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Partner and Managing Director
Wahid set up Aqua Law in 2017 when he decided to become a consultant solicitor, having worked in the City, mainly for Simmons & Simmons, since 2005, rising to managing associate. During that time Wahid has acted as in-house counsel for some of the top banks and financial institutions in the world, including Barclays Capital, Standard Chartered Bank, the Financial Markets Law Committee and Morgan Stanley.
Wahid is known for his strong financial acumen in achieving the best commercial
outcomes for clients. Clients regularly say that he sees the big picture quickly. This
helps clients make decisions quickly and not to get bogged down. At the same time
he has a very keen eye for contracts and technical drafting again being quick to
suggest workable alternatives that “future-proofs” client’s positions.
Wahid has extensive experience in the creation of bespoke documentation for
complex cross-border trading transactions and has advised clients on a wide range
of legal issues affecting distressed and par transactions. Wahid is a member of the
Loan Market Association’s secondary documentation committee, which reviews and
updates the market standard documentation used throughout the European loan
market for par and distressed debt and claim trading. Wahid has experience working
closely with complex businesses as the lead external advisor and in an in-house
capacity. Clients and colleagues have described Wahid as technically excellent, but
above all, commercial and proactive.
Wahid has strong links in the community including holding a director position for
MuslimGiving, a well-known platform for charitable giving and donations. Wahid and
his wife have three children, all of whom them very busy and occupied when he is
able to get away from his work. They enjoy holidaying abroad and making time for
the wider family.
Consultant and Solicitor Advocate
Peer-Jada (or PJ) works as a free-lance legal consultant and solicitor advocate on a range of non-contentious and contentious issues right up to the High Court and Court of Appeal.
Peer-Jada previously qualified as a barrister, and was called to the Bar in 2001, winning a major Middle Temple award to work at the EU Commission as one of three candidates selected by the Bar. He also achieved a First Class in his Masters in EU Law from a leading EU Law university. He went on to qualify and work as a corporate international solicitor at one of the world’s leading firms, Slaughter and May, representing FTSE 100’s and Governments in commercial, property, regulatory and finance matters including complex litigation and court.
Whilst he was undertaking his degrees, PJ worked for three years at the Whitechapel Citizen’s Advice Bureau on over 200 client cases ranging from immigration, family, employment and housing matters, on a pro-bono basis, and was chosen as one of two persons to pilot their first CD rom assisted telephone advice clinics in the UK.
PJ set up CTS an award winning legal consultancy providing bespoke practical and commercial solutions to clients. CTS received sponsorship and high-level support from Lloyds Bank and Thomson Reuters. He still undertakes work as a consultant and offers support on settlement and litigation matters.
PJ has chaired and co-chaired UK charities and collaborations with the Hampshire County Council and recently acted as one of sixteen Commissioners into a year long Inquiry into the Hants Council’s working practices and its annual approximate £2bn administered funds.
Hadi was called to the Bar in 2002, a member of Lincoln’s Inn, and currently works (part-time) for Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Services and has done so for over 18 years. He has delivered training to lawyers, magistrates and District Judges (Magistrates’ Court) on various aspects of civil and criminal law. As an Assistant to the Justices’ Clerk, he performs quasi-judicial functions using delegated powers and has extensive knowledge in both criminal and civil jurisdiction.
Hadi is known for his community work, dealing with some of the most vulnerable people in society, starting in 1999 as a volunteer for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau. As a consultant, he has and continues to work extensively with homeless people and people at risk of becoming homeless. Hadi is vociferous and assiduous in ensuring his clients receive the best possible representation in every case. His clients have commended him for his service both when dealing with individuals and public bodies. Hadi was also instrumental in setting up a mental health diversion team, consistent with the recommendations in The Bradley Report in 2009 and is well acquainted with the provisions under the Mental Health Act 1983.
Hadi is also a non-executive director for MuslimGiving a well-known platform for charitable giving and donations. Hadi and his wife have are blessed with four children, the eldest is at university, reading law and following in his father’s foot-steps. Hadi enjoys playing badminton and currently plays for a badminton team in London – London Tigers.