Ahmad Badar

Call: 2012

Practice areas

Public access

Ahmad is a SC (Security Cleared) Barrister who specialises in human rights and public law, with an emphasis on immigration, asylum, nationality and EU law. He is also familiar with family, crime, regulatory (Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal) and civil litigation.

Ahmad has appeared at all levels. He has appeared in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, Upper Tribunal, and the First Tier Tribunal.

Ahmad has currently been recognized as the Public Lawyer of the year 2022, by SME Legal Awards. He has been featured in the Times, Counsel magazine and other publications. He has also appeared in a number of high profile and public interest cases as set out in the reported and notable matters.

Ahmad represents private clients, corporate clients and governmental departments such as the Government Legal Department, as a member of the Attorney General’s Junior Junior Panel, the Home Office as counsel in the First tier Tribunal and the Crown Prosecution Service as a prosecuting counsel. He has also been instructed by the Ministry of Defence to work on matters with the Foreign Commonwealth Office and the Serious Fraud Office.  He has appeared in more than 1000 appeal hearings and also specialises in resolving matters at the administrative review, pre-action stage or by way of fresh applications.

Ahmad has also completed the Pre-Application Judicial Education Programme and is currently applying for a judicial post. He is Direct Access accredited and authorized to conduct litigation by the Bar Standards Board.

Prior to pupillage, Ahmad also took part in a Pilot Scheme with Judges and the Home Office to test out new methods of appeals. Ahmad also advised companies including a multi-national firm valued more than $2 billion. He is highly recommended for appeal hearings, judicial reviews, bail hearings, equally for drafting and representation. As part of his practice, Ahmad has also received written and oral commendations from Judges.

Ahmad also assists Solicitors with advising about applications and drafting covering letters for applications and correspondence, which are often used as templates.

He is also an Army Officer in the British Army, having lead fire teams abroad on training exercises and in shooting competitions. In his spare time, he is a proficient weight lifter, rock climber and horse rider. He has spoken on live television shows, major public events and has provided individual teams with training sessions.

Reported Cases

  • Marepally v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] EWCA Civ 855
  • Sultana v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] EWCA Civ 1876
  • Khalid & Ors, R (On the Application Of) v (Secretary of State for the Home Department & Anor [2021] EWHC 2156
  • Mobeen v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] EWCA Civ 886
  • Laci v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] EWCA Civ 769
  • Wahid, R (On the Application Of) v Entry Clearance Officer [2021] EWCA Civ 346
  • Patel & Shah v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] UKSC 59
  • Riaz v SSHD [2019] EWHC 721
  • Nasim and others (Article 8) [2014] UKUT00025
  • Nasim and others (Raju: reasons not to follow?) [2013] UKUT00610

Notable Matters

  • FTT Judge Malone allows a complex substantive deport in an appeal of a Nigerian national (23 Jan 2023) OTO v SSHD
  • FTT Judge Khawar allows a deprivation appeal (06 Jan 2023) SH v SSHD
  • FTT Judge Tozzi allows an entry clearance EUSS appeal of an Albanian national, in which the date of marriage of the Appellant was after 31 December 2020 (Brexit). (June 2022) SD v SSHD
  • Upper Tribunal Judge O’Callaghan allows a complex substantive deport appeal on the spot of a Zimbabwean national. (May 2022) TS v SSHD
  • FTT Judge Eldridge allows an Article 8 appeal of a Moroccan national, on the basis of domestic violence (March 2022) KM v SSHD
  • Panel of Honorable Justice Williams and UT Judge Rimington allow an error of law appeal in a deprivation of British nationality and reject SSHD’s arguments to set aside a reported decision (2 February 2022) – SC v SSHD.
  • Following the Supreme Court appeal of DD (Afghanistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] UKSC 54, at the First Tier Tribunal, the Home Office withdraws their refusal letter at the appeal hearing, with a view to grant the Appellant leave (Ahmad drafted the skeleton and appeared).
  • High Court Judge Justice Kovats QC grants permission in a judicial review application against the revocation of British passports of 2 children (20 August 2021) – IUHL + 2 v SSHD.
  • FTT Judge Hussein allows an appeal against the deprivation of British nationality (13 August 2021) – MRM v SSHD
  • HHJ Backhouse allows a civil penalty appeal at the County Court (12 August 2021) – CB v SSHD
  • FTT Judge Khawar allows an article 8 appeal of a person, accused of working unlawfully and having her visa cancelled, following an unsuccessful JR (August 2021) – FS v SSHD.
  • Advised/Represented in two Hamid Court Show Cause matters, both which have been resolved by the Upper Tribunal/High Court Judges writing to the Sols stating no further action will be taken. (July 2021).
  • Court of Appeal Judge Rt. Hon. Lady Justice Laing grants permission in an ETS/TOEIC appeal at the Court of Appeal (15 April 2021) – RA and Others v SSHD. Matter settled by consent.
  • UT Judge Kopieczek grants permission (Feb 2020) – A + 1 v SSHD – Same matter as below.
  • High Court Judge Mrs Justice Moulder grants permission (Jan 2020) – MAM v SSHD – Applicant granted permission on grounds arguing an extension of the ‘minded to refuse letter’ principle to entry clearance matters in a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) entry clearance refusal.
  • UT Judge Grubb grants permission on papers (Jan 2020) – EU v SSHD – Applicant had been refused ILR on the allegation that she was not a genuine businessperson under the Turkish ECAA. Grant of permission on all 4 grounds.
  • FTT Judge allows the Appellant’s EEA appeal against a refusal alleging a marriage of convenience in JCSP v SSHD (Nov 2019). Judge noted that Mr Badar re-examined in chief all the witnesses and commended the skeleton argument.
  • FTT Judge allows the Appellant’s asylum (LGBT) and ETS TOEIC appeal (on both Article 3 and Article 8) in the decision of MSI v SSHD (Oct 2019)
  • Matter settled out of court prior to a substantive hearing before President Hon. Justice Lane and UT Judge Pitt (May 2019) – SR v SSHD – JR/1743/2018 – SSHD accepted to consider the Applicant’s Article 8 claim, which was not made by way of a paid application.
  • UT Judge Gleeson grants permission (May 2019) – D v SSHD – JR/7492/2018 – SSHD refused to accept the minor Applicant as a stateless person.
  • High Court Judge Mrs Justice Lang grants permission (March 2019) – TK v SSHD – JR/5672/2018 – Applicant granted permission on a costs matter. Matter then settled by consent.

