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Dr Mehedi Ibne Rahim

An experienced barrister with a PhD in English Marine and Islamic Insurance Law, Dr Mehedi Ibne Rahim is one of the few global experts in the emerging market of Islamic Insurance.

Insurance has always been at the heart of Mehedi's legal career. Through his Masters and PhD he specialised in the niche area of Takaful and Marine Law. Mehedi has written and delivered papers at conferences around the world including the Malaysia-Indonesia International Conference on Economic, Management and Accounting.


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Dr Mehedi Ibne Rahim

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Called in 2007

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Insurance Law

With many years of experience in insurance law, Mehedi specialises in Islamic insurance and marine insurance. He assists UK commercial companies in resolving insurance disputes and works with global financial organisations to create specific Islamic insurance-related products. As an expert in the developing area of Takaful, Mehedi can also help Islamic insurance companies establish a footing in the UK under Lloyds of London.

Marine Law

With experience from the third largest marine broker in the world, Mehedi has advised shipping clients in the key areas of:

  • Cargo claims 
  • Charterparty claims
  • Collision claims
  • Demurrage claims
  • Hostage situations
  • Kidnap and ransom
  • Piers and harbour claims
  • Piracy
  • Tug and tow
  • Use of armed guards
  • War and sanction-related work

Mehedi has acted on contentious cases for clients with vessels across the globe including the Arabian sea, Indian sea, Red sea, Gulf of Aden, Persian Gulf and Bay of Bengal. In non-contentious work, clients value the quantity of litigation work he has completed, which gives him the foresight to help them put the right cover and legal structures in place to avoid future problems. Mehedi has also developed a new insurance model for marine cargo which is both Islamic Law and English Law compliant.

Accidents at Sea & Cruise Ship Injuries

In Mehedi's experience of Marine Insurance work, he has dealt with various personal injuries suffered by passengers and crew onboard vessel. This included injuries suffered at the high seas due to Captain's negligence and negligence of third parties including vessels and individuals. He has also dealt with injuries sustained onboard due to negligent navigation due to weather and/or use of failure to use marine equipment appropriately.

Contract Law

An experienced litigator and advocate, Mehedi delivers oral and written advocacy including multi-track cases from pre-action right through to trial. He acts in a wide range of contractual disputes including high quantum & fraud cases. Mehedi can attend Applications, make written submissions, draft witness statements and prepare court proceedings, as well as complete other case requirements.


As a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration, Mehedi arbitrates on high-value cases in the UK and internationally. He accepts instructions from shipping companies and solicitors, as well as international trading companies and insurance brokers.

Cases have included:

  • A collision in the South China sea which led to a £10 million dispute between an English and Spanish company
  • A £20-25 million case involving a semi-submergible vessel off the coast of Australia

Mehedi works with commercial companies including shipping clients to provide proactive legal advice to ensure that they are suitably protected, should future problems arise. His significant experience in litigation means he is well positioned to anticipate possible scenarios and ensure clients have the right legal support in place.

Privacy Policy

1. This is a privacy notice that describes how, why and for how long I will process or keep your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).
2. The GDPR governs how an individual’s personal data is used, and your rights in relation to that data.
3.  I, Dr Mehedi Ibne Rahim, have been instructed by you or your litigation friend (usually a parent), through your solicitor or agent, or via the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
4.  It is necessary for me to process your personal data in order for me to provide you with legal services, for example:

  • Advise on the prospects of litigation;
  • Advise on the value of your claim;
  • Representation at a court hearing;
  • Representation at trial;
  • Advise, review or comment on legal issues or evidence.

5. Processing means anything done to data such as: recording, organising, adapting, altering, copying, consulting, transmitting, combining, erasing or storing it.

6.The processing for the purposes listed above will take place in accordance with either Article 6(1)(a) GDPR or Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, depending on how you instructed me.

7. If you have instructed me on a direct access basis, or engaged a solicitor (or legal agent), to assist you in bringing or defending a claim then the processing is necessary to perform a contract to which you are a party (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR). To give effect to that contract (i.e. to bring a claim) it is necessary for me to process your personal data for litigation purposes.

8. If I am assisting you on a pro bono basis, it will be necessary for me to seek your consent to be able to represent you (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR). In this scenario, you will be sent a consent form.

Recipients of your data

9.  I may also be required to share your data with others, depending on the nature of your case. This may include:

(i)  Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented;

(ii) Your solicitors, or agent representing you, through whom I have been instructed;

(iii) Potential witnesses, experts and other persons involved in the case;

(iv) Solicitors, barristers, or other legal representatives;

(v) Ombudsman and regulatory authorities;

(vi) Education and examining bodies; and

(vii) Current, past or prospective employers.

Special Categories of Data

10.  In some cases I will have been given your personal data that is within the ‘special categories’ of data described in GDPR Article 9(1). For example, personal data that reveals your race, ethnicity, sexual preferences, political or religious beliefs, trade union membership or health. There are also restrictions for processing information regarding criminal convictions.

11. This type of personal data will only be processed where it is necessary in order to represent you in your legal claim, or advise on the prospects of a legal claim.


12. I will retain your personal data for no longer than is necessary, and where it is possible, I will anonymise your data.

13. How long your personal data is kept will depend on a number of factors. The retention period will be reviewed when the service I am providing you with is complete. However in general, I am obliged by the Bar Code of Conduct to retain records of my cases, and by HM Revenue and Customs to retain records for 6 years.

14. Once your case has concluded and fees have been paid, I shall retain only the personal data necessary for the following purposes:

(i) The legal and professional obligation to retain information relating to my cases;

(ii) To check for any potential conflict of interests that may arise in the future when I am instructed on other cases;

(iii) For use in the defence of potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes;

(iv) To refer back to in future cases which raise similar legal, factual, or procedural issues.

15. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14 (ii), (iii), and (iv) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. That is, for the purposes of legitimate interests that are not outweighed by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms.

16. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14(i) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(c) GDPR. That is, the processing is necessary for me to comply with a legal obligation. 

Your Rights

17. Where processing of your personal data was based on your consent (see paragraphs 6 and 8) you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of the processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

18. Withdrawal of your consent to process such data will most likely mean that I am no longer able to provide you with the legal services you seek.

19. You may request confirmation that your personal data is being processed by me and details about the personal data, the source, the processing, the purposes of the processing, the recipients and the retention period.

20. You may request a copy of your personal data that is being processed by me. You may also request rectification (i.e. correction) where there are inaccuracies in the personal data.

21. You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time, to processing of your personal data in paragraph 14 of this privacy notice. Should you object, the processing will only continue where there are compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests. 

22. Where the processing or retention of your data is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, it will not be possible to object. 

23. You have the right to request that your personal data is erased where any of the following apply:

(i) The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;

(ii) You withdraw your consent where the basis of processing was based on consent and where there is no other ground for the processing;

(iii) Where your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests override the legitimate interests of processing in paragraph 14;

(iv) The personal data has been unlawfully processed; or

(v) The personal data have to be erased to comply with a legal obligation.

24. You have the right to request that your personal data is restricted from processing, so that it is simply stored, for the following reasons: as an alternative to deletion; so that it can be corrected; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; to verify if a legitimate ground exists (paragraph 14).

25. Where it is necessary to correct your personal data, or you have requested the restriction or erasure of your personal data, I shall endeavour to contact the recipients of the personal data, unless this involves disproportionate effort. 


26. I take appropriate physical and technical procedures to safeguard your personal data to prevent it from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. 

Complaints or Queries

27. If you have any questions regarding this privacy notice, or how I use your personal data please email me: mailto:, or my clerks: telephone 01823 247 247.

28. I shall aim to respond as soon as possible, and within 30 days.

29. You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) if you believe I have not handled your request in an appropriate manner. For information on contacting the ICO please go to:

Mehedi's Testimonials

Dr Rahim was exceptional at this Hearing given the fact it was always going to be a muddled case given the circumstances. The attendance note provided following the Hearing was excellent, and also conversations with Dr Rahim were always assuring with his advice.

Absolute pleasure having Dr Rahim on this case and will most definitely be looking to use his services again in the future. PS - We won!

Jimmy Jagger

Minster Law

What a marvellous result for our client! I’m sure she will be extremely happy to have this matter resolved. Many thanks for Mehedi's excellent representation. We shall certainly look to instruct him on future matters. I was very impressed with Dr Rahim’s representations and communications.

Christopher J Weir

Waring & Co. Solicitors

Dr Rahim’s close attention to detail, exemplary professionalism and intellectual mastery of the facts led to a successful outcome to my case. I thoroughly recommend him.

Lay client


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