Practice areas

Crime, Immigration, Civil

Year of call: 2011


Zahra has trained in-house within a busy criminal law firm and she is accustomed to the realities of criminal practice. She is assiduous in her efforts to represent the clients’ interests, often in very difficult and sensitive circumstances.

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Experience

Crime & Regulatory

Zahra completed a twelve month in-house pupillage at Stuart Miller Solicitors, a London firm specialising in criminal defence, before joining Chambers as a third sixth pupil and later accepting the invitation to tenancy with 1ITL.

Zahra appears in the Crown Court on a regular basis, representing defendants from early stages of proceedings through to sentence/acquittal. In addition to her criminal defence practice, including both private and publicly funded work, Zahra is a Grade 2 counsel on the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Advocates Panel.

Zahra also accepts instructions on regulatory/professional disciplinary, family and general civil matters. She has represented solicitors in proceedings before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).

Zahra has represented defendants from the earliest stage of proceedings through to trial in the Magistrates Courts in relation to a wide variety of offences including Arson, Assault, Criminal Damage, Robbery / Burglary, Intent to Supply Drugs, Theft, Breach of Community Order, Anti-Social Behaviour Orders, Fraud, Benefit Fraud, conspiracy and matters under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

Zahra has a background in litigation and regulatory matters. She has investigated and prepared professional disciplinary prosecutions on behalf of five high profile regulatory bodies. At Kingsley Napley LLP Zahra worked alongside a team of in-house advocates and investigated cases before the conduct and competence committee of the Health Professions Council (“HPC”) and the former General Teaching Council of England (GTCE).

At Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP Zahra assisted in the preparation of professional disciplinary prosecutions on behalf of the General Medical Council (“GMC”) the General Social Care Council (“GSCC”), and as part of a legal team at Capsticks Solicitors, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (“NMC”). There is a public interest focus to these investigations, which can involve allegations of a quasi-criminal nature.

Immigration

Zahra accepts instructions on immigration matters. She appears at the immigration tribunals on a regular basis. Her immigration work ranges from business cases under the Points Based System and sensitive personal immigration issues through to family immigration work, human rights law and EU free movement issues to domestic violence and asylum cases and judicial review.  Zahra’s practice covers the full spectrum of immigration law.

Civil

Zahra has represented clients in the county court in relation to Landlord and Tennant disputes. As a Free Representation Unit Representative, Zahra has had conduct of social security matters before a Tribunal.

Awards & Achievements

  • Major Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn.
  • Reid Trust Award.
  • Newby Trust Award.
  • Quarter Finalist at DMH Mooting Competitions at Sussex University.
  • Semi Finalist in Negotiation Competitions, Sussex University.
  • Joint Semi-Finalist at the Inner Temple Inter- University Moot Nationals.

Education

  • Inns of Court, School of Law, Bar Vocational Course.
  • Kings College London, LLM Master of Laws (with Distinction).
  • Sussex University, LLB Law (Hons), Upper Second Class.