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I practice as both a Barrister and CMC Registered Mediator Mediator Search — Civil Mediation and specialise in Trust, Estate & Music Disputes, Cultural Property Claims & International Humanitarian Law.

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(Barrister Details – Mr Carl Amir-Ul Islam (


B.Soc.Sc (Keele) (Law & Political Science) (Joint-Honours), LLM (Exon)(International Business Legal Studies), Barrister (Lincoln’s Inn), TEP, SCMA Accredited Mediation Advocate, MSoM, CMC Registered Mediator. Member of the Southeastern Circuit, Chancery Bar Association, Revenue Bar Association, and STEP (full member). Author of ‘Tax-Efficient Wills Simplified’ (Amazon Kindle): Tax-efficient Wills Simplified 2014/15: Carl Islam: 9781852527396: Books, the ‘Contentious Probate Handbook’ (published by the Law Society on 1 October 2016): Wildy & Sons Ltd — The World’s Legal Bookshop Search Results for isbn: ‘9781784460600’, and the Contentious Trusts Handbook’:  Wildy & Sons Ltd — The World’s Legal Bookshop Search Results for isbn: ‘9781784461249’. I am also a member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (Ad Eundem), and dual qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court (remaining on the Roll).

Prior to entering private practice, I worked in-house for Rolls-Royce and Alstom (in Paris), tax structuring, drafting, and negotiating deals in multiple jurisdictions around the world (principally in the Far East, including China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and India). As a Mediation Advocate, I approach doing a deal in settlement of a commercial dispute with the benefit of that commercial experience and can apply a degree of ‘nous’. As a Mediator, I can also use my ‘commercial’ antennae to help parties re-frame their dispute as an opportunity.

I have been commissioned by the Law Society of England & Wales, to write a second edition of the Contentious Probate Handbook in 2024. Dr Hugh Series who is a NHS Consultant in old age psychiatry and a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford, is contributing a standalone Practice Note for inclusion in the book as an Appendix about ‘Mental disorders.’

As a political science graduate, author, legal practitioner and mediator, with a special interest in Cultural Heritage and International Humanitarian Law, I am planning from 2025 to research and write a book provisionally entitled ‘Cultural Heritage Diplomacy.’

The book will examine and discuss the dynamic inter-relationship between:

(i) the significance and strategic importance of cultural property and heritage i.e. why it needs to be preserved and protected;

(ii) the framework of protective principles under international humanitarian law and human rights law;

(iii) preservation and stability of the international rules based system and order;

(iv) human security, development and the environment;

(v) peace-building, geopolitical mediation, and negotiating political order;

(vi) post-conflict transformation through a process of truth and reconciliation – which is linked to the jurisdiction and powers of the International Criminal Court, the award of reparations, and the public prosecution of war criminals; and

(vii) restitution and repatriation of cultural property.

This will be based upon:

  • Primary sources.
  • The Bibliography on the International Humanitarian Law & Mediation page at 
  • Other material assembled on that website.