Qaseem was called to the Bar in 2018 and is our newest member of 12 Old Square. He joins us with eleven years’ advocacy experience, appearing frequently before the First-tier and Upper tribunals. He has an established public law practice, representing clients in Judicial Review matters involving immigration, asylum, unlawful detention and abuse of process.
Immigration and Asylum Law
With particular expertise in human rights, Qaseem has a deep-rooted interest in international religious persecution and discrimination, having worked with a number of NGO’s and diaspora community groups representing the interests of high-profile activists and religious leaders, lobbying for the release of prisoners of conscience and securing international protection in the United Kingdom.
Qaseem is frequently instructed on cases of failed asylum seekers and has an established track-record of successful fresh claim submissions being able to quickly grasp the underlying relevant facts and applying the best law to address gaps in previous appeal decisions. Qaseem receives repeat instructions from a variety of charities and community organisations and is well-known for his adept legal analysis and persuasive advocacy.
Qaseem has delivered training seminars relating to refugee law, UK immigration and the EEA regulations and has spoken at various events across the United Kingdom. He has an impressive pro bono portfolio, having recently travelled extensively to Ghana, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Abu Dhabi representing clients, delivering legal training and providing free legal advice.
Representing claimants in disputes relating to reasonableness and payability of service charges, maintenance fees, financial management and RTM.
Appearing before the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber).
Qaseem is available to accept instructions on residential property and landlord and tenant disputes.
Acting for defendants in the Magistrate’s court, relating to speeding, insurance and other motoring prosecutions.
Acting for defendants (individuals and companies) in fly tipping prosecutions in the Magistrate’s court.
Qaseem is available to accept instructions on criminal prosecutions.
- Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law (London)
- LLM (Human Rights), University of Law (London)
- LLB (Hons), University of Kent
- R (on the application of MR (Jamaica)) v SSHD – successfully obtained an out-of-hours injunction preventing the applicant’s deportation just minutes before his flight took off, on the basis of his Article 8 rights. This was one of 50 serious criminals facing deportation to Jamaica on a government-chartered flight.
- R (on the application of SB (Bangladesh)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – Judicial Review for an atheist, humanist and online blogger.
- AX (Albania) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – Bail application for a criminal facing deportation in a relationship with an EEA national.
- HA (Pakistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – Appeal on the basis of private and family life under paragraph 276ADE and Article 8 ECHR.
- MP (Sri Lanka) v Entry Clearance Officer – Appeal against the refusal of a settlement visa for two children of a British Citizen.
- NN (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department –Appeal for a criminal recruited by the LTTE relying on a forensic psychology report to prove he suffered detention and torture.
- NA (Ghana) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – Further submissions against corporal punishment in state schools in Ghana.
- TP (Ghana) v Entry Clearance Officer –Appeal against the refusal of settlement visas for two children of a British Citizen.
- NA (Nigeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – EEA application for an unmarried partner.
- OT (Gambia) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – Private life application on the basis of long residency.
- RR (Albania) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – Appeal based on challenging deportation as a foreign-national criminal because he was in fact a victim of modern slavery.
- Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA).
- Member of Lincoln’s Inn
- Qaseem is an experienced and accomplished mountaineer, having led teams across the UK’s highest peaks and the French Alps raising money for British charities.
- Qaseem holds a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Karate and played for the London Badminton squad in his youth.
- When time permits, Qaseem enjoys outdoor pursuits.
- Urdu (conversational)
Reports & Parliamentary Submissions
Qaseem contributed to the drafting of a report published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in July 2020. As part of his research, Qaseem visited Pakistan in February 2019 gathering information and evidence on the persecution of the Ahmadi Muslims. Interviewed prisoners of conscience and victims of torture. The report can be viewed at:
In November 2015, Qaseem presented evidence to the Parliamentary Inquiry Call for Evidence on the subject of ‘The Plight of Minority Religious or Belief Groups in Pakistan and as Refugees: Addressing Current UK & UNHCR Policy’. His contribution was recognised in the final report published by the APPG for International Freedom of Religion or Belief dated June 2016. The report can be viewed at:
In October 2014, Qaseem presented oral evidence to a panel of peers and MP’s at the Parliamentary Inquiry Call for Evidence on the subject of ‘Claiming asylum in the UK if you are persecuted for your faith or belief’.