Part of the Child Abuse Team
Zahra specialises in representing survivors of child abuse in their claims against various organisations, which include the Church, local authorities, education authorities, the Scout Association and private institutions as well as in claims directly against the perpetrators of the abuse. She also represents victims of criminal assaults in their claims for compensation against numerous defendants as well as assisting them with their applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
Zahra is a formidable solicitor, determined to exceed her clients’ expectations by ensuring their needs and requirements are at the forefront throughout the claims process. Her insight into the difficulties her clients experience, as a result of the abuse they have suffered, drives her to push the boundaries to claim losses which are essential to their recovery. This has included the cost of camouflage make-up for life, for a client who had severe scarring on her arms due to self-harming and compensation for loss of familial support for a client who suffered abuse and neglect at the hands of social services. Her tenacity in dealing with her opponents, to achieve the best outcome for her clients often leads to her securing high-value out of court settlements.
Working with survivors of abuse has equipped Zahra with immense knowledge about the issues which matter to them. She understands that bringing a claim is not always just about compensation but more importantly about acknowledgment and recognition of the wrong done. Zahra feels passionately that survivors of abuse should receive an apology from the abusers and/or the organisations which employ them and is leading the firm’s #ApologiseNow campaign to change the law to make this a requirement of a civil claim. She has written extensively on this subject in both the media and legal journals.
Zahra is also passionate about working with the Muslim community, where child abuse continues to be a taboo subject, to shed the light on abuse within mosques and madrassas. She feels strongly that victims of such abuse should no longer continue to suffer in silence. Zahra was invited by Voice of Islam radio to discuss this important issue (listen at 1 hour 43 minutes) and she is also working with the Muslim Women’s Network UK and the Child Sexual Exploitation team at Barnardo’s who are raising awareness of abuse within cultural and faith groups as part of their “Stop It Before It Starts” campaign.
Zahra works closely with a number of charities such as Barnados, Muslim Women’s Network UK and Women Against Rape, to raise awareness of the issues surrounding child abuse and provides training and support to those charities on the civil claims process.
Zahra read Law at The London School of Economics before completing a Masters degree in Medical Law and Ethics at Queen Mary’s College, University of London, where she was awarded a distinction. Zahra completed the Legal Practice course at BPP Law School, where she was awarded a commendation.
KCR v The Scout Association  EWHC 587 (QB) – successful claim for damages for a former scout. First case where the High Court ruled a claimant did not have to give “credit” for gifts received during the course of the abuse.
Media contributions and commentary
Journal of Personal Injury Law – The duty of candour and apologies as a legal remedy
Association of Child Abuse Lawyers Newsletter – An apology should be a legal remedy in child abuse claims
Association of Child Abuse Lawyers
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers – accredited Senior Litigator
Muslim Women’s Network UK