Head of Chamber
Masud read law at Birkbeck College, University of London. He subsequently went on to complete Bar Vocational course from Inns of Court School of law. He was called to the Bar in 2005 by the Honourable Society of Grays’ Inn, England. He has also achieved an LL.M Degree from City University, London. Mashhad is practicing as an advocate in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and heads ‘Masud Akhter and Associates’ a dynamic set of barristers and advocates’ chamber, which has pulled together diverse experiences and expertises of lawyers. Masud is a multi skilled and multi talented young professional. He started his professional career in the UK as a faculty member of Guildhall University in economics and went on to establish a private business and law school in the heart of London and was first to establish a Bangladeshi led educational establishment in the UK which has educated a large number of business and legal professional practicing and rendering their services across the globe. Masud also read a Master of Business Administration and completed a PhD in development economics.
Masud, from 2005 practiced as in house counsel for Crimson Phoenix Solicitors and Gateway solicitors and Obiter Legal solicitors in the UK and dealt with complex commercial, civil, immigration, human rights, property, and family law cases. Masud mastered advocacy, commercial drafting and mediation skills from his legal practise in the UK.
Masud is also an expert in media law, in particular the new generation of internet based media. Masud has a wide range of experience in media law.
Masud in his previous career advised commercial organisations, government of Nigeria, NGOs and other organisation in media law. Masud has taken a keen interest in developing media law for emerging market.
Formerly a member of Centurion Chambers, Birmingham, Masud specialises in chancery and commercial work, although he has benefited from extensive advocacy experience gained in the course of the immigration, asylum, criminal and civil work he undertook earlier in his career. He regularly appeared in multi-track trials and has wide experience of mediations and arbitrations. He also undertakes a wide range of non-contentious Chancery work.
Masud is also an accredited mediator and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, one of oldest and largest institution facilitating international arbitration and mediation.
Areas of Practice
Land: Claims relating to contracts for the sale of land. Land registration, extent of registered title, rectification of title, historic deeds and plans. Adverse Possession and boundary disputes. Easements and restrictive covenants. Proprietary estoppel. Mortgage possession (appearing for both mortgagor and mortgagee).
Landlord and Tenant: Residential tenancies under the Housing Act 1988 and Business Tenancies under the 1954 Landlord and Tenant Act (appearing for both landlord and tenant), including applications for possession on various grounds including anti-social behaviour.
Trusts of land: Advising and litigating on all aspects of trusts of land/proprietary estoppel, and consequent equitable accounting for appropriate declarations as to beneficial interests, consequent impacts of charges and/or other interests in land and consequent directions.
Trusts: Advising, drafting and litigating in relation to the meaning, effect and application of express and constructive trusts.
Wills and Probate: Dealing with all aspects of contentious and non-contentious probate. Drafting wills, deeds of appointment and deeds of variation, including advice as to the general impact of Inheritance Tax. Administration of estates, in particular in the context of claims for beneficial interests in property comprised in the estate and advice as to the duties of personal representatives.
Family Provision: Advising and litigating in relation to applications under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, for applicants and estates.
Commercial: Advising and litigating in relation to contracts, terms and associated remedies, in particular in relation to the validity of contracts by reason of undue influence, mental incapacity, unconscionable bargains etc. Claims in unjust enrichment for restitution. Dissolution of solving partnerships and limited companies. Construction/building disputes.
Insolvency: Bankruptcy and corporate insolvency, in particular winding up and/or bankruptcy petitions, statutory demands and applications for annulment for both creditors and debtors.
Media Law: Internet / IPTV: Masud offers expert advice on all aspects of the Internet, ranging from domain name registration and acquisition, to website service agreements. We advise clients ranging from individuals to Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) companies.
Masud also offers expert advice on all sectors of a company’s online business to both media and non-media clients.
As a keen expert on media law, I offer expert advice upon:
- Domain name acquisitions / disputes
- Online terms of business
- ‘Click Wrap’ agreements
- Hosting Service Agreements
- Website development agreements
Masud’s interests include medieval history, cooking, hill walking and documentary making.