Saba Navid

Saba Navid

Birmingham Law School
Doctoral researcher

Contact details


  • LLM in Commercial Law (with Distinction), University of Birmingham.
  • LLB Law (Hons), Cardiff University. 


Throughout my studies, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, I found the fields of Contract and Commercial Law of great interest. Having been inspired by the scholarly works of those who taught me, I decided to pursue a career in academia, the foundations of which were laid when I enrolled on to the PhD in Law Research Programme.

Prior to commencing my Doctoral studies, I gained invaluable legal work experience at Harrison Clark Rickerbys, during which time I worked in the Corporate, Employment, Debt Recovery and Private Client Departments.

Currently, alongside my Doctoral research in the field of illegality in contracts, I am teaching the Contract Law module as a Seminar Leader. 


  • Contract Law

Doctoral research

PhD title
A critical analysis of the effects of illegality on a contract
Dr Catherine Mitchell
Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur


My research focuses on illegality in the contractual context, examining in particular the application of the ex turpi causa non oritur actio defence as well as the related maxim in pari delicto, potior est conditio defendentis. Illegality is a topic which is oft labelled as being one of the most notoriously complex areas of the Law of Contract, which makes researching this area both interesting and extremely rewarding. 

Other activities

  • AKA Onwuzaor Prize (Cardiff Law School), Cardiff University.