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 our strong practice in claims for armed forces personnel.  The Legal 500 (2020) describes Ahmed as a: 

stand-out practitioner in this area of work, dealing with his own clients with compassion, care and thoroughness that is second to none, whilst being resolute but open minded in his dealings with the Ministry of Defence.”

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’.”

It can be purchased through Law Brief Publishing and on Amazon Prime.

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.

Media Contributions

The following are a few examples:

Professional memberships

  • 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
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • “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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Ahmed gave me clear and precise advice, his communication was good and Charlotte was always very quick to respond to me.  They both listened to my input and at no time did I feel overpowered.  I was kept fully up to date with what was going on and everything was explained clearly to me.  All of them including Gaggan were very professional.

    BR

  • 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

  • “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

  • Ahmed, we would just like to express how grateful we are for yourself, Gaggan and Charlotte for all of your hard work and time you have spent on my case.  We really appreciate everyone's effort in making my case have such a positive outcome.

    KR

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