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Our Solicitors have over 25 years experience in client representation and unrivalled experience in understanding the challenges and opportunities of operating within a legal aid framework.
Appletons Solicitors are committed to improving the standard of representation for the most vulnerable in society and to ensure that they have a voice that is heard.
Above all, we are always mindful that we are dealing with real people, with real problems.
Asif qualified as a Solicitor in 2011 and is currently a Director within the Mental Health Department at Appletons Solicitors.
Asif has been a member of the Law Society Mental Health Review Tribunal Panel over 10 years and has extensive experience in representing clients with a variety of mental health disorders, regularly representing clients in both civil and forensic cases.
In the past few years Asif has developed a speciality in working with young adolescent clients, who are detained under the Mental Health Act.
Asif has also provided advice regarding the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) to advocacy groups, and professionals.
Asif represents clients in West Yorkshire and works throughout Yorkshire and the Humber (including Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Dewsbury and Halifax) as well as the North West, including Bury, Rochdale, Oldham and Greater Manchester.
Asif has also previously sat as a Hospital Manager in the North West England for Priory Healthcare and chaired hearings.
Shazad qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and is a Director at Appletons
Shazad is an experienced advocate and gained Higher Rights of Audience (Civil and Criminal Proceedings) in June 2010, enabling him to personally represent clients in all courts, at all levels. He is a member of the Solicitors Association of Higher Courts Advocates (SAHCA) and is also a member of the Mental Health Lawyers Association (MHLA).
He has maintained continuous membership of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme since 2005 and has successfully argued a deferred conditional discharge from conditions of maximum security. He has dealt with many cases where counsel has been instructed by the detaining authority and in cases which have involved complex issues. He deals with nearest relative displacement applications in the county court and also advises nearest relatives as to their rights. He advises and undertakes work in relation to the Mental Capacity Act and has delivered presentations to hospital managers and has provided advice to other mental health professionals. He is also an accredited police station representative and has represented at numerous police interviews that have been conducted within hospital settings.
Shazad deals with a large cross section of cases, and has a particular interest in ensuring that the Human Rights of those admitted to hospital are upheld. He has chaired Independent Review Panel Hearings, and has heard appeals against detention under the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended).
He is based at our Head Office in Birstall, near Leeds and works throughout Yorkshire and the Humber, including Bradford, Leeds, Halifax, Wakefield, Rotherham, Doncaster, and parts of the North West, including Rochdale and Oldham
Recent notable cases include successful Judicial Review proceedings to challenge a refusal by the Ministry of Justice to consider an application for escorted access for a pre-tariff client subject to Section 47/49, and more recently a successful challenge to a decision by the Secretary of State regarding an exclusion zone imposed on a client subject to Section 37/41
Shazad was appointed as an Independent Police Misconduct Panel Member in December 2014 and continues to undertake this role