Shaheen Rahman KC has a diverse practice with particular expertise in the areas of Clinical Negligence, Inquests and Inquiries, Public Law, Human Rights and Professional Discipline.

Shaheen is instructed by Claimants and Defendants in high value, sensitive and complex clinical negligence cases including catastrophic brain injury, severe obstetric and surgical injury cases. She represents families and healthcare providers at inquests, particularly Article 2 and jury inquests concerning detained patients, the elderly and infant deaths.

She has been appointed as Counsel to the Inquest touching the death of Joe Pooley and represented a core participant at the Infected Blood Inquiry. She is Chair of the Birthrights’ Inquiry on Racial Injustice in UK Maternity Services. In May 2022 Shaheen was appointed to join the UK Covid-19 Inquiry legal team.

Shaheen undertakes a broad range of public law work with an emphasis on Prisons, Healthcare, Public Consultations and Religious Discrimination. She is an experienced Special Advocate, appearing in many of the leading terrorism cases.

She also has extensive experience of professional disciplinary matters, appearing for doctors, dentists, and other healthcare providers before their regulators and in associated appeals, judicial reviews, internal disciplinary matters and MHPS hearings.

In addition, Shaheen is on the Editorial Team for the 1COR Quarterly Medical Law Review (QMLR), has written for Judicial Review and contributed a chapter in the UK Supreme Court Yearbook Volume 9 (2019). Listen to Shaheen discuss Samira Ahmed’s case concerning BBC Pay Discrimination on our podcast Law Pod UK here.

She has been recognised by the directories as a leader in multiple practice areas for many years and has recently been described as follows:

“What stands out about Shaheen is her incredible thoroughness as an advocate.” “She is fearless on her feet and she has an incredible ability to deal with experts.” “An intelligent and detailed practitioner who provides very helpful advice.”  Chambers & Partners 2023

“Shaheen is very responsive and will go above and beyond to try to accommodate urgent requests. She is thorough and analytical with close attention-to-detail and very impressive in round table settlement meetings.”  Legal 500 2023

“She’s incredible in court and leaves no stone unturned. She is a real fighter and a delight to work with.” “A very clever and detailed barrister.”  “She goes above and beyond to turn things around quickly and is an excellent leading counsel.”  Chambers & Partners 2022

“Highly skilled, knowledgeable, always well prepared and able to get to grips with highly complex matters in no time at all.”  Legal 500 2022

“Seamlessly switches from being very calm and reassuring with clients to extremely powerful in court. She is a brilliant and extremely committed advocate.”  Chambers & Partners 2021

“I cannot praise her highly enough. She is brilliant and clever, and her skill as an advocate is inspiring to watch.”  Legal 500 2021

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