Client Reviews

  • “Ahmad is a fiery and intelligent lawyer. i feel absolutely safe when he is defending my case in court.” Mr M Shahid
  • “He is a passionate, dedicated and talented lawyer. We have fought some very difficult (but interesting) cases together; including recently being granted permission to appeal to the UK Supreme Court.” Counsel R Pennington Benton
  • “Mr Badar dealt with my case flawlessly and with due care. His focused and excellent communication skills is what exactly any client need by their side in the courtroom. Not only he rescued me from an unjust detention, His calm and empathetic demeanour offered emotional succour to myself and my partner.” Mr G Singh
  • “I cannot thank Ahmad Badar enough to provide me with one of the best services. I have been fighting a never-ending case for over 7 years and had many barristers dealing with my case during this period. However, Mr. Badar, without a doubt, has been the best. He is not only professional but also a very considerate individual. He treats his clients’ case closely and with great passion and you can see it in the effort he puts in to ensure his clients get the utmost justice and fairness.” MS S K Qureshi
  • He has the ability to think outside the box and come up with intelligent solutions to complex legal issues. I regularly instruct him on complex appeals and judicial reviews in Upper Tribunal, Administrative Court and Court of Appeal” Mr M Z Jamali
  • More reviews are available on Google Reviews – 10 King’s Bench Walk and Ahmad Badar’s LinkedIn Recommendations
  • I wanna give a special thanks to Mr Ahmed Bader for representing me on 14th October 2022 in front of judge and home office lawyer in a oral hearing. I have been in UK for last 13 years. Since 2013 I have been living unlawfully in UK.. I had one major car accident in 2016..so I applied for human rights ground. I knew its not easy to win a appeal in human rights ground. But Mr Ahmed Bader how you represent me  and how you show grounds in front of judge was very impressive and outstanding.” Mr M Khan
  • “First and foremost many THANKS to Mr. Badar. Mr. Badar represented ADR error of law hearing at Upper Tribunal for my mother recently. Regardless short notice, Mr. Badar was well prepared, read full bundle and understood the case history. Pre and post hearing he explained the court procedure and outcome respectively which were especially useful. Mr. Badar approached the case with diverse background understanding which was a huge plus in my case. He showed his outstanding barrister skills during the hearing. He managed the case hearing with calm and composed nature with brilliancy. More steps to go from here, though the result of the hearing is life changing/saving to me and my mother and all the credits goes to Mr. Badar and team from Imperium Chambers. In my experience Mr. Badar is very professional, talented direct access barrister and I have no second thought approaching him for any complex legal advice or representation.” Ms G Chandrakumar
  • Ahmad Badar represented my brother on two hearings, and I would like to take the opportunity to give him the credits for doing such an amazing job in both of them and getting the decisions in our favour. He is well aware and familiar with the law and the immigration legislations that he managed to win the appeal within the first 5 minutes of its start. Me and my family are ever so grateful and would recommend his services to anyone who is looking for a well known and confident barrister to represent them. Many thanks. Mr E Dashi



    • Counsel Magazine – October 2021 – Powerlifting Power
    • The Times – June 2021- In Conversation | Ahmad Badar – Read article
    • Counsel Magazine – March 2020 – Military Engagement – Read article
    • The Wire – Spring 2020 – My Journey through Sandhurst
    • Counsel Magazine – September 2019 – Baptism by Fire – Read article


  • Public Lawyer of the year 2022 by SME Legal Awards
  • Leading Legal Mind in Human Rights & Public Law 2022Acquisition International
  • Best Immigration Barrister (London) by SME Legal Awards