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Meet the committee

Ahmed Muen - Founder & President

Drystone Chambers

Ahmed is a barrister specialising in criminal and regulatory law. Ahmed is 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 has particular experience 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

DLA Piper

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. 

Hasan Almosoy - Chief Operating Officer

Charles Russell Speechlys

Hasan is set to qualify as a Solicitor in England and Wales in September 2024, specialising in the Financial Services Regulation & Funds group at Charles Russell Speechlys (CRS).

 

Prior to commencing his training contract at CRS, Hasan spent ten months in the Funds legal team at Schroders. He then joined the Financial Services Regulation & Funds group for his first seat at CRS, followed by a six-month client secondment to Morgan Stanley. Subsequently, he completed a seat in Construction and is currently sitting with the Intellectual Property team.

 

Hasan has written legal articles for CRS and manages the firm's football team. He is further involved with the firm's Saudi Arabia desk and frequently collaborates with colleagues at CRS's international offices in Dubai, Qatar and Bahrain.

 

Hasan is also a Board Director of the Arab Lawyers Association, serving alongside Ahmed Muen.

 

Sam El Jeaaidi - Treasurer

Invicta Law

Sam is a barrister and mediator with 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 

Addleshaw Goddard

After being called to the Bar in October 2014,  Sara is an Associate within the Commercial Disputes Group in London.  Sara has a range of commercial dispute resolution experience with a particular focus on Reputation and Information Protection where her work involves both advisory work and contentious disputes.  Sara's practice also focuses on, Business Protection Litigation, Competition Disputes and Arbitration. 

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

Goodwin Proctor

Yousif is a trained as solicitor at Clifford Chance LLP, London. Having completed seats in Banking and Finance, Intellectual Property, Securitisation and Real Estate Finance. Yousif is now a Corporate Associate in Goodwins's Technology and Life SCiences groups, focusing on M&A, venture capital and private equity investments and exits.

 

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

Nadya Rouben

DLA Piper

Nadya is a Legal Director within the Commercial Litigation & International Arbitration team at DLA Piper. 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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