Manjit Kaur Gill
Our Family Law Team is headed by Mrs Manjit Gill. Manjit joined Hodders in in April 2019 after having run her specialist Family Law practice for a number of years.
Manjit’s growing reputation allowed her to build up a nationwide client base and in 1997 was appointed Head of Department for Family and Immigration, later being appointed Head of Department for Litigation in 1999. She has been recognised for her talents as a Family Lawyer and became a member of Resolution (formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association) in 1998 and the Law Society’s Family Law Panel in 2000.
In 2002, Mrs Gill founded M K Gill Solicitors with the head Office situated in Gravesend Kent. In 2009, due to her growing success and to cater for the needs of her clients, Mrs Gill set up a second office in 2009, in Hounslow, Middlesex.
As a highly passionate and self-motivated individual, Mrs Gill not only has a progressive attitude to succeed, but also to exceed clients’ expectations by going the “extra mile”. Mrs Gill has therefore maintained a very high standard of service throughout her career.
With a successful track record and a professional manner, Mrs Gill prides herself on being able to take a sensitive, constructive and non-confrontational approach to negotiate settlements whist maintaining the ability to be vigorous and influential when required. It is through her years of rigorous analysis and preparation which has enabled her to hone these skills, much to the benefit of her clients.
Mrs Gill is also a qualified Resolution Family Mediator.
Mrs Gill’s specialist areas of law include:
Family Matrimonial – Complex Family & Matrimonial Matters including those with an international element Domestic violence Defended divorces Full range of Financial Remedy cases involving both “big money” and “small money” cases Freezing Orders Asian Financial Remedy cases including adjudication of third party determination of beneficial interest of family members Short marriages involving a spouse from abroad Children Matters including Child Arrangement Orders under s.8 of the Children Act 1989 and emergency applications Family Mediation including MIAMS (Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings)
Mrs Gill has a wealth of experience in all aspects of family law and has also obtained many positive outcomes for her clients in Asian marriages, especially with regards to dowries and cultural issues. She has often been praised by the District Judges in the Kent County Courts, for her preparation and high quality representation.
Immigration – Mrs Gill is also an Immigration Specialist and has been dealing with Immigration Law since 1993. The extensive experience gained over the years has provided Mrs Gill with the requisite knowledge and experience needed to achieve her clients’ objectives.
She has been instructed on a matter before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC), which is the Superior Court of Record in the UK dealing with cases of National Security and also matters relating to persons deprived of British Citizenship. As well as achieving a successful outcome for her client before SIAC, Mrs Gill has also been successful in many other high profile immigration cases, asylum matters, nationality decisions and policy matters, including human rights issues and applicability of EU Law.
This has included Judicial Reviews, Statutory Review, Appeals before the First-Tier and Upper Tribunals and appeals to the Court of Appeal.
Significant cases involving complex and novel issues, of high political sensitivity included the following:
- BB v SSHD: SC/26/2003 – Challenge to the decision of the Entry Clearance Officer to refuse re-entry to an Indian National resident in the UK on the basis of national security. The matter was conceded before it went to court on the basis of representations made.
- Challenge to the Secretary of Sates’ Domestic Violence Policy now part of the Immigration Rules. Matter was conceded on basis of representations made.
- Judicial Review challenge to the Secretary of State’s decision to remove Students and Spouses in breach with Immigration Policy.
- Challenge to the Secretary of Sates’ decision to refuse a client’s claim for asylum. The client was the victim of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Sierra Leone and faced the very real threat of FGM being re-performed on her and for the first time on her daughter. The matter went to appeal before the Immigration and Asylum Chamber of the First-Tier Tribunal where the Secretary of States’ decision was successfully overturned on the basis of representations made.