Barristers & Administration

Samir Pasha

Year of call – 2011

Samir accepts instructions under Direct Access

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Areas of law

Criminal Defence
Civil Litigation

Languages spoken



Criminal Defence

Samir has a wealth of experience across the criminal law spectrum, having represented clients charged with serious violence, drugs, firearms, sexual, financial crime and public order offences.

Samir has a busy criminal practice in both the magistrates and crown courts, including youth courts. His experience includes representing clients in bail hearings and breach of bail and court order matters. He provides expert advice and representation with great care and attention no matter who the client.

Samir is also a skilled advocate in motoring offences, providing persuasive representation to secure the best outcome for clients.

Prior to joining us, he had almost a decade of experience working in the wider legal profession, from large corporate firms to high street practices. He has previously worked as a civil servant for the Serious Fraud Office and received a commendation from the Director of the SFO for his investigative work.

Having worked on cases from both investigation/prosecution and defence perspectives Samir developed his experience of criminal investigations, dealing with clients and preparing defence cases in serious and financial crime. Samir has assisted on the legal teams of some of the world’s largest fraud and corruption cases and understands what steps are required to build a strong case, both for and against.

Recent criminal work this year has included:

  1. Securing a non-custodial sentence for a client charged with supplying Class B Cannabis.

  2. Securing a discharge of a client accused of assaulting daughter.

  3. Client charged with 8 incidents of location breach of bail conditions. Samir successfully persuaded no breach had been proved.

  4. Obtaining a suspended sentence for a client charged with possession of a bladed article.

  5. Successfully persuading a court to reduce the driving disqualification period from 6 months to 12 weeks for a client charged with speeding.

  6. Successfully persuading CPS to withdraw breach of Criminal Behaviour Order charge.

  7. Discharging Stalking Prevention Order for a client accused of stalking in work place


Samir is able to represent clients in extradition cases, and currently represents clients facing extradition for serious offences, including human trafficking.  He often works closely with European and other international lawyers to provide a comprehensive legal service.

Immigration and Asylum Law

Samir represents refugees and asylum seekers before all immigration tribunals. He prepares cases fully and provides effective representation in hearings.

Samir has undertakes 2-3 bail applications a week with a focus on clients with pending NRM applications.

Examples of Samir’s recent work includes:

  • Preparing skeleton arguments for FTT hearings dealing with Tamil asylum cases.

  • Drafting judicial review skeleton arguments in citizenship matters.

  • Assisting in a complex matter relating to citizenship before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC).

  • Representing clients in asylum appeals pertaining to Muslim Brotherhood and revenge killings.

  • Drafting representations to the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the freedom of speech relating to extra-judicial killings of journalists in Sri Lanka.

Civil Litigation

Samir provides advice and representation in civil litigation matters.

Recent examples include:

  • Advising on civil and IP litigation matters relating to a well-known Pakistani restaurant chain.

  • Advising a director of a pharmaceutical company in relation to civil fraud claim worth over £200,000.

  • Drafting representations for a construction company in relation to cheque fraud matter against a high street bank.

  • Securing successful judgement in a strike out claim in relation to a property declaration.

Samir holds a Masters specialising in Modern South Asia from the University of Oxford.  He was a Middle Temple Scholarship recipient and a Human Rights Law Association bursary winner for his work in the West Bank, occupied Palestinian Territory.  He received the Human Rights Law Association Award for his achievements in Palestine.

Samir has been invited for interview on Pakistani international news channels and regularly publishes legal articles on matters relating to international human rights and immigration.

Family and Matrimonial

Financial remedies