Shabana Saleem

Shabana is a member of our International Team specialising in private wealth.

She spent a number of years in-house at leading legal 500 UK law firms and relocated to Dubai to focus on her Middle East based practice.

Shabana specialises in working with UHNW individuals to address private client matters, with a particular understanding of contentious family matters and the English law treatment of Islamic marriages.

She has advised trusts, family businesses and UHNW clients on wealth protection matters. She advises on contentious and non-contentious wealth management matters.

Shabana is licenced to undertake public access work.


Shabana has represented clients in the Central Family Court and High Court in contentious family matters. She accepts instructions in respect of contentious and non-contentious private client matters.

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Shabana Saleem is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

To find out more, contact Sam Carter on +44 (0)203 989 6669 or George Bennett on +44 (0)207 427 0807 for a confidential discussion.

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  • Resolution
  • The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
  • Arab Legal Forum
  • Young Barristers Committee at the Bar Council

  • Punjabi
  • Urdu (intermediate)
  • Hindi (intermediate)

  • The legal treatment of Islamic marriage ceremonies under English Law (2018), co-author with Professor R Probert, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 7 (3), 376-400
  • Islamic Marriages: Given the independent review into the application of Sharia Law in England and Wales, what is the way forward? (2018) Family Law Journal (48) 552-557
  • Sharia Councils operating in private client matters (2016) House of Commons, Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee
  • Managing Family Problems in the UAE (2016) Capital Letter 18
  • Tactical conversion for the use of Sharia Family Courts (2016) Capital Letter

  • Scholarship from the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators
  • International Commercial Arbitration VIS Moot (Vienna), Honourable Mention for Best Advocate
  • Ann Felicity Goddard Scholarship , The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
  • Uthwatt Award, The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

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