Abid Mahmood is a barrister with over 25 years’ experience. He has appeared in some of the most important cases shaping immigration law in this jurisdiction. He has appeared in and succeeded at many levels of courts, including at the Supreme Court of England and Wales and at the Court of Appeal. This has included as leading counsel at the Supreme Court. He appears at Tribunals across England and Wales.
He is regularly instructed by individuals, solicitors, government departments, local authorities, public bodies and commercial enterprises both within the United Kingdom and outside of the jurisdiction.
He has consistently been recognised in the legal directories including in the Legal 500 and Chambers UK as being one of the foremost practitioners in his areas of practice.
Rather uniquely he is noted for separate areas and jurisdictions in The Legal 500, 2020 including for his work in immigration, including business immigration, public and administrative law and court of protection. He is able to use his experience from all areas of his work to understand what is required.
In respect of immigration work he is regularly instructed in business and commercial issues concerning high net worth clients and ultra-high net worth clients from around the world. Recent clients have been from the Middle East, USA, India, Pakistan, Russia, China, and South Korea. These applications have included Tier 1 investor applications and extensions, entrepreneur applications, business visas, medical visas and numerous others.
He is known for having a commercial outlook to his work and to being able to assist with providing tailor made solutions for challenges which arise in more difficult cases.
He has a dedicated human rights practice and has appeared in some of the leading cases.
He sits as a part time Judge in the Upper Tribunal and in the County Court and Crown Court and so is able to have a 360-degree view of cases that he is instructed on.
Punjabi, Urdu, Basic French and Spanish
“Very good for difficult and unusual cases.“ “He masters the tricky balance in very emotive cases of reassuring clients without sugar coating the pill.”
Legal 500 2020 (Immigration)
“He is a very competent advocate, whose attention to detail is second-to-none.”
Legal 500 2020 (Court of Protection)
“Highly experienced in judicial review proceedings.”
Legal 500 2020 (Public Law)
“Abid’s advocacy is quite beguiling. He is very impressive and persuasive on his feet and is almost able to ‘lull’ the court and the other parties into agreeing with him. He is also superb with lay clients and is able to pitch his advice in just the right way.”
Chambers UK 2020
“He is very good on technical defences.”
Legal 500 2019
“He is responsive and gives clear advice. He is very courteous and has undeniable knowledge.”
Chambers UK 2019
Deputy Upper Tribunal Judge (IAC)
First-Tier Tribunal Judge (IAC)
Recorder of the County Court (civil and family law)
Recorder of the Crown Court
Finalist: LALY Awards
Finalist: Law Society Barrister of the Year
Chancom Bar Association