Meet the team
Aina Khan OBE, Managing Director & Solicitor
- Fellow of the ‘International Academy of Family Lawyers’
- Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Aina Khan OBE is a world-renowned Family law specialist with over 30 years’ experience and over 5,000 cases. She provides decisive, speedy and cost-effective legal settlements and offers agreed fees per stage of the case. Aina is a leading expert in international families. She also has an unparalleled knowledge of Islamic and Asian family issues. She is regularly instructed to prepare Expert Reports for Judges and individuals.
Aina quickly identifies the precise solution to complex legal issues, sets innovative strategy at the outset and delivers lasting results in:
- Children arrangements; relocating and moving abroad
- Divorce, separation, nullity, dowries, return of jewellery and belongings, Islamic finance settlements (Mahr claims)
- Family businesses, Franchises, Shareholdings, Company Assets, Trusts
- Fathers’ & grandparents’ rights to see children
- Financial settlements after divorce
- Freezing Orders on properties, cars, bank accounts
- International families; ex-pats; jurisdictional disputes
- International and Islamic marriage and divorce
- Offshore assets; under-declared assets and income
- Tracing missing assets in the UK and abroad
Aina works with expert teams in Property, Wealth Management, Alternative Dispute Resolution and more. She is the Founder of ABAL, a trusted network of leading legal experts in over 70 countries across Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, South East Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Australia. Aina often appears on media, writes and lectures at UK and International Universities and plays an active part in community affairs. Aina often appears on media, writes and lectures at UK and International Universities and plays an active part in community affairs.
Aina Khan is:
- Advisor to Government – Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Defence, Home Office, Foreign Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, Parliamentarians
- Founder of ABAL (Across Border Alliance of Lawyers ) https://abal.world
- Director of ‘Register Our Marriage’ law reform campaign to eliminate unregistered religious marriages www.registerourmarriage.org
- Author of “Islamic Alternative Dispute Resolution” for LexisNexis’ Family Law Service
- Law Society’s Family Law Advanced Panel; Resolution member
- Married with 2 children
Misba Sajawal, Solicitor
Misba is a qualified Solicitor currently supervising the junior members of the team. Misba has extensive knowledge in Family Law having specialised in children’s matters, domestic violence and divorces/cohabitation/finances and Islamic Law and has dealt with complex cases up to the High Court Level. Misba has over 10 years of experience working in the legal sector where she has previously covered areas such as civil litigation and personal injury. Having worked at large leading National firms, Misba continues to work in a profound manner, empathising with clients whilst delivering the best results and recognising that every client deserves utmost support during what may be the most challenging time in their lives.
Samantha is a Trainee Solicitor, qualifying in 2022. She has extensive experience across several industries and has developed excellent interpersonal skills.
She has a passion for Family Law.
Mariya Latif, Paralegal
She enjoys working with clients, drafting legal documents and legal research. She has completed the LLB from City University London in 2014 and the LPC from the University of Law London Bloomsbury in 2016. Mariya has had 2 years of intensive paralegal experience with large leading London law firms. She has a deep passion for family law and her ultimate goal is to become a Family solicitor.
Tara Dunne, paralegal
Tara graduated in 2020 with a first-class degree in Law and has recently obtained an Outstanding from the Barrister Training Course at BPP University. She is now a Paralegal to Aina Khan OBE and will be applying for a pupillage in the next round of applications.
Tara has excellent attention to detail and is always on hand to assist clients when they need support. She regularly attends court hearings and conferences with counsel to take succinct notes as well as compiles court bundles, schedules diaries and deals with correspondence from clients, third parties and the court.
Deena Farhat, junior paralegal
Deena speaks fluent English and Arabic, she is currently a Law student at the City University of London and a Junior Paralegal to Aina Khan. With her considerate and accommodating approach, she is the first point of contact for new clients and contributes greatly towards casework to the firm.
Deena is excelling in her role and has a passion for family law. Her objective is to become a family law solicitor once she has completed her LPC/Masters and obtained a training contract.
CLIENT SUPPORT TEAM
Nabila Fowles-Gutierrez, Divorce Coach
Our Divorce Coaches work with our clients in the UK and abroad to provide ‘wraparound care’. Nabila works on Children cases to provide a full support package (including helping to complete Parenting Agreements and ensuring emotional wellbeing. Her services are included as part of our Agreed Fee packages.)
With over 18 years of casework experience helping thousands of clients in crisis, Nabila is an expert in managing complex cases, including:
- protracted and acrimonious proceedings
- parental alienation
- child protection
- domestic abuse
Ebru Aksit, Divorce Coach
Our Divorce Coaches work with our clients in the UK and abroad to provide ‘wraparound care’. Ebru works on Divorce Financial Settlement cases to provide a full support package (including helping to complete Form E for financial disclosure and ensuring emotional wellbeing. Her services are included as part of our Agreed Fee packages.) Ebru has a forensic eye for detailed finances and a warm and patient manner that clients find especially soothing.
Elaine Hodgins, Clinical Hypnotherapist
Elaine is one of the top Clinical Hypnotherapists in the UK, with over 30 years’ experience. She sees clients via Skype video. She uses NLP, CBT, and EFT to accompany Hypnotherapy. Each client receives tailored therapy for their unique requirements.
MANAGEMENT AND ADMIN TEAM
Imran Safdar, Business Director
Imran manages our Business Development, Operations and Finance, IT Strategy, Disaster Recovery & Risk Management & Accounts teams.
He has diverse experience as an IBM Relationship Manager in the Banking and Finance, Pharmaceutical and SMB sectors; as a Siemens Relationship Manager; and as a consultant to law firms, implementing quality standards and best practice.
Ingemar is a Consultant and keeps an eye on practice management issues and ‘Best Practice’ for the firm. He is a solicitor with over 25 years’ experience in private practice at all levels up to Department Head and Board level. Ingemar is also a Mediator of Civil & Commercial Disputes and a Non-Executive Director.
Michelle Woodham, Office Manager
Michelle Woodham is often the first point of contact for courts, barristers and experts and provides a friendly and efficient service.
Michelle has over 17 years’ experience as a Legal PA, with a background in Family Law and Court of Protection matters working in firms within Berkshire, Wiltshire and Central London. In her spare time Michelle enjoys baking, reading and spending time with her family.
Susan Anderson, Executive Assistant to Aina Khan OBE
Susan Anderson is the first point of contact for Aina Khan OBE and offers both a friendly and efficient service. Susan has over 7 years’ experience as an Executive PA, with a background HR, Retail and Local Authority within Kent and Scotland. In her spare time Susan enjoys reading, visiting the theatre, travel and spending time with her family.
Vahida Marić, Marketing Consultant
Vahida Marić is a Consultant and overseas marketing communication through website, social and direct media.
She is experienced in managing and delivering successful integrated marketing communication campaigns. Strategic, practical, responsible and creative with interest in creating unique solutions adjusted to customer needs.
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