Principal Solicitor

MA (IR), LLB, LLM

Sajid M. Khan

Mr. Khan has vast experience in the field of law and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm, which he founded in 2008. He is fully qualified and authorised to practice as a supervisor solicitor in England & Wales.

Prior to establishing SMK Solicitors, Mr. Khan was a partner at a well reputed law firm in London, solely supervising its branch offices in Manchester.

He is recognised for his quick thinking and pragmatic approach in resolving legal issues. He regularly appears in the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal of the Immigration & Asylum Chamber and is renowned for his advocacy and negotiation skills. Apart from dedicating his time in running a busy legal practice, Mr. Khan is actively involved in the local community and is an advocate for human rights.

Notable cases:

Muhandiramge (section S-LTR.1.7) [2015] UKUT 00675 (IAC)

Appeared in the Upper Tribunal before panel consisting of The Hon. Mr. Justice McCloskey, (then) President and Upper Tribunal Judge Bruce in a case concerning the Suitability requirements of Appendix FM, Immigration Rules.

P v. SSHD 2015 (Upper Tribunal, IAC)

Successfully represented a client in an appeal concerning the exercise of Secretary of State's discretion in long residence (10 year) private life, Immigration Rules.

RM, v. SSHD 2015 (Upper Tribunal, IAC)

Successfully represented a client against the Secretary of State's refusal of a residence card as the family member of an EEA national applying the provisions of the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2006, specifically Regulation 2.

CH & Ors v. SSHD 2015 (First-tier Tribunal, IAC)

Successfully represented a family in their conjoined Article 8 (family and private life) appeal and whether it was reasonable to expect the children to leave the UK. This case later went on to the Court of Appeal.

GS v SSHD 2016 (First-tier Tribunal, (IAC)

Successfully represented a client in his human rights appeal against the Secretary of State's curtailment decision involving ETS (TOEIC).

MK & Ors v. SSHD 2017 (Upper Tribunal, IAC)

Appeared in the Upper Tribunal, successfully securing a decision with regards to best interest of children in the UK.

Associate Solicitor

LLB (Hons), LPC

Akeel M. Khan

Akeel achieved his law degree at Staffordshire University and went on to complete his Legal Practice Course in 2014, where he was awarded the prize for best overall performance in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution. He was admitted as a solicitor in January 2016.

Akeel specialises in all areas of immigration law having an avid interest in public law (judicial review). He has successfully challenged decisions of the Home Office in the Upper Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal. His legal drafting and understanding of the law is often appreciated in Courts and Tribunals. Akeel regularly deals with complex immigration matters involving human rights and EEA law. He also deals with business and corporate immigration matters, representing companies and large organisations.

In addition, Akeel is skilfully handling family law cases, in particular divorce, financial and children matters. He frequently appears before the County and Family Courts, achieving the best results for our clients.

Trainee Solicitor

LLB (Hons), LPC

Rebecca Graham

Rebecca studied law at Keele University, graduating with LLB (Hons) degree in 2012 and went on to complete her legal practice course at Staffordshire University in 2013, achieving distinction. She has been with the firm since August 2013 and is currently completing her training contract, due to qualify as a solicitor in April 2019.

Rebecca deals with all aspects of immigration law and family law. During her time spent with SMK Solicitors, Rebecca has attained high level of skill, dealing with entry clearance, leave to remain, settlement and European residence status applications for hundreds of clients. In addition, Rebecca has contributed positively towards family law, in particular divorce, financial and children matters.

Secretary

Oliver Hamilton

Oliver assists in the firm's accounts & finance department as well as directly supporting Akeel in case management. He is often the first point of contact for enquires and is happy to assist clients.

Oliver has an interest in business immigration law and assists in cases involving corporation taxation and accounting. Oliver intends to further his career by pursing studies in law. He has a very pleasant approach towards the legal profession and intends to achieve his goals by continuing his studies, alongside gaining practical experience within the legal profession.