Zimran Samuel

Zimran Samuel Barrister
Doughty Street Chambers

Zimran is a specialist in children law and human rights. He practices predominately in the High Court.

Acting for Local Authorities, parents and children, he has had extensive exposure to care proceedings involving children who have suffered from non-accidental injuries, long term neglect, sexual abuse and manipulated or factitious illness. He is regularly instructed on behalf of Police Authorities and Local Authorities in disclosure and public interest immunity applications in both the family and criminal jurisdictions. In private children law matters, Zimran is familiar with the full range of Section 8 applications as well as matters falling under the Family Law Act 1996.

Zimran is particularly interested in cases with a human rights element and has been involved in numerous successful appeals under Articles 6 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. In respect of international family cases, Zimran undertakes cases involving relocation and child abduction. He is experienced in dealing with forced-marriage matters having been instructed in several cases since the implementation of the Forced Marriage Act 2007.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Zimran worked as part of a legal team at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. He regularly attended meetings of the UN General Assembly and the Security Council. Zimran retains a strong interest in public international law and the international protection of human rights. He is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) and has assisted the BHRC with litigation in Nepal and Pakistan. He is currently undertaking work for several international organisations including UNICEF.

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Leave to remove from jurisdiction: Re P (Children) [2014] EWCA Civ 852 08 JUL 2014

Leave to remove from jurisdiction: Re P (Children) [2014] EWCA Civ 852

The Court of Appeal has allowed the appeal of a mother seeking to relocate with her...

The boundaries of wardship in stranded spouse cases 24 JAN 2014

The boundaries of wardship in stranded spouse cases

The case of Akhtar v Ayoub [2013] EWHC 3840 (Fam) serves as an important reminder of how far...

Preventing Forced Marriages 19 SEP 2013

Preventing Forced Marriages

The government's most recent campaign to bring more attention to the problem of forced...