Together making a positive difference

Directors

Naomi Abraham-Bello

Director & Principal Solicitor

E: [email protected]

​Qualifications:
LLB (hons) Law. LPC (Distinction)

​Experience:
Over 17 years’ experience in Family Law including complex children proceedings, care proceedings and financial proceedings.

Interests:
Loves theme parks, travelling, reading and spending time with her family.

Imtiaz Choudry

Director of Operations

E: [email protected]

​Qualifications:
BSc Information Management, Information Technology 1997
PRINCE 2

​Experience:
Senior management
Project management
Vendor relationships
Marketing
Business owner entrepreneur
Founder Mums Can Do
People Management

Interests:
Budding football Mum
Networking
Fundraising for the local women’s refuge centre and the Children of the World campaign, including opening schools, hospitals and water wells.

Menaz Choudry

Director & Head of Domestic Abuse Department

E: [email protected]

Qualifications:

  • LLB(HONS)
  • LPC
  • PGCE(PCET)
  • Accredited Member of the Advanced Family Panel

​Experience:
Menaz is a Director and Solicitor. She returned to legal practise, specialising in Family Law in 2019 having previously taught and been head of A-Level Law for 12 years.

Interests:
Enjoys hiking and when she has time running 5km or 1/2 marathon for Cancer Research, a charity close to her heart.

Stephanie Oxley

Director & National Head - Court of Protection Health & Welfare

E: [email protected]

Qualifications:
Stephanie completed her Legal Practice Course and Masters of Science (MSc) in Business and Law Management at the University of Law in Guildford with a Distinction grade. Prior to this Stephanie graduated from university having completed the Single Honors LLB Law Degree and having achieved a Distinction in the Masters of Law LLM, specialising in Human Rights Law.
Stephanie is a Law Society Accredited Mental Health Panel Member and has attained Higher Rights of Audience (Civil).

Experience:
Stephanie is a solicitor specialising in Court of Protection (Health & Welfare) and Mental Health matters, having practiced in this area of law for the past 6 years. Stephanie has experience in representing vulnerable individuals in both the Court of Protection and the Mental Health Review Tribunal. Stephanie also has vast experience in working with the Official Solicitor.

Interests: Stephanie is extremely passionate about Human Rights and helping her clients to achieve the best possible outcome in their matters. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys playing chess and loves spending time with her pets.

Gillian de Freitas

Director & National Head - Court of Protection Property & Affairs

E: [email protected]

Qualifications:

  • QLTT
  • BVC – Bar Vocational Course
  • LLB (Hons)
  • Dual Qualified - Admitted to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Courts as Barrister at Law and Solicitor

Experience:
I joined HAB as a Director in 2023, and lead the firm’s dedicated Court of Protection, Property and Affairs Team. I have specialised exclusively in Court of Protection work for 14 years and have been appointed as deputy and trustee, managing complex deputyships and personal injury trusts for adults and children. I also represent local authorities and lay clients in complex deputyship applications and those seeking to challenge decisions made by the Court and the Public Guardian.

Over the years, I have been fortunate to represent a number of client groups including many who have sustained serious brain injuries as a result of catastrophic accidents and birth trauma and have received substantial damages awards to be managed for their ongoing needs. I have also had the opportunity to work with elderly clients who have unfortunately succumb to dementia and Alzheimer’s, and others who have suffered with mental illness, rendering them unable to manage their affairs. During my years of practice, I received significant instructions from local authorities, deputies seeking to maintain their deputyships and challenge the appointment of professional deputies, other firms and litigators to be appointed property and affairs or health and welfare deputy for their clients.

