Shahida has also worked on cases raising immigration, family and housing law issues which has led to a specialism in defending refugees and victims of trafficking. Shahida also practises extradition and crime-related public law.
Shahida is a committed criminal defence practitioner. She is meticulous in her case preparation and has a reassuring manner with clients. Shahida has a wide range of experience.
R v SO-R - Junior advocate in gang-related murder. Led by Icah Peart QC. Telephone and cell site evidence. Multiple defendants, with conflicting defence accounts.
R v DCN - Gang-related attempted murder/s.18, vulnerable youth defendant. Leading counsel. Led John Connelly of Thompsons Solicitors.
R v DH - Junior advocate in child cruelty linked to manslaughter charge of co-defendant. Led by Helen Johnson of Emery Johnson Astills.
R v MI - Junior advocate in conspiracy to cause GBH and possession of firearms. Led by Alex Taylor-Camara. Series of shootings in Bedford. Multiple defendants.
R v LA - Junior advocate in conspiracy to supply class A. Alleged county lines operation. Led by Nick Wrack. Multiple phones lines and extensive expert evidence including: DNA, mass spectrometry, cell site, drugs and forensic accountant. Multiple defendants.
R v CI - Junior advocate in conspiracy to supply class A. Joinder of two separate alleged operations. Led by Keir Monteith QC. Multiple defendants.
R v RV - Section 18 and robbery involving a firearm.
R v FA - Section 18, fracture to eye socket. Application to dismiss on causation.
R v AS - Robbery with a knife. Facebook identification.
R v TS - Multiple count indictment of affray, ABH, common assault and criminal damage.
R v SM - Trademark offences and breach of EU safety regulations. Application to dismiss on the basis 'not in the course of trade or business'.
R v IN - Multinational company in breach of planning regulations during London 2012
R v BW - Supply class A
R v JMD - Supply class B
Romania v DS - Specificity of warrant
Turkey v KZ - Alevi sought for ID card offences. Human rights and extraneous considerations
Turkey v IK - Alevi social justice activist in 1990s, accused of terrorism offences. Dual criminality, human rights and extraneous considerations
Turkey v KD - Alevi, Kurd and social justice activist in 1990s accused of terrorism offences. Dual criminality, human rights and extraneous considerations
Shahida has represented several clients arising out of protests, raising human rights and complex legal arguments. Shahida understands the importance of the protest issues for clients and has often represented multiple defendants.
FJ v DPP - Section 14 order and obstruction of the highway. FJ was protesting corruption in the judiciary outside the Royal Courts of Justice
R v JD - Section 14 order and obstructing the highway. JD was protesting against fracking in Balcombe. High profile case which involved a Member of Parliament who was a co-defendant, Caroline Lucas MP
R v KB, CH and LE - Three defendants, s.14 order and obstructing the highway, linked to R v JD above (alleged offences occurred on the same day). Protest against fracking in Balcombe
R v CD - Obstructing an officer in the execution of duty and obstructing the highway. CD in student protest against cuts to university administration
R v AC - Aggravated trespass. Protest against the Bexhill-Hastings link road
R v OS - Aggravated trespass and common assault. Linked to R v AC, protest against the Bexhill-Hastings link road (occurred earlier in time but part of the same campaign)
Shahida is regularly instructed in appeals and has been involved in several guideline cases. Shahida has dealt with novel points of law and issues overlapping with other practice areas.
R v JM  EWCA Crim 1228 - Guideline case. Junior advocate in appeal against conviction and sentence. Led by Henry Blaxland QC. Joint enterprise murder. Effective participation of youth defendants and post-Jogee directions. Challenge to mandatory life sentences for youths
R v DCN  EWCA Crim 910 – Appeal against conviction. Appeal allowed on the basis that there had been a material misdirection of law during the summing up, re-trial directed. Defendant found not guilty at re-trial.
