Sam Mahmud

Sam Mahmud

Membership Status: Barrister - Associate Member Qualified in 1996


General Information

Sam is known for his empathic manner, fearless and persuasive advocacy and congenial and reassuring manner, which makes him repeatedly asked for both by lay and professional clients. He is persistent in fighting the lay client’s corner and tireless in securing the best possible outcome for his clients.

Areas of law

  • Family (all aspects barring finances)
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration & Asylum 

Family Law

  • Adoption
  • Care proceedings
  • Child abduction
  • Children Act applications
  • Emergency protection of children
  • Divorce/Nullity
  • Domestic violence
  • Forced marriage
  • Private law (excluding financial issues)

Sam regularly appears in complex and sensitive matters dealing with care proceedings, private law, emergency protection of children, Children Act applications, domestic violence, child abduction, family, as well as specialising in matters where there is an overlap between family law and asylum and immigration. He represents parents and children and has a strong interest in matters under the Forced Marriage Act.

Immigration & Asylum 

  • Asylum
  • Immigration
  • Human rights
  • Judicial review
  • Public law

Sam appears regularly before the First and Upper Tiers of the Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber). He provides advice and representation in all areas of immigration, nationality and asylum law, both inside and outside London. Having lived on 3 continents, freedom of movement is close to Sam’s heart. His growing interest in public law includes challenges to immigration decisions and detention before the High Court. Sam is often instructed in matters with an immigration and family law overlap.


  • Lincolns Inn
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Resolution


  • Master of Laws, School of Oriental and African Studies, Cambridge University
  • Masters in Oriental Studies, Cambridge University
  • Law degree, Oxford University
  • Classical Civilisation Degree, United States


  • Urdu
  • Panjabi 
  • Hindi

Fees and Feedback


Please see “profile” tab for description of the legal services provided by this barrister.

We aim to complete and return all paperwork within 14 days (2 weeks) of receipt if no specific deadline is provided. We can work to much faster timescales if requested or we can agree a specific target date for each individual circumstance. We will always advise at the outset if counsel is unable to meet any deadline.

Each barrister has a standard hourly rate for their work. The individual hourly rate can be agreed when instructions are acknowledged if preferred. We welcome early discussion as to the suitability of a specific barrister for a specific case. The right barrister will have the relevant expertise to deal with the case but will not be too junior, or too senior depending on the complexities.

We aim to allocate all cases to the correct level of experience & seniority which we believe will prove most to be the most cost effective solution for our clients.

If, due to urgency, we allocate paperwork to a more senior member of Clerksroom, we will charge the appropriate hourly rate for the work, not for the barrister. We welcome early discussion to ensure the correct fee is applied to the case at the outset.


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Complaints information

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Legal Ombudsman
PO Box 6806
Tel: 0300 555 0333

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