Crime, Immigration, Extradition & Civil Litigation
Samir gained his full practising certificate in December 2021 having completed his pupillage at Justitia. Prior to joining us, he had almost a decade of experience working in the wider legal profession, from large corporate firms to high street practices. He has previously worked as a civil servant for the Serious Fraud Office and received a commendation from the Director of the SFO for his investigative work.
Working on cases from both investigation/prosecution and defence perspectives, Samir developed his experience of criminal investigations, dealing with clients and preparing defence cases in serious and financial crime. Samir has assisted on the legal teams of some of the world's largest fraud and corruption cases and understands what steps are required to build a strong case, both for and against.
Samir has gained a wealth of experience across the criminal law spectrum representing clients charged with serious violence, drugs, firearms, sexual and public order offences as well as financial crime at both Magistrates and Crown Court level, including the Youth Courts. He has defended clients at bail hearings, breach of bail and Criminal Behaviour Orders and is also a skilled advocate in motoring offences providing persuasive representation to secure the best outcome for clients.
Samir is able to represent clients facing extradition for serious offences including human trafficking. He often works closely with European and other international lawyers to provide a comprehensive legal service across jurisdictions.
Samir regularly represents refugees and asylum seekers before the Immigration Tribunals. He has recently acted for clients from countries such as Egypt, Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Philippines, Ghana and Albania. He is familiar with drafting Skeleton Arguments for both FTT and JR appeals in relation to Tamil asylum cases, complex citizenship matters (SIAC), and Muslim brotherhood/revenge killing cases. He has also drafted representations to the UN Special Rapporteur on the freedom of speech relating to extra-judicial killings of journalists in Sri Lanka.
Samir also has experience in a number of areas of civil litigation. Recent cases include:
Advising on civil/IP matters relating to a well-known Pakistani restaurant chain
Advising the director of a pharmaceutical company on a civil fraud claim worth over £200,000
Drafting Representations against a high street bank for a construction company in relation to cheque fraud
Securing successful judgment in a strike-out claim in relation to a property declaration.
Samir holds a Masters specialising in Modern South Asia from the University of Oxford. He was a Middle Temple Scholarship recipient and Human Rights Law Association bursary winner for his work in the West Bank, occupied Palestinian Territory. He received the Human Rights Law Association Award for his achievements in Palestine.
Samir has been invited for interview on Pakistani international news channels and regularly publishes legal articles on matters relating to international human rights and immigration. His most recent article can be found here:
My approach to each and every client is as a trusted advisor. With meticulous preparation and confident advice, I strive to provide the best outcome of justice for every client. However long it takes, I am by your side until the matter has concluded.
- The Hon Society of Middle Temple (2011)