Barrister Bilal Rawat

Bilal Rawat

Year of call: 1995  


“An incredibly hardworking and skilled advocate.”

Legal 500 2016



Bilal Rawat has a wealth of experience across his chosen practice areas. Recognised for his inquest work, Bilal deals with cases involving deaths in custody, breaches of health and safety or allegations of medical error. He has extensive experience of public inquiries having been junior counsel to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry. He represented a number of soldiers at the Al Sweady Inquiry and is currently instructed in two separate aspects of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Bilal has significant public law expertise and appears at all levels from the First-Tier Tribunal to the Court of Appeal in substantive appeals and judicial review proceedings.

His private law practice encompasses personal injury, fatal accident and Human Rights Act claims. He deals with disciplinary proceedings brought against medical and social care professionals.

Bilal was appointed to the Attorney General Panel of Special Advocates in 2009 and to the Attorney General’s A Panel in 2015.

Personal Injury

Personal Injury

Bilal undertakes personal injury work on behalf of claimants, insurers and government bodies. His work encompasses employer’s liability, claims for psychiatric injury, occupier’s liability and fatal accidents.

He has considerable experience of both Article 2 and non-Article 2 inquests having appeared in a number of complex and sensitive investigations which have addressed allegations of the breach of health and safety law, breach of regulatory policy and guidance and of medical malpractice.  Bilal also deals with claims that can follow from an inquest. He undertakes work in the Court of Protection, particularly in relation to matters concerning capacity, treatment and the best interests of the person.

Bilal’s work in this area overlaps with his expertise in dealing with claims brought for damages for false imprisonment, unlawful detention and breach of privacy.

Public Law

Public Law

Bilal has extensive experience of challenges to the decisions of public bodies particularly in the areas of education, immigration and asylum, community care, safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, mental health and prison law. He is developing his practice in the areas of data protection and information sharing. He has been instructed on behalf of claimants, governmental bodies and interested parties and regularly appears before the First-Tier tribunal, the Upper Tribunal, the High Court and the Court of Appeal in judicial review proceedings and substantive appeals.

As a special advocate, Bilal has acted in immigration proceedings involving issues of national security. Bilal has also been instructed as the special advocate in care proceedings where issues of non-disclosure and the consequent impact on a party’s Article 6 ECHR rights have arisen (including the High Court proceedings in BCC v FZ & Ors [2012]).

Bilal was junior counsel to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry from 2000 to 2010. He acted for ‘whistleblowing’ soldiers in the Al Sweady Inquiry. He is currently instructed in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

He has been instructed in a significant number of complex and sensitive Article 2 inquests arising from deaths in police and prison custody, and the deaths of vulnerable adults and children under local authority care. His work in this area overlaps with his experience of non-Article 2 inquests where issues of health and safety and medical malpractice have been raised.

Public Law Cases

  • Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse [2017]: representing a core participant in the Child Migration case study.
  • Re: Vikki Thompson [2017]: Inquest into the death of a transgender prisoner held in the male prison estate.
  • XYL v Secretary of State for the Home Department  [2017] EWHC 773 (Admin): The detention of a potential victim of trafficking pending the determination of an asylum claim.
  • XH v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 41; [2017] 2WLR 1437: The use of the Royal Prerogative to cancel the passports of British nationals (instructed as a special advocate).
  • MST and Others (national service – risk categories) Eritrea CG [2016] UKUT 00443 (IAC): country guidance in relation to those fleeing national service in Eritrea. Leading junior for the Secretary of State.
  • Re: Frances Andrade [2014]: Inquest into the death of a victim of historical sexual abuse.
  • MOJ & Ors (Return to Mogadishu) Somalia CG [2014] UKUT 00442 (IAC): country guidance concerning the general risk of return to Mogadishu. Leading junior for the Secretary of State.
  • Al Sweady Inquiry [2013]: Public inquiry into allegations of unlawful killing and the ill treatment of Iraqi detainees.
  • RM (Zimbabwe) v SSHD [2013] EWCA Civ 775, [2014] 1 WLR 2259: The acquisition of a right of permanent residence by a non-EEA national spouse under EU law.
  • Re: Melanie Beswick [2013]: Article 2 inquest into the death of the only female prisoner to have died in the prison estate in 2010.
  • XCC v (1) AA, (2) BB, (3) CC & (4) DD (by her litigation friend, the Official Solicitor) [2012] EWHC 2183 (COP); [2013] 2 All ER 988: The interface between the inherent jurisdiction and the Court’s jurisdiction under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Advocate to the Court.
  • Naseer & Ors v SSHD [2010]: Special advocate for three appellants (including the only successful appellant) in the “Operation Pathway” case.
  • The Bloody Sunday Inquiry: Junior counsel to the Inquiry.
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