My experience includes:
  • Acting as professional deputy and trustee;
  • Making property and affairs applications to the Court of Protection for the appointment and discharge of deputies;
  • Dealing with complex litigious applications;
  • Acting for lay and professional deputies, and advising deputies as to their roles and responsibilities;
  • Investigating suspected financial abuse of vulnerable individuals and reporting to the Court;
  • Dealing with statutory will proceedings;
  • Making applications to the Court of Protection for gifts and settlements;
  • Acting as executor appointed by the court on matters where the beneficiary lacks mental capacity;
  • Preparing professional deputy costs statements to assist with the litigation process and acting as expert witness on deputyship costs;
  • Drafting complex trust applications for court approval;
  • Making health and welfare applications to the Court of Protection to determine disputed welfare issues, and to appoint welfare deputies.


My role as a professional deputy and trustee means that the team and I are trusted to work closely with the client and their families, ensuring we effectively collaborate not just to meet the clients’ needs, but to ensure their best interests are not overlooked. A deputy’s role is both a demanding and an extremely responsible one, and I am encouraged to work in an organised manner with multidisciplinary teams to include local authorities, social workers, lay clients, family members, litigation solicitors, care workers, barristers, case managers, other support staff, architects, fund managers and a host of other professionals. This approach is essential to maintain the team’s work remains focused upon achieving the client’s best interest, ensuring their ongoing needs are identified and met throughout their lifetimes.

Mark Baker

Chief Financial Officer

E: [email protected]

​Qualifications:
Mark has an engineering degree from Queen Mary University of London, a Doctorate in Business Administration from Cranfield University and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Mark was awarded the Cranfield School of Management prize for best doctoral thesis for his study on improving practical governance to improve performance. Mark is a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield and his research, teaching and publications are in the fields of governance and risk leadership, performance measurement and investment appraisal.

​Experience:
For a large part of his career Mark held international leadership roles in branded multinational businesses, at Unilever and Pentland Brands, in manufacturing, supply chain and finance roles. Mark has also run his own management consultancy business for the past 8 years.

Interests:
Mark enjoys a variety of sports. He has run a few marathons and lots of half-marathons, enjoys swimming to keep fit and still has lots of fun skiing with his two boys. Mark has also been a committee member of Watford Water Polo Club for 12 years, and for the past 5 years as Treasurer. During this period the club has become one of the largest in the UK. Mark is currently leading an academic research programme on domestic abuse.

Solicitors

Farzana Ahmad

Solicitor - Head of Children Department

E: [email protected]

Farzana completed her Law degree at the University of Westminster and the Legal Practice Course at College of law. She qualified as a solicitor in 2016 after completing her training contract at a niche law firm.

Experience:
Farzana is an accredited member of the Advanced Family Law Panel. She has a wealth of experience in all areas of family law including public and private law proceedings, child abduction, divorce and financial proceedings and ex-parte applications for children and domestic violence and protection from forced marriage and protection from harassment. Farzana also has experience in Immigration law.

Farzana thrives on client care and adopts a sympathetic and supportive approach to clients to ensure that she fully understands their needs and objectives in order to achieve the best possible outcome for them.

Farzana has a flair for advocacy and conducts the majority of her own having received extensive training from counsel's at various renowned chambers. She believes in consistency for her clients and continuity of service.

Farzana has actively participated in pro-bono work at various advice centres and women centres.

Reported cases:
T -v- G [2024] EWHC 246 (Fam)
Re-hearing of an application by father for a summary return of child to USA – the mother’s Article 13(b) defence made out and the application was dismissed.

Re T (Abduction: Protective Measures: Agreement to Return) [2023] EWCA Civ 1415
This is an appeal by the mother against two related orders, one of which was expressed to be ‘By Consent’, under the 1980 Hague Convention for a return of child to USA. Appeal was allowed on the basis that there was no agreement regarding protective measures.

