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Maryam is a popular choice amongst lay and professional clients for her detailed preparation, fearless advocacy in court and personable nature. She is a compassionate listener who fights for her clients with determination and gets great results.

Maryam has experience in a wide range of criminal offences. She has defended in cases of conspiracy to supply firearms, politically motivated offending from terrorism to protest, financial crime, fraud and regulatory matters, serious violence, sexual offences, drugs supply and cultivation with crossover immigration aspects.

She worked on several high-profile terrorism cases during her secondment with Reprieve, representing leaders of political parties sanctioned as terrorists by the US and UK. She was part of a team that brought the first due process challenge in the US against the inclusion of a US citizen on a “Kill List”, whilst reporting on the conflict in Syria. She has a strong interest in cases involving the conflict in Yemen and legal challenges to the use of state extrajudicial killing by drones and/or mercenaries.

Maryam is experienced in advising on appeals against conviction and sentence before the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal.

Maryam has become specialised in the cross examination of police officers. After several successes where her clients have been acquitted of obstructing/assaulting police, she now advises on civil action in findings of unlawful conduct.

Maryam is determined to encourage other ethnic minority women to enter and stay in the profession. She has spoken with students at schools in Hackney and at Urban Lawyers conferences.  She is happy to be contacted to speak at schools and career fairs.

Criminal Law

R v Ali & Ors – Led junior in a five-handed conspiracy to supply a firearm with intent to endanger life (s16) (ongoing trial) involving large amounts of phone evidence, expert evidence on guns and arguments of abuse of process.

R v James – Sole counsel in a serious sexual assault, where the victim claimed she could not have consented because she was a lesbian. Acquitted after trial.

R v Hadi – s18 GBH offence reduced to a s20 after submissions.

R v Fossey – trial involving large sums of counterfeit money and criminal damage. Strong mitigation meant that despite the custody threshold having been crossed the defendant was sentenced to a drug treatment order to address the core root of his offending.

R v  W – Defending a youth with three strikes, charged with 6 domestic burglaries and a further 19 TIC burglaries, mitigation on sentence following lengthy negotiations on plea. Sentenced reduced to 3 years 2 months.

R  v PC – defending on the basis of client's lack of mental capacity, secured appropriate mental health intervention (hospital treatment order) whilst avoiding a formal conviction.

R v A – representing the first defendant in a four handed robbery in the Youth Court. Effectively challenged the categorisations by the Probation Services’ of the client as dangerous. This positively impacted bail and ultimately sentence by way of a Youth Rehabilitation Order.

R v BSJ – Youth Court, offence of possessing a bladed article in a public place, successful submission of no case to answer.

Protest Cases

Maryam has significant expertise in protest cases raising issues of freedom of speech and proportionality. She has represented activists and dissidents on a variety of charges arising out of protests around the country with outstanding success.

R v Burgess & Ors – Represented five Extinction Rebellion protestors, all aquitted after legal submissions. See here.

R v Campbell & Harrison – Balcombe Valley protesters in trees – acquitted after trial. See here.

R v Crack & Ors – Represented 6 defendants charged with offences related to protests about fracking in the UK. All 6 defendants acquitted after trial.

R v Becker – Student charged with obstructing a highway during protests on campus. Successful no case to answer submission, leading to acquittal.

R v Duputell – Charged with squatting offences; acquitted on appeal following successful half time submission. See here.

Actions Against the Police and Public Authorities

R v Smith – Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court Defendant was charged with 3 counts of Assault PC against female officers. He was acquitted following half time submissions on the basis that the officers had unlawfully assaulted him by using force not in contemplation of arrest. He had been entitled to use reasonable force to defend himself.

R v C – Representing a youth charged with assaulting a police officer. Finding of unlawful and excessive force by officer led to acquittal. Civil action pursued thereafter.

R v D – Wimbledon Magistrates Court The defendant was acquitted of obstructing a drugs search where the officer conceded he had failed to comply with search requirements under PACE Codes.

R v Gharbi – Enfield Magistrates Court Where four officers had unlawfully strip searched the defendant using such force that he received serious permanent injury, their failure to comply with PACE Codes meant they were not acting in the execution of duty.  Not guilty of Assault PC.

R v S – Unlawful search of defendant’s home meant his subsequent arrest, detention and strip search were all unlawful. He was entitled to resist being forced to enter the police van and was not guilty of obstructing an officer; the officer had not been acting in the execution of his duty.