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First British-Bangladeshi origin barrister to have been appointed as a judge to the High Court in the United Kingdom by Queen Elizabeth II



London, Aug. 18, 2017 : Akhlaq Ur-Rahman Choudhury, a 50-year-old barrister, is the first British-Bangladeshi to have been appointed as a judge to the High Court in the United Kingdom by Queen Elizabeth II. He is the first Bangladesh-origin lawyer to have achieved such a prestigious position of honour in his legal career, who has not only uplifted the legal fraternity but also the whole nation of Bangladesh.

 

In an official statement on Friday, the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary of UK - The High Court in the United Kingdom by Queen Elizabeth II said: “The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Mr Akhlaq Ur-Rahman Choudhury QC to be a Justice of the High Court with effect from 2 October 2017.”

 

The High Court in the United Kingdom by Queen Elizabeth II has been pleased to approve the appointment of Mr Akhlaq Ur-Rahman Choudhury QC to be a Justice of the High Court with effect from 2 October 2017 consequential to the elevation of Sir Gary Robert Hickinbottom to the Court of Appeal.

 

The Lord Chief Justice will assign Mr Akhlaq Ur-Rahman Choudhury to the Queen’s Bench Division from 2 October 2017, form when he will be respected and known as the Honourable Mr. Justice Choudhury.

 

Akhlaq Ur-Rahman Choudhury, aged 50, he will be known as The Honourable Mr Justice Choudhury. He was called to the Bar (I) in 1992 and took Silk in 2015. He was appointed as a Recorder in 2009 and as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2016.

 

Justice Akhlaq Ur-Rahman Choudhury, aged 50, was born in Winchester into the family of Azizur Rahman Choudhury and Sultana Choudhury.

 

His parents migrated to the UK from Zakiganj, Sylhet in what was then known as East Pakistan. Akhlaq’s father Azizur Rahman Choudhury was the first Bangladeshi to open a restaurant in Scotland located in Aberdeen by the name of “The Bengal.”

 

During the Liberation War in 1971, Akhlaq’s father and mother Sultana Choudhury helped raise funds for the war effort and were recognised by General MAG Osmani.

 

He attended Bishopbriggs High School, as he grew up on the outskirts of Glasgow. He obtained a BSc in Physics from University of Glasgow. Later, he pursued his law degree at University of London.

 

He was called to the bar in 1992. He was appointed as a Recorder in 2009 and as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2016. Justice Choudhury was appointed as Queen's Counsel. Before being selected as one of the five new High Court Judges in August 2017.

 

Justice Choudhury specialises in commercial, employment, procurement, information and public law. He was a long-standing member of the Attorney General's A-panel of Approved Counsel and advised the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and various other government departments. He consulted on various matters concerning human rights violation.

 

He was retained as counsel for the Information Commissioner and has appeared in many of the important cases in the developing area of freedom of information and data protection law. He represented Timothy James Consulting Ltd. in Timothy James Consulting Ltd. v Wilton [2015] UKEA where £10,000 was awarded for the damage.

 

This is one of the leading cases on taxation of injury to feelings awards. In 2014, he represented appellant DWF LLP in the first automatic suspension case in the Court of Appeal against Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills. Some of his other notable recent cases include; Allan v Wandsworth LBC [2014] Eq. L.R. 30 (employment – disability discrimination; local government councillors); BUQ v HRE [2012] IRLR 653 (privacy injunction, right to fair trial); Humphreys v Norilsk Nickel International (UK) Ltd. [2010] EWHC 1867 (QB); [2010] IRLR 976 (bonus claim); R (Ofcom) v Information Commissioner [2010] UKSC 3; [2010] Env LR 20 (environmental information and the public interest).

 

Justice Choudhury is highly appreciated amongst his peers for his depth of knowledge, leadership skills and amicable nature. He advises not to hesitate to take an approach and finds being a judge enjoyable which he thinks leads him into making himself a better lawyer.

 

The result of his hard work is really exemplary which would hopefully inspire the native legal career pursuers in the long run as the name of Bangladesh continues to be dignified worldwide.

 

Khatun Sapnara was born on 29 April 1968, is a Bangladeshi-born British judge. In 2006, she was appointed as a Recorder of the Crown Court, becoming the first person of Bangladeshi origin in a senior judicial position. In 2014, she was appointed as a Circuit Judge to hear cases in the Crown and Family Court.

 


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