Ahmed is an experienced tenant with a focus on criminal and regulatory law, undertaking both defence and prosecution work.
Ahmed has a busy practice often instructed on cases of a serious and complex nature. Ahmed has particular expertise in financial crime having dealt with large scale money laundering cases and complex frauds often concerning millions of pounds moving across various jurisdictions. Ahmed is experienced in dealing with hawala transfers, cross-border transactions, and cash forfeitures.
Professional and lay clients have often credited Ahmed’s fearless advocacy and ability to quickly identify legal issues. Lay clients have commended his ability to build rapport with them and his emotional intelligence when dealing with their case.
Ahmed is fluent in Arabic and has strong connections within the Arab community, having represented and advised many of them on sensitive legal issues. As well as this, Ahmed is the president of the Arab Lawyers Association.
Ahmed is also qualified to accept instructions under Direct Access.
Areas of practice
- Called to the Bar – 2014
- Inn of Court – Inner Temple
- Inner Temple Advocacy Prize, Finalist (2016)
- As a pupil Ahmed was one of eight students shortlisted from Inner Temple’s 96 pupils by the Inn as the one of the best advocates and was invited to compete at the semi-finals.
Associations and memberships
R v J – Snaresbrook Crown Court – Conspiracy to conceal criminal property
Led junior on a 5 handed, £34 million money laundering case. Represented the first Defendant who was alleged to have organised a complex multi-jurisdiction money transfer operation. After 7 weeks and several legal arguments on disclosure, the Prosecution were forced to offer no evidence.
R v H (Operation Albany) - Bristol Crown Court – Facilitating transfer of criminal property
Instructed as a led junior on a 9 handed, £7.5 million money laundering case. Represented the Defendant first on the indictment who was alleged to have been the ringleader and mastermind behind the conspiracy. The case involved large amount of phone and financial data. After an 8-week trial the Defendant was acquitted.
R v T (Operation Kimball) - Norwich Crown Court – Conspiracy to supply Class A
Instructed as junior alone in a 6 handed conspiracy to supply class A county lines case. Appeared for the Defendant third on the indictment and alleged to have been the lieutenant in a conspiracy to supply drugs in Great Yarmouth. The case involved over 130,000 pages of phone evidence and cell site data and lasted 8 weeks.
R v DG (Operation Glengorm) – Lewes Crown Court – Conspiracy to commit burglary & robbery
Instructed as a led junior on a multi-handed case concerning several conspiracies to commit armed burglary and robbery. The case involved over 25,000 pages of phone data, cell site and ANPR. Listed for 8 weeks.
R v K – Nottingham Crown Court – Kidnap and conspiracy to supply Class A
Instructed as a junior alone in a 6 handed drugs conspiracy and kidnapping. The case involved significant ANPR evidence and over 30,000 pages of phone evidence.
R v K – Luton Crown Court – Possession of a prohibited weapon
Case regarding possession of a shotgun, which was later taken into a school.
R v I - Snaresbrook Crown Court - Possession with intent to supply Class A
The Defendant was stopped by police and found to have over £500 worth of crack cocaine on him. Further searches revealed large amounts of cash and several phone which contained evidence of drug dealing. After a 4 day trial the jury returned a not guilty verdict in under an hour.
R v R - Snaresbrook Crown Court - S18 GBH
Successful defence of S18 GBH trial where the Defendant was accused of stabbing his flatmate with a kitchen knife.
R v C & Others - Maidstone Crown Court - Affray
Acted for C who faced a charge of affray involving several weapons along with 2 other Defendants. The 2 other Defendants were both blaming C as the aggressor and maintained they were victims. Following a 12 day trial C was successfully acquitted and both other Defendants were convicted.
R v G - Inner London Crown Court - Perverting the Course of Justice
Husband and wife both jointly charged. They were a doctor and lawyer. Following strong representations and legal applications to exclude various evidence under s78 the charge was reduced to wasting police time.
R v X - Snaresbrook Crown Court - Burglary
The Defendant accepted entering a dwelling via a second-floor window, however stated he did so in order to escape a drug deal which went wrong in a neighbouring house. Following a 3 day trial the jury returned a not guilty verdict in 15 minutes.
R v S - Croydon Magistrates Court - Sexual Assault
Successful defence of a Moroccan national charged with sexual assault on his wife. Privately instructed.
R v N - Westminster Magistrates Court - Assault by beating
Successful defence of Tunisian national charged with assaulting his son. Despite the client's wife, son and daughter in law all giving evidence against him, the client was acquitted. The trial involved several complexities as one of the witnesses was severely disabled and not able to easily communicate, therefore a careful and considered approach in questioning was required. Privately instructed.
R v E - Aylesbury Crown Court - Possession with intent to supply Class B & Possession of disguised firearm
Defendant was charged with possession with intent to supply class B and possession of 3 disguised firearms. The firearms offence carried a minimum sentence of 5 years imprisonment. Despite strong expert evidence for the Crown, successful legal arguments by the defence reduced the charge to one of possession of a prohibited weapon, avoiding the minimum 5 year sentence.
R v H - Isleworth Crown Court - Possession with intent to supply Class A
Represented a client who pleaded guilty to 2 counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. The starting point was 4 years 6 months imprisonment. Following mitigation and representation the client received a 2 year suspended sentence.
R v J - Inner London Crown Court - Possession of an Offensive Weapon & Impersonating a Police Officer
Successful defence of internet pranksters charged with possession of an offensive weapon and impersonating police officers.
R v A - Croydon Magistrates Court - ABH
Successful defence of a man on trial for attacking his wife. The complainant had alleged she was attacked with a ladle causing a substantial cut across her face. Defendant was found not guilty. Privately instructed.
R v F - Hammersmith Magistrates Court - Possession of Bladed Article
Large knife found in the Defendants bag at Notting Hill Carnival at a stop and search. Successfully excluded comments made at the scene due to PACE breaches. Defence of knowledge advanced and Defendant was found not guilty after trial. Privately instructed.
R v A - Stratford Magistrates Court - Driving Without Due Care and Attention
Successful defence of driving without due care and attention. Case was dismissed at half time following a cross-examination of the complainant and a successful no case to answer application. Privately instructed.
R v O - Ealing Magistrates Court - Driving whilst unfit through drugs
Successful defence of a charge of driving whilst unfit through drugs. Hip flask defence advanced. Privately instructed.