civil, commercial, corporate, company, project finance and banking law matters
Nihad obtained her BA (Hons) degree in Law from Cambridge University, UK in 1988. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales from Gray’s Inn, London in 1989, completed her LLM, also from Cambridge University, UK in 1991 and was granted her MA in 1993. She was enrolled as an Advocate in Bangladesh in 1990 and as an Advocate of the High Court Division of Bangladesh in 1991. In 2002 she was enrolled as an Advocate of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.
Nihad joined Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed & Associates in 1991 and developed her expertise in civil, commercial, corporate, company, project finance and banking law matters. She was involved in several constitutional cases of note. The most notable case was the President’s Reference No.1 of 1995, the first ever President’s reference to the Chief Justice on a matter of constitutional importance under Constitutional provisions in Bangladesh, where Nihad assisted Senior Counsel, Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed in his role as amicus curiae. She appears before the Supreme Court routinely in constitutional, corporate and company matters and income tax references. Cases on double taxation argued by her have been reported and are used as precedents in the Supreme Court.
Nihad was a member of the Company Law Reform Committee formed by the Government of Bangladesh in August 2003, WTO Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Commerce, Bankruptcy Law Reform Committee for Bangladesh in 1994. Nihad was also the first Legal Counsel to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Bangladesh from 1993-96. She taught Company Law at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh in the academic year 1993-94.
Nihad worked as Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, Philippines from July 1996 to February 2000