I am a Labour party member and a solicitor specialising in international arbitration, commercial litigation 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. Below is a timeline of my career and involvement with Labour Party politics.
2000: Travelled to France and Syria in my gap year to learn French and Arabic.
2003: Graduated with a Law degree and started my career as a community organiser working for a local charity, Haringey Peace Alliance.
2007: Qaulified as a barrister and 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.
2010: Joined the Labour Party and campaigned locally to elect three Labour councillors in my local ward, Noel Park (in Hornsey and Wood Green). I was also elected chair of Noel Park Branch Labour Party.
2011: Joined an international law firm called Herbert Smith Freehills in the City of London.
2012: Relocated to Dubai to work in Herbert Smith Freehills’ Middle East offices.
2013: Qualified as a solicitor and returned to London joining Clyde & Co where I specialised in international arbitration.
2016: I was elected chair of Tottenham Green Branch Labour Party. 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.
2017: I was elected secretary of Tottenham Green Branch Labour Party, BAME Officer of Tottenham CLP and my CLP’s delegate to annual Labour Party Conference in Brighton.
2018: Elected as Councillor of Noel Park ward where I began my political career. Also, elected as Vice Chair of Young Labour Lawyers.
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. I often provide pro bono legal advice to clients through my law firm, Exons.