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Admas has a broad public law practice. He has acted for claimants, defendants and interested parties in proceedings in the Court of Appeal, Administrative Court, Upper Tribunal and First-tier Tribunal. 

Admas’ recent public law experience includes: 

  • R (Horeau and others) v Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs: acting (with Toby Fisher and Ben Emmerson QC) for Chagos Islanders expelled to the Seychelles in the 1960s and 70s in a challenge to the UK government’s recent decision to refuse to allow resettlement of the Chagos Islands

  • British Institute of Technology and E-commerce v Secretary of State for the Home Department: acting (as a junior to Richard Drabble QC) in a challenge to a sponsor licence revocation

  • Shah v Secretary of State for the Home Department: acting (as junior to Samantha Broadfoot QC) in a judicial review challenge to an entry clearance refusal raising issues relating to Article 8 and under the Equality Act 2010

  • R (Knappett) v West Sussex County Council: acting (as sole counsel) for a local planning authority in relation to a judicial review challenge on environmental grounds (EIA) of the grant of permission for a wastewater treatment plant

  • advising the Department of Health on relevant treaty law/Brexit arrangements in relation to reciprocal healthcare

  • acting for claimants in unlawful detention claims (both in the Administrative Court and the County Court); and for a claimant in a complex immigration JR raising issues under the Data Protection Act and in relation to whether a decision had been adequately notified

  • acting for an EEA national challenging a deportation decision on EEA and Art. 8 grounds

  • acting for appellants challenging denials of Personal Independent Payment and housing in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals

  • assisting a QC on a judicial review challenging the retroactive imposition of liability for business rates on the basis of Article 1 Protocol 1 of the ECHR

Admas also has experience of: 

  • acting for claimants challenging a wide range of immigration and asylum decisions in judicial review proceedings, including an individual challenging the cancellation of leave as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur in the Court of Appeal and the designation of a country on the safe countries list

  • advising central government departments and other public authorities on prospects of success of appeals to the Court of Appeal, and drafting Statements of Reasons in relation to applications for orders disposing of appeals by consent

  • acting for applicants in urgent applications for interim injunctions in the High Court, including in applications raising fresh claims challenges and challenges under the Immigration (EEA) Regulations

  • advising claimants and public authorities on a wide range of public law issues including: procurement challenges under the Directives/Regulations and on a private law basis; immigration and asylum issues including unlawful detention claims on Hardial Singh grounds and removals on the basis of Dublin III; claims against local authorities under the Care Act 2014 and against clinical commissioning groups in relation to Continuing Health Care assessments. 

Admas is the co-author of the chapter on judicial review procedure in Judicial Review (Supperstone, Goudie and Walker) and has a particular interest in the overlap of public international law principles and ECHR/public law rights, and has published a number of articles relating to this subject (see publications). 

As a judicial assistant to Lord Neuberger, Admas worked on the following appeals, in many cases producing substantial research to assist Lord Neuberger and the other Justices of the Supreme Court: 

  • Belhaj and another v Straw and others: scope and application of the doctrine of Foreign Act of State

  • Serdar Mohamed v Secretary of State for Defence: an appeal relating to the legal basis for detention powers in non-international armed conflicts and the scope and application of the doctrine of Crown Act of State

  • Youssef v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2016] UKSC 3: a challenge to the United Kingdom’s decision to allow the appellant’s name to be added to the United Nations Security Council’s list of people subject to asset freezing

  • R (The Public Law Project) v Lord Chancellor [2016] UKSC 39: a challenge to the lawfulness of the proposed civil legal aid residence test

  • McDonald v McDonald [2016] UKSC 28: a claim by the tenant to a private landlord that the grant of a possession order infringed her rights under Article 8 of the ECHR

  • R (Roberts) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2015] UKSC 79: a challenge to the suspicionless stop and search powers contained in section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 on human rights grounds

  • MA v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: a challenge to the bedroom tax

  • Taiwo v Olaigbe [2016] UKSC 31: a discrimination claim brought on the basis that the mistreatment of the claimants because of their position as vulnerable migrant domestic workers constituted either direct or indirect race/nationality discrimination

  • Hesham Ali (Iraq) v Secretary of State for the Home Department: whether provisions of the immigration rules setting out the weight to be given to the public interest in the deportation of foreign national offenders were compatible with Article 8 of the ECHR

  • R (on the application of O) v Secretary of State for the Home Department) UKSC[2016] UKSC 19: a challenge to the Secretary of State’s policy on the detention of individuals suffering from serious mental illness

  • R (Nouazli) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] UKSC 16: a challenge to an EU law power to detain prior to a deportation decision on the basis that it constituted discrimination against EEA nationals and their family members without lawful justification.