Awards Recommendation for Bahar Ata
Bahar is a Recommended Lawyer in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500.
Legal 500 2020 Edition.
Human Resources: Immigration / South East
Bahar is listed as a Recommended Lawyer in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 and is described as a 'key figure whose"...understanding of immigration issues, especially asylum support and EEA law, is second to none."
Legal 500 2019 Edition.
Immigration / Milton Keynes and Luton
Bahar is the winner of the Legal Expert Award 2019
Other 2019 Edition.
Public Law / CILEX National Awards 2019
"Bahar Ata has substantial experience representing clients at the High Court in judicial review cases."
Legal 500 2017 Edition.
Immigration: Human Rights, appeals & overstay / South East: Milton Keynes & Luton
I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institutes of the Legal Executives and a Director within Duncan Lewis. I am the head of the Public Law and Immigration departments in Luton and I supervise a team of dedicated lawyers representing the most vulnerable in our society. I was promoted to lead the Immigration and Public Law departments shortly after qualifying and I am the only Legal Executive to hold the post of Director within Duncan Lewis. Since taking on that position, I have developed a team of 3 lawyers to a strong and dedicated team of 20. It has become the fastest growing office within the firm.
Since 2016 I have been instrumental in setting up the firm’s dedicated bail team where the focus of the team is to represent those detained under immigration powers as well as to bring challenges against the Secretary of State for the Home Department for unlawful detention, false imprisonment claims and failure to provide accommodation.
My specialty is in Public Law with a niche practice in immigration and human rights judicial review claimant matters. I have been practising immigration and human rights law for more than 14 years.
I have a varied practice of representing clients in unlawful detention claims, challenges against the Competent Authority decisions in respect of trafficking claims, age assessments challenges and challenging removals to third countries under Dublin Regulations. I have extensive experience of representing clients at the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
I was the lead lawyer in representing Claimants in challenging removals to Hungary and Bulgaria under Dublin III Regulations. The High Court decision in the case of Ibrahimi & Anor v The Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 2049 (Admin), is the only one of its kind where the Secretary of State accepted the decision of the High Court that returning asylum seekers to Hungary would breach their Article 4 of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. This has seen proven success; since 2016 there have been no removals to Hungary from the UK under the Dublin III Regulations. This case has also been used as precedent in other European courts.
I was the lead lawyer in representing clients in group litigation in challenging detention under Article 28 of Dublin III Regulations, where the Supreme Court handed down a landmark judgment in R (on the application of Hemmati and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  UKSC 56. The Court were unanimous in their decision finding that the Secretary of State for the Home Department had acted unlawfully by detaining the Appellants whilst their claims were being considered under the Dublin III regulations.
I consider myself a true advocate for human rights, which is demonstrated through my leadership in high-profile cases and extensive experience of representing clients before the Administrative Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The judgments of which have had wider implications for more than just my individual clients. I would go above and beyond for vulnerable individuals in order to give them a voice they may otherwise lack. This is shown through cases such as ZMM (Article 15(c)) Libya CG  UKUT 00263 (IAC) where I successfully represented the Appellant in the Country Guidance case challenging removals to Libya. We were successful in demonstrating evidence that Libya remains extremely unstable based on lack of state protection for civilians. This decision, amongst other cases have been significant in showing my ability to utilise my skills to fight for the rights of vulnerable individuals who have had their lives uprooted and homes destroyed as a result of conflict abroad.
I am recognised as a recommended individual in Legal 500. I was awarded the Cilex Legal Expert award in 2019, having been shortlisted as a finalist for the same award in 2018. I was also a finalist for Lawyer of the Year award at the 2019 Modern Law Awards.