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Waleed Sheikh

Associate solicitor

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Waleed Sheikh is conscientious, thorough, knowledgeable and committed to speaking truth to power. – Legal 500 2020
Waleed Sheikh is a solicitor working with Jamie Beagent in the human rights department.

Waleed specialises in judicial review and private law challenges in an immigration context, with particular expertise in immigration detention, deportation and nationality cases. He works with both individuals and charities and as part of Jamie Beagent’s team has been involved in some of the leading cases in this area such as FCO v Rahmatullah [2012] UKSC 48, EO & Ors v SSHD [2013] EWHC 1236 Admin and Francis v SSHD [2014] EWCA Civ 718.

Waleed also recently acted on behalf of the Muslim Council of Britain, Islamic Human Rights Commission and Cage in their intervention in the Supreme Court case of Beghal, which challenged the compatibility of detention powers under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act with Articles 5, 6 and 8 of the ECHR.

Prior to joining Leigh Day Waleed worked as an appeals caseworker at the Refugee & Migrant Justice where he conducted asylum and human rights appeals in the First Tier and Upper Tribunals. He also undertook voluntary work in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and volunteered for Reprieve in Pakistan where he assisted Pakistani lawyers on death penalty and extraordinary rendition cases. He continues to work with Reprieve on cases where individuals with links to the UK are subject to the death penalty abroad.


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