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.
He is the author of FGM Law & Practice, LexisNexis 2017. Click here.
Zimran has an increasingly international practice and has been instructed to assist in significant cases in Australia, Pakistan, India, Kenya and the United States.
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”
EWCA Civ 317 .
O-W (Children)  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)  UKSC 8 (assisted Gillian Irving QC)
WX v YZ  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 . Read more here.
J, A , M And X (Children)  EWHC 4648. Alleged non accidental head injury case before Mr Justice Cobb; local authority withdraws proceedings. Judgment can be viewed here.
RS v SS  EWHC B33 (Fam).
Re P (Children)  EWCA Civ 1538.
R v Mirga . 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  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 . Representing Children’s Services in a long running child exploitation case arising from Operation Appleton.
AK & SK (Christians: risk) Pakistan (CG)  UKUT 569 (IAC). Instructed as an expert witness to the Immigration and Asylum Chamber.
K & KT (Children)  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  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  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)  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  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  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  EWHC 2275 (Fam) (24 July 2015). The Judgment can be viewed here.
F and X (Children), Re  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.
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)  EWFC B111 (18 October 2016). Use of Specific Issue Order to direct annual medical examination. The judgment can be viewed here.
Re M . FGMPO involving 8 year old girl; Return order from Kenya. Press coverage in the Standard.
London Borough of Brent v C  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.
Re D  FGMPO; return order, Guinea - read more here.
Re Met. Police v FGM practitioner  - Press coverage in The Guardian.
SL, Re  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  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  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.
S v S  EWHC 1298 (Fam) Zimran Samuel successfully represented the mother in a Iran non Hague Convention child abduction case. Two Iranian legal experts were instructed to give evidence. A fact-finding hearing took place before Sir Peter Singer dealing with extensive allegations of physical and sexual abuse. The interim judgment is available here. The subsequent final decision of the Sir Peter Singer is available here: S v S  EWHC 3184 (Fam).
Z (A Child) (FGMPO : Prevalence of FGM)  EWHC 3566 (Fam) (06 November 2017). Zimran successfully led an application in the Family Division of the High Court for a British girl to be safeguarded against the risk of female genital mutilation in Guinea. The judgment of Ms Justice Russell is available here.
S & H-S (Children), Re  EWCA Civ 1282 (06 June 2018). Available here.
FT v MM & Anor  EWHC 935 (Fam) (12 April 2019) - International abduction of a vulnerable adult; Application by a mother for the return of an adult child lacking capacity from the USA. Zimran Samuel successfully represented the 2nd Respondent through the Official Solicitor. Judgment of Russell J available here and analysis here.
FGM Law & Practice, LexisNexis 2017
International Family Law & Practice, LexisNexis 2017 [co-author]
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
G & A (Children: Habitual Residence and Article 15 Transfer)  EWFC B41, Case Summary, The Law Society, Abigail Bridger, Zimran Samuel, 16 July 2015
Book Review of The PLO Explained, Family Law Volume 5, Jordan’s Publishing, April 2015
B and G (Children) (No 2)  EWFC 3, Zimran Samuel, Thomas Haggie, Law Society Gazette, January 2015
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
Spotlight: MW v Hertfordshire County Council  EWCA Civ 405, Law Society Gazzette, May 2014
Witchcraft Accusations and Persecution in Nepal, edited Country Report for WRIN (joint editors Z Samuel and Dr T Christou), 2014
UK is failing to meet international obligations on FGM, The Times newspaper, Zimran Samuel, Kirsty Brimelow QC, 26 February 2014
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
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
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
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
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
Children Law & Human Rights, LSE, 2018
Perspectives in Medicine Law & Society, Seminar at the University of Sussex with Zimran Samuel (Doughty Street Chambers) & Dr Geetha Subramanian MBE, Honorary Consultant Gynaecologist, Bart's Health NHS Trust, Thursday 17 May 2018, from 12-2pm, Room C333
Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC), Annual Conference, Manchester, November 2017
Reblaw, Annual Conference 2017
The Inherent Jurisdiction; Extent, limits and the protection of vulnerable adults, Doughty Street Chambers, Thursday 23 February 2017, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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 Jahangir, 3 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