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

SSHD v E3 & N3 [2019] EWC Civ 2020
The Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) was successful in her appeal on the basis that the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) should have placed the burden of proof of demonstrating that they had become stateless as a result of the government depriving them of their British citizenship. By placing the burden of proof on the SSHD to prove that she had acted unlawfully, SIAC had made a material error of law. The Court remitted the appeal to SIAC to reconsider the statelessness point. E3 and N3 will be applying for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.

E3 & N3 v SSHD, SC/138/2017 and SC/146/2017
Successful appeals before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) against decisions to deprive two British nationals of their UK citizenship on grounds of national security.

R3 v SSHD, SC/150/2018
Appeal before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) against decision to deprive a British national of his UK citizenship on grounds of Syria-related terrorism.

Notable Cases

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 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. 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 (MK) v SSHD (Upper Tribunal) [2019]
Successful judicial review of 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 decision of the SSHD to refuse to accept an Applicant’s application for a fee waiver.


First-Tier Tribunal

IAH v SSHD [2018]
Appeal against decision to exclude Appellant from Refugee Convention on basis of his previous terrorism convictions.