Our Team

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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 Course 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 12 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.

Outside of the office and away from the legal world, Yasar loves travelling, football, reading and spending quality 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.

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


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.

Fatjona Mustafa

Personal Profile

Fatjona joined SMA Solicitors in May 2021. Prior to this role she served as Head of Immigration Detention at her previous firm where she honed her skills in managing complex Immigration and Deportation cases…

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…Fatjona’s journey in the immigration field is driven by a passion for helping individuals navigate Immigration laws and regulations.

Fatjona specialises in providing expert guidance and support to clients, ensuring their cases are handled with the utmost care and professionalism. Fatjona is committed to providing exceptional service and support to all her clients, ensuring their immigration journeys are as smooth and successful as possible.

Outside of her professional life Fatjona enjoys immersing herself in the world of books and exploring new places.
Fatjona is fluent in Albanian and English.

Contact Fatjona jona@smalaw.co.uk 0208 951 9959

Layla Ali

Personal Profile

Layla is an Immigration Caseworker at SMA Solicitors. She has been with the firm since September 2021….

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…Layla is a Law graduate and has also completed her Legal Practice Course and LLM at University of West London.

Throughout her time at SMA Solicitors, she has developed new skills and is an imperative member of the team.

Layla is a dedicated and detailed-oriented caseworker with nearly 3 years of experience in the immigration field. Layla works across all immigration areas with a focus on all types of visa applications. She is known for her strong organisational and excellent communication skills.

Layla is fluent is Arabic and English, which helps her communicate effectively with a wide range of clients.
Outside of work, Layla enjoys going for long walks and she also enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Contact Laylalayla@smalaw.co.uk 0208 951 9959

Eglisjada Krosi

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Eglisjada is a determined, passionate and highly motivated immigration paralegal…

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She joined the firm in July 2022 after graduating with a First Class Law Degree from London South Bank University.

She has extensive experience in all aspects of immigration law with a focus on visa applications, deportation and asylum cases. She assists the Senior Solicitors of the firm by drafting complex legal documents, carrying out legal research, and liaising with clients, courts and other authorities.

Eglisjada has worked on numerous cases and has excellent attention to detail, communication and analytical skills.

She is fluent in Albanian and English.

Outside of work, she enjoys creative writing, cinema and photography.

Contact Eglisjadajada@smalaw.co.uk 0208 951 9959

Aleena Zaigham

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Aleena joined SMA Solicitors as a paralegal in March 2023 having completed her Law Degree in 2022.s…

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… Her academic foundation has equipped her with the knowledge required for her role as a paralegal.

Aleena is passionate about immigration law and aspires to build a career in this field. Her interest in helping individuals navigate the complexities of immigration regulations motivates her to deliver exceptional legal support and pursue further specialisation in this area.

Aleena is fluent in Urdu, Punjabi, English and Hindi which enables her to effectively communicate with a diverse clientele.

Outside of her professional life, Aleena is an avid reader and an enthusiastic traveller.

Contact Aleenaaleena@smalaw.co.uk 0208 951 9959

Sahar Mahmood

Personal Profile

Sahar is a legal assistant who joined SMA Solicitors in November 2023. She graduated from University in 2022 having read law…..

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Sahar went on to complete her Legal Practise Course of England and Wales in 2023. She has a strong academic background and a keen interest in immigration law. Sahar is dedicated to supporting our legal team in delivering excellent service to our clients. Her role includes, but is not limited to, case preparation, managing legal documentation and using legal software and databases.

Sahar is fluent in English and can understand and speak conversational Urdu, Hindi and Pothwari. Outside of her professional life, Sahar enjoys taking long walks in nature, reading and travelling.

Contact Sahar sahar@smalaw.co.uk 0208 951 9959

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