Our Team

Our Team

Mumin Hashim

Director/Barrister

 

Prior to entering the legal profession, Mumin trained and worked as a journalist where he dealt with international and home news, human rights and community issues. In addition to being the Director of Hayfield Law, Mumin has also been a member of the independent Bar for over 20 years, where his practice essentially comprises crime and immigration through which he regularly appears in the Crown Courts and Immigration and Asylum tribunals. Mumin is public access qualified and is authorised to litigate.

Experience in these two areas of law has assisted him in defending in cases involving high profile immigration fraud.

  • R v Khan [2023] – This case arose from a Metropolitan Police investigation into a county lines drugs gang that was supplying Class A drugs to the south coast using minors as couriers. The drug supply was controlled in and around London and Birmingham and supplied in Bournemouth-My London News.
  • R v Salih [2023] -This was a multi-handed case investigated by the National Crime Agency where the defendant was alleged to have been part of an organised crime group involved in the smuggling of migrants into the UK. The aim of the operation was to secure the entry of ethnic Kurds into the United Kingdom (UK) who would then claim asylum. It was alleged that the motivation of those facilitating their entry into the UK was a commercial one thereby making substantial profits from people smuggling-National Crime Agency, Yorkshire Post
  • R v Hakim & others [2021] (St Albans Crown Court) – The defendant was charged with Conspiring to Pervert the Course of Justice in a multi-handed case where the other defendants were charged with causing grievous bodily harm under s.18 of the Offences Again the Person Act 1861. The incident involved an attack on a person at the Jamie Mosque on Hatfield Road in St Albans. The defendant was acquitted after a successful application for no case to answer-The Herts Advertiser.
  • R v Gulzar & others [2021] (Snaresbrook Crown Court) – Gulam Ahmed and Mumin Hashim represented the second defendant in a £34 million multi-handed money laundering trial. The trial which was envisaged to last 12 weeks collapsed almost 6 weeks later when the trial judge, HHJ Falk, refused the prosecution’s application for an adjournment to remedy disclosure failings which the judge described as ‘’systemic and catastrophic”. Mumin Hashim was instructed by Ashmans Solicitors. –The Times.
  • R v Chowdhury [2020]-was led on a terrorism trial concerning the failure to disclose information that one knew or believed might be of material assistance in preventing an act of terrorism contrary to Section 38 B of the Terrorism Act 2000-BBC report.
  • R v Karim [2018] – Successful defence in a large-scale immigration and tax fraud. This was a 35-week trial that involved fraudulent applications of Tier 1 general and entrepreneur visas. Seventy-nine bogus companies providing fake payslips were used to facilitate 900 fraudulent visa applications by Bangladeshi nationals featuring the recycling of cash. In addition, hundreds of bogus tax repayment claims were submitted-Daily Telegraph Report
  • Mather and Aviva [2018] –Fundamental Dishonesty application- successfully fought of an application by the Respondent to establish that the Claimant was Fundamentally Dishonest in withdrawing his claim for personal injury three weeks before the start of the trial.
  • R v Pendyala [2016] Large scale Immigration fraud following the same pattern as the case of Lattupally.
  • R v Lattupally [2016] was led on Large scale immigration fraud centred on the abuse of the previous Home Office’s Highly Skilled Migrant Programme. This policy allowed highly qualified foreign nationals to work in the United Kingdom (UK), either employed or self-employed. The method used by the defendants was simple yet complex in execution. Payments received by the alleged organisers of the fraud from visa applicants were administered through shell companies before being recycled back to applicants in the guise of income from bogus self-employment-Daily Mail report.
  • R v K – Snaresbrook Crown Court [2014] – An allegation of under aged grooming that involved an anonymous tip off and a non-existent victim.
  • R v M [2013] – Swindon Crown Court – Allegations of rape and false imprisonment involving an under aged complainant and older male.
