Why Choose Us?

About US

Our ethos is not to treat every case as “another case” but to work on every case as if it were our own.

01. Strategic

We take the time to understand what you, as our client, want, whether it’s a visa to allow you and your loved ones to stay in this country, to take your business to the next level, to deal with a family issue, or to represent you in court.

02. Professional

As perfectionists, we take pride in ensuring that everything we do is done to the highest possible quality; from our advice, the preparation of court cases to simply communicating with you, we will settle for nothing short of the best for you.

03. Loyal

Legal London is full of solicitors promising to deliver the result you want. We have a proven track record for success in immigration, civil and family law. Our ethos is not to treat every case as “another case” or “another client” but to work on every case as if it were our own.

Proven Success

Our History

SMA was established in April 2018 when our experienced founding partners saw a niche in the market for a high-quality law firm dealing with asylum, immigration, civil and family problems by taking the time to get to know their clients and to understand their personal situations and needs.

SMA’s founding partners have all previously worked together at other law firms. Between them, they are a formidable team of young, dynamic individuals with a passion for the law who have a particular set of skills, skills acquired of long careers, skills that make them the perfect legal team for you.

It’s time to meet our team of lawyers ready to deliver the best possible result on your case

Our Team

Yasar Mehmood

Solicitor (LLB Hons)

Yasar is a director and founding partner of SMA Solicitors. He graduated from University in 2009 having read law…

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…he went on to complete his Legal Practice Court in 2011 and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2014.

Yasar’s impressive career saw him begin work in the immigration field where he obtained over 6 years of valuable experience in both the legal field and client care. His knowledge of the law and stellar case preparation has led to his involvement in important country guidance cases in the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal where some of the most important and compelling cases are heard. He has extensive experience in all areas of immigration law including entry clearance, asylum, deportation, the Points-Based System (PBS), indefinite leave to remain (settlement), applications under the EU Settlement Scheme and much more. In addition to work in the Court of Appeal and Upper Tribunal, Yasar has in depth experience and knowledge of applications for permission to bring judicial review proceedings against Home Office and government decisions.

In addition to being a director and founding partner of the firm, Yasar is also the Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration.

Languages spoken:
1. English;
2. Urdu;
3. Punjabi;
4. Hindi;
5. Pothwari.

Hobbies
Outside of the office and away from the legal world, Yasar loves travelling, football, reading and spending quality time with his family.

Ahmad Masoud Sediqi

Solicitor (LLB Hons)

Ahmad is a director and founding partner of SMA Solicitors. He has formidable experience in all areas of immigration…

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…and civil law including asylum, human rights, EEA matters applications under the Immigration Rules and much more. Ahmad regularly deals with appeals to the First-Tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal, matters in the High Court and, where needed, the Court of Appeal.

Prior to starting SMA, Ahmad read Law at the University of West London, graduating in 2014 before going on to complete his Legal Practice Course with a Commendation and then being admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

In the field of immigration, Ahmad undertakes work in all fields including complex citizenship and nationality applications and dealing with allegations of criminality (in deportation appeals) and dishonesty.

In addition to his immigration work, Ahmad has extensive experience in civil matters in which he represents both individuals and companies in a wide range of disputes ranging from matters relating to properties to contractual disputes worth significant sums of money. Ahmad’s meticulous attention to detail is key to succeeding in these cases.

Languages spoken:
1. English;
2. Dutch;
3. German;
4. Dari;
5. Pashto;
6. Urdu.

Hobbies:
Outside of the office and away from the legal field, Ahmad is a keen reader, has a passion for football and loves spending time with his family. .

Abid Aslam

Solicitor (LLB Hons)

Abid is a director and founding partner of SMA Solicitors.Abid read Law at University, graduating in 2009…

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…went to complete his Legal Practice Course in 2010 and qualified as a solicitor in 2014.

Abid also has extensive experience in all of SMA’s practice areas and in particular in asylum, human trafficking, protection, human rights and nationality law. Abid’s strong and extremely thorough case preparation mean his clients are always putting forward their strongest case when making applications to the Home Office are challenging a decision in the First-Tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal.

Languages spoken:
1. English;
2. Urdu;
3. Punjabi.

Hobbies
Outside of the office and away from the legal world, Abid is a keen runner, enjoys playing football, travelling and spending quality time with his family.

Jay Gajjar

Barrister

Jay is a practicing Barrister at Imperium Chambers where he was appointed as Deputy Head of Chambers in April 2017.

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He is also a door tenant at 3 Bolt Court Chambers. Jay was called to the Bar in July 2014 by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple after having passed the Bar Professional Training Court with a Very Competent grade, achieving an “outstanding” grade in advocacy and opinion writing.

Prior to training to become a barrister, Jay studied at University College London where he undertook a Master’s in International Commercial Law and achieved a distinction; Jay has a second Master’s in International Trade Law from the University of Sussex where he also achieved a distinction.

Prior to obtaining pupillage, Jay worked in the immigration and public law fields as a paralegal at Tooks Chambers and Mansfield Chambers.

His reported / notable cases include:
Abbasi (rule 43; para 322(5): accountants’ evidence) [2020] UKUT 27 – Jay was instructed before the President of the Upper Tribunal and UTJ Lindsley in relation to a complicated issue relating to the Tribunal’s jurisdiction to re-open closed cases where there was some suggestion that the evidence previously relied upon was fraudulent.

R (on the application of Hoxha and Others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (representatives: professional duties) [2019] UKUT 124 – Jay represented an OISC firm in a regulatory hearing before the President and UTJ Lindsley and was praised for his work.

R (on the application of Dr Khan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Dishonesty; tax returns; paragraph 322(5) [2018] UKUT 384 – a substantive judicial review decision allowed by Mr Justice Spencer in respect of tax returns and allegations under paragraph 322(5) of the Immigration Rules.

R (on the application of Habib) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (JR/1638/2018) – a successful substantive judicial review challenge before Mr Justice Lane and UTJ Perkins under paragraph 322(5) of the Immigration Rules

R (on the application of Shaik) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (JR/8324/2017) – a successful substantive judicial review challenge UTJ Canavan under paragraph 322(5) of the Immigration Rules.

R (on the application of Omaththage) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (JR/3399/2018) – a successful substantive judicial review challenge UTJ Blum under paragraph 322(5) of the Immigration Rules

R (on the application of London St Andrew’s College) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 2496 – Jay was granted permission to appeal by Lady Justice Arden (as she then was) in a permission hearing in the Court of Appeal before being led by Paul Turner of Counsel, Head of Chambers at Imperium, in the substantive hearing.

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