Additional Information

Regularly interviewed on a variety of issues, most recently by Geo News (an international TV news broadcaster from the sub-continent, both online written and visual media), regarding the implementation of The Criminal Finance Act 2017 and specifically Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWO).

• The News International
• Geo Newspaper

• Invited by TRACE, a European Union funded project, on addressing human trafficking in Brussels. (The Trace Project).

• Interviewed by The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in 2014 towards the police formulation / issue paper on the role of ‘consent’ in the trafficking of persons protocol. (see the full Issue Paper at UNODC).

• Advisory work for an international businessman arrested for international money laundering, connected to a major political party from Pakistan and linked to the murder of a member of the same political party living in exile in the UK. The case was dropped.

• Continuing support and undertaking cases on behalf of the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

• Actively contributes to radio and television programmes on changes in the law and general developments in legislation.

• Approved Advocacy Trainer for Lincoln's Inn in addition to acting as a member of the Special Tribunals Board.

• Former co-opted member of the CBA.

• Past training adviser for HMR&C.

• Over the years Zarif has been involved with the activities of a number of charities and organisations, such as the North Kensington Law Centre which was the first law center in the United Kingdom, set up by solicitor Peter Candler, in 1970. Zarif served as the Vice Chair and on the Management Committee from 2002 to 2011.

• Past serving School Governor at Chelsea Children's Hospital (registered Charity). This hospital deals with children with particular medical needs some of whom would never be able to leave the hospital environment for the entirety of their lives.

• The devastating Pakistan earthquake on the 8th October 2005 wiped-out a large part of Zarif’s childhood home and community where he grew up in Kashmir, before migrating to the UK at the age of 10. As well as a number of close members of his family perishing in the earthquake, the wide-spread human devastation and destruction of infrastructure was on an unprecedented level. Zarif travelled to the site of the earthquake to help in the immediate relief efforts, flying out within 24 hours. He worked on the ground with a number of charities, NGO’s and media organisations, initially to highlight the devastation and his was the first ground report from the region, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and 5.

Since then he has helped to rebuild his first school and continues to assist with private philanthropy and public office engagement, visiting the region and the communities that continue to be affected on an infrequent basis.

• General advice to community organisations and individuals on an ad hoc basis.