Ahmed Al-Nahhas

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.

  • Thank you and your team for everything that you have done for me and my family over the past three years, although it has been in difficult circumstances, it has been a pleasure working with yourself and your colleagues.

    Former Able Seaman

  • Ahmed was not only incredibly professional, he was compassionate and approachable and an incredibly understanding individual.  Everything I could have wished for in a solicitor.

    Mr Lloyd Kimpson

  • “Words can never explain how grateful my wife and I have been, are and will be Ahmed for guiding us through a very long, stressful and at times trying case”.

    Sgt, Royal Logistics Corps

  • You Ahmed have always been professional, meticulous, understanding, adaptable and really gone up and above in all aspect of our case and customer care. Not once during your representation have we had to worry or question your ability, directions, guidance or choice of experts or legal representation, which alleviates some of the worry and burden that litigation brings.

    Sgt RLC Military claims client

  • Thanks again for your efforts on my behalf Ahmed. You have changed my life and revitalised my hope for my long-term future.

    Former Sapper, Royal Engineers

  • “Throughout this time you have been professional, approachable and a voice of honesty and reassurance, putting my mind at rest that my case was being handled by the best person for the job.”

    Former Sergeant, Royal Artillery

  • You and your team have been excellent, diligent and very patient.  I’d like to say a huge thank you.  Hopefully I never need a solicitor again but if I do it would be a no brainer to proceed with BBK.

    Former Army Officer

  • On a more personal note, I wanted to express to you my deepest and warmest thank you for what has been an exceptional outcome and unwavering job well done. It is always a pleasure to work with and align with individuals that hold a similar set of values and determination to see something through. Your support and mentorship over the past years has been second to none and demonstrates a morale justice that extends beyond business. I would also like to forward that sentiment to your team who have supported you and I throughout.

    Former Royal Marine Aircrewman

  • I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Ahmed and all of the team involved in my case as it was their hard work and sensitive handling of my case that lead to this success.

    Medical Officer, RN

  • “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you most sincerely, for all your hard work, guidance and support throughout the past three years. You were always there to listen and to reassure; open to discussion and where necessary, to guide me in the right direction.”  

    Former Corporal, Royal Marines Police Troop

  • Thank you for everything you have done.  You not only did the most professional job you could have, but you soothed my anxiety without knowing after each phone call, you were sensitive, polite and so understanding and you listened to me which means more.

    A Former Gunner

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