Zimran Samuel

z.samuel@doughtystreet.co.uk

Year of Call

2008
Zimran Samuel
Profile

Zimran Samuel is an experienced human rights practitioner with a wide ranging practice based around children law, mental health law and international law.

 

He is regularly instructed in significant cases involving vulnerable adults and medical treatment decisions brought under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court and in the Court of Protection.

 

Acting for Local Authorities, parents and children, Zimran has had extensive exposure to care proceedings involving children who have suffered from non-accidental head injuries, long term neglect, sexual abuse and manipulated or factitious illness.

 

In respect of international children law, Zimran is a noted specialist on international relocation, child abduction, radicalisation cases, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

 

Prior to coming to the Bar, Zimran worked at the Office of Legal Affairs at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. He regularly attended meetings of the UN General Assembly and the Security Council. Zimran retains a strong interest in public international law and the international protection of human rights. He is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC)  and holds a position as a Fellow, the London School of Economics.

 

Zimran is licensed to accept Direct Public Access work.

 

 

What the directories say

"Zimran has a thriving practice in family law, with sources noting his specialism in children's law, often with a human rights or international element. He is a young man who will go far and is excellent at what he does" - Chambers and Partners 2014

 

“With a clear aptitude for cases with a human rights element, Zimran is a skilled advocate with an ability to synthesise with a calm and robust independence”

 

Notable Cases

M (A Child) [2010] EWCA Civ 116. Zimran Samuel appeared on behalf of the Appellant mother. Judgment can be viewed here. Press coverage in Family Law Week.

EWCA Civ 317 [2011].

O-W (Children) [2011] EWCA Civ 580. Wilson LJ (as he then was) stated – “From reading his written work, I have a very high respect for Mr Samuel”.

L and B (Children) [2013] UKSC 8 (assisted Gillian Irving QC)

WX v YZ [2013] EWHC 2877 (Fam). Zimran Samuel appeared on behalf of the Applicant (Mother) in relation to a finding of fact hearing where Father had made numerous allegations against Mother and the maternal family. These proceedings followed on from Hague Convention proceedings and extensive proceeds before the Principal Registry. Zimran was successful in ensuring that the allegations made by Father were held to be unfounded in an emotionally and technically difficult case. Judgment can be viewed here. Press coverage in Family Law Week.

Amicus curiae in the Supreme Court of Azad Kashmir in the matter of Sajid Hussain, SC AKJ [2013]. Read more here.

Akhtar v Ayoub [2013] EWHC 3840 (Fam). Judgment can be viewed here and Case Analysis in Family Law Week.

J, A , M And X (Children) [2013] EWHC 4648. Alleged non accidental head injury case before Mr Justice Cobb; local authority withdraws proceedings. Judgment can be viewed here.

RS v SS [2013] EWHC B33 (Fam).

Re P (Children) [2013] EWCA Civ 1538.

R v Mirga [2014]. Zimran Samuel represented Peterborough City Council. Multi-handed rape & inciting child prostitution case at the Old Bailey. Press coverage here.

MW v Hertfordshire County Council [2014] EWCA Civ 405. Zimran Samuel has successfully resisted an appeal against a decision to place children with their relatives in Poland, following the murder of their Mother by their Father. The appeal, brought by the local authority and the children’s Father, was dismissed and an order for costs was made against the local authority, the lead appellant in this case. The judgment of Macur LJ was handed down by the Court of Appeal can be read here and Case analysis here and here.

R v Ali & Others, Cambridge Crown Court [2014]. Representing Children’s Services in a long running child exploitation case arising from Operation Appleton.

AK & SK (Christians: risk) Pakistan (CG) [2014] UKUT 569 (IAC). Instructed as an expert witness to the Immigration and Asylum Chamber.

Re P (Children) [2014] EWCA Civ 852. Successfully represented an appellant in application to remove children from jurisdiction to Germany. Judgment can be viewed here and case analysis here.

K & KT (Children) [2014] EWCA Civ 1211 (30 July 2014). Instructed by the Bar Pro Bono Unit, judgment can be viewed here.

Re S. Complex Fabricated Illness case involving extensive expert evidence.

Re L. Adoption placement breakdown case heard over 2 weeks in the High Court.

CM v Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council [2014] EWCA Civ 1479. Court of Appeal clarified the test for dispensing with parental consent for adoption. Zimran Samuel  for the First Respondent. The Court of Appeal clarified the test for dispensing with parental consent for adoption. The Judgment can be viewed here, Press coverage in Family Law Week and The Times Law Report of 2 January 2015.

