Shatha Ali

(Law, 2003)

Corporate lawyer and cyclist, Shatha Ali (Law, 2003), was killed in Holborn earlier this year.

In March 2022, Law alumna Shatha Ali was fatally killed following a collision with a lorry near Holborn station, central London. Shatha was 39 years old and died at the scene.

Shatha worked at city law firm Latham & Watkins in its corporate department, and was an expert on derivatives and Islamic finance. She had left the firm the previous summer, after deciding to take a career break. Prior to her role at Latham & Watkins, Shatha worked at Norton and Rose, now international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright.

Born in Bahrain, Shatha came to London with her family aged one, loved travelling and had a wide circle of friends. Despite having a successful career, her family said she was not defined by her job, stating that Shatha had many interests outside work. Her family said:

‘She was everybody’s “go to” person. We always depended on her. She travelled to so many places.’ They also described her as a ‘social cyclist’ who knew London roads well.

On speaking of her death, her father, Hasan Ali, said:

‘She was extremely generous and contributed to many, many charities. She had very good, close friends.’

Shatha lived in Rotherhithe, south London, with her younger brother and sister.

Details of this obituary were taken from here and here.