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Ali Naseem Bajwa QC

  • Call: 1993
  • Silk: 2011
Ali Naseem Bajwa QC
Legal 500 UK Awards 2015: Winner
"A top-class advocate who argues his points persuasively before a judge." "An excellent leader." "He is one of the best jury advocates in the country."

Chambers UK, 2019

"A charismatic trial advocate with tremendous courtroom presence."

Legal 500, 2019 (General Crime)

"Particularly respected for his meticulous approach to the evidence and incisive cross-examination."

Legal 500, 2019 (Fraud)


  • Queen’s Counsel specialising in fraud, violent crime and terrorism
  • Ranked highly by Chambers & Partners (Band 1) and Legal 500
  • Acted in number of important and high-profile matters, including the Pakistan cricketers spot fixing case and the airline liquid bomb trial
  • Focused, industrious and popular with clients
  • Often instructed in private fee and public access cases


“A top-class advocate who argues his points persuasively before a judge.” “His handling of clients is commendable and he is one of the best jury advocates in the country.” Chambers UK 2019

A charismatic trial advocate with tremendous courtroom presence.” “Particularly respected for his meticulous approach to the evidence and incisive cross-examination.” Legal 500 2019

“A very smooth operator with vast experience of all areas of serious crime, and particular expertise in handling criminal cases incorporating human rights issues. He is highly proficient at conducting the most complex and challenging homicide and terrorism trials. He’s a service-minded barrister fully focused on winning.” Chambers UK 2018

“His communication skills not only with clients, but with solicitors, judges and juries too, are second to none
.” Legal 500 2018

A renowned advocate. He attracts praise from sources for his courtroom manner and intellectual acumen. A really charming and persuasive advocate. He has a phenomenal legal brain that is perfectly suited for defence work. His judgement on cases is excellent. He is great with clients and user-friendly to solicitors.” Chambers UK 2017

Recommended for gang-related murder and terrorism cases.” Legal 500 2017

Recognised for his compelling advocacy style and his ability to handle high-profile infanticide matters. His other areas of expertise include defending individuals against arson and terrorism charges. He is a very persuasive advocate.” Chambers UK 2016

He is a very polished silk; a sound advocate who is much sought after.” Chambers UK 2015


Fraud & Financial Regulation

R v Sovu – Card reader fraud
R v Balogun
 – £1.3 million false mandate fraud
R v Singh
– £11 million missing trader VAT fraud
R v Butt – Pakistan cricketers spot fixing trial
R v Pillai – UK’s largest set top box fraud
R v Grove – SFO prosecution of £60 million ‘Ponzi scheme’ fraud
R v Bane – Multi-million pound hand car wash fraud
R v Mahtani – Mastermind of UK’s largest credit card fraud
and many others


R v JT – Double murder of ex-partner and her mother (ongoing)
R v DE – Vigilante murder of child killer (ongoing)
R v MW – Double jeopardy murder in 1998 (ongoing)
R v TB – Murder by shooting (ongoing)
R v ZS – County lines murder (ongoing)
R v Abora – Gang-related murder by stabbing
R v Ibrahim – Murder by shooting
R v Sandhu – Four-handed murder with swords and by beating
R v Wertz  – Murder by stabbing
R v Gordon
– Encouraging suicide
R v Scott
– Murder by stabbing
R v Banton
– Murder by beating
R v Regis – Filicide
R v Cela
– Murder by stabbing
R v Tayler-Morrison – Filicide
R v Noble –
Abingdon shooting
R v Khan – Uxoricide and child destruction
R v Kearney – ‘Body in the Bin’ murder, autistic defendant; defence of diminished responsibility
R v Fazal – Conspiracy to murder
R v Barnes – Murder by stabbing featured in Channel 4 documentary, The Murder Detectives
R v Mao – Murder by stabbing
R v Chowdhury – Filicide; the ‘Skyman’ case
R v Austin – Murder by dangerous driving
R v A minor – Matricide; defence of insanity
R v Parker – Leicester home fire
and 16 others


