Cyclist killed in Holborn named as former corporate lawyer Shatha Ali

They paid tribute to Shatha Ali, who previously worked at law firm City Latham & Watkins, where she was a partner.

Ms Ali, 39, died at the scene in High Holborn after a collision involving a lorry around 10am on Tuesday.

Her family, who live in London, said Ms Ali was always ready to help others. She was born in Bahrain and came to London with her family at the age of one, loved to travel and had a wide circle of friends.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, her family said that despite having a very successful career, Ms Ali was not defined by her job and had many interests outside of work.

“She did very well, extremely well, at work, but it wasn’t the focus of her life,” they said.

“She was the go-to person for everyone. We have always depended on her. She has traveled to so many places. Last weekend, she was hiking with her sister.

Shatha Ali: had a very successful legal career

/ Latham and Watkins

Her father Hasan Ali said: “She was extremely generous and contributed to many, many charities. She had very good close friends.

Ms Ali worked for Norton and Rose, now international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, before joining Latham & Watkins around 2012/13. She became a partner but left last summer to take a break from her career.

She had a younger brother and sister, was single and lived in Rotherhithe.

They described her as a ‘social cyclist’ who knew the roads of London well, but the type of cyclist who would have ridden in jeans and a jumper rather than Lycra.

Ms Ali was cycling from Rotherhithe to Maida Vale at the time of the fatal collision.

Her childhood friend, Dr Ala’a al Shehabi, from University College London, said: “Shatha should not have died in this horrible way.

News of his death reached Bahrain, where his father was born. She was the eighth cyclist killed on or near Holborn’s one-way system since 2008.

At Latham & Watkins, she had worked in its corporate department and was an expert in derivatives and Islamic finance. She left last summer after deciding to take a break from her career.

She obtained her law degree from King’s College London in 2003 and her postgraduate law degree from BPP Law School in 2004.

The London Cycling Campaign, which is demanding safety improvements, is planning a vigil at 6 p.m. on Friday.

High Holborn Thursday

/ Ross Lydall/Evening Standard

Simon Munk, Campaigns Manager at the LCC, said: With just months to go until our last protest in Holborn, following the death of Dr Marta Krawiec, we are forced to return to this area and to junctions that have been known for decades to be deadly dangerous. for those who walk and cycle. , but where year after year nothing is done.

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