Habi Patel

Habibunnisha Patel

General Counsel


Habibunnisha is General Counsel and Company Secretary of Save the Children UK, a member of the global Save the Children movement, and she is now heading up one of the largest legal teams in the international NGO sector in the UK. She recently served as a board trustee of Muslim Aid, one of the leading western independent Muslim faith-based NGOs.

Prior to her role at Save the Children UK, Habibunnisha was a freelance legal consultant in the international development sector, with diverse experience of the sector, having worked on both strategic and operational matters with longstanding development actors and faith-based NGOs in differing stages of growth, stabilisation and recovery. Since moving into the third sector 8 years ago, Habibunnisha has worked for NGOs and development consultancy firms and also worked as Associate General Counsel at Plan International, a global children rights based international NGO that operates in over 70 countries around the world.

This followed a decade as a corporate/mergers and acquisitions lawyer at Slaughter and May, an international ‘magic circle’ law firm, advising a range of publicly listed and private companies, working with clients including the UK and Botswana governments and successful client secondments to Istithmar World, Dubai, GE Capital and Royal & Sun Alliance.  During her time with Slaughter and May, she lived and worked in various parts of Asia and the Middle East – India, Dubai and Singapore – as well as London. Her international experience and travel to date spans over 60 countries.

Habibunnisha graduated in Law from the University of Cambridge and has a postgraduate in Law.  In 2019, she was a select member of the Senior Faith in Leadership programme at St George’s House, Windsor, which brings together a small group of senior faith leaders, the purpose of which is to enable faith leaders to create partnerships that will make a difference for the common good. She was on the London Regional Leadership Group for Mosaic, a Princes’ Trust Charity, and mentored with the charity for a number of years. She also mentored disadvantaged young adults for over 5 years through a mentoring scheme run by Westminster City Council.