My name is Khaled Moyeed and this is my personal blog. I am a Labour party member and a solicitor specialising in international arbitration and commercial dispute resolution. I am Labour’s candidate to fight the 2018 local elections 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. It was the first time that I lived away from home.
I returned to London to read law at university. After graduation, I did not train to become a lawyer straightaway. I started my career as a community organiser in Haringey. I worked for a local charity, Haringey Peace Alliance delivering projects to further community cohesion such as setting up Haringey Faith Forum and delivering a project to rehabilitate ex-offenders. I spent four years serving my local community. During this time, I got married in 2004 and completed the Bar Vocational Course qualifying as a barrister in 2007.
In 2007, I joined the Cabinet Office as a Legal Adviser working with Ministers, MPs and Peers. I advised them 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). Labour failed to win the 2010 General Election and I focussed on local politics where Labour was in power in Haringey Council. I took over as chair of Noel Park Branch Labour Party.
By 2011, I had left the civil service to work at an international law firm called Herbert Smith Freehills. I worked in its Dubai and Doha offices in 2012 and 2013 and qualified 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 had to go away from London to appreciate its value.
I returned home to Haringey at the end of 2013. I joined another international law firm in the City of London 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.
I left the world of big international law firms at the end of 2016. I decided it was time to set up my own practice. I now offer my services as a Consultant Solicitor through the firm, London Law Practice. My profile can be found here: https://londonlawpractice.com/team-member/khaled-moyeed/
At the 2017 AGM, I was elected as secretary of the Tottenham Green Branch Labour Party and BAME Officer of Tottenham CLP. I was also elected to be my CLP’s delegate at the annual Labour Party Conference in Brighton at the end of September.
They say law and politics go hand in hand. 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.