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.

Some of his more interesting cases from his career are listed below.

Reported Cases

D9 v SSHD, [2021] EWHC 2784 (Admin)
Challenge to the operation of the Authority to Carry Scheme under which the Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) refused to permit an airline to carry the Claimant to the UK on national security grounds. Permission to judicial review granted by High Court.

SSHD v E3 & N3 [2019] EWC Civ 2020
The Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) was successful in her appeal in these deprivation of citizenship cases, on the basis that the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) had erred in placing the burden of proof on the SSHD. The Court remitted the appeal to SIAC to reconsider the statelessness point.

E3 and N3 applied for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court subsequent to which the SSHD withdrew the deprivation decisions.

Notable Cases

Special Immigration Appeals Commission

RT v SSHD, SN/72/2019
Successful review of the decision to refuse to naturalise an Algerian national as a British citizen on grounds that he may be supportive of acts of terrorism.

C3, C4 & C7 v SSHD, SC/167/2020, SC/168/2020 & SC/171/2020 
Successful appeals against decisions to deprive three British nationals of their UK citizenship on grounds of national security. Represented C7 in this appeal.

R3 v SSHD, SC/150/2018
Unsuccessful appeal against a decision to deprive a British national of his UK citizenship on grounds of Syria-related terrorism. An application for permission to appeal is currently before the Court of Appeal.

E3 & N3 v SSHD, SC/138/2017 and SC/146/2017
Successful appeals against decisions to deprive two British nationals of their UK citizenship on grounds of national security.

Court of Appeal

RS (Pakistan) & Others v HMCTS and SSHD [2019]
Successful judicial review of the decision of the Upper Tribunal to refuse to grant the Claimants permission to appeal the decision of the First-tier Tribunal. The case revolved around the impact of return to Pakistan on a child suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorder in circumstances where suitable medical and educational treatment is not available or accessible. Interim relief has been secured prohibiting the family’s removal to Pakistan.

ND (India) v SSHD [2017]
Successful judicial review of the decision of the SSHD to certify an Applicant’s asylum and human rights claim as manifestly unfounded. Secured interim relief prohibiting the Claimant’s removal to India. The claimant has since been granted asylum.


Judicial Review (High Court)

R (OA) v SSHD [2019]
Successful judicial review of the decision of the SSHD to refuse to grant the Claimant an in-country right of appeal after refusing his application for a Residence Card as the Other Family Member of an EEA national.

R (SO) v SSHD [2018]
Successful judicial review of the decision of the SSHD to refuse to exercise his discretion and register the Claimant as a British citizen. The Claimant is now British.

R (LE) v SSHD [2016]
Successful judicial review of the decisions of the SSHD to refuse the Claimant’s application for an EEA Residence Card, certify it as clearly unfounded, detain the Claimant and seek to remove him. The SSHD accepted the detention as unlawful and paid out £25,000 in damages to the Claimant. The Claimant has now been granted his Residence Card.

R (EM) v SSHD (Administrative Court) [2016]
Successful judicial review of the decision of the SSHD to refuse to exercise his discretion and register the Claimant as a British citizen. The Claimant is now British.


Judicial Review (Upper Tribunal)

R (FH) v SSHD (Upper Tribunal) [2021]
Successful judicial review of the decision of the SSHD to prevent the Applicant entering the UK, detain him and remove him on the eve of Brexit in breach of his EEA rights. The SSHD was ordered to allow the Applicant to enter the UK and later paid him damages.

R (RD) v SSHD (Upper Tribunal) [2020]
Successful judicial review of the decision of the SSHD to certify the Applicant’s human rights claim as clearly unfounded. Following the grant of permission, the SSHD withdrew the decision.

R (MK) v SSHD (Upper Tribunal) [2019]
Successful judicial review of the decision of the SSHD to revoke Applicant’s permission to work. The SSHD accepted the decision was unlawful, reinstated permission to work and granted the Applicant over £5000 in compensation for loss of earnings during the period he could not work.

R (AN) v SSHD (Upper Tribunal) [2016]
Successful judicial review of the decision of the SSHD to refuse to accept an Applicant’s application for a fee waiver.


First-Tier Tribunal

WN v SSHD [2021]
Successful appeal against a decision to refuse the Appellant entry clearance to join her mother. The Tribunal found that the Appellant’s mother had sole responsibility for her and that there were serious and compelling reasons that his exclusion from the UK was undesirable.

SS v SSHD [2021]
Successful appeal against a decision to deport an Appellant convicted of a number of minor offences. The Tribunal found that there were exceptional circumstances relating to the Appellant’s private and family life that outweighed the public interest in deportation.

AU v SSHD [2021]
Successful appeal against a decision to deport an Appellant convicted of a serious sex offence. The Tribunal found that there were exceptional circumstances relating to the Appellant’s family life that outweighed the public interest in deportation.

MI v SSHD [2020]
Successful appeal against a decision to deport an Appellant convicted of serious offences. The Tribunal found that the Appellant could not be deported because he was in fact a British citizen.

MK v SSHD [2019]
Successful appeal against a decision to refuse an Appellant’s human rights claim where she was a citizen of Pakistan married to an Indian national. The Tribunal accepted that family life could not continue in either India or Pakistan due to the stringent and arbitrary visa rules and practices imposed by each country on the other country’s citizens.

IAH v SSHD [2018]
Appeal against a decision to exclude Appellant from Refugee Convention on basis of his previous terrorism convictions and the ongoing threat he allegedly posed to national secuirty. The Tribunal dismissed the appeal finding that although the Appellant no longer represented a threat to national security, his previous convictions warranted his exclusion from the Refugee Convention.