R v Rahman – Plot to murder Theresa May
Operation Exactness
 – Conspiracy to murder a police officer or soldier; represented Suhaib Majeed
Operation Incorruptible – Travel to fight in Syria; represented David Souaan
Operation Coronagraph
– Travel to fight in Syria; represented Yusuf Sarwar
Operation Saxifrage – Full Sutton prison siege; successful defence of necessity
Operation Spruce – ‘Far-right teen’, Michael Piggin, cleared of planning ‘new Columbine’
Operation Movie – Preparing to commit acts of terrorism; represented Richard Dart
Operation Overt – Trans-Atlantic airline liquid bomb conspiracy; represented acquitted defendant, Donald Stewart-Whyte
Operation Vivace – 21 July 2005 failed London bombings; represented main defendant, Muktar Said-Ibrahim
Operation Rhyme – US/UK terrorism conspiracy involving key US financial institutions, ‘Gas Limos Project’ and ‘Dirty Bomb Plot’; represented main defendant, Dhiren Barot

Drugs & Proceeds of Crime Act

R v Doda – 7-defendant conspiracy to supply class A drugs
R v Marku – Cannabis supply; UK’s Strongest Man 2009
R v Beqiri – £2 billion cocaine importation conspiracy
R v Sarasia – £10 million heroin importation
R v Tascon – £100 million Columbian ‘drug baron’ case

Sports Law

ICC v Butt – Disciplinary hearing in Doha, Qatar of Pakistan cricketers spot fixing case

Other Crime

R v Stephenson – Conspiracy to transfer firearms and ammunition
R v Uddin
 – Tamara Ecclestone blackmail case
R v Jahan – ‘Riots hero’ GBH trial
R v Roberts – ‘The Southwark Rapist’/’Beast of Bermondsey’

Public & Administrative Law

Secretary of State v CD – Terrorism Prevention Measure
Secretary of State v AE – Control order served on Iraqi, damages claim for unlawful imposition of control order
Secretary of State v MB – First control order served on British citizen


Re Kua – Mother and five children killed by fire in home caused by failure of freezer component

Health and Safety

Re Agulian – Fatal fall of guest from unrestrained hotel window

Disciplinary Matters

A University and MG – Disciplinary and Fitness to Practise proceedings for pharmacy student convicted of possession of indecent images of a child

Articles & Publications

The Post Ched Evans Debate on Sexual History Evidence, Counsel Magazine, June 2018, p. 26
Sexual History Evidence: Fair Game?
Counsel Magazine, December 2016, p. 28
A Necessary Evil?,
 Counsel Magazine, October 2013, p. 26
The Saajid Badat Case: Inching Towards the US, Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 23 April 2012
Trial by Ordeal, Counsel Magazine, September 2011, p. 26
Shoot First, Ask Questions Later, Counsel Magazine, July 2011, p. 32
Sentencing Terror Offences, Criminal Law & Justice Weekly (2010), Vol.174, p. 500, [2010] 10 Archbold Review 5
Terrorising the Innocent, New Law Journal (2010) Vol.160 (No. 7411 & 7412), p. 481
How Safe are Safety Interviews? Counsel Magazine, April 2010, p. 24, Criminal Law & Justice Weekly (2009), Vol. 173, p. 133
Human Rights and Terrorism, Justice of the Peace (2008), Vol. 172, p. 486
Fair Controls, New Law Journal (2008) Vol. 158 (No. 7305), p. 124
Learn by Trial and Terror, Solicitors Journal (2007) Vol. 151 (No. 33), p. 7
Pre-Charge Detention in Terrorism Cases, New Law Journal (2006) Vol. 156 (No. 7245), p. 1578

Associated Work

Crown Court Recorder.

Gray’s Inn bencher, advocacy trainer and former Master of Students.

Appeal work, including advice, CCRC applications and Privy Council cases.

Writes and speaks widely on legal issues, including giving evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights, contributing to the Legal Network Television educational DVD, “The Law on Terror” and addressing a number of human rights and counter-terrorism conferences.

Intern at the Independent Jamaica Council for Human Rights in Kingston in 1999. Pegasus Scholar at Crown Law Office in New Zealand in 1996.

Admitted to the Lahore High Court.


Ali was educated in west London and studied law at the LSE. He then took a year out to travel before coming to the Bar in 1993. Ali was one of the youngest silks appointed in 2011.

Ali follows cricket and tennis (huge Roger Federer fan), skis and scuba dives (both passably) and enjoys international film.