  • R v Juber Ahmed [2013] – Manchester Crown Court (Crown Square) – This was an important case that lasted six months long concerning immigration offences involving money laundering, the alleged production of false passports and false passport stamps. Central to defending the case were the methods employed by the Home Office in keeping records and detecting fraudulent applications. This case was a precursor to the Windrush affair that emerged in 2018. The problems facing the Windrush generation in proving and establishing their right of abode was first faced by the same of Bengali clients in this case. During the duration of this trial, information was disclosed by long term Home Officials that the then Labour government had ordered the destruction of around 25 million files effectively erasing records that could have established the right of abode of commonwealth citizens who had migrated to the United Kingdom after the war-BBC report.
  • R v B [2012] – Liverpool Crown Court – This case involved a multi-handed conspiracy to bring drugs into the United Kingdom from abroad. The allegations involved the onwards supply of heroin and cocaine from London the North East of England. This part of a wider operation conducted the Serious Organised Crime Agency-report.
  • R v I [2012] – Birmingham Crown Court – An allegation rape against a young male that was undermined from evidence given by the complainant’s friends.
  • Lumenica v Government of Albania [2012] EWCA 2589 – A reported case that concerned the Extradition Act 2003 and the imposition of strict time limits when filing a notice of appeal. The court held that where, through no fault of the appellant, there was a late filing and service of notice, the court had a discretion to extend time for both filing and service despite the strict statutory time limits giving effect to article (1) of the European Convention of Human Rights.
  • R v Gray [2012] – Birmingham Crown Court – This was one of a serious of trials that arose from the nationwide riots that took place the previous year in protest at the shooting of Mark Duggan by the police in London. This particular case involved the targeting of the police by firearms and the attempted shooting of a police helicopter by gang members-BBC report.
  • British Transport Police v Soods Solicitors [2012] EWHC 3780 (Admin) – This case involved successfully resisting the application of the BTP for a wasted costs order against the Respondent solicitor.
  • R v Bajramaj [2011] – Basildon Crown Court – A multi-handed firearms and sophisticated underground drugs factory case.
  • Sternaj v DPP (2011) EWHC 1094 – Canterbury CC/High Court – A reported case concerning facilitating a breach of immigration law. The defendants were convicted of smuggling ES’s son into the UK for the purpose of seeking asylum. The decision to prosecute was challenged on the basis that Article 31 of the Refugee Convention offered a remedy against prosecution. In addition, it was argued that the scope of section 31(3) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 should be construed to comply with Article 31. This case gave rise to a novel point of law concerning the relationship between Article 31 and section 31(3) of the 1999 Act namely whether a genuine asylum seeker can be prosecuted for assisting another genuine asylum seeker (whose claim is subsumed into his own by virtue of their parent/child relationship and especially where the Home Secretary has accepted them as presumptive refugees) to enter the UK in breach of immigration law.
  • R v Choudhury [2010]– Winchester CC – Complex mortgage fraud involving buying and reselling properties between family and close friends.
  • R v G [2010] – Chelmsford CC – Represented a young male accused of rape by a female whose case was undermined by the existence of CCTV footage.
  • R v C [2009] – Blackfriars CC – Sophisticated car insurance fraud carried out by dishonest claim handlers that ensnared unwitting victims.
  • R v Khan [2008]– Old Bailey/CA – Was led on a murder trial that featured an anonymity order. The case was one of the first ones heard after the decision in R v Davis [2008] UKHL 36 and the subsequent Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Act 2008-BBC report.
  • R v A [2007] – Croydon CC – Involved a large-scale internal bank fraud organised by bank employees working in call centres with access to customer details.
  • R v A [2006] – Bournemouth CC – Allegation of sexual offence against a minor made against a member of the same family.

