Full CV

Arfan Ahmed Bhatti Solicitor Arfan Bhatti is a Qualified Solicitor experienced in Private Client, Social Welfare Law, Public Law and Property Litigation (including Landlord and Tenant).   Arfan's current work focuses on:  
  • Representing Core Participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry;
  • Judicial Reviews;
  • Statutory Reviews and Appeals (Housing);
  • Property Litigation (including complex disrepair).
  • Claims for Possession in the County Court (Focusing on Equality Act defences);
  • Neighbour disputes;
  • Illegal evictions;
  • s13 rent increase appeals;
  For Property owner's Arfan has been focused on  
  • Boundary disputes;
  • TOLATA cases;
  • Challenging and bringing restriction applications at the land registry
  • Regulatory advice
Experience
Supervising SolicitorJuly 2017 - DateOliver Fisher SolicitorsEmployed as a Supervising Solicitor in the Housing Department. He is currently heading the team acting for Core Participants for the Grenfell Tower Inquiry; He also acts in - Claims for Possession in the County Court (in particular ones with an Equality Act implication); - Illegal evictions; - s202 reviews, and s204 appeals; - Judicial Reviews; - Complex Disrepair claims;
Supervising SolicitorJanuary 2015 - June 2017MTG SolicitorsEmployed as a Supervising Solicitor in the Property and Public Law departments. Arfan's focus is currently all property related matters from buying, selling, leases, planning, rent, evictions, disputes as well Wills, LPAs and Probate. Arfan further heads the newly setup Public Law department taking on Public Law cases. He has had extensive experience over the past few years in: Welfare and Benefits, Housing, Debt, Employment, Race Equality, Probate, Wills and Trusts and Public Law. Managing own cases on a diverse range of Property and Property litigation matters including: - Landlord and Tenant disputes; - Security of tenure disputes; - Claims for Possession in the County Court; - Neighbour disputes; - Illegal evictions; - Landlord harassment; - s202 reviews, and s204 appeals; - Judicial Reviews - Tenancy deposit protection claims and defense; - Succession claims; and - Recovering possession from tenants, licensees & trespassers. - Recovery of rent arrears;
Paralegal / Trainee SolicitorJanuary 2012 - December 2015MTG Solicitors-    Built on skills and experience primarily in Benefits, Housing law both Legal Aid and private clients as well aspects of Public law, Community Care law and Litigation ; -    Setup Community Care and Mental Health departments. Included applying for tenders and interviewing personnel; -    Provided guidance in mental capacity and when to utilise Power of Attorneys, Lasting Power of Attorneys and Deputyships; -    Created departmental analysis system to track case loads of fee earners, work value, recovery rate and identify growth and problem sectors; -    Drafted various templates to help efficiency ; -    Maintained strong relationships with referral partners who refer work directly towards own caseload; -    Specialised in Homelessness cases (Judicial Review, s202 and s204 reviews) which included liaising closely with Local Authority to achieve results quickly and efficiently; -    Capable of taking complicated legal jargon and ideas and giving a simplified explanation to clients especially for clients where English is not a first language; -    Meeting clients and conducting in-depth interviews to fully grasp the extent of clients’ legal problems before providing concise and up-to-date advice; -    Ensured all records comply with relevant regulation and accreditation policy; -    Exceeding financial year billing targets under Legal Aid funding and Private work with 96% + recovery rate;
Paralegal / Office ManagerJanuary 2011 - March 2012Chosen Inheritance-    Drafting Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney; -    Assisting in probate cases, including estates with international assets; -    File auditing and resolving any issues or disputes that arise in them; -    Advising clients about various trusts and their benefits. Signposting to IFA’s were required; -    Creating new revenue sources for business via creation of niche targeting website; -    Maintaining internal case files, payroll, office efficiency tasks and any other work that may be require in my role;
Legal AdvisorNovember 2009 - April 2011Hounslow Racial Equality Council-    Being first point of contact for legal advice and managing the drop-in service; -    Preparing paperwork after advisory sessions and contacting clients via post or telephone to give updates or gather additional information; -    Responsible for ensuring all cases follow the correct procedures with regards to follow-ups and welfare allowances; -    Advised clients on welfare benefits, age and sex discrimination including taking cases to employment tribunal; -    Recorded all interviews in a case file with statistics on type of work done;
ATC (Acton Training Centre)April 2010 - December 2010Project Manager- Responsible for sub-team and allocation of budget to assist unemployed people into work, by helping arrange training and liaising with employers to arrange interviews; - Planning and implementing marketing campaigns and analysis, as well as reviewing and updating current campaigns; - Attend marketing and networking events to build relationships to promote service and increase mutual signposting; - Conducting legal advice sessions in regards to benefits, housing and other issues as required. or signposting the same.
Volunteer Legal AssistantApril 2010 - September 2010Asghar and CoWas first point of contact for existing and prospective clients. Setup a new costing system to work out file accounts upon file closure. Drafting costs for client files.
Admin AssistantJune 2007 - September 2007Insitu Ltd- Administrative work - Porting servers from one physical to multiple physical and virtualisiation along with built in redundancies and backup procedures implementation.
Education
BBP Law School2014PSCElectives: Planning Law, Leases, Website Law, Mediation
College of Law2008 - 2009LPCElectives: Acquisitions, Commercial Dispute Resolutions, Private Client Passed with Commendation
Kingston University2005 - 2008LLBModules: Property law, Foundations of English Law, English Legal History, Contract Law. Land Law, Legal Method, Mooting, Public Law,  Young enterprise, Entrepreneurship, Law of Tort, Criminal Law, Equity and Trusts, European law, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Insolvency Law, Remedies and Restitution, Commercial and Personal Property, Advice and Negotiation, Intellectual Property Law.
Ealing College2003 - 2005A LevelsLaw; Psychology, English Literature , Computer Science
Villiers High School1998 - 2003GCSE