Shahram leads Article 1’s team of human rights and immigration lawyers, having joined Article 1 in 2015 from a large international firm where he was the Head of Human Rights and Immigration. He is a barrister by training with over 25 years’ experience practising exclusively as a human rights and immigration lawyer from the outset of his career. For over 17 years he has been ranked by the independent legal directories as a national leading lawyer in his field of expertise. He has extensive experience in all aspects of human rights, UK immigration and litigation, particularly complex, high profile and sensitive matters.
Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 have described Shahram in recent years, amongst other things, as “absolutely first class in terms of his knowledge and pragmatism“; “an expert on the PBS“, “brains on legs“, “a respected advocate” and a “brilliant immigration lawyer“.
Shahram has been involved in many landmark immigration test cases, acting as an advocate as well as an instructing “solicitor”, that have challenged and developed human rights and UK immigration laws, particularly those relating Article 8 of the ECHR (right to family life), Article 3 of the ECHR (freedom from torture, inhumane and degrading treatment), Tier 1, Tier 2 and family visas (more details can be found here).
Shahram has also written extensively on both immigration and human rights law including the only and leading book on the Points-Based System. He has also been appointed to a European Council approved panel of international human rights lawyers. He is regularly instructed as an expert witness (both by UK courts and parties) on immigration matters in both civil and criminal proceedings. He also continues to be actively involved in government consultations on proposed changes to the UK immigration system.