Ashraf Khan is widely acknowledged as a leading criminal defence barrister. He is noted for his ability to successfully manage complex and difficult cases with efficiency. Given his profile, Solicitors often instruct him in highly contentious trials which require intense preparation and skilled presentation in court.
Ashraf has a national defence practice. His case load includes of some of the biggest and most high profile cases seen in recent times. His extensive experience of litigation covers a wide spectrum of cases including serious organised crime involving homicide, firearms, cartel, human and drugs trafficking, money laundering and high value serious fraud.
Ashraf is often instructed at the earliest stages of major investigations to give clients the benefit of his strategic advice and assistance during what is often a critical stage in a criminal/regulatory inquiry.
Direct Access work has played a significant part in Ashraf’s practice in recent years. Members of the public can now instruct him directly under the Direct Access scheme. Ashraf advises and represents clients on a full range of criminal and regulatory matters. For further enquiries, please email him directly on email@example.com or speak to his clerks in Chambers.
Ashraf is an accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator, A Registered Lawyer with the Football Association (FA) and a registered Practitioner at the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC). He is also approved to conduct cases at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Over the last two decades, Ashraf has been consistently recognised by the Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 as a leader in complex fraud and serious crime defence.
Ashraf offers clients highly specialised and dedicated representation at all levels of the criminal justice system. He has appeared in Courts throughout England and Wales in cases of the highest national profile. He provides his lay and professional clients with outstanding legal knowledge, clearly focused and timely advice, and robust and effective advocacy.
Ashraf offers exceptional experience and ability in the defence of a wide range of serious and complex criminal cases involving serious organised crime; all forms of homicide, particularly gang related executions; serious violence and public disorder; large scale drug trafficking; terrorism; blackmail; kidnapping; and armed robbery.
Over the years, Ashraf has gained substantial expertise in dealing with the use and interpretation of scientific evidence, including DNA; facial mapping; firearms residue; cell-site analysis; and complex medical evidence.
Ashraf is a fraud defence specialist. He provides advice and representation in some of the largest and most complex fraud cases to come before the Courts in the country. He specialises in advising and representing corporate and individual clients across the full range of white collar criminal offences, business crime, and related regulatory proceedings.
Ashraf’s services are often called upon at the earliest stage of a fraud investigation to assist in active case management. Due to the sheer size of the fraud alleged and the volume of documents involved, he often works within a team of specialist lawyers and forensic accountants during the preparatory stages.
Ashraf has experience of a wide spectrum of the business crime or regulatory issues which can face companies or individuals, including criminal anti-competitive behaviour (cartels, insider dealing, market abuse, LIBOR and other foreign exchange rate), Fraud (including Revenue (VAT and excise/duty diversion), mortgage, carbon credit trading, banking/fraudulent trading, factoring, MTIC/Carousel, boiler room, land banking, money laundering and “Ponzi” schemes) and Intellectual property crime.
Ashraf is the first choice of counsel for many solicitors across the country and lay clients who need dedicated and effective representation for the most serious criminal allegation. Most of Ashraf’s instructions in homicide cases have involved gang related executions and contract killings.
Ashraf has extensive experience of working within a team of specialised lawyers who are dedicated to investing time and effort into the case in order to ensure that every aspect of the prosecution’s case is scrutinised so that every aspect of the prosecution’s case is tested before the jury.
When presenting the defence case, client’s and solicitors feel reassured knowing that everything is being done to ensure the defence is presented in the best possible light to the jury. Ashraf has extensive experience of guiding client’s through difficult murder cases strategically and successfully.
Often in gang related cases issues of admissibility, disclosure, causation, joint enterprise, cut-throat, bad character and hearsay arise. Ashraf has substantial experience of managing cases of this kind. He also has a track record of working with experts for the defence when the expertise/accuracy/integrity of prosecution experts are challenged.