Fraud/Financial Crime

I am a fraud defence specialist. I provide advice and representation in some of the largest and most complex fraud cases to come before the Courts in the country. I specialise in advising and representing corporate and individual clients across the full range of white collar criminal offences, business crime, and related regulatory proceedings.  

My services are often called upon at the earliest stage of a fraud investigation to assist in active case management. Due to the sheer size of the fraud alleged, and the volume of documents involved, I often work within a team of specialist lawyers and forensic accountants during the preparatory stages.

I have experience of a wide spectrum of the business crime or regulatory issues which can face companies or individuals, including criminal anti-competitive behaviour (cartels, insider dealing, market abuse, LIBOR and other foreign exchange rate), Fraud (including Revenue (VAT and excise/duty diversion), mortgage, carbon credit trading, banking/fraudulent trading, factoring, MTIC/Carousel, boiler room, land banking, money laundering and “Ponzi” schemes) and Intellectual property crime.

See below for sample cases I have recently been instructed in:

Operation Warbird: Substantial fraud on HM Government Department
Operation Abundant: Multi million pound MTIC fraud
Operation Hyperion: multi million pound money laundering.
Operation Nightjar 2: Multimillion pound money laundering
Operation Hornet: large scale fraud and tax evasion
Operation Dublin: Complex Trading Standards prosecution into fraud, tax evasion and money laundering.
Operation Supertop: £53 million international money laundering.
Operation Yates: Multi million pound money laundering linked to major drugs trafficking conspiracy in North East England.
Operation Lever: Alleged multi million pound International Revenue Share Fraud on mobile phone industry.
RE: AW: Investigation into a multimillion pound insider dealing syndicate carried out by the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF).
R v EA and others: High value fraud on lending institutions and banks.
R v RS: High value Tax fraud.
R v PS & 8 Others: Multi million pound conspiracy to defraud Banks.
Operation Coil: Defence of a mortgage broker charged with conspiracy to defraud lenders in excess of £1.6 million.
Operation Thatcham: Instructed to defend in a large-scale conspiracy to defraud Insurance companies.
Operation Lollipop: Defence of man accused of large-scale conspiracy to defraud insurance companies.
Operate Savate: Instructed to represent the lead defendant, a com-pany director, in allegation of direct and indirect tax fraud within the construction industry. This case has been described at the largest construction fraud to be prosecuted to date.
Operation Bamburgh: Instructed to represent one of the main defend-ants in what has been described as the largest mortgage fraud to be prosecuted to date.
Operation Nacho: Instructed to represent one of the principal defendants. This case has been described as the largest ‘cash for crash’ fraud ever prosecuted in the country. The allegation involves a large-scale fraud on insurance companies through false/exaggerated accident and personal injury claims.
R v NC & 4 Others: Representing defendant charged with fraudulent trading on a substantial scale.
Operation Enigma: Client alleged to be part of a £200 million international money laundering crime syndicate.
R v TP & 6 Others: Trading Standards prosecution of organised crime group involved in large scale counterfeit goods fraud.
R v AD & 17 Others: Instructed to represent defendant charged with large-scale ‘cash for crash’ insurance fraud.
R v MG & 5 Others: Represented one of the principal defendants (a professional banker) charged with laundering the proceeds of her father’s cheat on the public revenue which ran into millions.
Operation Anerley: Representing the lead defendant as leading junior in this multi-million pound mortgage fraud.
R v James Priestley & 4 Others: Representing defendant charged with £1 million money laundering. The source of the money alleged to by the proceeds of drug trafficking.
R v MC & 6 Others: Representing lead defendant in a £100 million steel fraud.
Operation Pompeii: Representing one of the defendants in a multi-million pound mortgage fraud.
R v MA & 20 Others: Substantial fraud on insurance industry.
R v IH& 8 Others: Substantial MTIC (Missing Trader) fraud.
Operation Jericho: Multi million pound money laundering resulting from proceeds of crime generated via drug trafficking.
R v PJ & 5 Others: Represented acquitted defendant of multi million pound fraud.
Operation Euripus: Representing first defendant on the indictment in what was described at the largest MTIC fraud ever prosecuted by Revenue and Customs at the time.
R v FA& 8 Others: International £144 million fraud perpetrated against Virgin media.
R v RJ & Others: ‘Advance Fee Fraud’. Client charged with conspiracy to defraud. Case involved large scale operation instigated by the West Midlands Police Organised Crime Unit, the Home Office and the Organised Crime Squad of West Africa.
R v MT & Others: Representing lead defendant and company director of a time share company charged with conspiracy to defraud in excess of £1 million.
R v WK & Others: Representing lead defendant charged conspiracy to defraud and alleged to be the lead conspirator in defrauding banks and other lending institutions of substantial sums of money.


