Current President of Bolton Law Society
I qualified as a Solicitor in March 2000 with one of the busiest and reputable high street legal aid firms in Bolton. Following qualification I continued to practice in the areas of crime and civil litigation. I have represented clients from police station through to trials at the criminal courts as well as conducting matters at the local county courts. In 2002 I qualified as a Duty Solicitor under the then recent legal aid requirement thereby enabling me to hold a legal aid franchise.
In 2003 I joined AG Solicitors as a partner (now AGH Solicitors). I continued with a similar ethos as the firm where I qualified, that being to treat every client as special and to provide good quality legal advice and representation at an affordable price.
I am the head of the Road Traffic Department which deals with Personal Injury Claims and Road Traffic Offences. I also have a keen interest in Immigration and general Criminal work. I thoroughly enjoy this line of work and have had the pleasure of representing well known personalities including Politicians as well as professional sportspersons. I also represent clients from the Private Hire and Hackney Carriage trades both at the local Criminal Courts as well as the subsequent Licensing Committee Hearings.
In 2005 I was given the pleasure of being called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of Lincolns Inn as a Barrister. However, the work I continue to deploy is in my capacity as a Solicitor. I am currently the President of Bolton Law Society.
Out of work I have strong commitment towards my family and friends and take pride in being helpful whenever necessary.
I qualified as a solicitor in February 1999 after studying for a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Master of Laws degree in International and Commercial Law at the University of Sheffield. Since qualifying as a Solicitor as well as working in various private practices throughout the North West, I have also worked as an in house solicitor for a building society and worked for a major firm of Licensed Conveyancers.
I am one of the founding partners of AG Solicitors the predecessor practice of AGH Solicitors when the practice was set up in May 2002.
Since qualification, I have dealt with a wide variety of matters including Crime, Civil litigation, Data Protection and Intellectual Property. I currently deal with both Residential and Commercial Conveyancing, Powers of Attorney, Wills and Probate.
Outside of the work environment I am a keen fell walker having achieved the lofty ambition of climbing every Wainwright peak in the Lake District before I turned 30. I have an active interest in local politics and was a councillor on both Bolton and Westhoughton Council’s for 8 years representing my home town of Westhoughton. I am currently the President Elect of Bolton Law Society.
SHAMIN AKHTAR - SENIOR SOLICITOR
I joined AGH Solicitors in August 2005 and qualified as a Solicitor in January 2008.I am a Senior Solicitor in the Immigration Department and have vast experience in all aspects of Immigration work. I have a very keen following in all areas of Immigration work.
I have an in-depth knowledge of the Rules with a special regard for family matters especially concerning children under the age of 16. I also deal with residential conveyancing with particular emphasis in Islamic Mortgages.
I adopt a very vigorous and methodical approach in all aspects of my work and have a keen eye for detail. I have a very high track record of successful Immigration cases. I am a recognised member of the community and can fluently converse in four languages namely English, Punjabi, Hindi and Kashmiri. In my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with my family in addition to reading and researching.
RAHILA RAFIQ - SENIOR SOLICITOR
I am a qualified Solicitor with a Degree in Psychology and a Post-graduate Diploma in Law. I joined the Firm in August 2004 and deal with all types of residential property transactions, including Buying, Selling and Re-mortgaging. I also have vast experience in dealing with Buy to Let Mortgages, Transfers of Equity, Equity Release, Islamic Mortgages and Bridging Loans.
I am a peoples’ person and thoroughly enjoy meeting my clients. The home buying process can be incredibly stressful, so by meeting clients and discussing their aims, needs and aspirations, I am able to provide a tailored service to suit each clients’ individual needs.