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Shabinah Ladha - Public / Direct Access

Called to the Bar: July 2011 (Middle Temple) 


BA (Hons) Law, Development Studies & Arabic (2:1)
School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London (2003-2007)

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL/LLB)
Nottingham Law School (2007-2008)

Bar Vocational Course (BVC)
Nottingham Law School (2009-2010)


Shabinah joined chambers upon successful completion of pupillage, having been supervised by Simon Reed. Prior to joining chambers, Shabinah worked as a litigation fee earner at two local firms and as an in-house litigation lawyer at Leicester City Council.

Shabinah is an experienced county court advocate and litigator and known for her straight-talking no-nonsense approach as well as being approachable to both her lay and professional clients. She is committed to delivering an excellent service to every client by supplying prompt, pragmatic paperwork as well as providing fearless advocacy. Where required Shabinah has experience of successfully navigating away from court action with the use of her negotiation and mediation skills, however, where matters result to trial her clients are well prepared as Shabinah adopts a commercial and economical approach to costs.

Shabinah is willing and able to attend court during the Covid-19 crisis in order to represent clients for whom remote hearings are not suitable or appropriate.

current practice


Shabinah represents both Claimants and Defendants in small claims, fast-track trials and interim applications. She provides written advice and representation across a wide variety of personal injury matters including: 

  • Road traffic accidents including credit hire claims
  • Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)
  • Stage 3 Hearings 
  • Occupiers Liability
  • Public Liability Claims   


As a well-rounded advocate Shabinah has experience in dealing with other general civil matters including:   

  • Contractual Disputes
  • Lease Interpretations 
  • Commercial Forfeiture 
  • Landlord and Tenant including possession hearings
  • Licensing
  • Debt Recovery
  • Return of Goods 
  • Insolvency
  • Winding Up Petitions 
  • Bankruptcy
  • Statutory Demands 


Shabinah has experience in dealing with the following:

  • Entry Clearance applications/appeals;
  • Human Rights applications/appeals;
  • Applications for indefinite leave to remain;
  • Cases concerning EEA nationals and/or the family members of EEA nationals;
  • Asylum Appeals
  • Deportation hearings 
  • Bail hearings

Shabinah is developing her family law practice and has experience in representing applicants and respondents at all stages, from FHDRA, interim contested hearings, finding of fact hearings and final hearings under the Children Act 1987 and applications under the Family Law Act 1996 including:

  • Child Arrangement Order 
  • Prohibited Steps Order
  • Specific Issue Orders 
  • Non-Molestation Order 
  • Occupation Order


Shabinah started prosecuting as soon as she was ‘on her feet’ and considers herself to be a seasoned prosecutor with experience of the youth court, questioning vulnerable witnesses through an intermediary and experience of criminal defence work including:

  • Bail Applications 
  • Case Management Hearings 
  • Trials
  • Road Traffic Offences (Exceptional Hardship and special reasons arguments)
  • Sentence Hearings 
  • Plea and Mitigation


Shabinah speaks the following languages: 

  • Gujarati
  • Kutchi
  • Arabic  


A member of the public may instruct Shabinah directly to act on their behalf, rather than by going through another person such as a solicitor. 

appointments & memberships

The Honourable Society of Middle Temple 

Personal Injury Bar Association

Family Law Bar Association 


Away from the Bar Shabinah loves the outdoors and enjoys outdoor swimming, barefoot running, foreign film, craft beer, dark chocolate and cooking biryani. 




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