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Name: Shaheed Fatima QC
Firm Name: Blackstone Chambers
Country: UK - England
Expertise: Human Rights Law

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7583 1770
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7822 7350

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Professional Biography:

Shaheed Fatima is our exclusively recommended Human Rights Law expert in England on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Shaheed directly using the contact details listed above.

Shaheed has a broad practice which includes commercial law, civil liberties and human rights, public law and regulatory law and public international law. Many of her cases involve an international dimension and aspects of either conflict of laws or public international law.

The international reach of her practice is reflected in the diversity of her clients: States (e.g. Bahrain; Cyprus; Iran; Rwanda; Russian Federation; UK), multi-national companies, international organisations, NGOs, royalty and Government Departments.

It is also reflected in the range of courts in which she appears: her experience extends beyond English courts to the European Court of Human Rights; UN treaty bodies; arbitral tribunals and the EU court.

She is often instructed for her expertise on international law issues such as sovereign immunity, e.g. she is currently instructed by the Russian Federation in relation to Yukos’ $50 billion arbitral award and by Prince Abdul Aziz of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in relation to a claim of over £12 million. She is as comfortable in the commercial context of these cases as she is in the human rights/public law context of cases such as Mohammed v MoD (pending before the Supreme Court) which concerns detention in Afghanistan and the relationship between international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Before becoming a QC, Shaheed was a member of the Attorney General’s Public International Law ‘A’ Panel (2014-2016) and the Attorney General’s ‘A’ Panel (2011-2016), having previously been on the ‘B’ Panel (2009-2011). Examples of her cases for the UK include: the Kosovo Advisory Opinion before the ICJ; the cases of Shepherd, Kott and Alarape before the CJEU and the cases of Qureshi and CD before UN treaty bodies.

In January, The Lawyer magazine named Shaheed as one of its ‘Hot 100’ leading lawyers.