A barrister with one of the largest sets of chambers in the UK is to be appointed Her Majesty’s Queen’s Counsel at a ceremony to take place in Westminster on Monday, February 16.
Nageena Khalique is Head of the Public Law Group at No5 Chambers, and her appointment takes the number of silks at No5 to 28.
Nageena is also Head of Inquests, Public Inquiries and The Coronial Law group and Head of the Court of Protection group.
The married mother of two is a former hospital dentist who specialised in oral and maxillofacial surgery to Registrar level before being called to the Bar in 1994. Her NHS experience has proved hugely advantageous, enabling her to bring an extensive in-depth knowledge, sensitivity and understanding to her advocacy.
As head of the Court of Protection group at No5, Nageena regularly appears in the Court of Protection, the High Court, Family Division under its inherent jurisdiction and the Court of Appeal. She has particular expertise in complex medical cases relating to gynaecological treatment, sterilisation, dental and medical treatments, amputation, minimally conscious patients and those in a permanent vegetative state.
She has been recommended in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners Legal directories since 2005, notably as a ‘junior to watch’, a ‘strong drawcard’ and a ‘safe pair of hands’.
A limited number of senior barristers are made Queen’s Counsel as a mark of outstanding ability. Most senior judges once practised as QCs.
Nageena said: “I am both delighted and gratified to become a QC, and it is a rewarding way to celebrate my 21 years at the bar.
“I am joining an incredible team of QCs at No5, who between them offer many, many years of experience across a whole host of expertise, and I look forward to a busy and exciting year ahead.”
Nageena is a keen marathon runner, having completed eight international and national marathons, numerous triathlons and aquathons. Each year, she sets herself a sporting challenge, and over the last few years has climbed Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scarfell Pike.
Her other interests include skiing, music, opera, ballet and reading. She is a keen cook and speaks Urdu and German.
She is co-founder and charity event organiser for Facefacts charity, which provides help and support for patients who have sustained facial injury or who have had reconstructive surgery for the treatment of head and neck cancer or war or traumatic injuries.
She has also been a mentor for Mosaic who support projects and innovation for young ethnic minority children and has been a board member of Ashram Housing Association where she remains a friend supporting events and activities.
No5 Practice Director tony McDaid commented: Nageena joined us as a pupil and always had star quality. Her appointment to the rank of Queen’s Counsel is fitting for her immeasurable abilities but also her determination and hard work.”
No5 Chambers, with bases in Birmingham, London, Bristol and East Midlands, has established a reputation for breaking new legal ground and is considered to be progressive and forward thinking.