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 drafted advices, grounds in support of judicial review and grounds of defence in judicial review claims. Saara has also dealt with human rights claims.

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 was appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel, effective from February 2016.

Selected Cases

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.

Saara writes on public law issues and authored the Judicial Review updates for the Solicitors’ Journal for three years.


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