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.