Omar is Direct Access qualified and able to take appropriate instructions directly from members of the public.
Omar became a Guernica 37 member, following successful completion of his pupillage in September 2020. He is developing a practice across a spectrum of chambers’ practice areas, with a particular focus in international human rights, domestic and international crime, extradition and immigration.
Omar has a busy domestic criminal practice representing clients accused of a wide range of criminal offences and appears regularly in the Magistrates' Court.
Omar is developing an international law practice, which has included working with Head of Chambers, Toby Cadman, on matters before the Kosovo Specialist Chambers. Furthermore, Omar is part of the team at Guernica 37 assisting the Dutch government in holding Syria accountable for breaching its international obligations, particularly torture. This has involved the collection of evidence and ensuring the necessary input from Syrian victims.
His experience in international human rights includes drafting numerous complaints to United Nations Special Procedures, including the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and various Special Rapporteurs.
Omar is also developing his extradition practice and played an active role as part of the defence team in the successful case of Slovakia v. Dunford-Wood .
He similarly assisted with an international child abduction case before the Family Division of the High Court.
Omar has also been actively involved in the sphere of asylum and immigration law, including acting in an Iraqi asylum case, where the applicant was a former interpreter who worked with the British army during the Iraq war.
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