Details of practice

Areas of expertise: health and safety and fire safety, inquests and inquiries and commercial crime.

Recognised in Chambers UK, The Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal UK Bar, Business Crime Defence, Criminal Fraud and Investigations and Lawyer Monthly.

Lawyer Monthly Investigations-UK Winner 2019

Lawyer Monthly Business Crime Defence Lawyer of the Year UK 2018

“Composed, compelling and tenacious” 

“The first choice for fire safety work”

“Strategically a master, making difficult decisions with ease”

“A very fearless advocate who is not cowed by a difficult case or difficult tribunal”

“Her mastery of the detail, advice and advocacy are consistently excellent”

Health & safety, fire safety and regulatory law:

Saba advises and represents notable major companies and acts for enforcing authorities, including the HSE, fire and local authorities and the police nationally in both criminal proceedings, inquests and inquiries. Areas of specialisation include:

  • Fire safety
  • Health & safety
  • Data Protection and Freedom of information
  • Licensing
  • Gambling
  • Consumer protection
  • Environmental
  • Food safety
  • Trading standards

Inquests and Public Inquiries:

Saba is an expert in high profile, sensitive inquiries.

She is an Assistant Coroner for Inner North London

Current and previous cases include the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry, the Inquests into the deaths following the London Bridge and Westminster terrorist incidents and the Public Inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko.

Saba is instructed by all participants including:

  • Companies
  • Charities
  • The police
  • Fire and other enforcement authorities
  • Families
  • Witnesses

 Commercial crime

A criminal specialist with a recognised reputation, Saba’s advice is sought both nationally and internationally and includes advising foreign Governments and Enforcement Authorities, corporates and individuals in multi-jurisdictional cases.

Areas of specialisation include:

  • Private prosecutions
  • Bribery & corruption
  • International crime
  • Mutual legal assistance
  • Fraud
  • Insider dealing
  • Money Laundering
  • Confiscation and restraint
  • Terrorism
  • Complex production orders

Professional Discipline

Healthcare: Saba acts for the General Dental Council

Sports: Clients include UK Athletics and the Lawn Tennis Association. Additionally, she has experience as Chair of a Sports Appeal Panel

Tax Appeals

Building on her criminal experience of Missing Trader Intra Community Frauds (“MTIC”), Saba acts for appellants before the First Tier Tax Tribunal.

Directory recommendations

Saba is recognised for her expertise in Health & Safety, Inquests, Crime, Fraud, POCA and Licensing by the Legal Directories. Entries include:

Health & safety and fire safety

‘Composed, compelling and tenacious’ (The Legal 500)

“Her client-handling skills are really impeccable and her advocacy is first-rate” (Chambers UK)

A strong barrister with exceptional knowledge of fire safety law(The Legal 500)

“The first choice for fire safety work” (The Legal 500)

“A very fearless advocate who is not cowed by a difficult case or difficult tribunal.’ ‘She really knows the area inside out” (Chambers UK)

“Strategically a master, making difficult decisions with ease” (The Legal 500)

“Precise and persistent as an advocate. You can just depend on her for the right view…” (Chambers UK)

‘Recognised in the health and safety market for her extensive work and particular expertise in the fire safety space’ (Chambers UK)

A criminal barrister with a notable regulatory practice”.  “Clever, hard-working and thorough, she is very diligent and quite a tough prosecutor” (Chambers UK)

Inquests & Public Inquiries

“She’s straight-talking, clear-thinking and knows what is in the client’s best interests.”

“She’s very experienced, fantastic with clients and very good tactically” (Chambers UK)

‘A seriously impressive senior junior who leaves nothing to chance’ (The Legal 500)

‘She has impeccable attention to detail, leaving no stone unturned, and is extremely client-friendly’ (The Legal 500)

“She has an excellent manner with clients, a commanding presence and a nice style. Her attention to detail is first-rate and she is able to get up to speed very quickly. She is especially impressive when technical medical evidence is involved” (Chambers UK)

“Brilliantly friendly with clients and solicitors but she also has a very strategic mind and an excellent grasp of the law” (Chambers UK)

“An excellent junior, she is very intelligent and hard-working, and a pleasure to work with.’ ‘She’s really thorough and well prepared, excellent on her feet and great on the detail in terms of her written work” (Chambers UK)

