Rated in the Directories as a leader in the fields of Crime and Financial Crime, Abbas Lakha QC has been described as “A great strategic thinker who is eager to win cases” and as “A supreme operator, driven to obtain the best result in the circumstances of the case. An approachable and hard-working specialist defence advocate, highly experienced in handling complex homicides and drugs offences as well as fraud cases.”
He is noted for his detailed preparation, incisive examination and strong advocacy style, and his skill in handling international financial crime and money laundering cases, representing clients both in the UK and around the world. He has been instructed to defend in numerous VAT frauds, missing trader frauds and insider dealing cases.
Abbas has an outstanding reputation and is regularly instructed to advise upon and defend in the most challenging and high profile murder, terrorism, firearms and drugs trials.
He is regularly instructed to advise at the pre-investigative stages of cases and has extensive experience of representing high profile individuals for whom reputation management is a significant concern. He has also advised on extradition matters linked to serious criminal activity.
His practice also includes conducting private prosecutions, appeals in the Court of Criminal Appeal, advising in civil fraud matters, civil restraint and asset forfeiture cases, appearing in VAT tribunals and before various professional disciplinary tribunals.
Called to the Bar 1984 and took Silk 2003
Bar Council, CBA, IBA, ECRA, Society of Asian Lawyers