Mak Islam

Makhsudul Islam

Year of Call: 2013
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Telephone: 0121 289 4333

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Makhsudul Islam is a barrister who specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence.

He has built up a busy court practice of trials, interlocutory hearings and drafting. He has a strong following and is regularly instructed by tier 1 defendant insurance law firms and leading regional and national commercial law firms.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Makhsudul practised in litigation for leading international firms specialising in personal injury, so brings a wealth of experience and understanding of private practice.

Clients have praised Makhsudul's technical ability, attention to detail and his ability to put solicitor and lay clients at ease with his personable approach.

Personal Injury

Makhsudul has extensive experience in personal injury, having previously practised at a tier 1 insurance firm. He is able to advise and represent claimants and defendants across all tracks in the following areas:

  • Road traffic accidents (including LVI, late presentation claims, exaggerated claims and fundamental dishonesty)
  • Employers’ liability
  • Public liability
  • Occupiers’ liability

Makhsudul also accepts instructions in respect of credit hire disputes, for both claimants and defendants.

Clinical Negligence

Makhsudul has a developing practice in this area and is happy to accept instructions in all aspects of clinical negligence work. He has experience of acting for the NHS Trust and NHS Resolution.


As part of his personal injury practice, Makhsudul is very well-versed in costs law and has substantial experience in attending Costs and Case Management Conferences (CCMCs),
costs applications, summary and detailed assessment hearings. Aside from advising and attending hearings, he is able to draft costs budgets (Precedent H), budget discussion reports
(Precedent R), points of dispute and costs applications.

Commercial Debt Recovery

Makhsudul deals with a wide range of commercial debt recovery work against both individuals and large companies relating to disputes with the supply of goods and services, non-payment of invoices, residential and commercial rent arrears and enforcement of personal guarantees.

As part of Makhsudul’s debt recovery practice, he can also attend the following hearings:

  • Possession (relating to section 8 and section 21 notices)
  • Application to suspend warrant of eviction
  • Trespass
  • Forfeiture
  • Appeal

Makhsudul represents some of the leading insurers, technology giants, banks, energy providers, shopping complexes, private schools and builders’ merchants in the UK.

Enforcement and Insolvency

Makhsudul has substantial experience of enforcement and personal and corporate insolvency. He is able to attend the following hearings:

  • Charging order
  • Orders for sale
  • Third party debt order
  • Determination
  • Bankruptcy and winding-up

In addition to attending insolvency hearings at the Royal Courts of Justice and regional Business & Property courts, Makhsudul has experience of drafting statutory demands, verification of petitions, bankruptcy/winding-up petitions and Insolvency Act applications.


Makhsudul was the author of "A Child's Lack of Autonomy in Medical Treatment: A Myth or Just Part of the 'Procedure?", published by the American Law Journal and EU Law Weekly.


Outside of work, Makhsudul is keen on keeping fit and mental well-being, he enjoys football, cycling, travelling and reading. He is also a self-confessed "horologist" and has a passion for collecting vintage timepieces.

He speaks five additional languages - Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, Arabic and French.

  • Articles
    • The inherent risks when partaking in leisure activities

      Harrison v Intuitive Business Consultants Limited (T/a Bear Grylls Survival Race) & Others [2021] EWHC 2396 (QB)

      Makhsudul Islam has analysed the case of Harrison v Intuitive Business Consultants Limited (T/a Bear Grylls Survival Race) & Others [2021] EWHC 2396 (QB). The case concerned liability in respect of injuries arising from participation in the ‘‘Bear Grylls Survival Race’’.

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  • Recommendations

    “I have instructed Max on a number of my cases. Max deals with every case in a clear, concise, professional and practical manner. Max’s client care, helpful and thorough approach to each case is exceptional.

    Further, I am equally impressed by Max’s attention to detail, technical knowledge and the ability to grasp the main issue at hand which leads to successful conclusion of matters.”

    Commercial Litigation Solicitor, Silverback Commercial Law Services Limited

    ''Many thanks for your detailed attendance note - and for achieiving the outcome that you did! It is appreciated.''

    Senior Paralegal, Lyons Davidson

    ''There were various points on this case that had not been picked up on by AXA during the negotiation period and post proceedings. We were at risk of incurring substantial further losses on this claim that were unnecessary and your thorough review of the case and pro-active action has stopped this from happening. Thank you for your diligence on this case and for making yourself so easily available so we could contact you to discuss the case further. We hope to see your name on future AXA cases (you will probably regret this as we have quite a few!).''

    Litigation Claims Handler, AXA Insurance

    ''This was the first time that I had used Makhsudul so thank you for the recommendation! I will be instructing again.''

    Solicitor, Keoghs

    ''Makhsudul is very quick at turning around opinions, advices, pleadings and costs budgets. I wanted two cost budgets back in 14 days, he’s managed to turn it around in 2 days.

    Really appreciate that he gets on to things quickly and I never have to worry about pressing deadlines.''

    Solicitor, Realty Law

    ''Thank you for everything you achieved today and for your very detailed attendance note. It was an excellent outcome and the insurer client will be delighted.

    Many thanks for the time and thorough preparation involved which led to a successful outcome.''

    Associate Solicitor, Keoghs

    ''Makhsudul was fantastic and someone we can add to our list of Counsel going forward.''

    Associate, Horwich Farrelly

    ''Thank you so much for the work you did on this case, and I’m sure the client will be very grateful for the savings you made for them.''

    Litigation Executive, Horwich Farrelly

    ''Makhsudul attended a hearing for us and obtained 100% award on a complex multi-track matter.

    I just want to say, the team is impressed with how Makhsudul deals with complex cases and his hands-on approach in the lead up to hearings.''

    Head of Commercial Litigation, Silverback Law

    "When I instructed Makhsudul on a complex matter, his experience from being at leading law firms shone through and his understanding of the case far exceeded his call as a barrister. Since then, Makhsudul has become my go-to Counsel for all cases. A rising star at the Bar!”

    Solicitor at Knights Plc

    "Makhsudul always embraces a challenge, has a keen eye for detail and provides strategic advice, resulting in a number of significant positive results which my lay clients have been delighted with. Makhsudul acts with experience far beyond his call."

    Solicitor at Horwich Farrelly LLP

    "Makhsudul is a very knowledgeable, quick-thinking barrister, extremely polite and helpful. I have been impressed with the level of skill he has applied to my matters and his willingness to help in the lead up to hearings.

    His greatest quality is to assist his instructing party with expertise so as to present a case in its strongest form, by applying his technical knowledge and fantastic attention to detail. He has become my go-to barrister since his qualification and will continue to be."

    Solicitor at DAC Beachcroft LLP

    "The business and I were highly impressed with the quality of Makhsudul's advice and the managing director reflected on how the quality of his written advice as a junior was greater than that of more seasoned barristers".

    In-house legal at Cavendish Sinels

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Academic qualifications

  • LL.M, University of Law
  • Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law
  • Bioethics, University of Oxford
  • LL.B Hons, University of Birmingham


  • BPTC Scholarship, Jomati Foundation
  • Birmingham Excellence Scholarship, University of Birmingham
  • Chamberlain Award, University of Birmingham

Professional bodies

  • The Honourable Society of Middle Temple
  • Midland Circuit

Direct Access

Makhsudul Islam is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Access (or Public Access) scheme.

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