Habib Motani has spent the whole of his professional career with the international law firm Clifford Chance. 

He was a banking and finance partner for some 30 years and established and led the firm's Global Derivatives group, where he is now a consultant. He is a Visiting Professor at the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh.

Mr Motani has served on a number of Ismaili Constitutional bodies, including as the Legal Member of the National Council for the UK and as a Member and then Chair of the International Conciliation and Arbitration Board. 

He has been Vice-Chair of the National Committee of the Aga Khan Foundation (UK) and is its company secretary. He is a trustee of The Aga Khan University (International) in the UK.

Mr Motani has served as a trustee of arts charities, such as the National Association for Gallery Education and Bow Arts Trust, and is a Lay Governor at the Glasgow School of Art. He is also a member of the Steering Group of the Canary Wharf Multi-faith Chaplaincy. He graduated with a degree in Law from Cambridge University and then qualified as a solicitor.