Vikram Kumar

Senior Solicitor - Care Department

E: [email protected]

​Qualifications:
Vikram studied law in Southampton before completing his Legal Practice Course at the University of Westminster and qualifying as a Solicitor in 2006

Experience:
Vikram has 16 years’ experience in Family Law including complex children proceedings, care proceedings, domestic abuse injunctions, divorce and financial proceedings. Since 2013, Vikram is also an accredited member of the Law Society Children Law Accreditation Scheme enabling him to represent children in care proceedings

Interests:
Vikram likes to travel and experience new cultures and spend time with friends and family

Denise Ismail

Solicitor - Children Department

E: [email protected]

​Qualifications:
Denise graduated from Southbank University before completing her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law. She has over 10 years experience in Family Law including divorce, domestic abuse injunctions and children proceedings. Denise is an accredited member of the Advanced Family Law Panel.

Interests:
Denise loves the outdoors and enjoys going for long walks and bike rides in her spare time. She also enjoys baking and spending time with family.

Alasdair Murray

Solicitor - Children Department

E: [email protected]

Qualification
Alasdair qualified as a solicitor in 2016, after completing the Graduate Diploma in Law (conversion course) and Legal Practice Course. He has over ten years of experience primarily in Family Law, and seven years as a qualified solicitor, first at a high street firm where he completed his training contract, and then at a national firm specialising in Family work.

Experience
Alasdair has extensive experience of Family Law cases involving domestic abuse and private children disputes, particularly publicly funded work, and has also worked in other areas including care proceedings and divorce. He is familiar at working with vulnerable clients and resolving complex family disputes. He generally performs his own advocacy and has travelled to courts across London and the South East. He also has some experience in other legal areas such as immigration.

Interests
Outside of work, Alasdair has used his legal skills to help the community by volunteering in a law centre. His non-legal interests include art, history and theatre.

Sharina Salam

Solicitor - Tenancy & Finance Departments

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Sharina is a qualified solicitor with over 20 years of Housing Law experience running homelessness, allocation, disrepair and other tenancy issues cases.
She also did some immigration work.

She has worked both in a Law Centre and in the private sector mainly doing legal aid work.

Sharina was able to advise on welfare benefit issues when dealing with housing cases since there was an overlap of welfare benefit issues with the housing cases.

Sharina also does family law. At HAB she deals with family law issues including financial matters such as applications for transfer of tenancies.

Sharina works part time at HAB law.

Katherine Dalton

Solicitor - Court of Protection

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“Katherine joined Fish & Co’s [HAB Law] Court of Protection Practice in early 2023 having spent the last three and half years working in-house as a Solicitor at Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole Council. Katherine has experience in acting on a variety of Court of Protection applications. Katherine was awarded a Commendation from the University of Westminster following her completion of her Legal Practice Course in 2014 . Katherine also has a LLB (Hons) Degree as well as being awarded Very Competent in the Bar Vocational Course from Northumbria University.  Prior to practising as a Solicitor, Katherine worked in commercial Corporate Finance and Management Consultancy in London.

Outside of work, Katherine enjoys travel, running and being a Mum to her young son. Katherine is also a Trustee of Helping Hands PTA which raises money for a local school in Dorset.”

Gemal Naboev

Solicitor - Children Department

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Gemal graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from City, University London in 2019 and has successfully completed his Masters in Law (LLM) with Legal Practice at BPP University in 2022. During his time at university, Gemal had developed a strong passion for Family Law.

Gemal currently holds extensive experience within Family Law. He currently deals with matters relating to Divorce and Separation, Private Children Matters and Domestic Abuse. Gemal has also conducted substantial amounts of advocacy within various family courts nationally in the role of a Paralegal.

In his spare time, Gemal enjoys going to the gym and educating himself with past historical events alongside world current affairs.

Nafisa Chowdhury

Solicitor - Domestic Abuse Department

E: [email protected]

Qualifications:
LLB, LPC

Experience:
Nafisa joined HAB Law in 2024, having qualified as a Solicitor in 2022. Over the last 4 years, her experience in Family law has allowed her to gain considerable knowledge and exposure to complex domestic violence cases and contentious Children matters. Nafisa undertakes most of her own advocacy at County/ Magistrates Courts and takes pride in representing the needs of vulnerable clients.

Experience:
Outside of work, Nafisa enjoys travelling, hiking and often volunteers at charity events.

