Ahmed Al-Nahhas

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.

Reported cases

  • Adam Broni, Simon Woof and Raphael Barbour v Ministry of Defence [2015] EWHC 66 (QB)
  • Billett v Ministry of Defence [2014] EWHC 3060 (QB)
  • Davidson v Aegis Defence Services (BVI) Ltd & Anor [2013] EWCA Civ 1586
  • Billett v MoD [2015] EWCA Civ 773 (COA) 

Media contributions and commentary

Comments in the Times newspaper about groundbreaking Lariam settlement

Comments in the Daily Express following the publication of the Chilcot Report

Interview in the Law Society Gazette about Ahmed’s legal career

Review of the film ‘Dunkirk’ for the Times newspaper

Comments in the Daily Record (Scotland) about NFCI claims

Comments in Forces Network on the impact of military budget cuts

Comments in Forces Network on alcohol and abuse in the military

Article in the New Law Journal about Ahmed’s appointment as Chair of Forces Law

Interview in the New Law Journal about Ahmed’s legal career

Comments in Quest Online advising veterans about a career in the law

Professional memberships

  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
  • Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
  • Forces Law (Vice Chair 2016/17, Chair 2017/18)
  • AvMA
  • 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 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

  • “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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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