Amara manages a new team of education, community care and court of protection lawyers at GT Stewart Solicitors. Amara is 7 years qualified; she acts for claimants in public law actions against government bodies in both education and community care. She has a specialism in community care cases involving an immigration angle, including age disputes; victims of trafficking; adoption support; and education.
Her cases in education law include advising parents about special educational needs, school admission appeals, school exclusion appeals, post 16 education, advocacy at SEND tribunals as well as drafting complaints to schools, to the Department for Education and Education Funding Agency.
Amara advises students on higher education matters and draft complaints to universities and the Office for the Independent Adjudicator. Amara has experience of judicial review in an education law context.
Amara’s cases in community care include acting for both adults and children against public bodies. Amara advises individuals about lawful assessment, care planning, direct payments, personal budgets, asylum support, assistance to migrant families, age disputed children, child protection, children leaving care and adoption support. Amara often issues judicial review proceedings to challenge local authority decisions and drafts complaints to local authorities to the Local Government Ombudsman on behalf of service users.
Amara was joint head of the public services law department at Fisher Meredith Solicitors from 2012 to 2014 and she headed the education team during this time. In 2013 the education team was ranked in Legal 500 within the category education: individuals, as a third tier firm. The entry read “Fisher Meredith LLP’s team head Amara Ahmad has particular expertise in learning difficulty assessments and school admission issues. Other recent work for the team includes disability discrimination and school exclusion matters.”
In January 2013 Amara was interviewed by the Times education correspondent, Nicola Woolcock, about school admissions and Amara was quoted extensively in her article about tactics when applying for school places.
In June 2013 Amara spoke at the Sunday Times Festival of Education at Wellington College. Her talk was entitled ‘Parent Power’ and focused on bullying in schools, Equality Act, school admission arrangements and the rights of parents in school exclusions and disciplinary matters.
In autumn 2013 Amara contributed to an ELAS editorial for the journal ‘Education, Public Law and the Individual’ detailing the legal aid changes in education law and offering an insight into how the changes had already impacted on children and families in a relatively short period of time.
Amara is currently a peer reviewer for the Legal Aid Agency.
• SO (Eritrea) v LBBD  EWCA Civ 1486
• R (AS) v SSHD  EWHC 3478 (Admin)
• R (Mustafa) v Office of the Independent Adjudicator  EWHC 1379 (Admin)
• R (KN) v LB Barnet  EWHC 2019 (Admin)