Amjad has been a practising Barrister since May 2001, having been called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1999 (Lincoln’s Inn). His primary area of practice is in the criminal law. The types of cases that he defends in, range from large scale drugs conspiracies, money laundering to fraud cases (involving millions of pounds) and serious assaults (GBH)
Amjad’s secondary area of practice is in Immigration and Asylum law, which involves mainly challenges to the decisions of the Secretary of State for the Home Department (“SSHD”), this includes: drafting emergency applications for injunctions against the SSHD in order to prevent the unlawful removal / deportation of non-British nationals from the UK. He has undertaken many cases as Counsel in the High Court and several cases in the Court of Appeal mainly arguing points of law in relation to Article 8 Human Rights Act 1998 and the “best interests” of children resident in the UK.
Some examples of his notable cases are as follows:
R v SPP and 10 others Leicester Crown Court (Operation Starbreeze 2018) represented in a multi handed large scale class A drugs case: involving conspiracy to supply drugs from Liverpool to Derby.
R v SP and 4 others Derby Crown Court (Operation Kabella 2017/2018) represented in a complex fraud case concerning a group of severely hearing impaired defendants, who were alleged to have been involved in a conspiracy to defraud the Department of Work and Pensions by manipulating the “Access to Work” scheme designed to assist deaf people to access work. The allegations being that the scheme was used to defraud the DWP out of approximately £1.5 million.
R v ZA & 14 others Manchester Crown Court (Operation Maxton 2017) credit card fraud involving the defrauding of banks and car insurance companies.
R v SA and 6 others Manchester Crown Court (Operation Retriever 2016) Multi-handed case: represented the only defendant to be acquitted unanimously of a “sham marriage” allegation involving a conspiracy to “import brides” from Pakistan. SA was one of the leading defendants in the case.
R v PSL Blackfriars Crown Court (Operation Bayweek 2016) led junior in £150 million “inward bound alcohol diversion fraud” which was a duty evasion conspiracy involving a number of defendants. Hung jury in the first trial and acquitted in the second.
R v DM Grimsby Crown Court 2017: represented a defendant in multi handed supply of class A drugs into Grimsby from Birmingham.
R v AZ Nottingham Crown Court 2016: represented a defendant in multi handed very serious assault (s18 GBH) after negotiations in relation to the matter, the case concluded by way of a lesser offence being accepted and a suspended sentence passed by the Recorder of Nottingham.
R v AA Nottingham Crown Court 2016: represented a defendant in a vehicle fraud allegation to the value of £70,000.
R v AH Leeds Crown Court (Operation Longshot 2017) represented a multi handed class A drugs importation case: involving conspiracy to supply class A drugs (heroin with street value £100,000) from Pakistan to the UK (West Yorkshire).
R v AK Derby Crown Court (Operation Twang 2017) represented in a case concerning conspiracy relating to the storage and distribution of non-duty paid tobacco products based in and around the Derby area. The duty evaded was over £1million. The defendant was acquitted by unanimous verdict.
R v GA Nottingham Crown Court 2015 represented a defendant in a multi handed GBH case involving the Kurdish community in Nottingham.
R v MHR Nottingham Crown Court (2013) represented the defendant in this case involving conspiracy to supply cannabis in excess of 20 kilos.
R v AS and 13 others Leicester Crown Court (Operation Arlen 2014) represented AS in a case concerning a large scale conspiracy in arranging and entering into sham marriages in the Leicestershire area. The defendants were Portuguese and Nigerians. The case received wide coverage in the local media.
Mehmood (Legitimate Expectation)  UKUT 00469 IAC
Amjad represented the Appellant in this case which considered the application of “legitimate expectation” and determined that: “the first question in every case concerning an alleged legitimate expectation is whether the public authority concerned made an unambiguous representation, promise or assurance devoid of any relevant qualification”.
Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) v Razia Begum  EWCA Civ 122
Amjad in this appeal by the SSHD, represented Mrs Begum in the Court of Appeal. This case reaffirmed, as set out at paragraphs 14-15 and 23, that there is no special rule for extending time for appealing in public law cases. However, the “importance of the issues to the public at large” can properly be taken into account at the third stage.
In this case the CA refused the SSHD an extension of time to appeal from the decisions of the First Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal, where Amjad represented Mrs Begum. Both courts allowed her appeals, which concerned her residence in the UK with her dependant grandchildren as an “elderly dependant relative”. The appeals were initially allowed according to Article 8 “family life” and then proceeded to be allowed according to 276 ADE (private life).
The case is important in describing the circumstances where private life can outweigh the otherwise almost insuperable requirements within the immigration rules concerning the right of entry to the UK as an “elderly dependant relative”.