Email: mumin.hashim@hayfieldlaw.com
Phone: +44 (0)20 7702 8468

Uzair Shah

Registered Foreign Lawyer

 

Uzair has been in practice for the last eleven years and is a Registered Foreign Lawyer regulated by the SRA.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, for several years, Uzair worked as an Estate Agent because of which he has a firm grounding in property law and practice.

Uzair’s practice encompasses commercial and residential leases, debt recovery, family, general litigation and immigration and asylum law.

In 2007, Uzair earned an LLM in 2007 from the University of Wales. His degree included modules on International Trade Law and his dissertation dealt with International Arbitration which discussed and highlighted the “Public Policy Exception” to the convention for recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards of 1958.

In October 2007 Uzair worked at Turnbull Rutherford Solicitors as a Legal consultant until June 2014. There, Uzair supervised litigation in relation to debt recovery and enforcement proceedings.

In January 2015 Uzair moved to Glen Solicitors where he remained until 2023 where he continued to be responsible for overseeing litigation matters from beginning to end. In addition, Uzair’s practice also encompassed immigration and family.

Uzair is fluent in Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi (Indian and Pakistani dialects) and Pushto.

Email: uzair.shah@hayfieldlaw.com
Phone: +44 (0)20 702 8468

Imran Chowdhury

Barrister

 

Imran is a Barrister with full rights of audience who is registered with the Bar Standards Board in addition to being registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Imran’s practice encompasses immigration, family, civil litigation, property and crime, areas in which he has had many successful outcomes.

Imran’s family work involves divorce/ancillary relief, child contact, non-molestation orders as well as other related areas.

His property work includes commercial leases (Grant of/or, Assignment of Leases), licences, landlord and tenant, evictions in addition to routine conveyancing.

Imran appears regularly before the First-Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal of the Immigration & Asylum Chamber, the family court and magistrates’ court. Imran has also been successful in numerous statutory appeals where he either undertook the advocacy himself or worked alongside Counsel. His successes have also included judicial reviews some of which involved detention cases.

In addition, Imran has worked on numerous cases dealing with public and administrative law, many of which went to the High Court, Court of Appeal and one of the recent cases went to the permission stage at the UK Supreme Court.

Email: imran.chowdhury@hayfieldlaw.com
Phone: +44 (0)20 702 8468

Tuoyo Eruwa

Consultant Solicitor

 

Tuoyo has been a lawyer for over 30 years having been called to the Bar in Nigeria in 1987. He has been a solicitor in the United Kingdom since 1999 specialising in immigration and crime. Since 2003, Tuoyo has been a duty solicitor. Aside from being an experienced litigator, Tuoyo has a great deal of experience of advocacy in Immigration and Asylum Tribunals and Magistrates’ courts.
Experience in these two areas of law has assisted him in defending in cases involving high profile immigration fraud.

Email: tuoyo.eruwa@hayfieldlaw.com
Phone: +44 (0)20 7702 8468

Azhar Chohan

Consultant Immigration Advisor-OISC Level 3

 

Azhar is a deeply knowledgeable immigration advisor of over 20 years experience. This includes first-hand experience of the inner workings of the Home Office in relation to immigration practice and procedure. This has left him well placed to provide detailed expert reports on various aspects of immigration law of which he has been commissioned to do on a number of occasions. Azhar is very quick in providing a legal analysis of the issues at the heart of a matter. Azhar’s experience and knowledge has also been utilised to train lawyers of all levels under the auspices of the HJT in addition to carrying out legal research for MPs, past and present.
Aside from providing immigration advice, Azhar also regularly appears in the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal at all levels.

Email: azhar.chohan@hayfieldlaw.com
Phone: +44 (0)20 7702 8468

Ashfa Dar

Consultant Immigration Advisor- OISC Level 1

 

Ashfa has been a lawyer for over 20 years having been called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn. She is presently an unregistered barrister.
She has a corporate background having worked in a variety of magic circle and other leading law firms including one of the big four financial services firms. Ashfa specialises in immigration law.
Ashfa is an experienced advocate having represented numerous applicants at the Immigration and Asylum tribunal over the years through which she has gained a thorough working knowledge of immigration law and practice. Clients have found her to have an approachable and easy manner when dealing with sensitive issues. Ashfa has also previously been posted overseas as an immigration advisor.

Email: ashfa.dar@hayfieldlaw.com
Phone: +44 (0)20 7702 8468

Muhammad Ahmad

Paralegal

 

Muhammad is very agile and intellectually gifted recently paralegal who has a wide experience of working in different areas of law such as civil, commercial property, crime, family and immigration, providing much valued litigation support.

In addition to his legal experience, Muhammad has been working closely with issues that concern the community. In May 2020, Muhammad was nominated for the ‘Legacy Award’ by the Lady Diana Award Team for having a positive impact on communities and cities. Also, in that month, he was awarded the Lady Diana Award for bringing together young people from across the Commonwealth to upscale and optimise grassroots, national, regional and Pan-Commonwealth efforts to promote peace, respect & understanding and preventing violent extremism.

In July 2018, Muhammad was awarded the British Citizens Award for raising over £150,000 for a UK based charity, helping those with drug addiction and working tirelessly to promote anti and de-radicalisation of Youth. Muhammad was awarded the distinction of becoming an ‘Associate Fellow’ of The Royal Commonwealth Society for commitment to promoting values of the Commonwealth and working to improve the lives and prospects of Commonwealth citizens.

In November 2015, Muhammad had been awarded with the ‘British Community Honorary Award’ at The House of Lords by Her Excellency Princess Katrina de Silva in recognition of his outstanding contribution and services to the community which includes working on community cohesion and integration.

Email: info@hayfieldlaw.com
Phone: +44 (0)20 702 8468