Local Authority A v M & Ors [2014] EWFC B219 (26 November 2014). Zimran Samuel appeared on behalf of the Applicant the London Borough of Newham. The Judgment can be viewed here.

R v Mohammed Khubaib & Others, Central Criminal Court, [March 2015]. Represented Children’s Services in high profile Peterborough child grooming trial at the Old Bailey. Press coverage in the BBC.

G & A (Children: Habitual Residence and Article 15 Transfer) [2015] EWFC B41 (14 April 2015). HHJ Atkinson (Designated Family Judge for the East London Family Court) considered the issue of habitual residence and transfer of proceedings to Lithuania. The Judgment can be viewed here.

London Borough of Southwark v P & Ors [2015] EWCOP 40 (20 April 2015).  Interim return of passports in forced marriage case in the court of protection. Zimran Samuel appeared on behalf of the 2nd and 3rd Respondents. Interim return of passports in forced marriage case in the court of protection. The judgment can be viewed here.

Re A (honour based violence) EWCA 2015. Acted through the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

Cumbria County Council v Q [2015] EWFC 59. Care proceedings arising from alleged non accidental injuries to an infant with a bone disorder. The case, which was heard by Mr Justice Peter Jackson, involved complex medical evidence over a period of 8 days. The Judgment can be viewed here, Case analysis here, and Press coverage in the BBC.

E (Children) (Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders), Re [2015] EWHC 2275 (Fam) (24 July 2015). The Judgment can be viewed here.

F and X (Children), Re [2015] EWHC 2653 (Fam) (10 September 2015). Return of 13 year old girl who had been abducted to Sudan amid evidence  that she was at risk from Female Genital Mutilation. The Judgment can be viewed here. Press coverage in the BBC, The Independent and Family Law Week.

Southwark, (The London Borough of) v KA (Capacity to Marry) (rev 1) [2016] EWCOP 20 (23 March 2016). The Judgment can be viewed here and Case Summary on Court of Protection Hub here.

Re N (radicalisation). Citation awaited. Wardship proceedings involving British children taken to abroad amidst concerns of parental radicalisation and links to terrorist organisations.

A London Borough v B and Ors (female genital mutilation : FGM) [2016] EWFC B111 (18 October 2016). Use of Specific Issue Order to direct annual medical examination. The judgment can be viewed here.

Re M [2016]. FGMPO involving 8 year old girl; Return order from Kenya. Press coverage in the Standard.

Re S wardship. Diplomatic immunity. Press coverage in The Times and The Independent.

London Borough of Brent v C [2016] EWHC 1335. Public hearing involving end-of-life treatment declarations for a very ill child and breaches of rights under the European Convention on Human Rights  The Judgment can be viewed here.

W (A child) [2016] EWCA Civ 1140. ECHR Article 6 and/or 8, Convention Rights of Witnesses. The full judgment is available here and case analysis here.

Re D [2016] FGMPO; return order, Guinea - read more.

Re Met. Police v FGM practitioner [2016] - Press coverage in The Guardian.

T (A Child) [2017] EWFC 19 - The role of Facebook in locating a birth parent in adoption proceedings. The full judgment is available here and case analysis here.

SL, Re [2017] EWCOP 5 (31 March 2017). Acted on behalf of the London Borough of Brent in the Court of Protection. The judgment can be viewed here.

JZ v FZ [2017] EWHC 750 (Fam). Permission to appeal hearing before Baker J relating to schooling decision for 2 children. The judgment can be viewed here.

AC - Radicalization [2017] on going. High profile radicalisation case relating to a child’s support and recruitment by ISIS. Currently being heard in private in the High Court pending permission to report.

Publications

FGM Law & Practice, LexisNexis 2017. Click here.

International Family Law & Practice, LexisNexis 2017 [co-author]. Click here.

The Serious Crime Act 2015 The Law Society, Cris McCurley (Ben Hoare Bell LLP) & Zimran Samuel, 18 September 2015.

Injuries to Infant with Bone Disorder: latest deliberations of the High Court, Family Law Week, 30 July 2015. Read it here.

G & A (Children: Habitual Residence and Article 15 Transfer) [2015] EWFC B41, Case Summary, The Law Society, Abigail Bridger, Zimran Samuel, 16 July 2015. Read it here

Book Review of The PLO Explained, Family Law Volume 5, Jordan’s Publishing, April 2015.

B and G (Children) (No 2) [2015] EWFC 3, Zimran Samuel, Thomas Haggie, Law Society Gazette, January 2015. Read it here.

Private Law Update: Leave to remove from jurisdiction. Practice Plus Online, Children Law Overview, Zimran Samuel, 42 Bedford Row, 10 January 2015.

