Public law director Ahmed Aydeed was invited to speak at Matrix Chambers’ Trafficking and Modern Slavery Seminar in London on Wednesday 22nd May at the Goldsmiths’ Centre.
Hosted by Matrix Barristers’ Chambers, Ahmed joined a panel of experts to discuss and give his specialist insight into human trafficking and modern slavery. Topics included criminal appeals against convictions for British modern slaves, civil actions against traffickers, support and assistance policy challenge and a number of recent legal cases.
Chaired by Samantha Knights QC, Ahmed was joined by Matrix’s Nick Armstrong, Chris Buttler, Zoe McCallum and Mark Greaves, as well as Birds Solicitors’ Philippa Southwell and Met Police’s Detective Superintendent Phil Brewer.
Addressing a packed audience of over 120 people, Ahmed delivered his presentation ‘When forced criminality goes unrecognised: Challenging deportation and detention of victims of trafficking’ discussing a number of significant and relevant matters including his case of ZV v SSHD and H v SSHD which involved a Vietnamese national who was trafficked to the UK where he was forced to work in a cannabis house. He was arrested and convicted of cultivating cannabis despite his potential trafficking providing a defence and was placed in immigration detention. Ahmed and his team brought a challenge against the Secretary of State for wrongly deciding that H was not a victim of trafficking and refusing his asylum claim, as well as failing to provide him support as a victim of trafficking and for unlawfully detaining him for over a year.
The night was an overall success with a lively Q&A session taking place following the presentations which brought further insight into the issues surrounding human trafficking and modern slavery and how to combat the problems.
Ahmed is the director of public law at the Birmingham & Milton Keynes branches of Duncan Lewis Solicitors. He specialises in public and human rights law, predominantly acting for refugees, and trafficking and modern slavery victims in legally aided public law challenges. His core area of practice concerns administrative detention, international protection, and equality & discrimination. Ahmed has led key public law challenges against the administrative detention of refugees, torture and trafficking victims. He has also acted in leading cases on the Detained Fast Track rules, healthcare provisions in immigration detention, criminal injuries compensation and support and assistance for victims of human trafficking.
In 2018 Ahmed was shortlisted for Partner of the Year at the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards and was ‘Highly Commended’ for Human Rights Lawyer of the Year at the 2018 Law Society Excellence Awards. In 2017 he won Junior Lawyer of the Year at the Law Society Excellence Awards.
To contact Ahmed, call 020 7275 2668 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Duncan Lewis Public Law Solicitors
The Duncan Lewis Public Law department continues to be recommended by Legal 500 with the 2019 edition reporting its 'strong presence in this area of the law, making a particularly dominant contribution in immigration, asylum and prison law.'
The Public law team has experience in all aspects of judicial review claimant work, including obtaining emergency orders and other interim relief to prevent breaches of human rights, following up judicial reviews with actions for damages in both the County and High Court and successfully pursuing judicial review matters to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. A particular focus is the team’s work handling cases of the deprivation of British citizenship and deportation threats, with a niche specialism in challenging the treatment of immigration detainees and other marginalised communities.
To contact a member of the public law team, call 033 3772 0409.