Madina Hadji

Solicitor – Court of Protection

E: [email protected]

Qualifications:
Madina completed her LLB Law degree at the Kingston University and the Legal Practice Course with Masters in Family Law at the University of Law in London in 2020.

Experience:
Madina qualified in 2023 and joined HAB Law as a Solicitor as part of our Court of Protection team. Since 2018 Madina has gained experience in Family Law (matters relating to Divorce and Separation, Childcare proceedings) Immigration Law, Commercial Law, Civil & Criminal Litigation and Mental Health Law, Court of Protection (Health and Welfare).

Interests:
Outside of work, Madina enjoys travelling, learning new languages, has a passion for interior designing & event decoration and loves spending time with family.

Thomas Metcalfe

Solicitor - Court of Protection

E: [email protected]

Qualifications:
Thomas graduated Durham University with a LLB Law degree and then complete the Legal Practice Course and Masters of Science (MSc) in Law, Business and Management at the University of Law in Leeds.
Thomas is a Law Society Accredited Mental Health Panel Member and has attained Higher Rights of Audience (Civil).

Experience:
Thomas began his career as a specialist in mental health law and representing clients at the Mental Health Tribunal. Thomas then expanded his expertise into mental capacity law and completed his training contract in both mental health and mental capacity law. Thomas has been representing vulnerable people and family member clients in the Court of Protection since 2020. Thomas also has experience representing clients in county court Nearest Relative displacement proceedings and bringing claims for damages against public bodies for unlawful deprivation of liberty.

Interests:
Outside of law, Thomas has an interest in training in boxing, practicing painting, and reading history.

Kamran Bari

Solicitor - Children Department

E: [email protected]

Kamran graduated from the University of Leicester in 2018 achieving First Class Honours in LLB Law and thereafter completed his Legal Practice Course with Masters in the University of Hertfordshire with a Distinction.

Kamran has been working in Family Law since 2019 and is particularly experienced in areas involving domestic abuse. This includes representing clients for non-molestation orders, occupation orders, and forced marriage protections orders. Furthermore, he has experience in matters relating to children under the Children Act 1989. Prior to working in Family Law, Kamran previously worked in Immigration Law where he gained experience in completed various visa applications.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading, drawing and painting, and going to parks

Tyra Kessna-Irish

Solicitor - Court of Protection

E: [email protected]

Qualification
Tyra completed her LLB studies at the University of Kent in 2019 and completed her Legal Practice Course with a Masters at BPP University in 2020.

Experience
Tyra has extensive Court of Protection experience to include Health and Welfare and Property and Financial Affairs matters. Tyra also has experience with managing the property and finances of incapacitated Clients.

Tyra specialises in Applications which are made to the Court of Protection and Office of the Public Guardian to include:

  • Deputyship Applications
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Trust Applications
  • Applications to the Court of Protection to challenge or defend deputyship appointments
She is passionate about delivering a competent and sympathetic service to vulnerable Clients and their families.

Interests
Tyra enjoys reading and creative writing. She also enjoys running and going to the theatre.

Dominique Backhouse

Trainee Solicitor - Domestic Abuse Department

E: [email protected]

Qualifications:
Dominique graduated with a First Class Law Degree from Royal Holloway University of London in 2019. She successfully completed her Legal Practice Course with Masters in Professional Legal Practice in 2020. During her time at university, Dominique developed a keen interest in family law.

Experience:
Dominique developed a strong interest in domestic violence and children matters during her time as a supervisor with the National Centre for Domestic Violence in which she worked on Non-Molestation Orders, Occupation Orders and Prohibited Steps Orders.

Interests:
Dominique enjoys travelling and visiting places of historical significance. In her spare time she also enjoys going to the gym and spending time with friends and family

Aleesha Khan

Trainee Solicitor – Court of Protection

E: [email protected]

Qualifications:
Aleesha graduated with a Law Degree from Sheffield Hallam University in 2022. She intends to begin the Legal Practice Course in 2023.

