Saima Hanif successfully represented the claimant in a landmark judicial review of a case management decision of the Teachers Regulatory Authority (Hart v Secretary of State CO/3670/2018).
The claimant challenged a decision of the TRA, an Executive Agency of the Secretary of State for Education, in which it concluded that seven witnesses were vulnerable within the meaning of the TRA’s guidance and could therefore give evidence by video-link. Following a grant of permission on the papers, the Secretary of State conceded that the decision was indeed unlawful and had to be quashed. The case represents one of the few successful judicial reviews of the TRA. It is also extremely rare for the High Court to interfere with case management decisions of specialist tribunals.
Saima specialises in financial services and claimant judicial reviews of regulatory decisions. She has successfully judicially reviewed a range of regulators including the FOS, the FSA and HMRC, and was involved in one of the few cases in which permission was granted from the appellate court to appeal a financial services decision of the Upper Tribunal (Khan v FCA).