Azeem is recognised in Chambers and Partners in the field of Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Administrative law and Community Care:
“His broad practice has caught the attention of his peers at the Bar, and his impact on clients is clear: ‘Within 20 minutes, everyone was laughing and smiling - the clients were happy because of his sense of authority and the fact that he'd clearly really understood the case.’ – 2013
"Bright and creative and makes real inroads." - 2013 “Impresses with his responsive advice and creative approach to problem solving” - 2013 “a courageous advocate who ‘really pushes the boundaries’” – 2012 “a junior who is going places” and “excellent on the papers and has a great grasp of the issues” - 2011
Azeem specialises in public and human rights law across a range of subject areas, notably, community care, children related, education, immigration, asylum support, prison and housing law. In addition to his High Court practice, Azeem is regularly instructed in appeals in the Court of Appeal and has worked on litigation at all levels up to the House of Lords/Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.
Before coming to the bar Azeem worked for the United Nations in the Middle East and was a Judicial Assistant to the former Master of the Rolls, now Supreme Court Justice, Lord Clarke.
Azeem has undertaken judicial review cases across a number of different areas. Notable cases include:
Azeem often advises in urgent judicial review cases involving the resettlement of children leaving custody. He has undertaken numerous “out of hours” applications to Judges of the High Court and is happy to assist, if needs be, at short notice.
Azeem was junior counsel (led by Stephen Cragg also of Doughty Street Chambers) in the three leading cases governing the retention of information by the police:
Azeem is the author of "Collection and Retention of Person Data" in "Human Rights in the Investigation and Prosecution of Crime" (2009), OUP, ed. Madeleine Colvin and Jonathan Cooper.
Azeem is able and happy to advise on freedom of information and data protection matters.
Azeem regularly undertakes cases involving community care and health disputes. He was junior counsel in R (G) v Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
 PTSR 674, an appeal in the Court of Appeal for a number of patients challenging the lawfulness of the smoking ban in psychiatric hospitals.
Azeem regularly undertakes housing related judicial reviews and is able to undertake cases where there is an overlap between a housing issue and community care, asylum support and immigration issues. Azeem’s work includes challenges against refusals by local authorities to provide accommodation under sections 188(1) and (3) of the Housing Act 1996.
Recent housing cases of note, in which Azeem has been instructed, include: an appeal against Birmingham City Council’s refusal to accept a “Zambrano” carer’s eligibility for homelessness accommodation under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996; and a challenge against the policy of the London Borough of Newham to relocate homelessness applicants outside of London.
Azeem has undertaken cases in the COP and is familiar with this jurisdiction. He recently represented the mother of a protected (autistic child) party in proceedings, where she was seeking the child’s return to the family home. The case resulted in a favourable outcome with the COP declaring it was in the child’s best interests to return home.
Azeem is able to advise and undertake urgent COP work at short notice.
Azeem regularly advises on education related matters. He has undertaken appeals in the First tier Tribunal (Health, Education and Social Care), previously the SENDIST. He has been instructed on a number of education judicial reviews and was counsel in R (M) v The London Borough of Sutton [
2007] EWCA Civ 1205;  ELR 123, which concerned the interrelationship between special education needs and the requirement by local authorities to provide school transport.
Azeem has previously advised, together with Gavin Millar QC (also of Doughty Street Chambers), on the merits of bringing a judicial review relating to a public procurement dispute. He is able and happy to advise on such matters.
Azeem is presently junior to Richard Hermer QC in a series of claims brought by Iraqis relating to alleged abuse suffered at the hands of British soldiers during the second Gulf War. He was also junior Counsel on behalf of REDRESS in R (Al Skeini (and others)) v Secretary of State for Defence
 UKHL 26, which considered whether the European Convention on Human Rights applied to UK occupied South-East Iraq.
Azeem was junior to Geoffrey Robertson QC in R v F
 2 All ER 193;  2 Cr App R 3. This was the first case in the domestic courts to consider the meaning of "terrorism".
BA (Oxon) Modern History 1st Class
MA (Harvard) Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, Thesis with Distinction
PgDL; Major Scholar, Inner Temple, 2002,
Chapman Scholar, Inner Temple, 2003
Administrative Law Bar Association
Human Rights Lawyers Association
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