Ishrat Mahmud

  • Year of Call 1997



Ishrat offers advice and advocacy across the full spectrum of immigration work. Her practice ranges from tribunal hearings up to the Court of Appeal which include but not limited to applications, appeals and judicial review claims on private and publicly funded basis. As a Direct Access Barrister, Ishrat also receives instructions from private lay clients. Ishrat’s expertise covers representation in Court, drafting of grounds of appeal and judicial review. She attends out of hour injunction hearing too. She deals with Part 7 and interim support applications under the Housing Act and the Immigration and Asylum Act.

The high standard of Ishrat's grounds of judicial review resulted on many occasions in Home Office conceding in advance the applications at the pre-hearing stage before the Upper Tribunal and Administrative Court of the High Court of Justice. Ishrat's success includes obtaining a permission to appeal before Lord Justice Singh in the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) in March 2018.

Ishrat has extensive experience in personal injury matters where she represents both claimants and defendants in road traffic accidents. She provides expert advice on cross-jurisdictional issues on Family and Immigration laws, enforcement of British orders in overseas jurisdictions, specially in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan and how mirror orders may be obtained.

Before returning to the UK to practise, Ishrat was a partner in a top-rated Legal 500 firm in Bangladesh specialising in corporate and commercial matters with a particular focus on infrastructure and construction projects. She is a specialist in developing corporate models, including incorporating international charity funds operating in Asia and Bangladesh. Some of her notable assignments were registering the women's dyeing workers as a charity, advising the US charity Care, University of Chicago and Columbia for their various projects in Bangladesh.

In recognition of her outstanding contribution in 2007 to the field of human rights in relation to Bangladeshi tribal community land settlement issues, Ishrat was invited by the US government to tour USA as a state guest.

Ishrat's full CV can be viewed here.

Immigration & Nationality

Immigration & Nationality

Ishrat regularly appears before First-tier and Upper Tribunals and First Track Process on immigration matters. Her rate of success in judicial review on immigration matters is noteworthy. 

Ishrat represents clients in all aspects of immigration law, including high-value migrants, investors, entrepreneurs, work permits, marriage, civil partnership, asylum, human rights and EEA applications, applications for long residence, bail applications, variation of bail conditions, deportation and removal. She assists clients with all initial immigration applications to Home Office, including students' and visitors' visa applications.



Member of Immigration Law Practitioners' Association

Member of Free Movement

Former executive member of Brookside Community, Hayes, Middlesex

Former editor of Bangladesh Law Times

Former executive member of Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh

Former Board of Director of Dhaka Handicrafts



Read, write and speak Bengali; speak Hindi and Urdu.

Direct Access

Direct Access

Ishrat is accredited to accept work under Direct access, also known as Public access, in suitable cases both in England and from Bangladesh and internationally. In order to instruct Ishrat on a Direct access basis, contact the clerks on +44 (0) 20 7242 6476 or at 

Transparency Notice

Transparency Notice

Ishrat Mahmud's entry on the Barrister Register can be viewed here.

The Legal Ombudsman's decision data website can be found here.

Ishrat is regulated by the Bar Standards Board.

Professional, licensed access and/or lay clients may contact Ishrat Mahmud, through the 33 Bedford Row clerks, to obtain a quotation for legal services. Contact details are:
0207 242 6476

Ishrat's most commonly used pricing models, are:

(1)  for specific hearings - a fixed fee; 

(2) for other work - hourly rates.

Ishrat's fees are based around an hourly rate of £200-£400 plus VAT per hour. This is indicative only and may vary depending various factors. Please ask for a quotation. Factors influencing the hourly rate, will include:

(1)  complexity and nature of the work;

(2)  timescales for work and the need for out of office hours work;

(3)   location of any hearings or conferences.

Typically the above fixed fee or hourly rates will cover all the fees. However, where there are additional costs, these are likely to be travel costs to and from a location; for instance, a court or a conference held away from 33 Bedford Row Chambers in London. These are likely to be standard class train fare/reasonable petrol costs. There should be agreement about whether these costs are including in the fee or are additional to the fee quoted.

Ishrat is VAT registered and VAT is charged on her fees, where applicable. Ishrat’s VAT number is available on reasonable request. 

Ishrat accepts Direct Access and Public Access work. However, she is not authorised to 'conduct litigation' as a solicitor can. While Ishrat can draft documents, and advise and guide a Direct Access/Public Access client, the Direct Access/Public Access client will need to issue proceedings, file documents at court, and serve documents on other parties themselves. The scope of her services should be discussed with his clerk.

A website called Legal Choices is run by the frontline legal regulators. It can be a good source of information for those looking to instruct a lawyer.

Ishrat has professional indemnity insurance cover for all types of legal services he supplies to the public and businesses.

Ishrat is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO): here.