Abid Mahmood

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Abid Mahmood has been referred to within leading directories as an expert in three separate areas of law:
Immigration, Nationality and Asylum Law, Administrative and Public law, and Court of Protection
He has over 25 years’ experience as a barrister and has been sitting as a part time Judge since 2006. His other areas of interest include human rights law, commercial law, and contentious probate.
The Legal 500 (2019) refers to him as: “A distinguished advocate”.
Chambers UK (2019) said, “He is responsive and gives clear advice. He is very courteous and has undeniable knowledge.” It also states that he is “Highly Experienced”
Previous directories for 2018 and before have said:
“A forceful and persuasive advocate”
“He is extremely experienced and knows what to focus on in the higher courts to get you across the line”
“He is a respected immigration practitioner working for Claimants”
“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.”
“Abid Mahmood is a genius”
“Personable and user friendly”
“Very responsive and a good team player”
“He represents clients in complex cases at the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and has been instructed on many national security cases”
“In immigration: he is able to explain a complex legal framework to clients”
“Extremely precise and meticulous”
“An immigration law specialist – he is super-efficient and knows the law inside out.” “A senior junior with experience before the Supreme Court.”
“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 proceeding”
Abid Mahmood is a specialist barrister with considerable experience of diverse areas of law from both practice and from sitting as a Judge. He has practised in England and Wales and has a lot of experience in cross border issues. He has been practising law for over 20 years.
He has advised companies, organisations, charities, high net worth individuals and others from the United States of America, the Cayman Islands, the Middle East, China, Russia, India, Pakistan, as well as from several African countries. He is regularly instructed in many areas of law, including those 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 is well versed in commercial law and issues.
In information rights and data protection he has advised and appeared in cases at the High Court.
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 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) at the International Bar Association with thousands of delegates.
He works with teams of other national and international lawyers. He is particularly praised by independent legal directories for being a team player and good to work with.
He is recognised as a leading expert in his chosen areas of work.
Recommendations
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 and 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
Appointments
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
Awards
Shortlisted for Barrister of the Year Law Society in 2014, 2013 and 2012.
Memberships
International Bar Association
Family Law Bar Association
Administrative Law Bar Association
Midland Chancery Bar Association
Criminal Law Bar Association

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