Head of the Military Claims Team
Since joining Bolt Burdon Kemp in 2011, he has developed our strong practice in claims for armed forces personnel. As well as being named a key lawyer within the personal injury sector, the Legal 500 2021 has highlighted Ahmed as a “next generation partner” and describes him as a solicitor who “knows military law backwards and leaves no stone unturned in fighting for his clients, but in an impressively suave and relaxed way”. Ahmed manages high value personal injury and clinical negligence claims, often involving serious accidents suffered by personnel 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.
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 has also has written “A Practical Guide to Military Claims”, the first legal guide for practitioners which deals exclusively with this specialist field. His book was given a five star review in The Law Society Gazette who said,
“what sets this book apart from other practical guides is the very clear empathy that the author has for members of the military community, pointing out that ‘as lawyers we must try to understand our clients if we are ever going to have a chance of acting in their best interest’.”
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 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 has served as Vice Chair and Chair of that organisation and continues to sit on the Committee. 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.
The following are a few examples:
- Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill Committee – Parliament Live TV
- British Legion boss clashes with minister on overseas operations bill – The Guardian
- Dealing with a hearing disorder – Quest Online
- Combating Racism – PI Focus
- Racism in UK military: only six people found guilty at court martial in past five years – The Guardian
- Racism ‘prevalent’ in the armed forces, ombudsman warns – BBC news
- Secretary of APIL’s Special Interest Group for Military
- The Law Society of England & Wales
- Member of the Employment Lawyer’s Association
- Forces Law Committee Member