Omran Belhadi

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Omran joined chambers on successful completion of his pupillage, during which he developed a busy common law practice.

In his criminal practice, he represents defendants at the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court. He has appeared in a wide range of cases, including assaults of varying severity, drug possession and supply, causing wasteful employment of police time, public order offences, minor sexual offences and Environmental Protection Act prosecutions. Omran has also acted as court-appointed counsel in cases where defendants are prohibited from cross-examining witnesses and do not have legal representation. 

Omran is regularly instructed to represent claimants and defendants in the County Court in road traffic matters. He has acted for claimants in numerous MOJ Stage 3 hearings and for defendants in Small Claims trials. Solicitors also instruct Omran to provide advice on quantum and liability in road traffic accident claims.

Omran also appears and provides advice in matters before the First Tier Tribunal, including appeals from decisions of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and the Information Commissioner’s Office. As a pupil, Omran assisted senior members of chambers in submissions to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Solicitors and lay clients alike appreciate Omran’s his attention to detail, thorough preparedness and approachable manner.

 

Prior experience

Prior to joining Nexus Chambers, Omran worked at international human rights charity Reprieve on cases involving human rights abuses in counter-terrorism operations, including the cases of Belhaj and Another v Jack Straw and Others [2018] UKSC 33 and Yunus Rahmatullah v Ministry of Defence [2017] UKSC 1. Omran worked on cases challenging the UK government’s involvement in torture and drone strikes. While at Reprieve, Omran has worked on complex tort claims and judicial reviews as well as claims to the International Criminal Court.

Between 2012 and 2013, Omran worked with Justice Project Pakistan in Lahore, Pakistan on litigation seeking to repatriate Pakistani citizens held by the US military in Afghanistan. He advocated for their release before US military boards and government officials from the US, Pakistani and Afghan governments.

Languages and education

Omran speaks several languages to an excellent standard including French, Urdu, Hindi, Arabic, Spanish and German.
Omran studied law at the University of Warwick. He spent a year abroad, studying law in Lille, France and Saarbrücken, Germany.

Notable cases

  • R v CSH – Basildon Magistrates’ Court (2019) – Secured an acquittal in a case of harassment and criminal damage after a one-day trial
  • R v CSH – Basildon Crown Court (2019) – Secured a sentence which resulted in the defendant being immediately released in a dangerous driving case involving a police chase
  • R v JG – Stratford Magistrates’ Court (2019) – Case against the defendant was dismissed on the judge’s own motion following cross-examination of the complainant and corroborating witness 
  • R v GW – Basildon Crown Court (2019) – Secured a suspended sentence in a case of affray and assault occasioning actual bodily harm where the defendant was wielding a baseball bat
  • R v AR – Sheffield Crown Court (2019) – Secured a suspended sentence in a case of affray and common assault where the complainant was a 12-year-old boy
  • R v JM – Westminster Magistrates’ Court (2019) – Secured an acquittal following a half-day trial for domestic violence
  • R v LJ & MJ – Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court (2019) – Court appointed counsel in a harassment trial where both defendants suffered from rare and serious mental health issues
  • R v TA – Snaresbrook Crown Court (2019) – Persuaded the Court to allow a suspended sentence order to continue in a case where the defendant had demonstrated no compliance to date

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