Local authorities: Playing fair, Family Law 2014, 44(Sep), 1309-1310. Read it here.

Spotlight: MW v Hertfordshire County Council [2014] EWCA Civ 405, Law Society Gazzette, May 2014. Read it here.

Witchcraft Accusations and Persecution in Nepal, edited Country Report for WRIN (joint editors Z Samuel and Dr T Christou), 2014. Read it here.

BHRC Report to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), 4 March 2014. Read it here.

UK is failing to meet international obligations on FGM, The Times newspaper, Zimran Samuel, Kirsty Brimelow QC, 26 February 2014 Read it here.

Female Genital Mutilation, submissions to the Parliamentary Inquiry on FGM (Home Affairs Committee) 12 February 2014.

The boundaries of wardship in stranded spouse cases, Family Law ICLIP, Jordans Publishing, 24 January 2014. Read it here.

Children increasingly face neglect amid failing national systems, Family Law ICLIP Jordans Publishing, November 2013.

Life at the modern Bar; young barristers’ views, The Times newspaper, 31 October 2013. Read it here.

Unicef Nigeria Child Rights Manual, [editing team], 2013.

Preventing Forced Marriages, Family Law ICLIP, Jordans, 19 September 2013.

Challenges for a new government in Islamabad, Minority Voices, 19 July 2013.

Forced Conversions and Forced Marriages in Pakistan, BHRC, March 2013. Read it here.

An Interview with Mr. Justice Ryder on the Modernisation of Family Justice, Family Law Week, December 2012.

International Hearing on Religious Freedom, Report from the 21st session of the UNHRC, BHRC Report, September 2012.

Report of the International Committee, Bar Council’s delegation to New York, In Brief, September 2012.

Age of Criminal Responsibility in Pakistan, BHRC, 21 May 2012.

Adoption for Gay and Lesbian Couples, Family Law, Jordan Publishing, November 2010. Read it here.

The Work of the International Law Commission, United Nations Publication, 7th edition, edited chapter on international tribunals, 2008.

Minority Rights in Pakistan, Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement, October 2008.

Seminars

Book Launch of FGM Law & Practice 2017 with the Honourable Mr Justice Keehan, 16 May 2017.

Wardship & the Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court, lecture at Doughty Street Chambers, Thursday 23 February 2017.

International Women’s Day, Festival, Manchester, 11 March 2017.

The London School of Economics, Human Rights Society, 10 November 2016.

Speaker at the Bar Council Annual Conference 2016.

Speaker at Jordan's Family Law Conference, 4 October 2016, Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington.

Closing speaker, Annual Family Law Conference, 8 October 2015.

FGM Law and Practice, Seminar with Supreme Court judge Lord Toulson, 15 October 2015, The Law Society Reading Room.

FGM Protection Orders – what impact on girls at risk? Seminar alongside Seema Malhotra MP (Shadow Minister, Violence against Women and Girls), 16 July 2015, Doughty Street Chambers, London.

SOAS pro bono week, Monday, 23 February, Brunei Gallery, London.

International Summit on Legal Needs of Street Youth, participated in an international summit held at Barker and Mckenzie in London on 16-17 June to explore issues in which the law specifically impacts street youth, runaways and homeless youth.

Keynote speaker at the Saakshi Project, Katmandu, Nepal, 13 February 2015.

Update Brussels ii Revised Regulation, 42 Bedford Row, 30 October 2014.

Public Law Update: Hot Topics Kent Children’s Services, Monday 21 July 2014, Sessions House, Maidstone: Childcare public law update seminar programme.

Discussion with Asma Jahangir3 September 2013, Doughty Street Chambers Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Forced Marriages: Law and Practice, 18 October 2012, Bindmans LLP in London.

European Court of Human Rights, Seminar presented with Chairman of the Bar Council Michael Todd QC, 16 April 2012, New York City Bar Association, New York City.

Law and Conflict in Kashmir, 31 October 2011, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS.

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 23 November 2010, University of Manchester (Samuel Alexander Theatre).

The Participation of Children in the Family Courts, seminar presented at the University of Cambridge, 9 June 2010.

Appointments

 

Education

  • LLM Human Rights Law (University College London)
  • Law and Anthropology (London School of Economics)

 

Scholarships

  • Lord Peter Millet Scholar

 

Accreditations

  • Jordan’s Junior Family Law Barrister of the Year 2014
  • Leading Individual -  Chambers and Partners 2014

 

Professional memberships

  • Bar Human Rights Committee (elected member of the Executive Committee)
  • Mental Health Lawyer Association
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Unicef

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Associations

  • Moroccan Children’s Trust
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit
  • Court of Appeal Pro Bono Scheme

Publications

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