- 20 December 2019
Shazia joined THB in July 2012, and is based at our Benfleet office. She was made an Associate Solicitor in July 2017.
She graduated from the University of Kent in 2003, and went on to complete her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law London in 2007 passing with distinction.
Shazia has 13 years of experience defending client’s facing the full range of criminal allegations. Prior to qualifying she worked as an outdoor clerk, paralegal and police station representative.
As well as managing a busy caseload of publicly funded work and private work, Shazia regularly represents clients at the Police Stations, including conducting her own advocacy before the Magistrates Court and Crown Court.
Shazia has defended cases at various levels including minor traffic offences to serious violent offences. Her experience includes representing clients facing allegations of assault, causing death by dangerous driving, murder, rape, historic sexual offences, fraud, robbery, burglary, possession with intent to supply drugs and computer misuse offences.
She has extensive experience appearing before the Magistrates and Youth Courts as a trial advocate. Shazia has strong communication skills and is a persuasive trial advocate securing many acquittals. Her clear and concise drafting skills regularly lead to favourable outcomes for her clients such as a stay of proceedings following the service of a skeleton argument.
Shazia has a particular interest in challenging the legality of prosecutions and strives to have cases discontinued through written and oral representations made to the relevant prosecution authorities. At the police station where the evidence is strong and where appropriate, she makes representations to the police for cases to be dealt with by way of community resolution as an alternative to client’s being cautioned or charged. This has been useful for professionals who have acted out of character, and a criminal conviction or caution would have a devastating impact on their careers.
Shazia is a member of the Haldane Society and Young Legal Aid Lawyers.
Police station accredited February 2008.
Admitted as a Solicitor March 2010.
Duty Solicitor November 2010.
Higher Rights of Audience (Criminal) 2017.
Represented a defendant charged with arson with intent. Sentence successfully appealed and Court of Appeal have set out guidance on the new interpretation of dangerousness rules.
Historic rape allegation, 13 counts, defendant was of good character. Successful bail application in the Magistrates Court. Preparation of case, obtaining instructions and drafting brief to Counsel. Defendant acquitted of all allegations at trial.
Historic rape allegation. Defendant was of good character, registered deaf and blind. Sensitive dealing of the case, instructing relevant experts to ensure the defendant could access proceedings fairly. Drafting basis of plea which was accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service. Defendant was sentenced to a community order.
City employee, involved in neighbour dispute resulted in summons being issued for criminal damage and public order offences. Significant risk of career and reputational damage. Shazia successfully argued that there had been an abuse of process in the manner in which the police had issued proceedings. Research of complex procedure le to an extremely rare stay of proceedings in the Magistrates Court.
Youth defendant accused of assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty. Trial advocate, successfully persuading the Magistrates that the officer was not acting in the execution of his duty and was in fact the aggressor. Defendant acquitted. Referred client to a solicitor specialising in actions against the police, which resulted in compensation being paid.
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