Mr A W Khan
Mr A W Khan – LL.B (Hons) (London University) 1971.
Called to the Bar November 1971 (Gray’s Inn).
Retired Immigration Judge
AW Khan started his career in 1971 as a Barrister, firstly in Chambers in Bristol and then in Birmingham. After a move to the South Coast, he established a set of Barristers Chambers in
East Sussex in 1991 which specialized in criminal work, both prosecuting and defending, attracting able practitioners and undertaking serious criminal cases.
By 2000, Mr Khan relinquished the position of Head of Chambers and joined 12 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn in London to specialise in Immigration, Asylum and Human Rights Law.
In a short time, he developed a successful practice in this area of work, appearing in Judicial Review Applications in the High Court, as well as advising and representing clients in a wide variety of immigration and asylum appeals.
Mr. Khan was appointed as a fee-paid part time Immigration Judge in March 2000 to hear and determine immigration appeals but continued in private practice, establishing a strong following until he was appointed as a full-time Immigration Judge in October 2002 by which time he had been in private practice for some 30 years.
Mr. Khan was also appointed as a member of the Parole Board in 2000 for a fixed term, deciding applications from prisoners for early release from prison on parole which included visiting a wide variety of prisons to conduct various hearings.
In 2003, Mr. Khan was appointed as a Magistrate and sat on the Coventry Bench until he retired in 2016. He dealt with many different types of criminal offences, his task being to dispense justice in a fair and even-handed manner. He continued to sit as an Immigration Judge, gaining a wide experience in immigration, asylum, human rights and deportation cases in a challenging environment until he retired in March 2017.
In addition, Mr Khan assisted Leicester University Law Faculty for a number of years in conducting tutorials in criminal law and the English legal system and took a keen interest in helping students in advancing their studies.
Having now joined Fountain Solicitors as a Consultant, he has over many years gained a wealth of practical knowledge and experience in the complex and ever-changing field of Immigration and Asylum Law, his aim being to put this to good use to help clients who wish to use the services of Fountain Solicitors. He has throughout his practising career been committed to the principles of ensuring justice for clients and in his time as an Immigration Judge sought to ensure that he upheld the principles of justice, fairness and equality before the Law.
Mr Khan sees his new role as a Consultant with Fountain Solicitors in helping disadvantaged members of society to ensure that their legal rights are protected. Those who fear persecution in their countries of origin and those who have to battle with a complex immigration system to enter or remain in the UK have the right to a first-class legal service. Mr. Khan endeavours to ensure that the justice system serves this purpose.