About me

I qualified in 1990 and specialise in representing people charged with serious criminal offences. After practising for 4 years as a barrister I qualified as a solicitor in 1994. In my experience your case depends upon the kind of representation you receive at the start of your case at the police station and how well it is prepared. I specialise in representing people at the police station and I have 27 years of experience of attending and representing clients arrested for the most serious offences at the police station. Legal advice at the police station is free. But remember you can ask for your own solicitor or if attending by appointment you can attend with your solicitor.

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Areas of practice

Shahnaz is a civil libertarian at heart and believes everyone has the right to be defended against the State.

Human rights

Crime - general

Fraud

I CARE ABOUT YOU

To me you are not just a client, you are a real person whose life has been turned upside down because you have been charged with an offence, or you have received a postal requisition to attend court or you have been arrested by the police.

Shahnaz is a solicitor registered with the Solicitors Regulation authority and works for Briefs Law & Waterfords as a consultant.

Notable cases include:

1998

Successfully represented two asylum seekers charged with rape where the complainant died before the trial. Nonetheless, the prosecution continued with the case but offered no evidence on the first day of trial. R v F See Daily Mail 16.2.98;

2000

Multi-million pound duty evasion fraud investigated by the National Investigation Service which disclosed that the NIS had effectively connived at the widespread illegal sale of duty free spirits from warehouses in England involving a loss in revenue in the region of £2 billion. R v E See Sunday Times 11.2.2000;

2002

Represented one of the men held for murder during the hunt for a missing gay Rabbi. See Evening Standard 12.7.2002.

2002

Represented a member of a gang which planned to kidnap Victoria Beckham and her two children. R v K See News of the World 2.11.2002;

2003

IRA bombings. Represented two of the real IRA bombers at the police station and conducted the preparation of their case. These were the 2001 BBC White City, Ealing and Birmingham bombings. R v H. See Daily Mail 9.4.2003;

2008

Represented 5 members of a Tamil gang who hacked to death a member of an opposing gang after a chase in South London. R v N, K, M, R, S. See Wandsworth Borough News 23.4.2008;

2012

Represented one of the defendants in the Banaz Mahmoud “honour killing”. The case involved complex issues relating to the two defendants’ extradition from Iraq. R v H and others. See BBC News 10.11.2010;

2013

Represented defendant charged with murder where gait evidence was relied upon by the prosecution. R v H and others. See Enfield Independent 27.4.2012

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