She is very intelligent and hardworking, and a pleasure to work with(The Legal 500)


“Offers sharp strategic insight and has a very calm and reassuring manner. She really whittles down the facts to the key issues”. (Chambers UK)

“A junior highly regarded for her expertise in fraud, bribery and money laundering cases” (Chambers UK)

Her mastery of the detail, advice and advocacy are consistently excellent(The Legal 500)

“Very polished and very versatile(Chambers UK)

“Has an impressive practice”. She is an incredibly thorough practitioner, who is smart and absolutely charming with judges. She focuses judges’ minds on the points they need to focus on and is very adept at dealing with clients(Chambers UK)

Extremely user-friendly, sharp, quick and to-the-point, making her a pleasure to work with (The Legal 500)

“She is very experienced and good at sensitive criminal cases” (Chambers UK)

“excellent tactical judgement’ ‘a reassuring presence”… (The Legal 500)


An accomplished advocate, who frequently advises well-known operators and is called on to appear in challenging tribunal hearings.

Presents attractive and authoritative arguments in court.”

“She is very good with tribunals, has an ice-cool temperament and is very articulate(Chambers UK)

‘One of the leading licensing juniors’ (The Legal 500)

She is a super advocate and is very, very clever.’ ‘Her detail is second to none and she is very popular with clients(Chambers UK)

“She has an incredible eye for detail and her preparation is a work of art” (Chambers UK)

Professional, diligent and extremely personable, she has great presence before licensing committees and in the courtroom, and is extremely popular with the client(Chambers UK)

The ‘outstanding ’Saba Naqshbandi has ‘a wealth of experience’ in the area (The Legal 500)

fantastic, very knowledgeable on legislation, gives good practical advice and is always easy to get hold of(Chambers UK )

“Saba Naqshbandi is ‘very bright, hardworking, dedicated and good with clients. She is very persuasive, yet measured.  Her written work and her advocacy are both top class’(The Legal 500)

Sports Law

“the intelligent and practical Saba Naqshbandi enters the tables this year as one to watch. She is carving something of a niche in coach discipline matters” (The Legal 500)

Education/professional qualifications

Call 1996
LL.B (Hons) University College London 1994
LL.M (Distinction) University College London 1995


Assistant Coroner for Inner North London (2019- )

Specialist Advocate in Health & Safety and Environmental Law (A Panel)
General Dental Council Panel of Advocates
Court of Arbitration of Sport Pro Bono Lawyers Panel

Bencher of the Middle Temple (2016)
Middle Temple Advocacy Trainer
Middle Temple Bencher Selection Advisory Committee (2016-2018)
Middle Temple Membership Committee Member 2014-2019

Bar Council International Committee Member (2016-2017)
Chair of the Annual Bar Conference 2013 (Vice Chair 2012)
Co-Chair of the Criminal Law Committee of the International Bar Association (2009-2012)
Elected Committee member of the Criminal Bar Association Committee (2009-2012)

Governor of the Expert Witness Institute (2019- )

Other information


International Crime Lawyer of the Year – Corporate LiveWire Global Awards 2019
Best Barrister of the Year in Regulatory Compliance & Criminal Law – United Kingdom Global 100 – 2019
Crime Defence Lawyer of the Year UK, Women in Law, Business, Lawyer Monthly 2019
Criminal Lawyer of the Year 2014, Lawyer Monthly
Women in Law Awards 2014, Lawyer Monthly


Criminal Bar Association
Health & Safety Lawyers Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers


Featured in the Middle Temple Exhibition Celebrating a Century of Women in Law (2019)

2012: author of the online Westlaw Encyclopaedia for ‘Health and Safety in Sport’
2012: author of the online Westlaw Encyclopaedia for ‘Licensing: Hearings’
2012: author of the online Westlaw Encyclopaedia for ‘Gambling:  Appeals’


French (conversational)
Urdu (conversational)

Direct access

Saba is qualified to accept instructions direct from clients which means that members of the public who seek specialist advice can come direct to her. In addition, she welcomes instructions from in-house counsel and qualified foreign lawyers

Please contact her clerks on 020 7400 6400 or