Barrister Saara Idelbi

Saara Idelbi

Year of call: 2008  

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“A supremely talented barrister who is an absolute pleasure to work with, teaming tenacity with intelligence, she is a robust strategist, quick witted, eloquent and an excellent tactician.”

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Overview


Saara’s practice focuses on: public law actions particularly judicial review claims in immigration and prison cases; employment law with an emphasis on discrimination; regulatory and disciplinary matters; and personal injury claims involving public bodies, including abuse claims and actions concerning the police.

She joined chambers in 2012 following her pupillage and has a broad common law practice.  From October 2012 to March 2013, Saara served as a Judicial Assistant in the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal to Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Pill and Lord Justice Elias during which time she researched and wrote opinions on a large number of high profile civil appeals.

Saara has worked as a Judicial Assistant in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and in Constitutional Court of South Africa.   She read Law at Warwick University and completed an LL.M. in Public Law and Human Rights at University College London, where she competed as a part of the winning team in the Telders International Law Mooting Competition, appearing before Resident Judges of the International Court of Justice.

Saara is a member of the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel (effective from February 2016).

She is qualified for public access.

Clinical Negligence Employment Personal Injury Product Liability Public Law Regulatory & Professional Discipline

Clinical Negligence


Saara is familiar with the issues and complexities of cases that focus on clinical care. She regularly drafts advices on liability and quantum, and pleadings. Saara has represented both claimants and defendants in court in clinical negligence cases as well as families at inquest hearings and pre-inquest reviews. She has extensive experience of regulatory and disciplinary proceedings for medical professionals, and is consequently adept at dealing with extensive clinical documentation and decision making processes.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Saara worked at a leading healthcare law firm where she assisted in the preparation of cases on behalf of doctors, dentists and NHS departments in clinical negligence cases and inquests, as well as regulatory proceedings.

Whilst at the Court of Appeal as a Judicial Assistant, Saara assisted on the right to die cases Nicklinson v Ministry of Justice [2013] EWCA Civ 466, which at that stage concerned the application to amend the parties and join an appellant to proceedings.  She was also involved in Chhabra v West London Mental Health NHS Trust [2013] EWCA Civ 11 concerning disciplinary proceedings undertaken against a doctor following serious breaches of patient confidentiality.

Employment


Saara is an avid employment law practitioner, experienced at handling complex, multi-day cases on behalf of both claimants and respondents, and regularly appearing in the employment tribunals. She has appeared in the Employment Appeal Tribunal and prepared submissions on numerous occasions for the appeal court. She is well-versed in the methodology of building a strong case and the complexities of evidence gathering, with clients praising her robust approach.

She assisted the Ministry of Justice following the Supreme Court decision in O’Brien v Ministry of Justice [2013] UKSC 6.

Whilst at the Court of Appeal as a Judicial Assistant, Saara worked on, amongst others, the cases of Okoro and another v Taylor Woodrow and others [2012] EWCA Civ 1590 on whether a ban from a work site represented a continuing act for the purposes for a race discrimination claim in the employment tribunal, and Chhabra v West London Mental Health NHS Trust [2013] EWCA Civ 11, concerning disciplinary proceedings undertaken against a doctor following serious breaches of patient confidentiality.

Saara’s employment experience began before life at the Bar with her work as a case manager at HM Revenue and Customs where she specialised in the niche area of national minimum wage litigation. She prepared cases for Tribunal hearings and therefore has an in-depth understanding of the relevant evidence and meticulous attention to detail required in employment cases.

Memberships

  • Employment Lawyers’ Association
  • Discrimination Lawyers’ Association

Personal Injury


Saara acts for both claimants and defendants in personal injury claims, including industrial and workplace injuries, highway claims and road traffic accidents.

She has an extensive advisory practice and is experienced in drafting pleadings and advices in a variety of personal injury matters.  Saara regularly appears in county courts dealing with an array of matters from small claims to multi-track trials.

She is currently developing a specialism in representing defendants in historic abuse and failure to remove claims, and has been instructed to draft pleadings and advices in such actions.

Saara is also regularly instructed by the police in a number of civil actions.

Memberships

  • Personal Injury Bar Association

Actions Involving the Police Defendant Abuse

Actions Involving the Police


Saara has been instructed by the police in a number of civil actions. She has dealt with an extensive disclosure exercise in a civil claim arising out of the alleged use of kettling at a protest. She has appeared in Court on behalf of the Metropolitan Police in case management hearings and applications for third party disclosure orders.

Defendant Abuse


Saara completed a secondment with a leading defendant firm specialising in abuse cases. She acts on behalf of defendants to draft defences and provide advice on defending historic abuse and professional negligence claims against a plethora of public and quasi-public bodies. Saara is familiar with reviewing the extensive evidence involved in cases and as such is able to assimilate the breadth of factual information, whilst distilling the relevant facts. She is familiar with the issues that regularly arise in these cases.

Product Liability


Saara has a developing interest in the area of product liability. To this end, she has assisted in the preparation of overseas cases in relation to DePuy hip implants. She has also worked on litigation relating to PiP breast implants.

Public Law


Saara is regularly instructed by both claimants and public authorities in judicial review actions. Her public law practice encompasses community care, housing, prison law, public procurement and human rights law.  She has drafted advices, grounds in support of judicial review and grounds of defence in judicial review claims. Saara has also dealt with human rights claims.

She has a strong foundation in public law with an immigration focus, having represented both claimants and the Home Office in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals, and Administrative Court.

Saara was appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel, effective from February 2016.

As a Judicial Assistant, Saara researched and assisted on a number of significant appeals concerning judicial review challenges, including: R (Reilly and Wilson) v Department of Work and Pensions [2013] EWCA Civ 66 (the “Poundland” case); R (Gray) v London Borough of Southwark and others [2012] EWCA Civ 1738 (challenge to the development of London Bridge train station); and R (Wilford) v FSA [2013] EWCA Civ 677 (concerning financial regulatory investigations).

Saara has also worked as a Judicial Assistant in the Constitutional Court of South Africa and researched and advised on many aspects of South African constitutional and human rights law. Significantly, she assisted with a seminal case on judicial independence, Justice Alliance of South Africa and others v President of the Republic of South Africa [2011] ZACC 23.

Saara regularly writes on public law issues and currently authors the Judicial Review updates for the Solicitors’ Journal.

Memberships


  • Constitutional & Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association

Regulatory & Professional Discipline


Saara has extensive experience of regulatory and disciplinary proceedings for medical professionals, having completed a secondment with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.  She presented a number of cases against nurses and midwives accused of misconduct from incompetence or from suffering a health condition that impairs their fitness to practice. She is familiar with interim order and substantive order review hearings as well as having represented the NMC in a number of multi-day substantive hearings.

Saara has a wealth of experience dealing with matters before the General Medical Council and General Dental Council; assisting in the representation of doctors and dentists in her time at a leading healthcare law firm prior to coming to the Bar. In that role, Saara assisted in the preparation of cases on behalf of doctors, dentists and NHS departments in clinical negligence cases and inquests, as well as regulatory proceedings.

She is interested in undertaking further work on behalf of registrants and expanding her practice into disciplinary proceedings concerning non-medical professionals. She is public access qualified.

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