Leila Taleb

Year of call:

2018

Education:

2013 - Lancaster University / Universitat Trier (1 year Erasmus) - LLB (Hons) European Legal Studies, 2:1

2015 - University of York - MA Applied Human Rights

2018 - University of Law Leeds - BPTC, Very Competent

Career:

2014-16 - Project & Advocacy Manager at JUST Yorkshire (racial justice organisation)

2016-17 - (S)GBV |& Communications consultant at ICLS (intercultural communication and leadership school)

2018-19 - Partnership & Grants Co-ordinator at Bahar Organisation, Turkey/Iraq

2019-20 - UNDP Iraq

2020 - Pupil at Park Square Barristers

2021 - Tenant at Park Square Barristers

2021 - Level 1 Prosecutor

Appointments:

2016-present - Trustee/Management Committee member at Anah Project (local domestic violence refuge for BAMER women)

Memberships:

Inner Temple - 2017-present

Awards:

2017-18 - Advocacy Scholarship (Advocacy Scholar), University of Law 2017-18

2017 - New Economics Foundation (NEF) Media Spokesperson Scholarship

Leila has undertaken a plethora of small claims civil hearings, in relation to credit hire and road traffic accidents.

She has conducted a number of interlocutory hearings, including relief from sanctions applications, DRHs, abuse of process applications and directions hearings in relation to small claims and fast track trials.

Her experience in relation to Personal Injury claims has included infant settlement, stage 3 hearings and infant advices on quantum.

Leila is a CPS Level 1 Panel Advocate and has experience prosecuting and defending trials from the very first appearance until the final trial and sentence date.

In the Crown Court, Leila has conducted appeals, sentences, bail applications and other mention hearings, including non-compliance hearings.

Leila also appears in the Youth courts. Her dynamic and approachable nature means that she is adept at building and maintaining a good rapport with professional and lay clients, as well as witnesses.

Her experience of working abroad and within multicultural teams, in conjunction with being from a dual heritage background, means she can often relate to a number of clients with different cultural sensitivities.

Leila’s background of civil society and campaigning on issues of social justice has informed her career path. She, therefore, takes pride in representing vulnerable individuals and leaving no stone unturned.

During her pupillage, Leila assisted her then supervisor, Soheil Khan, with drafting applications, skeleton arguments and advices on areas of law, as well as researching and drafting grounds of appeal under his discretion.

Leila has a growing family practice and has been involved in private-law hearings, including applications for contact arrangement orders in the lower courts.

She recently lectured at PSQB’s annual Family Law Seminar on the case of Re H-N and domestic abuse, which coincides with one of Leila’s areas of particular interest and expertise.

Leila has been Chair and is now Co-Chair of a local domestic violence refuge for Black and Minority Ethnic Women for approximately seven years and, outside of this, has undertaken rewarding work within schools with young girls on domestic abuse, CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) and healthy relationships, which included consultation with social services and law enforcement agencies. In previous roles, she was also involved in the facilitation of a confidential focus group amongst other civil society organisations for the publication of a report by the Office of the Children Commissioner’s report on CSAFE (Child Sexual Exploitation in the Family Environment).

Leila has seen and been involved in the preparation of a number of public law family hearings through her family law supervisor, Martin Todd, and other senior family law practitioners. These have included dispute resolution appointments, final hearings, finding of fact hearings, issue resolution hearings, contested interim removal hearings and contact arrangement hearings.

Contact Leila's clerks

Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604

Paul Foster on 0113 213 5209

Arnela Siranovic on 0113 213 5212

Leila has a burgeoning public & regulatory practice and is keen to expand this area of her practice. Leila has recently represented police authorities in interim and substantive applications for civil orders, such as Sexual Harm Prevention Orders and Anti-Social Behaviour Order Injunctions. Leila is currently instructed to prosecute a five-handed trial in arising from a breach of Covid-19 regulations.

She recently represented the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on applications for Interim Suspension Orders and/or reviews of Interim Suspension Orders.

Leila has also advised on Covid-19 health regulations used by the police throughout periods of lockdown. She has also been involved in the review of appeals submitted to Ofqual (non-ministerial government department) regarding GCSE and A level qualification results awarded during lockdown periods.