Habiba is an experienced legal assistant, having been involved in defending a number of high profile business crime cases relating to corruption, fraud (including MTIC tax fraud and Ponzi fraud) and insider dealing, as well as cases with a multi-jurisdictional element. Habiba has also recently assisted in advising on the new Bribery Act.
In addition, Habiba is experienced in a wide variety of general crime cases, including offences relating to violence, sexual assault, drugs and road traffic law.
As such, Habiba has defended prosecutions brought by the Crown Prosecution Service, the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Services Authority (now the Financial Conduct Authority) and the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office.
Habiba joined BCL in 2010, following several years at another leading criminal/regulatory defence firm of solicitors. She also conducted legal research for the defence in relation to cases being heard by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.
Habiba studied Law (LLB Hons). She speaks conversational Spanish and French and has a basic understanding of Italian. She is also Chair of the Young Fraud Lawyers’ Association and a member of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association, the Institute of Legal Executives and the Association of Women Solicitors.