Akhtar has specialised in Criminal Defence work since 1994 and is a Higher Court Solicitor Advocate. He has considerable experience dealing with the full spectrum of criminal matters ranging from general criminal allegations and minor road traffic offences to the most serious and complex cases of International Fraud, Extradition, Murder and Terrorism.
Whilst advocacy is an important aspect of Akhtar’s practice, case preparation and case management in complex cases is also a significant area of expertise. In particular Akhtar has experience in dealing with complex Restraint Orders and Confiscation Orders.
Akhtar has represented those charged with high profile allegations of Terrorism (VHCC), Murder (VHCC) and International Fraud (VHCC). He is registered with the Legal Services Commission as a Grade A Supervisor, approved to handle the most serious and complex criminal cases.
Akhtar’s clients come from all walks of life. He has advised and defended Company Directors, Accountants, Senior Members of the Medical Profession, Broadcasters and Journalists, Police Officers and a Peer of the Realm.
Whilst Criminal Defence work makes up the majority of his practice, Akhtar has also prosecuted on behalf of Government Agencies such as the Department of Business Innovation and Enterprise (DBIS) formerly known as DBERR & DTI as well as Local Authorities and regulatory authorities such as OFCOM.
As President of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association (LCCSA) Akhtar is actively involved in representing the interests of Solicitors and associated members who practice Criminal Law in London. Through the LCCSA, Akhtar directly contributes to government consultations on changes to the Criminal Justice System and meets with Government Ministers, senior members of the Judiciary and others who influence Policy.
A member of a number of Human Rights organisations, Akhtar is committed to using the legal system to fight injustice committed against individuals or groups whether at home or abroad.
- President of the LCCSA (London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association)
- Assessor on the Examining Board of Swansea University
- Amnesty International