Pre-Charge Advice and Assistance

As a suspect in any type of criminal or regulatory investigation, it is your right to have independent legal advice and representation if you are being questioned under caution. This is a critical stage of an investigation. Many cases are won or lost on the basis of what is said by a suspect during his/her interview. It is critical you have the best representation from an experienced professional who understands how the interview process can affect the outcome of a trial.

I am available to provide Police Station representation to those under arrest, attending as volunteers or acting as witnesses to assist the Police with their enquiries. I operate a nationwide service.

If you are the subject of an investigation, it is important you have confidence in the lawyer you have instructed. I have substantial experience in helping people at this stage of the enquiry, producing many positive results.

Please contact me on 07932 077 605 if you need to talk.

Here are some important points to remember:

Who Are The Main Investigating Authorities?

Most criminal investigations are carried out by the Police, HMRC, The SFO, The FCA. Local Authorities, The DWP

How are Investigations Conducted?

In the most serious allegations there will be no notice of the investigation given and an arrest will be carried out. This will mean interviews with little or no proper opportunity to prepare for questioning, not having access to material that you may require to be in a position to put across reasonably your defence.

You may then be placed on bail for a period of time, with or without conditions. Your assets may be frozen in some instances.

You may be given advance notice of an interview and are able through negotiation to obtain the documents that are to put to you.

The approach taken by the investigating authority depends on a number of factors, such as the type of matter being investigated, how advanced the investigation is before you are called in and the reasonableness of any requests for pre-interview disclosure that can be made on your behalf.

Yours Rights During the Course of Interview?

Interviews alleging criminal conduct may be conducted at a police station, or at the Offices of the Investigating Authority and even in some circumstances the Offices of your Lawyers.

Interviews are conducted subject to safeguards which arise from the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. This means that you do not need to be arrested simply due to the fact that an allegation of criminal activity has been alleged against you. The interview will be recorded and will only commence once you have been Cautioned and given the opportunity to have a Legal Representative present during the course of the interview, who will advise you as to how best you should proceed. You may be advised to not attend an interview if the circumstances do not merit an explanation.

Interview Strategy

Spending time properly preparing your case for presentation significantly reduces the prospects of your facing proceedings.

Obtaining material and evidence from the Investigator in advance of interview where possible, especially in the current climate where more interviews take place by Voluntary Arrangement will place you at an advantage.

The advice provided by an experienced practitioner can lay the foundations and platform for you in the event that matters escalate to Court Proceedings.

A calm, experienced and mature approach always gains a tactical benefit.

Protecting your interests from an early stage can be undertaken in a number of different ways.

Experience

I have advised during interview stage in relation to some of the most significant and complex investigations and prosecutions that have been brought nationally within the last decade.

These instructions have included multi million pound allegations of fraud, Insider Dealing, money laundering, other financial crime, Tax Evasion. Drugs Conspiracy and Regulatory matters against other professionals.

Services on Offer

I am available to provide Police Station representation to those who are under arrest, have been bailed, have been asked to attending as volunteers. I operate a nationwide service.

If you are the subject of an investigation, it is important you have confidence in the lawyer you have instructed. I have substantial experience in helping people at this stage of the enquiry, producing many positive results.

I offer initial advice, either over the phone, via e-mail or face to face if required. Please contact me on 07932077605 if you need to talk.

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.