Details of practice

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

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

“…a super advocate who is very, very clever…very popular with clients” (Chambers UK)

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

Winner, Criminal Lawyer of the year 2014, Lawyer Monthly

Women in Law Awards 2014, Lawyer Monthly

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.

Saba is an expert in private prosecutions, including having successfully defended the Sport Entertainment and Media Group Limited and four individuals.

She is regularly instructed by the Metropolitan Police to advise in relation to high profile, sensitive cases in all aspects of her practice.

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 has particular expertise in high profile, sensitive including the Public Inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko where she acted for the Metropolitan Police Service. Saba is instructed by all participants including:

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

Health & Safety, Licensing and Regulatory Law:

Saba has a niche practice specialising in all aspects of regulatory law. She 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:

  • Health & safety
  • Fire safety
  • Licensing
  • Gambling
  • Data Protection and Freedom of Information
  • 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, Health & Safety, Inquests and Licensing by the Legal Directories. Entries include:


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)

“She is very polished, very user-friendly and hard-working” (Chambers UK)

“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)

Saba Naqshbandi is expert in terrorism law(The Legal 500)

Inquests & Public Inquiries

‘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)

Appears in coronial and judicial inquests for bereaved families, witnesses, the police and members of the fire service. She is an authority on criminal law(Chambers UK)

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

Health & Safety

‘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)

She has a first-rate reputation for fire regulations work (The Legal 500)

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

‘She’s a sensible, smart prosecutor’ (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)

Saba Naqshbandi is recognised by the market as a leading fire safety junior and is regularly instructed by LFEPA. It sought out her services for the investigation and inquest into the Lakanal House fire (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 the ability to avoid jargon and make the client feel comfortable(The Legal 500)

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 is described as ‘a talented, thorough and hard-working advocate who is both a persuasive speaker and brilliant with clients’” (Chambers UK)

continues to provide depth to the set, representing companies and individuals in prosecutions”  (The Legal 500)

“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


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

Bencher of the Middle Temple (2016)
Bar Council International Committee Member (2016- )
Middle Temple Bencher Selection Advisory Committee (2016-)
Middle Temple Membership Committee Member 2014-
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)

Middle Temple Advocacy Trainer

Co-Founder & Trustee, The Noor Foundation UK (1998- )

Other information


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

Speaking: includes:

May 2015:  Co-Chair at the International Bar Association Transnational Crime Conference, Berlin on The Production and Use of Internal Investigation Findings

February 2015:  Keynote Speaker at Northern Ireland Fire Safety Conference

June 2014:  Speaker at Firex International 2014 on ‘Liabilities for the Fire Risk Assessor and Responsible Person’

May 2013:  Speaker at the IBA Transnational Crime Conference, Miami, on ‘Bi-lateral Co-operation and the Increase in Multi Jurisdictional Criminal Investigations’

October 2012: Co Chair at the IBA Annual Conference, Dublin, on ‘Athletic and Catwalk Criminals’

June 2010: Co-Chair at the IBA Transnational Crime Conference, Amsterdam, on ‘The Increased Globalisation of Health & Safety and Environmental Crime’


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