Baldip Singh Aulak

  • Year of Call 2013

Introduction

Introduction

Baldip Singh is an experienced human rights practitioner with a wide ranging practice based around family law, immigration law and international law. He has significant experience in both private and public law matters.

Baldip is regularly instructed in significant cases involving family law that overlap with immigration issues.

Acting for Local Authorities, parents and children, Baldip has had extensive exposure to care proceedings involving children who have died whilst in the parents’ care, suffered from non-accidental head injuries, long term neglect, sexual abuse and factitious illness.

In respect of international children law, Baldip is a specialist on international relocation, child abduction and forced marriages.

Baldip is deputy head of the immigration law team. Baldip has a well established practice in immigration law, he represents clients at all levels of court and was instructed on the advocates panel in the Court of Justice of the European Union. He also has a strong Judicial Review practice.

Baldip enjoys the fast pace that immigration and public law work has to offer and has successfully represented clients with respect to emergency injunctive relief to stop removal via High Court applications. He has developed a specialty niche in making urgent applications out of hours when essential to prevent injustice. 

Baldip has an increasingly international practice and has been instructed to assist in significant cases involving Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Libya and a number of countries in Asia including India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Baldip worked in a leading immigration law firm that was involved in significant high profile cases. Baldip is heavily involved within his community raising awareness of domestic violence and other legal issues affecting ethnic minorities. Baldip has worked, volunteered and acted as a trainer for various organisations and provides training and seminars to solicitors, law centres and community groups. He has been an invited lecturer and given talks at prestigious universities in India and visited several Bar Associations in that country on such topics as 'The Importance of an Independent Judiciary' and 'Collecting Best Evidence'.

Baldip is fluent Punjabi and conversational Hindi and Urdu.

Baldip is licensed to accept Direct Public Access work. Baldip will consider pro bono work on a case by case basis.

Immigration & Nationality

Immigration & Nationality

Baldip is a dedicated and committed immigration and nationality specialist. His practice encompasses the full spectrum of immigration, asylum, EU and nationality law and remains counsel of first choice with professional and lay in these areas. He has over 10 years' experience in dealing with immigration cases.

He offers expertise at the advisory and pre-and post-litigation stages to address the Immigration and procedural requirements in the following areas: -

  • Immigration and Nationality - visa applications and appeals
  • Asylum and Refugee claims
  • Human Rights claims
  • Detentions and bails
  • Damages claims under the Human Rights Act
  • Deportation appeals
  • Injunctions against removal
  • Extradition appeals
  • European Union law (EEA permit applications and appeals)
  • Family and children immigration matters
  • Domestic violence cases
  • Business and corporate immigration applications and appeals
  • Judicial review challenges
  • Applications to the Court of Appeal

​Baldip provides representation throughout the country and represents clients at all levels of Court including appearing on the advocates' panel in the Court of Justice of the European Union. Baldip acts as an immigration advisor to five Middle Eastern Embassies. He sees immigration issues as being at the forefront of human rights.  

Baldip accepts instructions to draft grounds of appeal and challenging decisions of the Secretary of State by way of Judicial Review with successful outcomes. Baldip enjoys the fast pace that immigration and public law work has to offer and is regularly instructed to make emergency injunctive applications to prevent removal via High Court applications including, out of hours applications when essential to prevent injustice.

Baldip is committed to uploading the interests of his clients Human Rights and representing all irrespective of their financial standing and when needed he also offers pro-bono advice and representation on a case by case basis. 

Baldip undertakes Direct Access immigration work, from making applications to the Home Office / Entry Clearance Officer to preparing and representing clients in statutory appeals and Judicial Reviews.

Family

Family

Baldip’s family law practice encompasses both public and private law. Baldip has established a busy practice with significant experience in his representation of Local Authorities, children, parents and extended family.

Care proceedings
Baldip is instructed in complex and multifaceted work in areas such as non-accidental injury, sexual and physical abuse, neglect, substance misuse, domestic violence and working with parents with learning difficulties. Baldip has experience in cases involving complex medical evidence dealing with suspected cases of non accidental injury, on occasion resulting in the death of a child. His specialty is in care proceedings with an international and immigration element.

Children’s arrangements
Baldip deals with, child arrangements orders with great patience and skill. He is experienced at representing parents in disputes about what is best for the children after divorce or separation, whether domestic or international. He also represents Rule 16.4 guardians in particularly difficult cases.

Domestic abuse proceedings
Baldip has experience of representing both those subjected to and those facing allegations of domestic abuse in proceedings for protective orders under the Family Law Act.

Financial remedies
Baldip also advises and represents clients in court applications about the financial consequences of divorce and separation, including those with a foreign aspect. He is a tenacious advocate who combines practical, sensible and proportionate advice to get the best outcome for his client.

International Children
Baldip regularly represents both applicants and respondents in child abduction proceedings under the Hague Convention and in cases involving non-Hague countries. His work includes wardship proceedings and stranded spouse. His experience in immigration and nationality work means that he is alive to the complex jurisdictional and immigrations issues that can arise in these kinds of cases.

