Chambers UK Bar Award-winning KC secures conviction of Lord Ahmed of Rotherham

A leading criminal barrister has secured the conviction of Lord Ahmed of Rotherham for serious sexual offences. Read more about this case and the leading barristers in the area of criminal law.

Published on 18 January 2022
Written by Eleanor Crundwell
Eleanor Crundwell

A former labour peer convicted of serious offences

In January 2022, former Labour peer Lord Ahmed of Rotherham was convicted of serious sexual offences against two children. The sexual abuse was said to have occurred in Rotherham in the 1970s when Ahmed was a teenager, and he had been charged with serious sexual assault against a young boy and two counts of attempted rape against a young girl. Ahmed denied all charges.

Lord Ahmed’s two older brothers had also been charged with indecent assault against the same male victim, but both were considered unfit to stand trial.

Leading criminal barristers in the UK

Acting for the prosecution, Tom Little KC of 9 Gough Chambers successfully argued that a recording of a phone call between the two victims in 2016 proved that the claims had not been “made up or concocted”, and Ahmed was found guilty of two counts of attempted rape and one count of buggery.

As Senior Treasury Counsel, Tom Little has successfully prosecuted several high-profile criminal cases in recent years, including R v Wayne Couzens, a case arising from the kidnapping, rape and murder of Sarah Everard in 2021.

Tom Little KC was awarded the Crime Silk of the Year Award at the Chambers UK Bar Awards in November 2021, the awards are held annually and recognise the achievements of the top sets, silks and juniors in over 20 practice areas.

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