R v AA  1 Cr. App. R. 33 - Guideline case. Remit of the protections for victims of trafficking charged with criminal offences
R v ZK - Remit of the reduction to be afforded to victims of trafficking in mitigation
R v OT - Appeal against conviction where Crown had not considered whether it was in the public interest to proceed where the appellant was a victim of trafficking and there was a nexus to the offence.
R v YH - Application for leave to appeal against conviction out of time. Refugee not advised of relevant defence who entered a guilty plea in 2009. The 'substantial injustice' test does not apply to non-change of law cases.
R v JM  EWCA Crim 1051 - Guideline case. Junior advocate in appeal against conviction. Led by Tom Wainwright. Female who disguised herself as a male and had a relationship with another female, whether deception as to gender can vitiate consent
Romania v DS  EWHC 1326 - Specificity of warrant and article 8, expert evidence on whether Brussels II applied
R v CY-H - Appeal against sentence. Sentencing judge erred in not assessing the culpability and harm in the absence of sentencing guidelines for 'endangering the safety of a railway passenger'.
R v DD  EWCA Crim 521 - Appeal against sentence. Sentencing judge erred in not applying totality for burglary and dangerous driving offences.
Shahida has a keen interest in crime-related public law issues and sees the benefit of combining principles form both areas to improve the criminal justice landscape.
FJ v DPP  EWHC 3296 - Guideline case. Junior advocate in appeal against conviction. Led by Tim Owen QC. Legality of s.14 and proportionality of the prosecution.
Shahida is able to marshal large amounts of financial material and identify the key issues. Shahida has been instructed as a led junior and junior alone in several, large scale and complex fraud allegations.
Shahida also has a great deal of experience in proceeds of crime matters.
Shahida has experience conducting disclosure and LPP review for the FCA and SFO.
R v AM – Junior advocate in multimillion fraudulent trading allegation. Led by Keir Monteith QC. Represented company director.
R v AH – Junior advocate in multimillion MTIC fraud. Led by Keir Monteith QC. Lead defendant.
R v MR – Junior advocate multimillion divergence fraud. Led by Lalith De Kauwe. Multiple defendants.
R v MD – Multimillion courier fraud. Multiple defendants. Prosecution offered no evidence after three week legal argument.
R v OK – Boots employee fraud. Multiple defendants. Complex legal argument about computer evidence.
R v JA - Junior advocate in conspiracy to control prostitution and money laundering over £2million. Led by Tom Wainwright. Multiple premises and bank accounts, jointly charged with three other defendants.
Serious Fraud Office - Instructed as disclosure counsel in restraint proceedings involving possible proceeds of crime from Ukraine, disclosure counsel in case involving allegations of bribery to secure contracts for currency production and independent LPP Counsel on the Rolls Royce investigation
R v AC - Southern Rail employee fraud
R v NW-E - Qualified barrister housing fraud. Confiscation resisted when Bristol City Council sought to pursue under the 'slip rule'
R v RZ - Ladbrokes employee fraud
Shahida attended school in East London then studied law at Cambridge University and King's College London. She undertook work experience with the BBC in Nairobi, voluntary work in Rio de Janeiro, a Legal Protection internship at UNHCR London and taught English in Guangzhou before coming to the Bar.
She served as Junior Representative on Garden Court Board of Directors, leading many initiatives to support junior members.
Shahida enjoys mentoring young people having previously tutored in schools and is on the Board of an initiative to encourage children from east London to consider careers in technology called the 'Inventors Club'.
She enjoys travelling, films and karaoke.
Co-author of 'Criminal Disclosure Referencer', Wainwright, Fenn and Begum (Bloomsbury - Second edition published December 2017).[Training and Seminars]Shahida conducts pupillage training and advocacy.
Shahida has conducted seminars on protections for victims of trafficking charged with criminal offences and disclosure.
Training and Seminars
Unexplained Wealth Orders Explained
(Garden Court Seminar)
The fundamentals of this emerging area of law, including the background, who they are targeted at, predictions and how we can help.
Disclosure: Something Changed
(Garden Court Seminar and LCCSA Conference Valencia 2018)
Recent cases, current problems and potential future changes to the disclosure regime.