Meet the committee

Ahmed Muen - Founder & President

Ahmed is criminal barrister practising out of chambers in London. Ahmed practises all areas of criminal law and is regularly instructed by defence solicitors and the CPS undertaking both defence and prosecution work.

Ahmed regularly appears in the Youth, Magistrates and Crown Courts in and around London and has experience in a a varied case load within crime. Prior to joining the Bar Ahmed interned in Iraq and worked with one of Iraq's Chief Investigative Judges. Ahmed is the founder of the Arab Lawyers Association and the current president.

Noura Abughris - Secretary

Noura is a Solicitor Advocate at the law firm, Carter Ruck in London. Prior to joining the firm, Noura completed her Bachelors of Law (LL.B) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

 

Noura is also one of the founding committee members of the Arab Lawyers Association and has participated in international conferences 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 (January 2019) and has previously written for the Law Gazette on reputation management for junior practitioners. Noura speaks fluent Arabic.

 

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.

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. 

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. During her time at university, she was an avid debater and was elected as the President of the University of Westminster Debating Society, this led to her becoming a judge for the prestigious Inner Temple Debating Competition for two consecutive years. Alongside debating, she was keenly involved in mooting and Model United Nations. 

Dania was a pro-bono volunteer at the University of Westminster Student Law Clinic and focused on employment law matters. She now spends her time volunteering as a caseworker and paralegal at the North Kensington Law Centre specialising in employment law. 

Dania is currently taking a gap year in which she plans to gain valuable experience from upcoming internships before starting the LPC in London.

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.