Shazia is a Family and Childcare Solicitor who qualified as a solicitor in 2005. She has dealt with complex matters such as Forced Marriage, Female Genital Mutilation, Child Abduction, Radicalisation, Child Sexual Exploitation and where children have been found with Non-accidental injuries. Shazia regularly represents vulnerable clients including children, young adults, clients with mental health /capacity issues. She frequently appears before the Family Court, County Court and (on occasion) the High Court. Shazia is a member of the Law Society Children’s Panel, which recognises specialist Solicitors in Child Care matters to the Law Society’s high standard. She has a keen interest in ensuring victims of domestic abuse and vulnerable members of our society have access to legal advice. She has established free legal advice clinics. Shazia has delivered training on options available to the Police, Victim Support, Rape Crisis centre and other organisations involved with vulnerable individuals . Shazia speaks Hindi and Urdu, and basic Punjabi.
Practice area & years of experience
Qualified in 2005
Education & Professional Memberships
Law Society Children’s Panel
Awards & Citations
The Law Society Accreditation in the Child Law Panel
Re K (forced marriage: Passport Order)  EWCA civ 190
Lukandwa v Birungi  EWCA civ 1520
What were you doing and where at before you arrived at National Legal Service
I was raised in the north, West Yorkshire and completed my training and qualification in a high street firm in West Yorkshire. My specialist was mainly assisting clients who were victim of domestic abuse, forced marriage, and divorce and separation.
From there in 2014 I became a director in a large legal aid practice running their Birmingham branch. I was responsible for a large team of solicitors, trainee solicitors, paralegals. My specialist remained in family but expanded to care proceedings, adoption proceedings and more complex matters.