with the Law Society of Scotland with extensive experience in immigration law and family law. He also practises in the fields of commercial dispute resolution and professional discipline.
Bilaal heads the firm’s Court of Session practice and has a keen interest in Judicial Review matters. He also regularly appears in the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal (Immigration & Asylum Chamber) in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland in his own right and together with instructing solicitors and Counsel.
His breadth of experience and meticulous attention to detail allows him to provide practical and innovative solutions to clients requiring advice on complex and intertwined issues and offer effective representation.
He regularly prepares immigration applications in terms of Appendix FM, European Law and the European Convention on Human Rights often involving complex and protracted circumstances. He is adept at presenting attractive oral and written submissions. He is the winner of the 2015 and 2016 Internal Mooting Competition by Edinburgh Napier University and was a member of the last Scottish team in the National Mooting Competition.
Examples of Bilaal’s work in recent years includes:
Challenging the UK Government’s policy on removing family members of EU nationals during the appeals process; recognising the discrimination between Scottish and English domiciliaries to inter-country polygamous marriages; identifying lacunas in the Ordinary Cause Rules relating to disclosure of matrimonial property in family actions in the Sheriff Court; and clarifying the duty of candour in ex-parte applications for interim interdict and warrant for arrestment on the dependence;
Examples of Bilaal’s ongoing work includes:
An Inner House case challenging the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission’s procedure on disclosure of evidence in relation to complaints against legal professionals; challenging the enforceability of bank guarantees signed under induced misrepresentation; and challenging a University’s policy on the exclusion of students on the grounds of alleged unsatisfactory academic progress.
Bilaal has also written for the Law Society of Scotland Journal discussing the effects of the Immigration Act 2016. He sits on the Immigration and Asylum Committee of the Law Society of Scotland. He has drafted calls for written evidence on behalf of the Law Society of Scotland in relation to Destitution, Asylum and Insecure Immigration Status’ in Scotland. He recently presented a Petition in the European Parliament on how the UK government can amend the current administrative process to allow EU nationals to more easily obtain a right of residence in the interim period leading up to Brexit. He is currently instructed in an appeal to the UK Supreme Court challenging the UK Government’s approach to deciding ‘Surinder Singh’ applications.
In 2017, he joined the Institute of Paralegals as a Qualified Paralegal, one of the highest grades of membership for practising paralegals.
He is an active member of the Scottish Young Lawyers Association, the Scottish Child Law Centre, the Scottish Ethnic Minority Lawyers Association (SEMLA) and the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (Scottish Working Group).
Bilaal has been admitted as a Student Member of the Society of Writers to Her Majesty’s Signet and has won the Scottish Paralegal Association 2016 Highly Commended Category in Scotland. He has been nominated for Paralegal of the Year 2017 by the Scottish Legal Awards.
He is fluent in Punjabi and Urdu.