‘A Practical Guide to Military Claims’ by Ahmed Al-Nahhas
Publication due: September 2019
Acting for members of the armed forces can be a fulfilling and technically challenging area of work. This practical guide explores the various civil claims that can be brought by members of the armed forces against the Ministry of Defence.
It provides an introduction and framework for those practitioners new to military claims, as well as giving handy tips and strategic guidance to those already working in this field.
This guide covers a number of key topics, including amongst others:
- Duty of care
- Clinical negligence claims
- Climatic injuries
- Service complaints
- Special damages
- PTSD and psychiatric injury
- Case management and strategy
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ahmed Al-Nahhas is a Partner and Solicitor-Advocate in the military claims team at Bolt Burdon Kemp solicitors. He acts exclusively for service personnel and employees of the Ministry of Defence. He has been described in the Legal 500 as “a super tactician and superb negotiator”.
He manages high value personal injury and clinical negligence claims, ranging from fatalities suffered during training through to failures to treat and rehabilitate. He has led ground-breaking litigation in military claims, including:
- Billett v MoD – a case involving Non-Freezing Cold Injury (NFCI), which explored the principles of how to assess damages for disabled Claimants.
- Broni, Woof and Barbour v MoD – a case which successfully argued that service personnel should not be treated in law as ‘employees’ for the purposes of assessing legal costs.
- Having conduct of the first ever settlement in England and Wales relating to injuries caused by the wrongful prescription of Lariam (mefloquine), the anti-malarial drug.
As a Solicitor-Advocate, Ahmed regularly appears in the High Court and in Tribunals to represent his clients. He provides training to expert witnesses and the legal sector about developments, case management and strategy in military claims.
Ahmed is former Chair and current committee member of Forces Law, a national network of lawyers who specialise in advising service personnel about their legal rights. He regularly contributes to stories in the national press on the welfare of service personnel and in his spare time supports a number of military charities to help raise awareness about these issues.