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Shabeena Azhar

Joint Head of Chambers

Year of Call: 1995

Education:

BA (Hons) History, 2:1
Dip. Law (Sussex)

Areas Of Work:

Profile:

Shabeena's criminal practice includes both prosecution and defence work in the Crown Court. She has considerable experience in dealing with cases in all areas of serious crime including murder, violent and sexual offences, firearms, drug importation and supply, and fraud.

 

Notable Cases include:

R v Kashim & Ors - widely reported in the press. Murder - multi-handed, successfully defended

R v Shah & Ors - widely reported in the press. Murder - inter-racial / gang-related, successful

R v Siddik - Murder - multi-handed, inter-racial joint enterprise killing

R v Bye - successful abuse of process arguments in relation to historic allegations of incestuous child sexual abuse

R v Bunny - widely reported in the press. Sentence - case concerning sexual intercourse by a female with a minor (next-door neighbour's son)

R v Kashim Uddin - high-profile, racial - a recent large-scale public disorder in Leeds

R v S - large-scale conspiracy to defraud - successful legal arguments to have all counts on the indictment dismissed

Immigration practice includes appearance at all levels of the immigration court system including successful appeals in the Court of Appeal. Particular expertise in entry clearance and domicile cases. Many reported cases.

Member of the South Eastern Circuit, the Criminal Bar Association and the Family Law Bar Association.

Joint Head of Chambers' Management Committee and the Pupillage & Tenancy Committee.

Lectured at the Inns Of Court School of Law on behalf of the South Eastern Circuit Minorities Committee.

Languages: Fluent in Bengali.

Interests: Shabeena's interests include drama, music, dancing, cricket and yoga.

Contact: shabeena.azhar@9kbw.co.uk

Miss Shabeena Azhar is regulated by the Bar Standards Board, holds a current practising certificate and her details can be found on the BSB’s Barrister Register https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/the-barristers'-register/

Miss Shabeena Azhar holds insurance cover for all legal services supplied through professional indemnity insurance with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF) The coverage is worldwide subject to their terms which are available on their website https://www.barmutual.co.uk/

Miss Shabeena Azhar is registered with the Information Commissioners office under the Data Protection Act https://ico.org.uk/

If you are not satisfied with the service that Miss Shabeena Azhar provides you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on Chambers Complaints Procedure is available on Chambers website www.9kbw.com/about-us/complaints-procedure

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from Chambers you may complain to the Legal Ombudsman (This must be done within the time limits set out) The contact details can be found on the Legal Ombudsman’s website http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/

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