Ashraf Khan specialises in business crime and regulation, professional discipline, health and safety and inquests. With a reputation for providing outstanding representation across all his practice areas, Ashraf routinely appears in some of the most complex and demanding cases across the country.
He is particularly noted for his ability to successfully navigate through difficult and sensitive cases with careful efficiency and ease. Given his profile, Solicitors often instruct Ashraf in highly contentious proceedings which require intense preparation and skilled presentation in court. He is regularly engaged in the early stages of major investigations to give clients the benefit of his strategic advice and assistance during what is often a critical stage.
Ashraf’s clients include regulators; professionals facing misconduct proceedings, particularly those who work in the medical and health care profession; organisations; companies, directors and shareholders; and high net worth individuals looking for sensitive advice and representation to protect their reputation and business affairs.
Ashraf’s substantial experience as an advocate has also equipped well to accept instructions from interested parties involved in inquests; where a calm and sensitive approach is required, balanced with an authoritative and firm examination of evidence.
Ashraf is frequently cited by the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners Directory as a leading Barrister. Observations and commentary include:
“Ashraf combines meticulous preparation with excellent client skills and a particularly persuasive style of advocacy.”
“Has strong knowledge of the law and brings broad, tactical vision to his cases. He is deservedly busy in silk-level work despite being a junior.”
“Ashraf’s strengths lie in meticulous attention to detail. He is certainly tipped to take silk in the next few years by many senior members of the Bar.” “Ashraf is a highly skilled advocate who prepares cases thoroughly and presents a forceful case before the court.”
“He has the ability to quickly instil a degree of courage in his clients.”
“He’s exceptionally talented and an extremely able barrister due to his grasp of the law and sensible approach to the jury. He can outshine leading silks on his day.”
“He is a particularly strong junior…. He has dry wit that can wither any hostile witness testimony with ease. He has a huge practice nationally….. A very safe pair of hands”
“Highly sought after for his calm and collective approach which is never anything but measured. He is well received by clients, fellow professionals and the judiciary. He is meticulous in his preparation and presents his cases well before the court.”
Ashraf accepts instructions under the Direct Access Scheme and is authorised to conduct litigation. He is also 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).
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.
Ashraf has a successful Regulatory and Professional Discipline practice. His experience as an advocate in the higher criminal courts has given him give the requisite balance of skills required to undertake this type of work in both and advisory and adversarial role.
Ashraf has experience in representing clients before a range of professional regulatory bodies and tribunals, including HCPTS, Bar Standards Board, Solicitors Regulation Authority, Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, General Medical Council, Nurses and Midwifery Council, General Dental Council and the Financial Conduct Authority.
Recent work includes:
Ashraf is available to take on instructions in cases which impact on the following professionals:
Ashraf’s experience as a leading criminal Barrister has equipped him with the necessary skill set required to focus on developing a strong Professional Discipline and Regulatory law practice. He offers high quality practical legal advice and representation from initial hearings all the way through to final hearings, appeals and judicial review challenges He currently advises and represents individuals, businesses and regulators in professional disciplinary and regulatory hearings across a wide range of sectors.
Heath and Social Care Sector
Ashraf has developed an interest in the health and social care sector and accepts instructions in proceedings involving the major regulators including the General Medical Council (GMC), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), General Dental Council (GDC), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC), Social Work England (SWE), General Optical Council (GOC) and the General Chiropractic Council (GCC).
Ashraf is approved Special Counsel for the NMC. He also regularly presents on behalf of the GDC and sits as an Independent Legal Advisor assisting the Fitness to Practise Hearings Panel at the General Optical Council.
Recent instructions include:
Ashraf has wide ranging experience of dealing with disciplinary hearings within the sports sector. He sits as a panel member for UK Athletics and has recently represented a high profile gymnasium and its coaches facing allegations of misconduct made by UK Gymnastics before the Independent Case Panel.
Ashraf successfully defended a senior Barrister facing over 200 allegations of misconduct made by the BSB. All charges were dismissed. He also advuised a high-profile solicitor facing disciplinary action before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.
Ashraf successfully represented a high-net-worth individual charged with insider trading by the AMF, the French financial regulator. All allegations were dismissed.
Ashraf practices in coronial law. He has a certificate in Coronial Law awarded by the Centre for Contemporary Coronial Law from the University of Bolton; a highly respected course endorsed by the Chief Coroner’s office. This period of training gave Ashraf further in-depth understanding of modern-day coronial law and practice, as well as vital training for properly managing interested parties and sensitively navigating through a Coroner’s inquest.
Chambers and Partners 2021 describes him as “exceptionally talented and an extremely able barrister due to his grasp of the law and sensible approach to the jury..”
Chambers and Partners 2020 described Ashraf as “highly sought after for his calm and collective approach which is never anything but measured. He is well received by clients, fellow professionals and the judiciary.” “He is meticulous in his preparation and presents his cases well before the court.”
The Legal 500 says “his calm persona can cut through complex issues with ease.”