Dr Saba Navid

Dr Saba Navid

Birmingham Law School
Visiting Lecturer

Contact details

Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Saba Navid is a Visiting Lecturer who teaches Company and Contract Law. She recently completed her PhD at Birmingham Law School


  • PhD, University of Birmingham
  • 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.


  • Contract Law (LLB)
  • Company Law (LLM)


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.



  • Saba Navid, ‘Illegality, Public Policy and Immigration Rules’ (2020) 136 Law Quarterly Review [Case Note] (forthcoming)

    Discusses the Court of Appeal decision in Okedina v Chikale [2019] EWCA Civ 1393 concerning illegality in the employment context, which whilst ostensibly following previous case law namely Patel v Mirza [2016] UKSC 42 and Hounga v Allen [2014] UKSC 47 ventures further in flexibility beyond that provided in those decisions.