Zahir was admitted as a solicitor in 2001 and is based in our London office.
He has spent approaching twenty years specialising in the areas of complex white collar fraud, serious crime and terrorism. He is regularly instructed in high profile and high value cases. His expertise extends to international and domestic money laundering as well as proceeds of crime prosecutions.
Zahir is widely regarded as a skilled, experienced and tactically aware lawyer. He has gained recognition in the leading law directories for his work in the areas of serious crime and white collar fraud investigations.
“Zahir Ahmed gels well with the firm’s emphasis on fraud and is noted for his post-conviction asset forfeiture specialism within a general crime context”
“Zahir Ahmed is described as “a great lawyer, a talented solicitor able to tackle a complex murder with good client-handling skills”
“He takes the time to guide well; he has an approachability that is not one-dimensional and he leaves no stone unturned to ensure proper client representation”
Zahir has a substantial defence practice conducting cases against all the major law enforcement agencies including the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, HM Revenue & Customs, the National Crime Agency, Trading Standards and the UK Border Agency.
He has particular expertise in the areas of tax and fraud related offences including VAT fraud, fraudulent trading, insider dealing, Companies Act offences, immigration fraud, film tax credit fraud, land banking fraud, carbon credit frauds, wine fraud and large scale money laundering investigations.
His clients include both corporate and individual clients who are the subject of serious financial or criminal investigations.
A sample of recent cases includes:
- multi-million pound film production tax credit fraud
- £25 million landing banking fraud
- multi-million pound carbon credit fraud
- 1000kg class A and class B drugs importation
- advance fee fraud
- large-scale mortgage fraud
- multi-million pound trademarks and counterfeiting prosecution
Zahir is able to utilise the significant resources of the firm to achieve the best possible results for his clients. Whether it is a dawn raid or urgent court related work, Zahir is able to react to client needs at short notice and leads a talented team of white collar fraud and serious crime lawyers.
He prides himself on placing significant emphasis on the detail of every aspect of the investigation or prosecution to the extent that this attention to detail in relation to prosecution disclosure has resulted in Zahir securing acquittals in large-scale white collar crime and serious crime cases.
Zahir is well connected in the legal, financial and sporting world and is often retained to act for professionals in these areas.
Zahir is available to meet with clients at our offices in London, Birmingham and Manchester.
Alternatively, Zahir is happy to provide a no obligation initial consultation by telephone or video conferencing.