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Meet the committee

Ahmed Muen - Founder & President

Ahmed is a barrister specialising in criminal and regulatory law. Ahmed has a busy practice often instructed on cases of a serious and complex nature. Ahmed has particular expertise in financial crime having dealt with large scale money laundering cases and complex frauds often concerning millions of pounds moving across various jurisdictions. Ahmed is experienced in dealing with hawala transfers, cross-border transactions, and cash forfeitures.

Ahmed is fluent in Arabic and has strong connections within the Arab community, having represented and advised many of them on sensitive legal issues. 

Noura Abughris - Vice President

Noura is a Solicitor Advocate based between London and Dubai. Her practise consists of advising on a blend of high profile international law disputes that have a diplomatic and/or a sensitive commercial aspect to them. She also regularly writes for legal publications and participates in international conferences, most notably at the ICJ in The Hague, Istanbul and Milan. She has also spoken on a panel on corporate social responsibility in the House of Lords with the UK Trade Envoy to Iraq, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.  

 

Prior to qualifying as a lawyer, Noura completed her Bachelors of Law (LL.B) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. 

  

Noura is also the Company Secretary for the Arab Lawyers Association. 

 

Sam El Jeaaidi - Treasurer

Sam has studied the Bar Professional Training Course and has recently been awarded a Master of Laws from the University of Kent. She is currently working as a Case worker at a leading regional firm, Invicta Law. Her work is predominantly in public law acting for the Local Authority, Kent County Council. She immensely enjoys her current role and aspires to complete a pupillage with a specialisation in Family law and Court of Protection.

 

Sam is passionate about various causes, including social justice, equality, family law and mental health. Whilst on the Bar course, she joined Vocalise project and acted as a mentor, whereby she delivered debating workshops to inmates in prisons across London. She has also acted pro-bono for claimants in private family law proceedings as part of the BPP Pro-Bono service.

 

Sam is multi-lingual due to her background and to having spent the majority of her childhood in Morocco. She speaks Fluent, French and Arabic and maintains strong connections with her country of origin. Sam is passionate and committed to promoting the objectives of the association. She works to promote and develop a networking platform upon which Arab lawyers are able to develop and grow.

Dania Al-Bayati - Head Of Digital Marketing 

Dania is an award-winning law graduate from the University of Westminster, winning both the NMC Mentee of the Year Award as well as the Vice-Chancellor's Employability Award.

She is a paralegal at the boutique litigation firm, Velitor Law. She has worked on substantial commercial litigation matters concerning the creation of Bitcoin such as Wright v McCormack [2021] EWHC 2671 (QB) and various Bitcoin recovery matters. She is experienced in copyright claims in relation to the creation of NFTs. Dania is particularly experienced in defamation, data protection, GDPR, international arbitration and corporate law. She has also worked on various Antiguan civil litigation matters.

Prior to joining Velitor Law, Dania worked as a paralegal at Ontier LLP in London. She also worked pro-bono at Westminster Law Clinic and North Kensington Law Centre alongside her LLB studies.

Dania is bilingual in Arabic and English. 

Sara Saleh 

After being called to the Bar in October 2014 Sara has worked as a paralegal since 2015 at David Wyld & Co Solicitors, SCA ONTIER and currently Skadden Arps.  She is currently working in Skadden’s White Collar Crime Team.

 

Sara has had  experience and exposure to a wide variety of practice areas including, but not limited to banking litigation, costs disputes and bribery allegations.  

Sara has extensive experience in international litigation in the Commercial Court and was heavily involved in the following cases: Plantation Holdings (FZ) LLC v Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC [2017] EWHC 520 (Comm); Trident Australasia Pty Ltd v Versabuild LLC [2015] EWHC 1609 (Comm); Trident Australasia Pty Ltd v Versabuild LLC and Cox and others (Costs respondents) [2015] EWHC 2890 (Comm); and Mahmoud Haji Haider Abdullah (and others) v. Credit Suisse (UK) Limited and Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited [2017] EWHC 3016 (Comm). 

In January 2018 Sara moved from Skadden's Litigation Team to their White Collar Crime Team and is now working on a range of cases alleging Anti-Money Laundering, Bribery and Corruption.    These cases include both domestic and multi-national financial and business crime investigations brought by a range of national and overseas agencies. 

Yousif Alawoad

Yousif is a trainee solicitor at Clifford Chance LLP, London. Having completed seats in Banking and Finance, Intellectual Property, Securitisation and Real Estate Finance – Yousif is currently completing his final seat with the firm's Tech//Digital practice area where he will focus his work on Tech M&A and data-related matters. His time at the magic circle law firm has been spent assisting on cross-jurisdictional, complex matters for a range of global clients; ranging from some of the world's pre-eminent financial institutions to globally recognisable companies and firms.

 

Yousif is fluent Arabic speaker with strong commercial relationships in London, Iraq and Dubai.

Nadya Rouben

Nadya is an associate in Debevoise & Plimpton’s Commercial Litigation and International Dispute Resolution Group. Her practice focuses on high-value, complex and multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes. Before being admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales, Nadya graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with an LLB (Hons) and LLM in International Business Law. She is fluent in Arabic and French.

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