Omar Soliman (Member) | Guernica 37
Omar became a Guernica 37 member, following successful completion of his pupillage in September 2020. He is developing a practice across a spectrum of chambers’ practice areas, with a particular focus in international human rights, domestic and international crime, extradition and immigration.
Omar has a busy domestic criminal practice representing clients accused of a wide range of criminal offences and appears regularly in the Magistrates' Court.
Omar is developing an international law practice, which has included working with Head of Chambers, Toby Cadman, on matters before the Kosovo Specialist Chambers. Furthermore, Omar is part of the team at Guernica 37 assisting the Dutch government in holding Syria accountable for breaching its international obligations, particularly torture. This has involved the collection of evidence and ensuring the necessary input from Syrian victims.
His experience in international human rights includes drafting numerous complaints to United Nations Special Procedures, including the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and various Special Rapporteurs.
Omar is also developing his extradition practice and played an active role as part of the defence team in the successful case of Slovakia v. Dunford-Wood .
He similarly assisted with an international child abduction case before the Family Division of the High Court.
Omar has also been actively involved in the sphere of asylum and immigration law, including acting in an Iraqi asylum case, where the applicant was a former interpreter who worked with the British army during the Iraq war.
Omar is Direct Access qualified and able to take appropriate instructions directly from members of the public.
Prior to commencing his career at the Bar, Omar was a Caseworker in the Middle East and North Africa team at NGO Reprieve where he worked on cases and projects involving people facing the death penalty or execution in Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Casework included conducting interviews and family visits, legal research, drafting legal documents and UN submissions, presenting at UN bodies, liaising with local counsel, Government outreach and MP engagement and coordinating input from experts, pro bono lawyers and other supportive organisations and individuals.
Omar was a caseworker at Legal Centre Lesbos, defending the rights of asylum seekers and refugees in Greece. Here he managed an extremely busy caseload, drafted family reunification and UNHCR accommodation transfer requests, conducted client meetings (in English and Arabic) involving asylum interview preparation, in addition to other legal research and advocacy tasks on asylum and family reunification cases under Dublin III Regulation.
Prior to this Omar freelanced as a Barrister’s Assistant to various members with an immigration practice at Garden Court Chambers. In addition to this Omar worked as a Legal Assistant to leading fraud solicitor David Harbron at both Hedleys and Chivers Solicitors and as an immigration paralegal at Lambeth Law Centre.
Omar has worked on a number of international teams, including internships on the Nuon Chea defence team at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh, and the Oneissi defence team at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in The Hague. Following these, Omar was a Legal Assistant at international consultancy firm Global Diligence LLP, in Paris, where he worked on an International Criminal Court (ICC) communication.
Omar has volunteered at a number of different charities including Bail for Immigration Detainees, Detention Action and Equal Rights Trust.
He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2012.
Omar is fluent in English and Arabic.
RELATED PRACTICE AREAS
International human rights, domestic and international crime, immigration.
BA in Law with Politics, University of Manchester (2:1)
LLM in Law and Development, University of Manchester (Merit)
BPTC, College of Law (Very Competent)
Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA)
The Honorable Society of the Inner Temple
Criminal Bar Association
Association of Young International Criminal Lawyers (AYICL)
Arab Lawyers Forum
Areas of Expertise