Saba Naqshbandi > Chambers of James Lewis QC & Hugo Keith QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of James Lewis QC & Hugo Keith QC
Three Raymond Buildings


Saba is an expert in Health & Safety, Licensing, Inquests and Public Inquiries and Crime/Financial crime, having been instructed in some of the most important cases in these areas for many years. 


Health & Safety, Licensing and Regulatory Law:

Saba represents major companies and enforcing authorities, including the HSE, fire and local authorities and the police nationally in both criminal proceedings and inquests in:


  • Fire safety
  • Health & safety
  • Data protection and Freedom of Information
  • Licensing
  • Gambling
  • Consumer protection
  • Environmental
  • Food safety
  • Trading standards




Inquests & Public Inquiries

Saba is an expert in high profile, sensitive inquiries instructed by all participants.


She is an Assistant Coroner for Inner North London.


Cases include the Manchester Arena, Grenfell Tower, Alexander Litvinenko Public Inquiries and the Inquests into the deaths following the London Bridge and Westminster terror attacks.



Crime/Financial Crime

Saba’s advice is sought nationally and internationally. She advises foreign Governments and Enforcement Authorities, corporates and individuals in multi-jurisdictional cases in:


  • Private Prosecutions
  • Bribery & Corruption
  • Mutual Legal Assistance
  • Fraud
  • Insider dealing
  • Money laundering
  • Confiscation and restraint
  • Terrorism
  • Complex production orders  


Call 1996

Specialist Advocate in Health & Safety and Environmental Law (A Panel)

Bencher of the Middle Temple (2016)

Co-Chair, Criminal Law Committee of the International Bar Association (2009-2012)

Elected Committee member, Criminal Bar Association Committee (2009-2012)


Co-Author, GIR Guide to Sanctions (2020)


Criminal Bar Association.


Bury Grammar School; University College, London (1994 LLB; 1995 LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Health and safety

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Saba NaqshbandiThree Raymond BuildingsSaba has an encyclopaedic knowledge of fire safety legislation and health and safety law. Having prosecuted fire cases for many years, Saba has an excellent understanding of the approach of regulators, strategy for achieving the best for a client and knows what buttons to push.

Accessible’ and known for their ability to assist on short notice, the set at Three Raymond Buildings act for regulators, companies, and individuals involved in high-profile health and safety matters and inquests related to disasters and workplace accidents. In R (HSE) v Priory Healthcare Ltd, Sarah Le Fevre has been instructed by the HSE in a prosecution under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 of a defendant charged with allegedly failing to minimise the risk of suicide in vulnerable mental health patients. Saba Naqshbandi is currently defending the Rotherham United Football Club in relation to fire safety breaches at their stadium.

London Bar > Licensing

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Saba NaqshbandiThree Raymond BuildingsSaba leaves no stone unturned with meticulous preparation for licensing subcommittee hearings.

Described as ‘the leading set for licensing,’ the barristers at Three Raymond Buildings advise and represent clients across a full range of areas, including alcohol and entertainment, gambling, security, taxis and private hire. Michael Bromley-Martin QC successfully re-secured the premises licence for the Eastern Electrics Music Festival in opposition to objections from the Licensing Authority and the Metropolitan Police. Stephen Walsh QC is currently advising and representing the operators of Aspers Casino Stratford in varying the terms of their gambling licence. Members are involved in work concerning restaurants, with Matthew Butt QC and Saba Naqshbandi having represented Coya and Le Deli Robuchon respectively.

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Saba NaqshbandiThree Raymond BuildingsSaba is an exceptional barrister – highly intelligent and tactically very astute. She has a lot of experience of inquiry work, always thinks ten steps ahead of everyone else, and works extremely hard. Her coronial experience is also very helpful.