5 Essex Court

Saara Idelbi

Call 2008

Personal Injury

Saara’s practice relates to the full scope of personal injury work.  She concentrates on actions against local authorities or quasi-public bodies, and consequently is experienced in dealing with Human Rights Act claims and claims pursuant to the Equality Act.  She acts for both claimants and defendants.  She appears regularly in the county courts and the High Court in personal injury, and has extensive trial experience.

Her expertise includes dealing with military claims and Saara has represented both claimants and the Ministry of Defence in civil actions by servicemen/women and civilians alike. Most notably, Saara was instructed as junior counsel in the first two waves of claims brought by Iraqi Civilians arising out of the UK’s involvement in the Iraq War (Alseran and others v Ministry of Defence [2018] 3 WLR 95).

Saara has developed her expertise in abuse claims since her pupillage. She regularly represents defendants in court and is well versed in advising on the complicated development of the law in this area.  She represented a local authority in a five day multi-track trial, with twenty-six bundles of documentary evidence, and succeeded in arguing that employees of a children’s home had acted with reasonable care and skill in safeguarding a child in their care.

Saara accepts instructions in claims against the police and she has dealt with an extensive disclosure exercise in a civil claim arising out of the alleged use of kettling at a protest.