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Abid Mahmood - Public Law

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Recorder of the Crown Court
Recorder of the Civil Court and Family Court
Deputy Upper Tribunal Judge (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)
First Tier Tribunal Judge (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)
Panel barrister Attorney General's Panel of Special Advocates

Abid Mahmood is an Administrative Law specialist with considerable experience of human rights issues. He is one of only a few Special Advocates approved by the Attorney General to undertake national security cases.

Recent cases include diverse issues. He acts for local authorities, the Office of the Public Guardian, individuals and various law firms across the country. Some of the areas of law have included Judicial Review, Local Government, Social Services, Local Authority powers and duties, local authority constitution and internal government, age dispute duties and requirements, Children Act duties, information rights, data protection, charity law and procurement/commercial issues.

Some of these cases have included:

Regina on the application of “O” v Coventry City Council CO/4355/2016 & CO/4404/2016. Mr Justice Holroyd.
Acted for Coventry City Council. Successfully resisted Claimant’s application for judicial review permission in respect of age dispute and Merton Compliant assessment matters. (December 2016)

Regina on the application of MS v Nottingham City Council CO/849/2016.
Acted for Nottingham City Council in drafting grounds of defence and instructed to appear. Successful outcome for the Council following preparation of skeleton argument as proceedings withdrawn by client on the eve of hearing date for permission. (December 2016)

Patrick Simms v The Health Service Commissioner (B085 2016)
Acted for the Ombudsman in respect of disclosure issues raised by the Applicant relating to his imprisonment. Included Norwich Pharmacal issues. Successfully resisted claim on behalf of the Ombudsman.

Williams v Shropshire Council CO/3009/2015 Administrative Court. 2016
Acted for the Council in respect of a Judicial Review application concerning library services. Case settled at the hearing. Issues in respect of whether library at one location should be moved to a new location in view of central government funding cuts. 

Taylor v Shropshire Council  CO Ref 14031 . Administrative Court, High Court of Justice.
Acted for Shropshire Council in a successful resistance to the Claimant’s applications for an injunction and judicial review in respect of the restriction of bus services in Shropshire. Claimant’s issues included arguments in respect of rural isolation of the elderly.

Warwickshire County Council v Matalia 3BM30478.
A school tutor had placed questions to be used in a forthcoming 11 Plus Grammar School Test onto the internet. Various issues arose. Acted for the local authority. Obtained an injunction to prevent publication and orders granted for removal of the same from the internet.

R (on the application of) JWW Allison and Sons Limited v The NHS Commissioning Board and NHS Property Services and others. CO/12513/2013.
Instructed by JWW Allison. Obtained an injunction to prevent the NHS from permitting a new pharmacy to operate next to a new hospital in defiance of the existence of a century old pharmacy in the town centre. Issues included Judicial Review, procurement, EU law, injunctions, damages and leases.

R (on the application of Ali) v Minister for the Cabinet Office [2012] A.C.D. 89.
Subject: Data Protection. Information Rights. Human Rights. Disclosure. Cross Border data USA.  A High Court case.

Abid Mahmood has appeared in other important cases in recent years at the Supreme Court, House of Lords and in hundreds of cases at the Court of Appeal and Administrative Court, High Court with numerous appeals pending at the Senior Courts. He is regularly instructed to draft proceedings and to advise on Judicial Review. 

He is instructed by individuals (approved to undertake Direct Public Access work by the Bar Council), local authorities, NHS Trusts, public bodies and private solicitors firms on a wide variety of work. He has particular expertise on cases with human rights issues.

He lectures regularly and has provided training for both solicitors and barristers. 

He works with leading counsel, leads other juniors and acts alone in cases. 

He is recognised as a leading expert in his chosen areas of work with recommendations in both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK. He has appeared as a leader in those directories for many years.  


Short list for Barrister of the Year Law Society 2014
Past runner up LAPG Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award (Barrister Category)


Administrative Law Bar Association, 
Family Law Bar Association
Midland Chancery Bar Association, 
Court of Protection Practitioners Association


Recorder of the County Court and Crown Court
Deputy Upper Tribunal Judge (IAC)
Attorney General’s list of Special Advocates (approved to undertake national security cases)



"He is responsive and gives clear advice. He is very courteous and has undeniable knowledge."
Chambers UK 2019

'A distinguished advocate.'
Legal 500 2019

‘He takes a bold approach and delivers arguments with conviction.’’
Legal 500 2017

'Recognised for his broad experience.'
Chambers UK 2017

‘He is super-efficient and knows the law inside out.’
‘A senior junior with experience before the Supreme Court.’
Legal 500 2016

A Deputy Upper Tribunal Judge and a Special Advocate, Abid Mahmood covers the full range of immigration matters. He is recognised for his work on judicial reviews and has experience in handling national security proceedings

Chambers UK 2016

‘Very responsive and a good team player.’
‘Able to explain a complex legal framework to clients.’
Legal 500 2015

"A seasoned immigration practitioner who combines an active practice with his roles as a part-time judge and recorder. He represents clients in complex cases at the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and has been instructed on many important national security matters."
"He is a very hard-working and able barrister." 
Chambers UK 2015

In the Legal 500 2014 Abid Mahmood is described as one of the leaders in his areas of work and that he is:
'Personable and very user friendly.'
'An effective advocate, who argues points formidably.'
Legal 500 2014

In Chambers UK 2014 referring to Abid Mahmood it is said:
"He has a very detailed knowledge of immigration and human rights law. He picks up principles and develops them well." 
Chambers UK 2014

Abid Mahmood ‘a persuasive advocate whose paperwork is immaculate’
Abid Mahmood is referred to within two categories and regions in the prestigious Legal 500 Directory. Additionally for Planning Law, Regulatory Law and Public(Administrative Law) he is described as "An exceptional Advocate".
Legal 500 2013

Abid Mahmood has extensive public law expertise and experience in the higher courts. He acted for a claimant in the recent case of Chapti, Ali & Others, which was an important test of the compatibility of new English language requirements in respect of spousal visa applications with human rights law. He is "great on immigration and human rights," and is praised for the creativity of his arguments and his "robust, tenacious and punchy" advocacy.
Chambers UK 2013

Group head Abid Mahmood draws respect from sources for "his good brain and the consistent work which proves this." Commentators also note his excellent communication with clients. Recent work includes the judicial review of a decision to refuse British citizenship, which concluded that the government should change the law to allow post-flight spouses to join refugees in England.
Chambers UK 2012

Abid Mahmood is "extremely precise and meticulous." He has a broad public law practice and is praised for his "gutsy approach and willingness to tackle complicated and gritty matters." 
Chambers UK 2011

Abid Mahmood "is a genius"
Legal 500 2010

Abid Mahmood has been a feature of the leading directories for several years and has been commended for his highly regarded “client handling skills”.