Ahmed Al-Nahhas; Partner and Head of the Military Claims Team; Bolt Burdon Kemp Ahmed Al-Nahhas; Partner and Head of the Military Claims Team; Bolt Burdon Kemp

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Ahmed is a Partner and Solicitor Advocate.  He joined Bolt Burdon Kemp in 2011 and heads our Military Claims team.

As well as being named a “up and coming star” within the personal injury sector, Chambers and Partners 2022 has highlighted that Ahmed “has specialist knowledge and is very determined, tenacious and lovely to work with.”

Legal 500 2022 describes Ahmed as a solicitor who “has specialist knowledge and is very determined, tenacious and lovely to work with.”

Ahmed manages high value personal injury and clinical negligence claims, often involving serious accidents suffered by service 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.  He is passionate about protecting the rights of women and minorities in the armed forces.

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.

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.

Ahmed has also has written “A Practical Guide to Military Claims”, the first legal guide for practitioners which deals exclusively with claims brought on behalf of service personnel, veterans and their families.  His book was given a five star review in The Law Society Gazette which 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 as Training Officer.

As a legal and subject matter expert, Ahmed has been invited to give evidence before Parliament and provides regular contributions to stories in the national press on the welfare of service personnel.  He supports a number of military charities to help raise awareness about these issues.

Media Contributions

The following are a few examples:

Professional memberships

  • The Law Society of England & Wales
  • APIL (Secretary of the Military Special Interest Group)
  • Forces Law (Training Officer)
  • Employment Lawyer’s Association
  • Ahmed and Tom were both excellent and I was very pleased with the service I was given. They gave me their full support, answered all my questions and constantly kept me up to date with the progression of my case. They exceeded my expectations as a client.
  • The whole team was excellent. Someone always got back to me and all were very understanding.  I was intending to send a card to the whole team to say thank you but realised that due to COVID-19 none of them would actually be in the office to receive but the…
  • 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…
  • 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.

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