Shabnam Rahnema

Shabnam Rahnema

Area of law

Criminal Ligitation and Extradition, Crime Department


Shabnam is a solicitor with over 20 years’ experience of criminal litigation, with specialist knowledge of criminal defence work since 1994. Over this time, she has been instructed in cases covering a wide range of crimes, ranging from minor theft matters to serious homicides.

She is an experienced criminal defence advocate dealing with all matters in the youth court and adult courts in respect of everything from simple remand hearings to contested trials in all aspects of criminal law.

Shabnam represents clients at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, the leading extradition court in England and Wales, in respect of contested and uncontested hearings, dealing with European and international arrest warrants.

She has been a full time member of the Court and Police Station Duty Solicitor schemes for over 15 years; she is also a member of the London Criminal Court Solicitors Association and a Member of the Law Society.


1991 – Polytechnic of South Bank
1991 – Solicitors Professional Final Examination, College of Law, Lancaster Gate


November 2010 to date Solicitor at FMW Law
2009–10 – Assistant Solicitor with Hallian Gittings & Nott; Victoria, London SW6
2005–09 – Assistant Solicitor with Julian Young Solicitors, Mayfair, London W1
1996–2005 – Sole Practitioner of own firm Shabnam Rahnema Kilburn, London NW6
1994–96 – Assistant Solicitor with Nalliah & Co Harlesden, London NW10
1991–94 – Trainee Solicitor and Assistant Solicitor at Aslam Heath & Co Acton, London W3