Experience:
Aleesha has a variety of professional experiences. She developed a keen interest in Court of Protection and has experience with Deputyships, Power of Attorneys and managing her own caseload.

Interests:
Aleesha enjoys travelling and learning about new cultures and languages. She also practices martial arts in her free time.

Adriana Silva Santos

Trainee Solicitor - Children Department

E: [email protected]

Qualifications:
Adriana completed her LLB studies at the University of Southampton in 2019 and completed her Legal Practice Course with a Masters at De Montfort University in 2020, achieving a distinction. During her time at university, Adriana developed a keen interest in family law.

Experience:
Adriana has extensive experience in domestic abuse cases, including applications for non-molestation and occupation orders, private children matters including child arrangements order, specific issues and prohibited steps orders and divorce proceedings. She is passionate about delivering a sympathetic service and achieving favourable outcomes for her clients. Adriana is also adept in advocacy and has represented her clients at court nationally. Client care is at the heart of what she does and supporting her clients through difficult times is paramount.

Interests:
Outside of work, Adriana enjoys going to the gym, travelling, and spending time with her family. 

Shems Majid

Trainee Solicitor

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Qualifications:
Shems assists in the children proceedings department. She will often be the main point of contact for clients and will deal with their matter in a swift but effective matter. Shems’ friendly persona allows clients to feel at ease and she will using her interpersonal skills to fulfil her role. Prior to working at HAB Law she worked within the Immigration, Family and Litigation department working with high-net-worth clients. Shems has worked on high complex cases assisting solicitors and barristers and has been able to achieve successful outcomes for clients.

Experience:
Shems read law at the University of Hertfordshire and completed her Legal Practice Course and master’s in business law and management at the University of Law. During her post graduate degree, she developed an interest in Family Law.

Interests:
Shems enjoys learning languages and is fluent in Arabic, French and proficient in Korean. Shems writes legal articles about current contemporary legal issues on her personal blog and enjoys travelling in her spare time.

Paralegals

Yaibur Rahman

Paralegal

E: [email protected]

Qualifications:
Yaibur read Law and graduated from Oxford Brookes University. He aspires to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales through the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination route.  He currently practices in the firm’s family department.

Experience:
Yaibur holds wealth of experience in family matters and currently specialises in obtaining emergency injunctions and Children Act orders.  Yaibur advocates and often appears in the County Courts. He had gained experience care proceedings, divorce, and finances.

Interests: Yaibur enjoys travelling to different countries and learning about their culture.  In his spare time, he also enjoys going to the gym and swimming.

Anika Tahseen

Paralegal

E: [email protected]

Qualifications:
Anika graduated with a First Class Law Degree from the University of Bedfordshire in 2017. She has been assisting in domestic violence and children matters since 2019.  Anika is currently taking her Solicitors Qualification Exam which will enable her to qualify as a Solicitor.

Experience:
Anika has knowledge and experience in Family and Children matters. She provides reassurance to clients through those stressful situations in an effective manner. Anika ensures that clients are provided with an excellent standard of service when dealing with their matter. 

Interests:
Anika enjoys travelling and spending time with friends and family. In her spare time, she also enjoys reading books and keeping active.

Monika Wawrzynczyk

Paralegal

E: [email protected]

Qualifications:
Monika completed her MA Law studies at the University of Law in 2021. Monika is currently preparing for her Solicitors Qualification Exam to become qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales. 

Experience:
Monika has an experience in domestic abuse cases, such as applications for non-molestation, occupation and transfer of tenancy orders, children matters including child arrangements order, prohibited steps orders and specific issues orders. She manages her own caseload and has an experience representing clients in court. She also speaks Polish and Spanish fluently. 

Interests:
Monika enjoys travelling, scuba diving and learning new languages. She is also interested in underwater photography and protection of the marine life. 

Mariam Ali

Paralegal

E: [email protected]

Qualifications:
Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Masters in Law (LLM)

Experience:
Mariam has graduated with a First Class LLB Law Degree.

