Abbas Lakha QC > Chambers of Steven Kay QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Steven Kay QC
9 Bedford Row
LONDON
WC1R 4AZ
England

Position

Abbas Lakha QC is widely regarded as one of the UK’s most successful and respected leading silks, with a heavyweight practice which encompasses a broad range of specialist areas. He is regularly instructed to advise upon and defend in the most challenging and high profile cases. He is particularly sought after to advise in International financial crime cases, representing clients both in the UK and around the world.

He is retained as a Consultant to the Sabra Defence team in the Hague, who are defending an accused alleged to have been complicit in the assassination of the Lebanese Prime Minister, Mr. Rafik Hariri.

Abbas has experience in all forms of Civil and Criminal Fraud and asset forfeiture work, including restraint and confiscation, and appears before the Tax Tribunals (First Tier and Upper Tier) in respect of VAT and Tax cases. He is highly respected for his advocacy, his attention to detail and his negotiating skills. Regularly instructed to advise at the pre-investigative stages of cases, Abbas has extensive experience of representing high profile individuals for whom reputation management is a significant concern.

Rated in Chambers UK and Legal 500 directories as a leader in the fields of international crime, murder, terrorism, financial crime and asset forfeiture, Abbas Lakha QC is noted for his detailed preparation, incisive examination and strong jury advocacy. He is particularly skilled in handling international money laundering cases, bribery and corruption prosecutions, VAT frauds, missing trader frauds and insider dealing cases.

Career

Queens Counsel (2003)

Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (2009)

Inspector for the Department of Trade and Industry (2000)

The Criminal Bar Association of England & Wales Co-opted Committee Member

The Bar Council of England & Wales VHCC Fees Committee

Member of the Crime Editorial Board of LexisNexis

Languages

Gujerati, Swahili.

Memberships

The Bar Council of England and Wales, The Criminal Bar Association, The European Criminal Bar Association, International Bar Association, The International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association, The Society of Asian Lawyers, The Society of Black Lawyers

Education

BA (Hons), Leeds Beckett University, 1980–83

Barrister at Law, Bar School, Council of Legal Education, 1983–84

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Abbas Lakha QC9 Bedford RowA smooth operator. Abbas is a serious barrister with a calm air in the face of challenge, bringing an understated determination to his cause. An absolute master in the courtroom and able to articulate the most difficult and complex evidence with charm and absolute ease.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Abbas Lakha QC9 Bedford RowCommitted and tactically astute. He is an absolute master in the courtroom and able to articulate the most difficult and complex evidence with charm and absolute ease.