Aftab Jafferjee QC > Chambers of Simon Denison QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Simon Denison QC
6KBW College Hill


When appointed Junior Treasury Counsel in 1997, Aftab became the first member of any ethnic minority to be so appointed in the one hundred and thirty eight year history of Treasury Counsel. He was appointed Senior Treasury Counsel just four years later. Aftab appeared primarily at the Central Criminal Court, dealing with a wide range of some of the most high-profile cases in the country. They include terrorism, secrets, murder, corruption, and homicide-related medical negligence. Notable cases have included the Greek Embassy Siege, the Afghan Airlines Hijack, the British Aerospace Secrets trials, and the trial of the Pakistani Cricketers’ spot-fixing at Lords. Homicide cases have included the first British cannibal killings, the Harrow school killing, the Ministry of Sound murder, and the 30 year old cold-case review triple murder of the family of the first black footballer to play for England.

As a result of long-standing instructions, he remains currently involved as Lead Counsel in the allegations against Lloyds Bank and HBOS concerning the manipulations of both Libor, and the repayments to the Bank of England`s Special Liquidity Scheme.

In addition to being renowned as a formidable and “brilliant” cross-examiner, Aftab is regularly instructed to argue matters of law in the Appellate jurisdiction, including the House of Lords (R v Webber; R v Benson), and most recently R v Smith in the Supreme Court. He has recently successfully intervened in the Court of Appeal (Civil Division), reinforcing the scope and availability of Private prosecutions (Scopelight Ltd v Chief Constable of Northumbria, recently reaffirmed by the Supreme Court as the authoritative judgement on the subject).


Called 1980. Junior Treasury Counsel 1997. Senior Treasury Counsel 201. Queen’s Counsel 2008.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Aftab Jafferjee QC6KBW College HillHe is a wonderful advocate, a tough and relentless cross-examiner and frighteningly hard working. He is also exceptionally charming and enjoys the respect of judges.