I was born and brought up in Didsbury in Manchester, the eldest child of parents who immigrated to this country from Pakistan.
After school, we moved to Altrincham and I went on to read Modern History & English Literature at The University of Oxford, where I was elected to the post of Women’s Officer for my college.
After graduating, I studied law and trained to be a solicitor. I worked in the Manchester offices of two global law firms (Eversheds and DLA Piper UK), specialising in intellectual property and general commercial law, before joining The University of Manchester as an in-house lawyer, where I remained for nine years, serving a three year term on its Board of Governors. I am now a freelance lawyer.