Part of the Military Claims Team
Ahmed is a Partner and Solicitor-Advocate in our military team.
Since joining Bolt Burdon Kemp in 2011, he has developed a strong practice in claims for armed forces personnel. The Legal 500 (2017) describes Ahmed as:
“a super tactician and superb negotiator”; and
“classy, knowledgeable, charming and client-focussed”
Ahmed manages high value personal injury and clinical negligence claims, often involving serious accidents suffered during training, or through failures to treat and rehabilitate. Coming from a family of doctors and clinicians, he has an in depth understanding of the medical profession. 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 a Solicitor-Advocate, Ahmed often appears in the High Court to represent his clients. He specialises in defending the rights of service personnel in the workplace against poor conditions, discrimination and harassment. He represents claimants in the employment tribunal and the civil courts who have suffered from stress and depression as a result.
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.
He 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. He continues to strive to protect service personnel from negligence in all fields of their work.
- 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.
Ahmed has also led the development of our work on bullying, harassment and discrimination claims for members of the armed forces. 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.
A keen negotiator, he 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 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.
- Adam Broni, Simon Woof and Raphael Barbour v Ministry of Defence  EWHC 66 (QB)
- Billett v Ministry of Defence  EWHC 3060 (QB)
- Davidson v Aegis Defence Services (BVI) Ltd & Anor  EWCA Civ 1586
- Billett v MoD  EWCA Civ 773 (COA)
Media contributions and commentary
- Law Society of England & Wales
- Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
- Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
- Forces Law (Vice Chair 2016/17, Chair 2017/18)