Chambers and Partners 2021

"He's exceptionally talented and an extremely able barrister due to his grasp of the law and sensible approach to the jury. He can outshine leading silks on his day."

Chambers and Partners 2020

Highly sought after for his calm and collective approach which is never anything but measured. He is well received by clients, fellow professionals and the judiciary.” “He is meticulous in his preparation and presents his cases well before the court.”

Legal 500 2020

“He is a particularly strong junior in serious crime and fraud. He has dry wit that can wither any hostile witness testimony with ease. He has a huge practice nationally in complex crime. A very safe pair of hands”

Legal 500 2019

Has a great eye for detail”

Legal 500 2018

“Advises on serious financial crime matters. Regularly defends cases of mortgage, tax and investment fraud”

Chambers and Partners 2017:

“Recognised for advising on serious financial crime matters. He regularly defends cases of mortgage, tax and investment fraud ….His written work is particularly good."

Legal 500 2016:

‘His calm persona can cut through complex issues with ease’.

Chambers and Partners 2016:

‘Particularly noted for his expertise in cartel investigations, insider dealing and rate fixing matters. He routinely represents large corporations and individuals’

Legal 500 2015:

‘…often has the prosecution running around in circles’

Chambers and Partners 2015:

Has a nationwide financial crime practice and is regularly instructed to defend in complex fraud cases…….has an A to Z knowledge of fraud work."

Legal 500 2014:

‘An excellent jury advocate’

Chambers and Partners 2014:

‘Has a practice encompassing mortgage, tax and insurance fraud cases.

Legal 500 2013:

mindblowingly experienced'

Chambers and Partners 2013:

praised for his ability to handle cases which combine civil and criminal fraud elements. He has a national fraud profile, and handles mortgage and insurance frauds, money laundering matters and MTIC cases’ 

Chambers and Partners 2012:

‘a diligent professional acclaimed for his fantastic knowledge of his subject’

Chambers and Partners 2011:

'fights really hard for his clients and is very good tactically’

Legal 500 2011:

‘is comfortable with any level of tribunal and is completely au fait with complex legal issues’

Legal 500:

‘is widely experienced in fraud…has good experience in conspiracy trials’

Legal 500:

‘has a serious crime practice for his call and good experience in fraud and conspiracy trials’

Legal 500:

‘has a busy serious crime practice’

“I am delighted with the verdict. I am an innocent man and I’m glad the jury believed in me. This has been a very difficult time for me. My reputation was badly damaged after my arrest but now I can get on with my life as an innocent man with my head held high. I would like to take this opportunity to say I am especially indebted to my Barrister, Mr Ashraf Khan. Without his support I would have been lost”

QM, acquitted after a 5 month sexual abuse trial.

I cannot describe how happy I am today. Thank you Ashraf for all your help through this difficult period in my life. I was so scared I would loose my livelihood. I owe you so much”

TH, an independent financial adviser, acquitted after a 4 month fraud trial.


“I am delighted with the verdict! Thank you so much”

DO, acquitted of Grievous Bodily Harm after a trial.


“Brilliant result, thanks so much! Thank you for all the hard work and taking the time to understand our case; our previous lawyers just didn’t want to know”.

GH, acquitted of large scale drugs conspiracy.



“Thank you for everything! I could have spent my whole life in prison for something I didn’t do!

LW, acquitted of gang related murder after a 10 week trial.



“Thank you Mr Khan for all your hard work during this long and difficult trial. We knew we could always rely on you. You were superb!”

DM, acquitted of large scale drugs conspiracy.