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 Magistrates’, Youth and Crown courts. She has varied experience in road traffic matters including defence applications for exceptional hardship.
In the Crown Court, Leila has conducted PTPHs, appeals against convictions and sentences, sentences, bail applications and a number of mentions, including non-compliance hearings, PTRs and FTRs.
Leila also regularly assists in drafting advices on appeal, drafting grounds of appeal against conviction and sentence and advices on expert reports.
Leila’s has worked within the international development and humanitarian sector in Kenya, Turkey, Iraq and Syria, working for Non-Governmental Organisations and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Her experience of working within diverse teams, and her dual heritage background, gives her an understanding of cultural sensitivities.
Leila’s background of campaigning on issues of social justice has informed her career path. She has co-founded a number of civil society groups/collectives and has spoken on public and televised platforms alongside MPs and MEPs. Leila continues to try to make a difference in her community. 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 guidance.
Leila has undertaken a plethora of small claims civil hearings, including credit hire, road traffic accidents, infant settlement hearings and stage 3s. She has also drafted infant advices on quantum.
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 claim and fast track trials.
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.
Outside of this, she 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 work roles, she led 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.
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 Sexual Harm Prevention Orders and Anti-Social Behaviour Order Injunctions in the Magistrates’ and 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.
Leila is currently instructed to prosecute a five-handed trial arising from a breach of Covid-19 regulations.
She has 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.