Name:
Nilay Shastry
Year of Call:
2015
Inn:
Gray’s Inn; Ad Eundem Inner Temple
Languages spoken:
Gujarati (Fluent)
Hindi (Conversational)
Area of Expertise:
Family
Civil
Immigration
Practice Summary
  • Private and Public Children
  • Domestic Violence
  • Financial Remedies
  • Civil
  • Business Immigration
Introduction
Nilay Shastry has been an advocate for over 20 years. As a barrister, he takes instructions in family law, civil law and business immigration. He is also an accredited mediator.

Prior to becoming a barrister, he qualified as a solicitor in 2005 specialising in family law and immigration law. Nilay was first admitted to the New York State Bar. As an attorney, he litigated cases in the New York Family Court, in the New York County Court and the Immigration Tribunal.

Nilay is described as diligent, professional, and effective who is empathetic and approachable. Nilay brings a wealth of life experience and is described as personable with a calming influence. Nilay is highly regarded by his instructing solicitors for the excellent results that he obtains and is complimented by his lay clients for his friendly and approachable nature which allows him to discuss and advise upon complex legal matters in a clear and comprehensive manner.

Family Law
Children – Private Law

Nilay enjoys a busy family practice in complex disputes over both child contact, residency and specific issue matters. He represents parents at initial hearings, direction hearings, fact-finding hearings and final hearings. Nilay has experience acting for parents with severe mental health difficulties and has been successful in obtaining direct contact on their behalf. Nilay also has experience of cases involving religious disagreements, sexual, drug and domestic abuse. Nilay has successfully represented parents with extensive criminal antecedent records, which were a barrier to contact.

Some of the cases he has been instructed on included issues of relocation with a father accused of having terrorist ties and another matter where the father was accused of having pro-FGM views.

Domestic Abuse

Nilay represents clients at all stages of proceedings in non-molestation, occupation and prohibited steps applications. He has successfully proved and defended allegations of sexual, domestic and drug abuse in fact-finding hearings. Also, he has experience in matters involving financial and emotional abuse, and always adopts a friendly and understanding approach.

Children – Public Law

Nilay appears regularly in family court representing parties in care proceedings. His most recent cases included complex mental health difficulties, substance misuse and where it was alleged that the father had been grooming his children.

Receiving instructions from both solicitors and local authorities; Nilay is briefed in all aspects of Public Law, from matters involving the discharge of a care order, to those requiring special guardianship and adoption orders.

Financial Remedy

Nilay has experience in representing clients from the first appointment to a final hearing. Nilay has the keen eye for detail needed when cross-examining a witnesses’ financial evidence.

Civil Law
Nilay has a varied civil practice and appears in both Fast Track and Small Claims trials. Nilay is instructed on behalf of Claimants in a range of matters including road traffic accidents, contractual and credit hire cases with substantial experience with low velocity impacts, and staged accidents.

Nilay is regularly instructed in cases involving issues of impecuniosity, enforceability, and illegality.

Nilay is described as diligent, professional, and effective who is empathetic and approachable. Nilay brings a wealth of life experience and is described as personable with a calming influence. Nilay is highly regarded by his instructing solicitors for the excellent results that he obtains and is complimented by his lay clients for his friendly and approachable nature which allows him to discuss and advise upon complex legal matters in a clear and comprehensive manner.

Business Immigration
Nilay accepts instructions in all areas of business immigration. He is available to provide guidance to businesses and organisations on complying with the employment of non-EU employees. He has been appointed as a Level 1 User for businesses and organisations employing non-EU employees.

As such, he assists his clients in complying with the employment of non-EU employees by drafting employment contracts and writing employment manuals.

Direct Access
Nilay is Direct Access Accredited and can deal with members of the public directly on this basis. He accepts instructions on a Public Access basis in Road Traffic offence cases. If you wish to instruct Nilay directly please contact Stuart Davis at sard@stapleinn.co.uk.
Mediation
As a qualified mediator, Nilay’s years of experience and negotiation techniques are applied to assist parties in resolving matters before Court proceedings begin.
Memberships
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • International Law Committee, Birmingham Law Society
  • Commonwealth Lawyers Association
  • Testimonials
    Nilay is a highly organised, efficient and motivated individual that strives for success. He is able to deliver an excellent service to clients and exceed their expectations by maintaining a keen eye for detail and a proactive can-do attitude towards every case. Being in a career which is constantly results driven, Nilay has demonstrated that client care is the key to succeeding in cases. He uses his initiative and judgment to try and come to amicable settlements and is not afraid to explore unknown territories. Nilay has a relaxed demeanour and is able to remain calm in unforeseen circumstances.

    Mithun Chauhan, Solicitor at Keoghs LLPT

    I have briefed Nilay on several occasions to represent my clients in contested, complex matters and I have met Nilay as an opponent on cases. On each occasion Nilay has approached each case in a professional, clear and considered manner. He has been a pleasure to work with and has supported my clients with excellent care.

    Jasbir Raindi, Supervising Solicitor at National Legal Service

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