Advocates of the Hastie Stable

Safeena Rashid

Year of Call: 2013

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Safeena trained with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and was a Depute prior to coming to the Bar in 2013. She has wide ranging experience of dealing with criminal cases at different levels and has also been involved in delivering various types of training.

Since coming to the Bar she has also built upon her civil profile through appearing on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and engaging in employment matters on a pro bono basis for the Faculty’s Free Legal Services Unit. Furthermore, Safeena was regularly instructed in the Home Office ‘junior junior’ scheme until September 2017 when she travelled to Lesvos, Greece. There, through ‘European Lawyers in Lesvos’ she provided expert legal advice to refugees from a variety of countries. This exposed her to helping vulnerable people including minors, victims of torture and domestic violence sufferers. She developed an excellent awareness of human rights issues around the world. Having spent just under five months in Greece, she is now keen to use her skilled advocacy to ensure the widespread availability and respect of human rights.

With this in mind, she has many voluntary interests to further this cause. These include appointment as ‘Independent Prison Monitor’, regularly visiting prisons to ensure they meet appropriate standards and appointment as board member of Amina the Muslim Women’s Resource Centre (MWRC). MWRC’s projects are varied and one focus is ending violence against women, in which Safeena has played an active part through public appearances.

Over the years Safeena has displayed flexibility, is known to be reliable and will certainly prove an asset to anyone who instructs her.