I am a Labour party member and a solicitor specialising in international arbitration, commercial dispute resolution and charity law. I was elected a Councillor on 4 May 2018 representing the Noel Park ward in Haringey. Below is my story.
Having spent my childhood in Bangladesh, I moved to Haringey, London at the age of 12. Adjusting to life in London was tough for me having to deal with bullying at school and not speaking any English. However, I worked extremely hard and turned things around quickly. I finished school with the best set of GCSE grades at my school.
After finishing my A Levels, I set out to learn Arabic and French in my gap year. I travelled to France and then Syria in the summer of 2000. I returned to London to read law at university. After graduation, I started my career as a community organiser working for a local charity, Haringey Peace Alliance. I spent four years serving my local community during which time I got married and qualified as a barrister.
In 2007, I joined the Cabinet Office as a Legal Adviser advising Ministers, MPs and Peers on charity law and regulation. Gordon Brown was PM and Ed Milliband was the Minister of the Cabinet Office when I worked there.
I joined the Labour Party in 2010 and campaigned locally to elect three Labour councillors in my local ward, Noel Park (in Hornsey and Wood Green). I also took over as chair of Noel Park Branch Labour Party.
In 2011, I joined an international law firm called Herbert Smith Freehills. I worked in its Dubai office in 2012 and 2013 qualifying as a solicitor in 2013. It was great to be exposed to the Middle East as an emerging market and work for international clients. However, I realised for the first time how much I missed living in London.
I returned home to Haringey at the end of 2013. I joined another international law firm called Clyde & Co where I specialised in international arbitration.
I took over as chair of Tottenham Green Branch Labour Party in 2016. It is where I have made my home with my wife and our two children. My wife works as a doctor at North Middlesex Hospital. At the 2017 AGM, I was elected as secretary of the Tottenham Green Branch Labour Party and BAME Officer of Tottenham CLP.
As a lawyer and a campaigner, my mission is to help people improve their lives. London gave me incredible opportunities to be what I am today and I try to give something back every day. I often provide pro bono legal advice to clients from my law firm, Exons.