Professional Discipline & Fitness to Practise

My experience of courtroom advocacy has led to representing clients before a range of professional regulatory bodies and tribunals, including HCPTS, Bar Standards Board, Solicitors Regulation Authority, Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, General Medical Council, Nurses and Midwifery Council, General Dental Council and the Financial Conduct Authority.

Recent work includes:
• Appearing before the GMC interim orders panel.
• Representing a Social worker appearing before the fitness to practice panel at Social Work England.
• Advising a Hospital Doctor on appeal against a fitness to practice finding by the GMC.
• Successfully representing a Barrister before the Bar Standards Board charged serious professional misconduct.
• Advising a prominent solicitor in relation to breach of SRA rules.
• Defending a health care worker before the HCPTS charged with mistreating her patient. She was cleared of all wrong-doing.
• Representing a city trader investigated for breaching stock exchange regulations. He was cleared of all matters under investigation.

Ashraf is available to take on instructions in cases which impact on the following professionals:
• Barristers.
• Solicitors.
• Accountants.
• Health and Social Care professionals, including Doctors and Surgeons, Nurses, Midwives, all types of therapists, Dentists, Pharmacists and Psychologists.
• Financial services providers, including Bankers, Financial Advisors and Investment Advisors.
• Teachers.
• Surveyors.
• Architects.
• Structural and Civil Engineers.

Working hard to obtain a professional qualification and securing a professional career is an important achievement. It gives us stability and respectability in society. However professional life requires continued adherence to codes of conduct both within and beyond the workplace. A breach of the codes can have significant impact on a professional person at work and at home. It is undoubtedly a very difficult time in the life of someone accused of professional wrongdoing.

Doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, teachers, lawyers, social workers, police officers and others must each comply with the standards set by their professional regulatory bodies. Failure to do so may lead to suspension or being struck off a register altogether. Offending behaviour can relate to alleged incompetency or inappropriate or unlawful activities, be this fraud, assault or inappropriate sexual relationships.

Due to my experience in highly contentious criminal cases, my skills have also been utilised in professional discipline cases to great effect and success. If you are suspected of breaching your professional code, I can help you. Please do not hesitate to contact me.

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.