Interests:
Mariam is ambitious and determined to meet her goals. She specialised in International Law during university as she likes to keep up to date with worldly issues.

Kate Hurley

Paralegal

E: [email protected]

Experience:
Kate started her law journey in 2020 after a ten-year career in theatre and dance, which led to fantastic opportunities performing around the world. Kate’s avid interest in law began at an early age, following her family’s footsteps in the legal profession and judgeship for Family and Criminal Law. Kate has experience in managing public and private family law matters, including care proceedings, private child arrangements, Prohibited Steps and Specific Issue Orders. Kate has further experience in managing Non-Molestation and Occupation Order matters. Kate is passionate about delivering excellent client service, providing assurance to clients, guiding clients through the court process and achieving favourable outcomes for clients.

Interests:
In her spare time, Kate enjoys running, the outdoors, theatre and travel.

Janine Williams

Paralegal

E: [email protected]

Qualifications:
Janine her law Degree at Birkbeck, University of London, and will embark on the SQE course in 2024 to qualify as a solicitor.

Experience:
Janine has several years of experience in Family law, which includes Divorce, Financial matters, and Child Arrangement applications. She is also currently dealing with domestic abuse cases, including applications for non-molestation and occupation orders, specific issues, and prohibited steps orders.

Interests:
Janine enjoys spending time at the gym, enjoys historical novels and music.

Monica Mira

Paralegal

E: [email protected]

Qualifications:
Monica's legal background includes assisting with Immigration matters and handling various aspects of Family law such as Domestic Abuse, Private Law Children, Public Law Children, Divorce, and Financial matters. She is experienced in managing both legal aid and private cases, serving as the main point of contact for clients.
Monica's empathetic nature and strong interpersonal skills create a comfortable environment for clients, enabling her to establish positive relationships with clients and colleagues.
Monica is an ambitious and highly motivated person who thoroughly enjoys challenging tasks, showcasing her eagerness to expand her knowledge and skills.

Experience:
Monica's academic journey in law began in Portugal, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in the civil law system. In 2019, she made the transition to the UK and successfully earned a Master's degree in international business law. Building on her educational achievements, Monica decided to further her legal expertise by enrolling at BPP to pursue a postgraduate degree.
Monica is currently in the process of completing the LPC and hopes to complete her training contract at HAB Law.

Interests:
Monica is bilingual, fluent in Portuguese and English, with a good command of Spanish, and she aspires to learn Mandarin. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and attending football matches.

Farkhondah Hashemi

Paralegal

E: [email protected]

Qualifications:
Farkhondah graduated with a First Class Law degree from the University of Hertfordshire in 2018. She completed her Legal Practice Course at the same university achieving a distinction. During her time at university, Farkhondah developed a keen interest in family law.

Experience:
Farkhondah has experience in domestic abuse cases, including applications for non-molestation and occupation orders.

Interests:
Farkhondah enjoys travelling, going to the gym, and spending time with her family and friends.

Muhammad Hussain

Paralegal

E: [email protected]

Experience:
As a Court of Protection Paralegal, Muhammad assists our Solicitors in representing clients in cases surrounding deprivation of liberty and best interest decisions for people lacking mental capacity. Muhammad will always act for individuals in a way that ensures they’re provided with the best outcome. Since completing the Legal Practice Course in 2019, Muhammad has gone to gain a wide range of experience in several areas of law including Immigration, disrepair law and Court of Protection. Muhammad had over two years’ experience of representing social housing tenants in tenancy disagreements, tenancy deposit claims and in cases where landlords were refusing to carry out repairs.

Muhammad also has strong knowledge of Asylum and Human Rights Law and the process of applying for Leave to Remain immigration status, having over three years’ experience in this area of law.

Muhammad joined HAB Law in January 2024 and is extremely passionate about helping vulnerable individuals in our community. He has obtained valuable knowledge in this area of law and hopes to continue giving a voice to those who are need of it most.

