Farrhat Arshad > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Doughty Street Chambers

Work Department

Criminal Law and Appeals


Farrhat Arshad specialises in the areas of criminal defence and human rights.

Farrhat accepts both privately and publicly funded instructions and accepts cases under the Public Access scheme. Please contact Richard Vile from our practice management team for further details.


Year of Call: 1998; Inner Temple.

Described by Chambers and Partners as, “excellent in Court” and Legal 500 as a, “skilled and determined defence lawyer” Farrhat is instructed in Criminal Appeals and in serious crime, including murder, serious sexual offences, protest cases, drugs, firearms and fraud.  Her civil work centres on Judicial Reviews arising out of both criminal and prison law, including challenges to Parole and categorization decisions.  In recent years, Farrhat has been instructed in many out of time appeals to the Court of Appeal in relation to both conviction and sentence.

Farrhat has been recommended as a leading junior in Crime in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. She was profiled as a “Future star of the Bar”, by Times Online. Farrhat is described by Legal 500 2021 as, “the consummate appeals barrister with an instinctive feel for the shape of an appeal. She is a leader in this field.”


Criminal Bar Association

Howard League for Penal Reform and Liberty.


King Edward VI Girls School; Exeter College, Oxford University (1996, BA Hons, 2:1); London School of Economics (1997, LLM, public and public international law).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Farrhat Arshad – Doughty Street Chambers ‘Farrhat is a clear authoritative advocate with a strong intellect. She thinks hard and bravely about her cases, always looking for a way to promote her clients’ interests.’