Criminal bar gets its first hijab-wearing QC

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“It’s a surreal experience,” says No5 Chambers’ Sultana Tafadar

Sultana Tafadar QC

A Luton-born lawyer has become what is believed to be the first hijab-wearing criminal barrister to be appointed Queen’s Counsel.

Sultana Tafadar QC, a tenant of No5 Barristers’ Chambers in London, received the special silk status at a ceremony at the Palace of Westminster on Monday.

“It’s a surreal experience,” Tafadar told the PA news agency. “I’m absolutely delighted, especially as the first hijab-wearing barrister to have been admitted at the criminal bar.”

“Representation is really important”, she said, adding that it can hopefully help the dreams of other young hijab-wearing female lawyers “become a reality”.

Tafadar, who has Bangladeshi roots, studied an LLM in human rights at UCL and was called to the bar in 2005. She also holds a masters degree in international human rights from the University of Oxford.

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She continued: “There have been challenges in court, there have been challenges in the workplace in my previous chambers, but I’m glad to say that it is possible to overcome those challenges and it is possible — having the opportunities — it is possible to shine.”

But Tafadar isn’t the first hijab-wearing barrister to have taken silk. That accolade is said to go to Blackstone Chambers‘ Shaheed Fatima QC, who was elevated to the title in 2016.

Tafadar’s appointment comes after two members of human rights set Doughty Street came together to design and launch a special range of hijabs to wear in court.

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Love to see it!



Congratulations and may you continue to flourish and grow. Well done!



This is wrong. Shaheed Fatima has been a silk for ages


Just saying

“what is believed to be the first hijab-wearing CRIMINAL barrister”


I'm a solicitor....honest....

Yeah the article was very precise on the criminal bar bit. Honest mistake.

On a related note, Shaheed Fatima is a verified legend. A great barrister who has done some top notch work.



Ah ignore that….



Egg on your face. Try reading the article before making snippy comments.


Anon; a Moose

You get far more credit in Court for correcting yourself before someone else does it for you.



This isn’t court. Are you delusional?


Anon; a Moose

I didn’t say it was Court.

I was merely pointing out a fact.

Are you illiterate?


Alhamdulillah. Am happy for this realization that head wear as part of a religious obligation is respected world wide.

Great tolerance and understanding for this vast world to be a better place for each and every human being and all living things 🕌


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