Dafina Shatrolli

Paralegal

E: [email protected]

Qualifications:
Dafina has recently graduated with a Law and Criminology Degree from Nottingham Trent University. During her time at University, she developed a keen interest in Family law. Dafina is highly ambitious and passionate about ensuring clients receive the best client care when working with us. She is an aspiring Solicitor.

Experience:
Dafina has been progressively building her experience in the family law department. She successfully deals with the initial stages of Non-Molestation Orders, Prohibited Steps Orders and Occupation Orders. She is a great first point of contact for new clients, assisting them with their queries.

Interests:
In her spare time, Dafina enjoys going to the gym, meeting new people, and travelling.

Jessica Ozdemir

Paralegal

E: [email protected]

Qualifications:
Jessica has graduated with a Law Degree from Brunel University of London and is currently completing her LPC at University of Law. During her time at University, she developed a keen interest in Family and Children Law. Jessica is highly ambitious, passionate, and hard-working. She takes pride in ensuring clients receive the best client care when working with us. She is an aspiring Solicitor.

Experience:
Jessica has great knowledge within the family law department and experience of being a McKenzie Friend in family law proceedings. She successfully deals with the initial stages of all family and children matters. She is a great first point of contact for new clients, assisting them with their queries.

Interests:
In her spare time, Jessica enjoys socialising with friends and travelling.

Legal Caseworkers

Emma Prior

Legal Caseworker

E: [email protected]

Experience:
Emma is an excellent first point of contact for our clients, she has great client care skills and a strong ‘can do’ attitude.

Interests:
Emma is a busy mum of 3 and is also looking to progress her skills in Legal administration, she loves football with her sons and enjoying time with family.

Josiah James

Legal Caseworker

E: [email protected]

Experience:
Josiah has a keen desire to support those in need, which stems from his experience working and supporting children with special needs and volunteering for the British Heart Foundation. Prior to this he gained experience by enrolling in National Service.

Interests:
Josiah enjoys regularly participating in charitable organisations and events, including skydive from 10,000 feat. He is a talented musician and enjoys all adventurous activities such as abseiling, rock climbing and snowboarding. 

Sylwia Perera

Legal Caseworker

E: [email protected]

Experience:
Sylwia has spent 12 years working in the mental health sector alongside and supporting people with a range of specialist care requirements, from vulnerable children, adults with special needs across the mental health spectrum, to end of life planning and care.

Interests:
Sylwia enjoys participation and supporting of charity campaign events, has an interest in clinical psychology and loves spending time either out on the open road cycling, or at home creative baking and spending time with her son and daughter.

Tilly-Mae Oliver

Legal Caseworker

E: [email protected]

Qualifications:
Tilly has gained experience as a paralegal in group litigation, as well as criminal law. She has regularly supported the team during hearings and at crown court trials.

Experience:
Graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2022 with an LLB in Law and Criminal Justice, she is an aspiring solicitor advocate.

Interests:
Travelling, football, playing music, looking after my little sausage dog.

Iris Haidari

Legal Caseworker

E: [email protected]

Qualifications:
Iris graduated with a law degree from the university of Essex.

Experience:
Iris has extensive experience in immigration law, supporting vulnerable clients obtain their legal status. The skills she has developed have helped her make a positive difference to our clients since she joined the HAB team.

Interests:
Iris enjoys socialising with friends, learning new things, and travelling.

Management & Support

Yuval Halfon

Business Process Manager

E: [email protected]

Qualifications:
BA (Anthropology), LLB (hons),. LPC

Experience:
Over 10 years’ experience assisting clients with Legal Aid eligibility issues, and law firms with costs recoveries

Interests:
Food, people, numbers, random facts, and electoral reform

Fahd Kashmiri

Partnerships Manager

E: [email protected]

​Qualifications:
B.A Hons Business and Marketing

Experience:
Fahd graduated from Birmingham City University before gaining over 15 years of experience in several sectors including Sports Management, Manufacturing, and Social Care.

