Zaki graduated from Oxford University and qualified as a solicitor in 1995. He has held Higher Rights of Audience since 2008. His practice is focused on Trial Advocacy in the Crown Court where he has represented clients charged with the full spectrum of criminal allegations including some of the most serious allegations including Murder and Complex Fraud both as Counsel and as 2nd Junior Counsel.
Most recently, as Trial Advocate, Zaki has successfully represented clients facing allegations of Tax Evasion, Large Scale Historic Money Laundering, Conspiracy to steal large numbers of High Value vehicles and exporting the same, High Value Cigarette Importations, Conspiracy to supply drugs and Drug Importations.
As Trial Advocate, Zaki has also successfully represented a number of clients charged with offences of Violence ranging from Robbery, GBH, Violent Disorder and Sexual Offences.
Zaki’s advocacy experience extends to the Court of Appeal where he recently persuaded the court to reduce a sentence imposed upon a client who pleaded guilty to an offence of causing serious injury by dangerous driving which was a relatively new offence at the time.
Known for his exceptional ability to digest vast amounts of information, Zaki’s meticulous analysis of evidence is invaluable in cases involving voluminous papers. Throughout his career Zaki has litigated all aspects of criminal allegations and it this attention to detail which has earned praise from clients and other Advocates alike.
Zaki also represents many clients on a private basis as Advocate in the Magistrates Court on a range of allegations including Taxi Touting, Driving Offences, Drink Drive, and Fail to Provide Specimen.
Zaki’s ability to analyse and prepare cases to a high standard, has been utilized by the Legal Aid Agency and Ministry of Justice for whom he has been a Peer Reviewer since 2005. As a Senior Peer Reviewer, Zaki examines the files of other firms of solicitors to ensure that they reach levels of competency expected in the industry.
A former committee member of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association (LCCSA), Zaki has been involved in responding to Government Consultations particularly on sentencing reform.
- Junior counsel on a four month, 10 defendant murder trial in the Old Bailey. Client was acquitted.
- Junior counsel on a two month, high value fraud trial in the Reading Crown Court. Client was acquitted.
- Counsel on a two month, 7 defendant cigarette smuggling trial in the Maidstone Crown Court. Client was acquitted.
- Counsel on a 5 defendant cigarette smuggling trial in the Old Bailey. Client was acquitted.
Team – Crown Court Team
Office – Hayes/Acton
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org