Head of the Military Claims Team
Ahmed is the Head of our Military claims team and a Partner at Bolt Burdon Kemp. Since joining Bolt Burdon Kemp in 2011, he has developed a strong practice in claims for armed forces personnel. The Legal 500 (2019) describes Ahmed as:
“determined, thoughtful and excellent with clients’ and says he ‘has a superb eye for tactics”.
Ahmed manages high value personal injury and clinical negligence claims, often involving serious accidents suffered during training or through failures to treat and rehabilitate.
He ensures that all his clients are seen at an early stage by the right medical experts, so that their injuries can be fully investigated, an assessment made of their future needs and a strategy agreed for the successful progression of their claims.
As an experienced Solicitor-Advocate, Ahmed often appears in the High Court to represent his clients. He has led our work defending the rights of service personnel in the workplace against poor conditions, bullying, discrimination and harassment. He has an in depth understanding of service complaint procedures and will advise clients all the way through to appeal stages and beyond into civil claims arising out of those complaints. He is passionate about protecting the rights of women and minorities in the armed forces.
In addition to acting for service personnel and employees of the Ministry of Defence, Ahmed represents consultants in the close protection, maritime security and other off-shore industries who have suffered accidents at work as a result of faulty equipment or poor training. He works closely with a number of specialist medical, aviation, maritime and employment experts in these fields. He knows that this expertise is essential in assessing the financial and personal losses that can result from injuries to these highly trained personnel.
Ahmed has led ground-breaking litigation in his field, including:
- Having conduct of the first ever settlement in England and Wales relating to injuries caused by the wrongful prescription of Lariam (mefloquine), the anti-malarial drug.
- Billett v MoD– a case involving Non-Freezing Cold Injury (NFCI), which explored the principles of how to assess damages for disabled Claimants and which continues to be a leading case.
- Broni, Woof and Barbour v MoD – a case which successfully argued that service personnel should not be treated in law as ‘employees’ for the purposes of assessing legal costs.
A keen negotiator, Ahmed achieves the best possible outcome for his clients, whether that means a valuable pre-action settlement or a fight for compensation at court. He has provided training to experts and solicitors about the nature of military claims, case management, strategy and negotiation skills.
Ahmed is an active member of Forces Law, a national network of lawyers who specialise in advising service personnel, veterans and their families about their legal rights. He provides regular contributions to stories in the national press on the welfare of service personnel and supports a number of military charities to help raise awareness about these issues.