Baldip accepts Direct Access instructions in all areas of family law, save for where the client will be legally aided. He undertakes advisory work pre litigation right through to representation at hearings.

Notable Cases

Notable Cases

Upper Tribunal and High Court Administrative Division:

Shah (‘Cart’ judicial review: nature and consequences) [2018] UKUT 51 (IAC) – before President of the Upper Tribunal – Mr. Justice Lane (President of the Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chambers) – the application of Home Office guidance by the Court and the importance of appropriate written submissions.

Bibi & Ors, R (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 3685:  Assisted as the pupil of Mr Ahmed in this case concerning the exercise of discretion and policy/decision makers must have regard to the best interests of a child as primary consideration.

Manchester College of Accountancy & Management, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWHC 409:  dealing with drafting grounds for Judicial Review as pupil in this case dealing with the suspension and revocation of Tier 4 sponsorship license and operating a fair procedure.

B & Anor, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWHC 2281 (Admin):  The “Burka ban” case.  Art 3, 8, 9 and 14 of the ECHR.  Assisted Mr Kardi QC and Mr Ahmed in this landmark case.

Court of Appeal (Civ)

PG (India) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 1109- Substantive Court of Appeal involving consideration of EX.1 and proper approach following the Supreme Court judgment in Agyarko v SSHD.

Ahmad v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWCA Civ 988:   The Court of Appeal found that the healthcare provision in a host Member State (NHS) could not fall within ‘comprehensive sickness insurance cover’ for the purposes of the Directive, in that it would not relieve the host Member State of the burden of paying for medical treatment for EEA migrants assisting Mr Kadri QC and Mr Ahmed.

B & Anor, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department & Anor [2014] EWCA Civ 854:assisted Mr Kadri QC and Mr Ahmed in this case known as the “Burka ban” case in which the Court of Appeal considered whether the French Burka ban should prevent the removal of a minor asylum seeker who wore the burka to France with her father and would not be permitted to attend school in France - Art 3, 8, 9 and 14 of the ECHR. 

AN (Afghanistan) & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWCA Civ 1189:   assisted Mr Kardi QC and Mr Ahmed in a case dealing with a point of general importance in minors’ Article 8 rights in line with the statutory requirements of section 55 of the Borders Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 in circumstances.

Court of Justice of the European Union: 

LOUNES – C-165/16: Instructed on the advocates panel for the claimant in a landmark European case heard before the highest court in the European Union in the Grand Chambers. The case was referred to the CJEU by the High Court sitting in London in respect of the free movement rights of a dual Spanish-British national under directive 2004/38/EC and whether the EEA national/ Union citizen remains a beneficiary of the Directive after acquiring British Nationality.

Testimonials

Testimonials

“Baldip just lives and breathes immigration law and Human Rights Law and that is why he is our ‘go to Barrister’ from the outset of any complex case we take on. He has an eye for detail and can spot the merits of the case, and the arguments that we need to push immediately” - Mr Sehra of Immigration Solicitor at Justin Law Solicitors 

“Baldip is our first choice when it comes to instructing an immigration Barrister. I observed that he is fearless in the pursuit of excellence for our clients. Clients have commented on his warm approach in making them feel as comfortable as possible, talking them through the process step by step, in what can be a life changing moment for any client.”  - Mrs Johal of JC Immigration Solicitors

Baldip is a passionate and robust advocate, ensuring that no stone is left unturned in putting the very best case forward for his clients, whilst maintain an approachable manner” - Mrs S Iqbal, First-Tier Tribunal Judge

“I am grateful to Mr Baldip Singh who has striven valiantly to persuade me that this is a proper case to grant permission to appeal” - Lord Justice Tomlinson in the Court of Appeal

“a thorough and articulate Barrister that leaves lay and professional clients highly satisfied” Mrs R Mahey, Senior Family Law Solicitor and Director at Duncan Lewis Solicitors

“Baldip is a prompt and efficient family law Barrister. On call around the clock. He has a keen eye, tuned to the finer detail in cases” Mrs Mukkar, Senior Family Law Solicitor at MTG Solicitors, London

Qualifications

Qualifications

LLB (Hons) Birmingham University
BPTC, University of Law (Birmingham)

Memberships

Memberships

Immigration Law Practitioners' Association 
Human Rights Lawyers Association
Administrative Law Bar Association
Family Law Bar Association
Bar Liason Committee (Inner Temple)

Awards & Prizes

Awards & Prizes

Frank Burns Gahan Scholarship 2012 (Inner Temple)
Inner Temple Major Scholarship and Exhibition Award 2012
Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award (Inner Temple) 2013
Sikh Awards 2014, Sikh Help Line Charity of the Year

Languages

Languages

English, Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu

Direct Access

Direct Access

Baldip is accredited to accept work under Direct access, also known as Public access, in suitable cases. In order to instruct Baldip on a Direct access basis, contact the clerks on +44 (0) 20 7242 6476 or at clerks@33bedfordrow.co.uk, in an emergency please copy in b.singh@33bedfordrow.co.uk