5 Essex Court

Saara Idelbi

Call 2008

Public / Administrative

Saara’s work encompasses a wide range of fields including community care, legal aid provision, housing, prison law, education, public procurement and human rights law.  She is regularly instructed by both claimants and public authorities in judicial review actions. 

She has a strong foundation in public law having represented both claimants and the Home Office in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals, and Administrative Court.

Saara is a member of the Attorney General’s B Panel of Counsel.

Examples of her work include:

  • R (on the application of ZA) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWHC 183 (Admin) – judicial review challenge concerning the lawfulness of detaining individuals making a claim on the basis of their sexual orientation and ensuring medical examination of an individual on detention.
  • R (on the application of Molina) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWHC 1730 (Admin) – case concerning the definition of marriage of convenience within the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006.
  • R (on the application of SS) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] 1 WLR 3641 – age assessment case dealing with the analysis of Article 28 of the Dublin III Regulations in light of the CJEU’s decision in Al Chodor [2017] 4 WLR 125. 
  • R (on the application of Good Law Project Ltd) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care [2019] EWCA Civ 1211 – junior counsel in a case concerning a challenge to the Human Medicines Regulations permitting pharmacists to sell or supply prescription-only medicines under a serious shortage protocol.
  • Advised on a challenge concerning printing charges to prisoners.

Saara authored the Judicial Review updates for the Solicitors’ Journal for three years.


  • Constitutional & Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association