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Zaki Hashmi

Partner | Solicitor Advocate

BA (Oxon)

“They are extremely competent in their legal and strategic advice, their files are very well prepared and they have some of the hardest-working and most dedicated solicitors that I have ever worked with”

Chambers & Partners

“They are able solicitors, who are hardworking and understand what is necessary tactically in preparation to advance a case”

Chambers & Partners

“The solicitors are approachable and care about the clients”

Chambers & Partners

Zaki qualified as a solicitor in 1995 and gained Higher Rights of Audience in 2008. He has firmly established a reputation for his highly persuasive, finely tuned and measured approach to advocacy in the Crown Court.

Zaki has represented clients charged with the full spectrum of criminal allegations, including murder and complex fraud, both as sole and junior counsel. He has recently successfully represented clients accused of tax evasion, large scale historic money laundering, conspiracy to steal and export high value vehicles, high value cigarette and alcohol importations, conspiracy to supply drugs and drug importations, and offences contrary to the Modern Slavery Act. He has also successfully represented clients charged with offences of serious violence and sex offences, including child pornography.

Zaki’s meticulous analysis of evidence is invaluable in cases involving voluminous case papers. Throughout his career he has litigated all aspects of criminal allegations and it is this attention to detail which has earned considerable praise from both clients and fellow advocates.

Zaki also represents many clients on a private basis in the magistrates’ court on a range of offences including taxi touting, driving offences, drink driving and failing to provide a specimen. He provides a careful and thoroughly considered second opinion on a private basis to clients seeking to appeal against conviction and sentence in the Crown Court and has appeared regularly in the Court of Appeal.

Zaki’s ability to analyse and prepare cases to a high standard has been utilised by the Legal Aid Agency and Ministry of Justice for whom he has worked as a Crime Peer Reviewer since 2006. As a Senior Peer Reviewer, he examines and assesses the quality of work undertaken by criminal law firms throughout England and Wales in order to ensure that they meet the standards required of them.

A former committee member of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association (LCCSA), Zaki currently serves on the LCCSA subcommittee concerning new crime legislation and government consultations on sentencing guidelines reform.