Ishfaq Ahmed has over 20 years of experience, maintaining a rounded and varied practice spanning employment, personal injury and commercial law. His attention to detail, commercial acumen and advocacy skills are highly regarded. Ishfaq delivers an attuned, versatile and up-to-speed service each time.
Equally at home in the employment and personal injury arenas, Ishfaq covers all aspects of employment tribunal advocacy and advisory work on the one hand, as well as a broad RTA, maritime and Employer’s Liability / Public Liability personal injury practice on the other. Clients instruct Ishfaq for his straightforward style and approach, excellent standard of advice and his adaptable style of advocacy.
Ishfaq’s wider arbitration, commercial shipping specialism and his international expertise includes advising on complex, technical and cross-border issues. Whilst free-standing practice areas in their own right, these at the same time enhance the service he can provide in his employment and personal injury specialisms. Ishfaq is able to deal with complex contractual issues sitting at the interface of commercial and employment law and international aspects of personal injury work.
Ishfaq intentionally maintains a balanced Claimant and Respondent practice. In doing so, he is aware of the latest developments, changes and tactical approaches. Ishfaq is open to and equally comfortable with almost any employment instruction, including appellate work.
Ishfaq has extensive expertise in all areas of employment law, many of which are complex and high value, including all aspects of dismissals, discrimination, redundancy, whistleblowing claims and TUPE. He is also skilled at some of the more specialized sub-specialisms of employment law, including equal pay claims, health & safety law and collective labour law.
A snapshot of Ishfaq’s recent employment law experience includes the following (the cases referred to can be found on the Employment Tribunal Decisions website):
In the employment context, Ishfaq is a member of The Employment Law Bar Association, The Employment Lawyers Association, and The Industrial Law Society.
Ishfaq’s personal injury practice is also predominantly balanced in nature between Claimants and Defendants. He regularly appears in multi-track, fast-track and otherwise complex or high value cases in the following focus areas:
Ishfaq is a very experienced commercial barrister, specializing in shipping and international contracts. Ishfaq is a member of:
Ishfaq was also admitted to the Register of Practitioners of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts in 2014 and has appeared before the Dubai World Tribunal.
Some of the recent cases Ishfaq has appeared in include:
Ishfaq prides himself on a hard-working, pragmatic and overtly sensible approach to evidential analysis, negotiation strategy and witness handling. Professional clients say he is able to ‘pick apart the issues’ with ease and that his ‘approachable and timely responsiveness’ is essential in complex, high-value cases. Ishfaq is fluent in Urdu, has a working knowledge of French and is able to read/understand some Arabic and Persian script.
Recent client testimonials include:
“Ishfaq’s dedication to a client’s case is palpable: he is quick to get into the brief and his cross-examination of opponents’ witnesses becomes instinctive. He grasps and recalls the fine detail, which makes him swift and effective.”
“Approachable, responsive and unflappable, Ishfaq anticipates how a case or a situation will develop and gives sound, commercial advice.”
“He is an excellent strategist; one you want on your team.”
In addition to the memberships listed above, Ishfaq is also:
Committee Member – London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association (LCLCBA);
Secretary – Institute of Arbitrators, Thames Valley Branch;
Member – The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn.
Ishfaq was also an external examiner on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC):