Zaki Hashmi


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.

Notable Cases;

  • 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

Associated Cases

Operation Sorrel – Reading Crown Court 2015

Multi-handed Conspiracy to Steal of over 100 high performance vehicles stolen from across the UK and exporting the same to Africa and the Middle East. The gain to the Defendants was alleged to have been in the region of £15 million. Access was obtained to vehicles which used key less technology to create a third key through the use of specialist diagnostic equipment. With the assistance of trackers the Defendants were able to steal vehicles, change their identities and remove them from the UK jurisdiction.

Operation Doberman – Manchester Crown Court 2015

Following the convictions of a number of family members for the importation of heroin and conspiracy to handle stolen goods namely stolen and or fraudulent passports and visa, this investigation was conducted into the finances of 11 Defendants. The individuals faced allegations of Conspiracy to Launder Money over an almost 10 year period and were said to have dissipated their assets at the point of a family members arrest or confiscation proceedings. The value of the fraud was in the region of £1 million. The case is linked to Operation Cadmus, Operation Shoreham and Operation Muscadet.