Fahad Ansari

Fahad Ansari.

Riverway Law is led by Fahad Ansari, a practising solicitor with over 15 years of immigration, asylum and nationality law experience.

The Legal 500.

Fahad is a Recommended Lawyer in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 in the areas of Immigration: Human Rights, Appeals & Overstay / London and Civil Liberties & Human Rights / London.

Fahad qualified as a solicitor in 2009 having studied law at University College Dublin and De Paul University, Chicago. He obtained an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Fahad is accredited as a Senior Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme, a stringent process involving exams and regular re-accreditation. He is an experienced advocate at both the First-Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal.

Fahad specialises in complex cases involving EU law, criminal deportation, terrorism and national security, political asylum, human rights claims and citizenship.

Fahad has successfully conducted judicial review challenges in the High Court and Upper Tribunal against decisions of the Home Office in matters relating to unlawful detention, removal, delays, naturalisation, failure to apply policy, fresh claims for asylum, fee waiver applications and entry clearance refusals.

Fahad has secured tens of thousands of pounds in damages for clients who were unlawfully detained.

He works around the clock to protect clients’ interests and is regularly instructed to obtain injunctions to prevent the removal of clients.

Fahad also works as a consultant with Legal 500 firm Duncan Lewis and previously worked with leading immigration firm TRP Solicitors and Legal 500 firms Richard Nelson LLP, Fisher Meredith LLP and Birnberg Peirce & Partners.

Fahad regularly writes about current affairs and has had articles published in the Guardian and New Statesman. He is regularly invited to comment on legal developments by numerous media outlets including the BBC, Sky News, CNN, TRT and Al-Jazeera. Fahad has spoken at international conferences around the world including at the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva.

Media Appearances


‘Daesh Returnees Should they be allowed to return to the UK?’, TRT World, 4 March 2019 Panel discussion on deprivation of citizenship alongside Richard McNeil Wilson, Afia Ahmed and Ellie Green

‘Sajid Javid defends decision to revoke citizenship from Shamima Begum’, Channel 4, 20 February 2019

‘Lawyer’s surprise over Home Office move’ Sky News, 19 February 2019

BBC Newsnight, 7 December 2017 Discussing Defence Secretary’s proposals to extrajudicially execute fighters in Syria

BBC News, 6 October 2012 Interview in relation to extradition of British citizen Babar Ahmad to the US


‘Unreliable Evidence’ BBC Radio 4, 10 August 2019 Fahad Ansari discusses deprivation of citizenship in a panel alongside Lord Carlile, Professor Thom Brooks and Karen Doyle.

‘Immigration Lawyer says Britain has a Duty of Care for Shamima Begum’s baby’, LBC, 20 February 2019 Radio interview with Shelagh Fogerty over Home Secretary’s decision to deprive Shamima Begum of her citizenship


Nameless, stateless: The story of N3, Tortoise, 7 December 2019

‘Shamima Begum case highlights ‘two-tier racist system”, Al Jazeera, 5 March 2019

‘Shamima Begum will not be allowed here, says Bangladesh’, Guardian, 21 February 2019

‘A secret court reverses the British government’s decision to make two men stateless’, The Canary, 22 November 2018

‘UK blocked from making alleged extremists stateless by secret court in ruling that will set precedent’, Independent, 22 November 2018

‘Victims of crime being handed over to immigration enforcement’ Guardian, 14 May 2018

‘Home Office official tells man facing deportation: ‘My job is to piss you off’, Guardian, 9 May 2018

‘Home Office threatens to deport Polish man seeking help after attack’, Guardian, 7 December 2017

”Make a big song and dance and get publicity’ to become a British citizen’, BBC newsbeat, 31 August 2017


‘Criminalised for Caring: Has the CPS lost its moral compass?’ CAGE, 28 June 2019

‘The Home Secretary can legally deprive Shamima Begum of her citizenship – but he shouldn’t’, Free Movement, 20 February 2019

‘A racially aggravated prosecution? The case of Ashar Ahmed’, Open Democracy, 21 March 2012

‘Do books prime “people for terrorism”?’ New Statesman, 15 December 2011

‘It’s ridiculous to claim our extradition treaty with the US is fair’ Guardian, 27 October 2011

‘Who guards the guardians?’, Guardian, 21 March 2009