Interests:
Fahd has a keen interest in a number of sports ranging from football and tennis to boxing. Fahd loves to travel to new places, meeting new people, and is a massive food lover.

Shafana Muraj

Billings Manager

E: [email protected]

Qualified in Business, Admin and Accounting with over 20 years of experience in working in various roles related to Accounts and more recently into Billing.

Shafana loves playing badminton, socialising, organising events, fundraising and watching movies.

Warda Usman

Costs Draftsman

E: [email protected]

Qualifications
Law Honours Degree (LLB) and Legal Practice Course (LPC)

Experience
Warda gained hands on experience within various legal roles whilst studying for her Law degree and LPC. She thoroughly enjoyed costing legal aid files for Family Law and Civil matters. She has now returned to billing Legal Aid matters after a 6 year career break and is driven to take on board any challenges and responsibilities to further enhance her knowledge and experience.

Interests
Warda enjoys spending time with family, gardening, working out and taking part in charity events.

Qasim Shabir

Business Operations

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Qasim is the firms first Law Apprentice, he is gaining hands on experience in the busy and thriving Family department. Qasim enjoys the morally rewarding aspect of family law and this pushes him to work harder for his clients.

Interests Qasim enjoys charity fund raisers and has taken part in 4 half marathons as well as cycling from London to Brighton.

Carlene Reid

Costs Supervisor

E: [email protected]

​Experience:
Over 20 years experience of admin support in the Law sector.

Interests:
Traveling the world, cooking, and baking.
I have a large family so spending time with them is important.
I am a big football fan, and enjoy watching the games and playing myself occasionally.
I am also a fan of Formula One racing.

Masuma Ladak

Administrator

E: [email protected]

Masuma joined HAB law in November 2021 as a legal administrator and this is her first experience of working in a law firm. Previously, she has worked as an accounts assistant, sales support and as a payroll officer.

Masuma is ambitious, driven and committed towards ensuring positive outcomes and is willing to 'over and beyond' help. In her current role, she works actively with fee earners to support them by completing the initial checks and gathering means evidence in order to progress matters. She also keeps referral agencies updated on the progress of matters. She has enjoyed this new challenge thus far.

Masuma hopes to complete ACLS (Association of Certified Legal Secretaries) in the future to gain a deeper understanding and increase her experience in such roles.

Masuma enjoys playing badminton and organising events in her spare time in addition to leisure travel.

Zena Abdallah

Administration Support

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Experience:
Zena has years of experience in sales and customer care in a number of sectors, and is currently pursuing a business management degree.

Interests:
In her spare time Zena loves spending time with her children, going for adventures and listening to all types of music.

Kara Cowie

Costs Supervisor

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Experience:
Kara has over ten years’ experience working in the legal sector having started as an apprentice in Scotland and later moving down to England, where she progressed as a Legal Assistant in Public Family Law. Having gained a deeper understanding of the processes required to run legal matters efficiently, whilst prioritising client care, Kara joined HAB as part of the Legal Aid costs team, ensuring the firm is applying best practices across the different departments.

Interests:
Kara enjoys listening to music, walking with her dog, cooking and reading.

Claire Bache

Accounts Team

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Experience:
Claire has worked in Law for 20 years, started out as a Receptionist, then a Legal Secretary and for the last 7 years working in the Accounts Department.

Interests:
Claire enjoys spending time with her family, cross-stitching, 80’s movies and Doctor Who.

Nasima Begum

Cost Assistant

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Qualifications:
Law Honours Degree (LLB)

Experience:
Nasima graduated from the University of Manchester and gained several years’ experience as a fee earner. After deciding on a career break, spent time managing a foodbank supporting vulnerable members of our society, organising community events and holding advice consultations for further support. This inspired me to come back into law and join the HAB Law team to be a part of making a positive change on others’ lives.

Experience:
Nasima enjoys baking, cooking, spending time with family and supporting charitable causes.

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