Khans Solicitors

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Khans Solicitors's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Khans Solicitors is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

Founder and Senior Partner
Shahid Dastgir Khan
The Khans team
Khans Solicitors was established in 1985 by Senior
Partner Shahid Dastgir Khan. Shahid started out as a
sole practitioner, but his positive approach and careful
preparation has allowed the business to expand. It is now
based in central Ilford and employs ten solicitors and paralegals.
Shahid tells
The Parliamentary Review
that he always puts the
needs of clients first and pays close attention to complex issues
to ensure he offers a quality service.
At Khans, we specialise in family, wills and probate, crime, immigration,
conveyancing, landlord and tenant and civil litigation. We remain a high street
practice, but offer plenty of expertise, built up over three decades. Shahid
specialises in human rights-related immigration, criminal defence and wills and
probate, utilising his accountancy background to consider the financial implications
of any case.
Shahid’s partner Muhammad Omar Khan is a specialist in family and immigration
law, including EU applications and appeals before a tribunal or higher courts. His
caseload includes wills and probate and civil litigation. Omar has the ability to work
out quickly the needs of his clients and how best to protect their interest.
Recently a new partner Muhammad Akram Rana has joined the firm as we
continue to expand our services and expertise within the UK and aim to attract
local and international clients.
»Founder and Senior Partner:
Shahid Dastgir Khan
»Founded in 1985
»Based in Ilford, London
»Services: Family, wills and
probate, crime, immigration,
conveyancing, landlord and
tenant and civil litigation
»No. of employees: 10
Khans Solicitors
Highlighting best practice
Some of our high-profile cases include:
»Representing Kamlesh Bhal, former
vice president of the Law Society
in her race and sex discrimination
appeals before an Employment
Appeals Tribunal and the Court of
»Advising an international client
facing serious fraud charges
involving complex banking
transactions and international money
laundering allegations
»Defending clients facing serious
criminal charges including fraud and
proceeds of crime or investigations
»Successfully arguing finer points of
human rights in immigration, family
and children cases
»Acting in multimillion property and
financial settlements in divorce
»Representing serious crime
defendants at the Old Bailey and
Crown Courts
Our clientele is spread across the UK,
but our main focus remains the region
in and around London. As we have
grown the business and developed, we
have become increasingly well-known,
well-established and well-recognised.
Ninety per cent of new business comes
in as the result of recommendations
and referrals, and many of our clients
are so satisfied with our work that they
will use us as a legal partner for life.
To further increase our outreach, we
are looking to improve our online
and physical presence. This involves
renovating our website and utilising
social media, as well as relocating
to Ilford town centre. This move of
offices will make us more accessible for
clients, while the expansion of Crossrail
into Ilford will likely lead to the area
being regenerated. We are looking to
expand the business and aim to serve
the local community and our dedicated
longstanding clients even better.
Helping our clients and the
Client care is one of the most
important aspects of our service. This
entails close personal attention and a
relaxed approach, where clients feel
they are valued. We ensure this by
avoiding legal jargon and by remaining
available for calls around the clock
Our fees are also very competitive, and
we only take on cases that we know
we have the necessary skills to tackle.
The effectiveness of our approach has
clearly resonated with our clients and
this has been reflected in the positive
online reviews we receive. We benefit
further from this feedback as this then
turns into referrals and repeat clients.
Many of our clients have been with us
for well over 25 years.
Community work has also been an
important part of growing our profile.
We offer pro bono advice to a disabled
women’s group including wills and
Partner Muhammad
Omar Khan
Client care is
one of the
aspects of our
service. This
entails close
attention and
a relaxed
where clients
feel they are
probate advice and how they can best
take advantage of the free services
that are available to them.
We partner with Will Aid and Amnesty
International in their campaigns for
raising money for charitable causes
and human rights campaigns by
offering to make free wills. Apart from
legal practice, Shahid takes an active
interest in human rights work. He has
participated in prodemocracy, anti-
apartheid and social justice campaigns.
He is the first British Pakistani to have
been elected to serve as a trustee and
member of the Council of Anti-Slavery
International, the oldest international
human rights organisation in the
United Kingdom, set up in 1839 to
campaign against slavery and slave-like
Shahid and Omar make a valuable
contribution to the local community,
giving free advice to local community
elderly groups, and they are
contributors to a legal show on an
Asian television channel.
Continuing our upward
To continue to grow and develop the
business, we need to rethink and re-
evaluate our strategy in some areas.
The impact of Brexit on immigration
law and EU nationals living in the
United Kingdom remains unknown, so
we need to stay focused, responsive
and able to benefit from the changes
it brings about. We will do this by
increasing our competitiveness,
in terms of price and quality,
expertise and our online presence
The world is becoming more like
a global village and reaching out
and taking advantage of modern
technology has never been as
important for businesses of all sizes
as it is now. For us, this will include a
new digital advertising campaign both
in the UK and abroad, as we look to
benefit clients looking to invest in the
We hope to target clients in the UAE,
South Asia and the Far East, which
should be of benefit to them as well
as to the UK economy. We also expect
to see increased levels of skills-related
immigration and we hope this is
something that the government would
Finally, we will aim to continue with
our relaxed, personal and professional
approach to client care. Our round-
the-clock service sets us apart from
many of our competitors and we are
committed to reaching out to a greater
range of people. The approach we take
defines us as a business and we hope
our reputation is heightened further as
a firm that offers quality, low costs and
quickly resolved cases.
The world is
more like a
global village
and reaching
out and taking
advantage of
has never
been as
important for
businesses of
all sizes as it is
Partner Muhammad
Akram Rana

This article was sponsored by Khans Solicitors. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster