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Abid Mahmood - International Human Rights

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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 has practised in human rights law and cross border issues for over 20 years and has been a part time judge since 2006.

He is regularly instructed in many areas of law in which human rights issues arise. He has appeared in cases affecting family law including The Hague Convention, international adoption and abduction cases, including recent cases at the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. His freedom of movement and European Union law cases have included recent appearances at the Supreme Court of England and Wales.  

He has appeared in many 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. 

In information rights and data protection he has advised and appeared in cases at the High Court and has acted for National Health Service Trusts and others.

He has advised and appeared on behalf of Charities in respect of legal disputes arising and has a commercial aspect to his advisory functions.  

He acts for various local authorities across the country in “age dispute” cases, human trafficking and similar matters.

He lectures regularly and has provided training for both solicitors and barristers, and also for the Home Office. He has been invited to and has lectured in countries such as India and the UAE (Dubai) on human rights at the International Bar Association with thousands of delegates. 

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

He is recognised as a leading expert in his chosen area of work. 

Abid is currently instructed in various cases including tests cases at the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the Administrative Court and Court of Protection in wide-spanning issues involving human rights, immigration, Articles 2, 3, 5,8, 14 ECHR, EU Directives, EU, international law, returns of minors and family reunion. He is also instructed by various guardians, local authorities, and parties to prepare expert opinions and advices in respect of issues transcending both human rights law, immigration issues and family law. In Court of Protection cases he is instructed by the Office of the Public Guardian. 

 
QUALIFICATIONS

Shortlisted for Barrister of the Year Law Society in 2014, 2013 and 2012.
One of the runners up for the 2007 LAPG Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award (Barrister Category)
Nominated for 2008 LAPG Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award (Barrister Category)

MEMBERSHIPS

Family Law Bar Association, 
Administrative Law Bar Association, 
Midland Chancery Bar Association, 
Midland Circuit, 
Criminal Law Bar Association.

APPOINTMENTS

Recorder
Deputy Upper Tribunal Judge (IAC)
First Tier Tribunal Judge (IAC)
Attorney General’s list of Special Advocates (approved to undertake national security cases).

RECOMMENDATIONS







 

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









'A distinguished advocate.'
Legal 500 2019

Recognised for his broad experience of immigration cases, including matters concerning questions of asylum or human rights. Mahmood heads the immigration group at No5 Chambers.
Chambers UK 2017

‘An immigration law specialist – 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

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

'Personable and very user friendly.'
'An effective advocate, who argues points formidably.'
Legal 500 2014

"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”.

NOTABLE CASES

Abid Mahmood has several cases pending at the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and other courts in diverse areas of law including the Court of Protection, Administrative Court Judicial Reviews in various non-immigration cases, education law, procurement, commercial issues and family law with foreign element issues.

Some of the forthcoming cases/awaited judgments include the following:

Ali and another v Secretary of State for the Home Department UKSC 2013/0270.
This case concerns the Government’s Policy and Rules in respect of the Pre Entry English language requirement for migrants. The case was heard at a substantive hearing at the Supreme Court on 25th and 26th February 2015. Judgment is expected in late 2015. This is an important case in respect human rights, discrimination and the Immigration Rules.

Mandalia v Secretary of State for the Home Department UKSC 2014/0059
This case concerns the Government’s policy in respect of ‘evidential flexibility’. The substantive hearing took place before the Supreme Court on 7th May 2015 and judgment is expected in the Michaelmas Term.

Some of Abid Mahmood’s recent human rights cases include:

XX v Secretary of State for Defence, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Secretary of State for Home Department (2015).

An ongoing human rights case in which an Afghan interpreter and operative has brought proceedings against the United Kingdom government in respect of breaches of policies and agreements in which he had been left behind in Afghanistan when the UK forces had left that country.

R (on the application of Kardi) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWCA 934 Civ July 2014. Court of Appeal.  Subject: Human Rights. Issue: The new ‘Restricted Leave to Remain’ Policy and its application. To be the subject of a proposed application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.

R (on the application of Apata) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 888 (Admin). High Court. Judicial Review. Subject: Human Rights and Immigration. Issues: Mental Health, deportation orders, sexual orientation.

MI (Pakistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department. Court of Appeal. [2014] EWCA Civ 826, [2014] Imm. AR 1043.

The meaning of ‘persecution’ and whether discrimination of an Albino man could lead to him being granted refugee status.

Singh v Secretary of State for the Home Department Court of Appeal (Civil Division), [2014] EWCA Civ 932, [2014] Imm. AR 1141. Deportation concerning a man convicted of ‘historical’ serious offence and whether DP5/96 properly considered in light of section 84(1)(e) NIAA 2002. Historical injustice issues.

Secretary of State for the Home Department v Rodriguez, Mandalia and another. Court of Appeal. [2014] EWCA Civ 2. Evidential Flexibility.

JW (China) v Secretary of State for the Home Department. Court of Appeal. [2013] EWCA Civ 1526.  Article 8 family life issues.

SS (Nigeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department. Court of Appeal [2014] 1 WLR 998. Best interests of children issues arising out the conflict in respect of the public interest arising out of the requirement of deportation of foreign criminals and the duties towards British children of those persons.

R. (on the application of Ali and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department Court of Appeal. [2014] 1 WLR.  Pre Entry English Language requirement. Listed for hearing at the Supreme Court on 25th and 26th February 2015. 

SS (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department. Court of Appeal. [2013] EWCA Civ 237. Whether the regime in Zimbabwe was sufficiently safe to enable there to be a return of the Appellant. Successful appeals at the Court of Appeal with remittals to the Upper Tribunal.

C (A Child) (Practice: Setting Aside Consent Order in Abduction Proceedings), Re. Court of Appeal [2013] 2 FLR 1300. Hague Convention. Abduction of child. 

KM (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department Supreme Court [2012] UKSC 38; [2012] 3 W.L.R. 345; [2012] 4 All E.R. 843; [2012] Imm. A.R. 1067; [2012] I.N.L.R. 562; (2012) 156(30) S.J.L.B. 31; Times, August 15, 2012. Successful appeal to the Supreme Court for Zimbabwean citizen that had contended that it was wrong in law for him to have dissemble to ‘pretend’ to support the President Mugabe regime in order to avoid persecution

R. (on the application of School of Business and Commerce Ltd) v Secretary of State for the Home Department Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court), [2013] EWHC 126 (Admin)
Subject: Immigration; Education, Planning
Keywords: Educational institutions; Immigration policy; Planning permission; Points-based system; Revocation; Sponsor licences

C (A Child), Re Court of Appeal (Civil Division) [2013] 
Subject: Family law. Hague Convention. International Law 
Keywords: Consent; Consent orders; Duress; International child abduction

R. (on the application of OA (Nigeria)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWHC 3128 (Admin) 
Subject: Immigration 
Keywords: Best interests; Certification; Children; Children's welfare; Illegal entrants; Indefinite leave to remain; Investigations; Removal

R. (on the application of S) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWHC 3370 (Admin)
Subject: Immigration 
Keywords: Asylum seekers; Certification; India

Okafor and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department. [2011] EWCA Civ 499. The Court of Appeal considered an important issue concerning the husband and children of an EU national that had committed suicide and the effect of EU Directive 2004/28 and Articles 12 and 16 of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006. This case is currently the subject of an application to the Supreme Court. 

RK (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWCA Civ 456. The Court of Appeal considered the risk on return to Zimbabwe of an asylum seeker from Zimbabwe that had been in the United Kingdom for a number of years. The Court of Appeal allowed the Appellant’s appeal and remitted the case to the Upper Tribunal for an assessment to be undertaken. 

DS (Afghanistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWCA Civ 305. The Court of Appeal allowed the Appellant’s appeal. He was an unaccompanied asylum seeking child. This is an important case dealing with the Asylum Seekers (Reception Conditions) Regulations in respect of the tracing of the child’s parents. There was a duty on the secretary of state to endeavour to trace a child’s family as soon as possible after the child has made his asylum claim. The Secretary of State has sought permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. 

R (on the application of Daley Murdoch) v Secretary of State for the Home Department. [2011] EWCA Civ 161. A test case at the Court of Appeal in respect of the issue of segregated decisions and rights of appeal. This case is currently the subject of an application to the Supreme Court. 

R (on the application of WJ (China) v Secretary of State for the Home Department. [2011] EWCA Civ 183. The Court of Appeal considered the issues of rights of appeal in respect of s82 of the Nationality Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 and whether there was a conflict with Supreme Court authority in respect of the decision in BA (Nigeria) v SSHD. 

QJ (Algeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] EWCA Civ 1478 (21 December 2010). Acted as a Special Advocate. Issues concerning deportation of an Appellant convicted in the United Kingdom of terrorism related offences. This case is currently the subject of an application to the Supreme Court by the Special Advocates. 

R (on the application of Mansoor) v Secretary of State for the Home Department. [2011] EWHC 832 (March 2011). The Administrative Court considered issues in respect of family life and referred to the judgement of the European Court in C-3409 Zambrano v Onem 8 March 2011 BAILII: [2011] EUECJ C-34/09. 

TM, KM and LZ (Zimbabwe) v SSHD [2010] EWCA Civ 916. Leading case on the risk on return relating to sur place activities on return to Zimbabwe. The high profile nature of the President Mugabe regime which has dominated the media in recent times is currently an issue which continues to be of concern and which Abid has been involved in for some years now in acting for the Appellants.

AN (Pakistan) v SSHD [2010] EWCA Civ 757. The Court of Appeal considered the Appellant’s issues relating to domestic violence and suicide risk in respect of Articles 2 and 3 ECHR. 

WJ (China) v SSHD [2010] EWHC 776 (Admin). This was the first decision of the Administrative Court in respect of the fresh claims jurisdiction as it interplays with s92 NIAA 2002. It also raises issues in respect of Article 8 ECHR. Permission to appeal was granted by the Court itself. 

Re: A local authority and F (children), Ministry of Justice intervening (2010). Acted as a special advocate in respect of issues of a sensitive nature raised by the Ministry of Justice in respect of prisons.

FH (Post flight spouses) Iran [2010] UKUT 27 (IAC). Appeal presided over by Sedley LJ in which UT suggested after a successful appeal that there ought to be a change to the Immigration Rules. 

NB & ZD (Paragraph 59-discretion) Guinea [2010] UKUT 302 (IAC)

PS (working holiday maker-assessment-maintenance) [2010] UKUT 280 (IAC) 

A (Afghanistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] EWCA Civ 825 (30th July 2009) Court of Appeal. 
First reported Court of Appeal case in respect of issues concerning post flight spouses' rights to enter the United Kingdom. Acted for the Appellant, but Court of Appeal critical of the approach of the SSHD. 

KS (India) & JA (Bangladesh) v ECO [2009] EWCA Civ 762 (Court of Appeal 23rd July 2009). Court of Appeal. 
Working Holiday Makers. Third Party Support. 

QJ v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] SC/84/89. Terrorism issues. Risk on return to Algeria. Acted as a Special Advocate before SIAC. 

MA (Somalia) v Secretary of State for the Home Department. [2009] EWCA Civ 4. Court of Appeal. The lawfulness of removal directions and section 84(1) and section 86 NIAA 2002

NB (Guinea) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2008] EWCA Civ 1229 (13th November 2008). Court of Appeal. Whether the section 103A NIAA 2002 process is ultra vires. Rule 23 of the Procedure Rules 2005

SK (Pakistan) v SSHD September 2008 (hearing date awaited: permission to appeal granted) Court of Appeal. Domestic Violence Rule. 
NS (Sudan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2008] EWCA Civ 318. Court of Appeal. Risk on return to involuntary returnees. 

Secretary of State for the Home Department v AH (Sudan) [2008] UKHL 49 House of Lords: Internal Relocation, Secretary of State’s Appeal. 

AH, IG NM v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2006] EWCA Civ 297. Court of Appeal: Appellants’ appeals. 

Ahmed v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2006] EWCA Civ 300. Court of Appeal. Remittal hearings and the AIT Practice Direction of 2005. 

Januzi, Hamid and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2006] UKHL 5. House of Lords. Acted as Junior Counsel for Hamid. 

A (Iraq) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2005] EWCA Civ 1438. Court of Appeal. Article 1F Exclusion: Torture by Saddam Hussein’s soldier. 

Hamid, Gafaar & Mohammed v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2005] EWCA Civ 1219. Court of Appeal. This was the first ever referral by the High Court pursuant to section 103 of the NIAA 2002 

Siddig v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2005] EWCA Civ 1242. Court of Appeal. Expert evidence issues. 

Khalid v Secretary of State for the Home Department. [2005] EWCA Civ 624. Court of Appeal considered issues raised about case law not cited at first instance. 

Tsagaan v Secretary of State for the Home Department. [2005] EWCA Civ 1506. Court of Appeal considered the issue of prison conditions and Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights. 

E & R v Secretary of State for the Home Department. [2004] EWCA Civ 49. Court of Appeal. A ground breaking case which supplements Ladd v Marshall principles in respect of the admission of fresh evidence. 

Re D (Intractable Contact Dispute: Publicity) [2004] 1 FLR 1226. High Court. Munby J. 

Director of Public Prosecutions v Birmingham Justices [2003] EWHC 2352 (Admin). Reasonableness of the Magistrates not granting an adjournment in a domestic violence trial. Acted for the Magistrates. 

Ali v Khan [2002] EWCA Civ 974. Court of Appeal. Equity, trusts and constructive trusts. 

Re (S) Foster Placement Regulations [2000] 1 FLR 648. The effect of foster parent’s convictions for indecent assault. Acted for the Local Authority. 

Tribunal reported and Country Guidance cases have been numerous, but include:

AM (Section 88(2):”Immigration Document”) Somalia [2009] UKAIT 00008 (rights of appeal, documentary evidence).

VB (Deportation of EEA national: human rights) Lithunia [2008] UKAIT 0087. Deportation of EEA Citizens Propensity to re-offend, relevant factors to take into account. 

HGMO (Relocation to Khartoum) Country Guidance Sudan [2006] UKAIT 00062. Acted for the first Appellant in this case which ultimately went to the House of Lords.