Year of Call: 1996
“Mr Mahmud who took my case on was a revelation, to say the least. He dealt with it in a highly professional manner and added a personal touch that never exists these days. He made me feel so at ease the moment we met and had thoroughly read through all my documents and truly understood what I was going through"
Mr Mahmud is a Senior Child, Domestic Violence, Family, Immigration and Asylum law Barrister who is a member of Lincoln’s Inn where he was called to the Bar in 1996.
Mr Mahmud practises predominantly in the area of Family Law, Asylum law, Immigration law and Human Rights. He is known for his empathic manner, fearless and persuasive advocacy and a congenial and reassuring manner which makes him repeatedly asked for both by lay and professional clients. Saamir is known for his persistence in fighting the lay client’s corner and for his tirelessness in securing the best possible outcome for his clients.
Within Immigration Law, Saamir regularly appears at the First and Upper Tribunals and has represented clients for Judicial Reviews and Appeals for Asylum and Immigration law. Freedom of Movement is close to his heart, particularly as someone who always coveted the idea of putting down his roots in his hometown Karachi but found that life ‘s journey took him to the United States for 4 years and then for the last 30 years in England. Saamir can empathise with immigrants who have often left too much, in fact a part of themselves behind, in coming to the United Kingdom. Saamir’s empathic nature drew him to the law to fight tooth and nail for the underdog and he approaches his profession with pride and passion.
Saamir did his law degree at Oxford, where he was a student at New College, and a history degree at Cambridge, where he was at St.Edmunds’ College which is the only college in Cambridge which retains a Catholic chapel. Saamir was an energetic member of the Alumni Association of St. Edmunds’ College for several years and to this day retains an attachment to St.Edmunds’ which he visits regularly.
Saamir is an avid bridge player, having always loved playing cards as a child and is a member of the Richmond Bridge Club, Acol Bridge Club, the Woodberry Bridge Club and Trowbridge County Town bridge club. He is a member of the Leytonstone Playreading Group, founded in 1936. Saamir has performed in several acting roles at the Leytonstone Playreading Group, including most recently J.B Priestley’s “When we were married” performed in January 2023 and Terence Rattigan’s “Separate Tables” in December 2022. He has a keen interest in theatre, film and greatly misses authentic Pakistani food given his limited skills in cooking! He misses celebrating important festivals like Eid in Pakistan, surrounded by loved ones, and comments that he finds himself going through an entire day without anyone wishing him in London, arguing that major festive holidays for all communities should be marked as a national holiday.
Saamir is extremely proud of his Pakistani heritage and retains a deep fondness for and attachment to his hometown, Karachi, which he refers to as his spiritual home. He speaks Urdu, Hindi and Panjabi fluently and is often instructed by clients in these languages. As a pacifist he believes in greater cooperation and peace building in the Indian subcontinent and a strong protester of human rights abuses in all parts of the world.
Saamir is a member of the Terence Rattigan Society and a member of the Kent and Canterbury Club.
Saamir is Direct Access qualified which authorises him to accept instructions directly from a lay client but is currently not accepting Direct Access work.
If you require the quality assistance of Saamir Mahmud, a practising Barrister in the fields of Family Law (Barring Money), Immigration or Asylum, please feel to contact us.
You can instruct us through:
• a practising Solicitor,
• the Bar Council’s Licensed Access Scheme if you hold a valid licence
• Family (all aspects barring finances)
• Human Rights
• Immigration and Asylum
EXPERTS YOU CAN TRUST
EXPERIENCE & BACKGROUND
- Immigration and Asylum Law :
- Human Rights
- Judicial Review
- Public Law
- Family Law :
- Care Proceedings
- Child Abduction
- Children Act applications
- Emergency protection of children
- Domestic Violence
- Forced Marriage
- Private law
- The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
- Member of the National Liberal Club (Muhammad Ali Jinnah the first Governor General of Pakistan, and a successful barrister, was both a member of the National Liberal Club, and a Member of Lincoln’s Inn)
- Chairman of the Bridge Circle, National Liberal Club
- Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)
- Member of the Royal Scots Club Edinburgh, Scotland
- Member of the prestigious Savage Club
- Life Member, The Pakistan Society (Founded in 1951 and Chaired by Sir William Blackburne QC)