Details of practice

Areas of expertise: crime/fraud, inquests and inquiries, regulatory (health and safety, professional discipline and licensing).

“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”

“…a super advocate who is very, very clever…very popular with clients”

Recognised in Chambers UK, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal UK Bar, Business Crime Defence, Investigations

Crime/Fraud & Financial Regulation:

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  

Inquests and Public Inquiries

Saba is an expert in high profile, sensitive inquiries.

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

Saba is also currently representing two separate families and a witness in three separate inquests.

Saba is experienced in questioning vulnerable witnesses. She has recently completed (March 2019) the Middle Temple Vulnerable Witness Advocacy course (11 hours).

Saba is instructed by all participants including:

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

Saba is an Assistant Coroner for Inner North London.

Health & Safety, Licensing 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 and inquests. Areas of specialisation include:

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

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 Crime, Fraud, POCA, Health & Safety, Inquests and Licensing by the Legal Directories. Entries include:


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

“Very polished and very versatile(Chambers UK)

A well-regarded junior with a varied practice that encompasses serious crime, international crime and fraud(Chambers UK)

She has good judgement, is an effective advocate and is great with the client(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)

tenacious advocate Saba Naqshbandi is ‘extremely astute in her analysis of evidence(The Legal 500)

Inquests & Public Inquiries

“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)

She is excellent with clients and gives extremely clear and tactically astute advice (The Legal 500)

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

“Her attention to detail is second to none” (Chambers UK)

“She is very professional and always presents really well” (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 has meticulous attention to detail in preparing a case” (Chambers UK)

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

Health & Safety

“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)


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)

 ‘Saba Naqshbandi has experience of liquor licensing, gambling work, taxi work and firearms licensing, and regularly represents the trade, local authorities and the police. One source said that she is “very, very good, has a sharp mind and is going places.”  Another source said that she has the “ability to relate to people, which not all barristers have.”  Naqshbandi advised the National Gallery in relation to an application to vary its licence(Chambers UK)

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

“Saba Naqshbandi provides ‘detailed knowledge of the area coupled with practical advice’(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)

“Saba Naqshbandi handles both licensing and criminal law. She has developed niche expertise in providing detailed advice to leading operators on money-laundering issues.” (Chambers UK)

“Saba Naqshbandi shows ‘meticulous attention to detail that provides total peace of mind,’ reported clients. Praised for ‘never failing to impress’.” (Chambers UK)

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-)
Middle Temple Membership Committee Member 2014-

Bar Council International Committee Member (2016- )
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)

Other information


Winner, 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


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