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Muhammad Najib Rahman
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Called: 2009
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Najib completed his pupillage in Chambers in 2018 and following a period as a third six pupil accepted an invitation to join as a tenant in 2020. He specialises in criminal law, immigration law, international law with a particular focus on Islamic Finance Law.

Current work

Najib is involved in a wide range of domestic cases including criminal trials, appeals, immigration appeals and judicial reviews. He also has extensive experience in international arbitration, global Islamic finance practice, advising Islamic banks, financial institutions and businesses on a wide range of Shariah-compliant transactions in the areas of syndicated finance, project finance and asset-backed structured finance. 


He has significant experience in Sukuk structures, trade finance and real estate transactions. 


Previous experience

As an Associate of a Legal500 international law firm, Najib dealt with several multinational organisations and negotiated on behalf of them at both governmental and non-governmental levels. He offered a record of achievement in the areas of syndicated financing, Islamic financing, international agreements, and defending the legality of various Islamic financial instruments. He also worked as an International criminal lawyer at an international war crimes tribunal.

Najib also worked as a part time lecturer at the International Islamic University in Chittagong, Bangladesh and has a number of academic publications. 


PhD - Queen Mary University of London – London, United Kingdom - (2020 to present)

LLM in Banking and Finance (Distinction)-Queen Mary University of London – London, United Kingdom - (2017 to 2019)

LLB (Hons)-University of Northumbria – United Kingdom (2008)

Masters of Arts in Islamic Studies-Loughborough University – United Kingdom (2005)

Diploma in Arabic-Al-Imam Muhammad bin Saud University Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2003)

Professional Qualifications

Prince2 Practitioner Certificate in Project Management (2019)

PeopleCert, AXELOS


Certified Shari’ah Advisor & Auditor (CSAA) (2016)

The Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) Bahrain


Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ) (2010)

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, United Kingdom


Bar Vocational Course (2009)

The City University, London


The Bar Council, England and Wales, Since November, 2009

Honourable Society of Middle Temple, Since May 2008

Supreme Court Bar Association, Bangladesh, Since August 2013

Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions – AAOIFI, Since 2016

Bar Association for Commerce Finance & Industry – BACFI, Since 2017

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators-CIArb, Since 2020


Cryptocurrencies in the eyes of Shariah law and contemporary scholars: An Analysis- Published in June 2019 at Law & Policy Journal of Asia Pacific University, Dhaka. Available at


The Concept of Cryptocurrencies from an Islamic Law Perspective - BJIBFL of LexisNexis,UK,October2018.


The application of Hudud Law to the Offence of Rape in Pakistan: A misconstruction of the principles of Shari’ah - Published in June 2015 at Law & Policy Journal of Asia Pacific University, Dhaka. Available at


Criminal Law

Public Law

Immigration and Extradition Law

Family Law

International Criminal Law

International Commercial Law, Arbitration and Mediation

Government Advisory Work





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