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Ali Bajwa QC

Year of Call: 1993 | Year of Silk: 2011

"The barrister all practitioners should aspire to be. Supremely intelligent. His advocacy is clear, reasoned, precise and delivered with such courtesy and charm to all parties it is devastatingly persuasive. Truly a master at his craft. The Platinum Standard"

Legal 500, 2021 (Crime)

A silk noted for his "smooth advocacy". "He does a superb job and has a really effective style." "He is a skilful, charming and persuasive advocate."

Chambers UK, 2021 (Crime, Band 1)

"His reputation as an excellent barrister is well-deserved. He is known as much for his intellect as his elegant advocacy. Extremely effective in front of a jury, who invariably like him and judges, who inevitably trust him."

Legal 500, 2021 (Fraud: Crime)

"Really meticulous and admirably smooth in court. The case required an incredible amount of sensitivity, and he dealt with it impeccably."

Chambers UK, 2020

"A top-class advocate who argues his points persuasively before a judge." "He is one of the best jury advocates in the country."

Chambers UK, 2019


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Ali is a highly ranked Queen's Counsel specialising in fraud, violent crime and terrorism. Focused, industrious and popular with clients, he is regularly instructed in private fee and public access cases.

He has acted in number of high-profile matters, including the Pakistan cricketers spot-fixing case and the airline liquid bomb trial.

Criminal Defence


Ali is a specialist in criminal defence. He has acted in important and high-profile cases include the 'Skyman' brainwashing murder trial, R v Michael Piggin, the Leicester house fire trial, the 'Southwark rapist' trial, the Pakistan cricket spot fixing trial, the 'airline liquid bomb' trial, two control order appeals in the House of Lords, the '21/7' failed London bombings trial and the 'dirty bomb case'.

He has addressed human rights law conferences, written widely on legal issues and given evidence on terrorism detention to the Joint Committee on Human Rights.

Notable Cases


R v OE - Joint enterprise murder by shooting (ongoing)

R v Rogers - Double murder

R v Labinjo-Halcrow - Murder by stabbing of boyfriend

R v Constable - Joint enterprise murder by shooting

R v McClean - 88-year old burglary victim murder

R v Alowooja - Rival drug dealers stabbing murder

R v Flanagan - Missing body murder in 2013

R v Weir - Historic double jeopardy murder and a further murder in 1998

R v Tarin - Double murder of ex-partner and her mother

R v Beckford - Gang-related murder by shooting

R v Gordon - Encouraging suicide

R v Kearney - 'Body in the Bin' murder, autistic defendant; defence of diminished responsibility

R v Barnes - Murder by stabbing featured in Channel 4 documentary, The Murder Detectives

R v Chowdhury - Filicide; the 'Skyman' case

R v Parker - Leicester home fire

and 35 others


Operation Cowlick - Far-right terrorism, 15-year old in Leeds cleared of planning terrorist bombing

Operation Dowl - Plot to murder Theresa May, represented Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman

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

Other Crime

R v Truelove -  Acquittal of three counts of rape against fellow social worker

R v Wallis  - Acquittal of rape against co-worker

R v Stratton - Acquittal of rape against former partner (to whom he had written apologising for raping her)

R v Worboys - The Black Cab Rapist

R v White - Possession of indecent photographs of children and extreme pornographic images

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'

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

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Financial Crime and Confiscation

R v SS - Multi-million pound immigration fraud using front of Bollywood film industry (ongoing)

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

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Administrative and Public 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

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Sports Law

ICC v Lokuhettige - Appeal to Court of Arbitration for Sport against finding of corruption by ex-Sri Lanka international cricketer; arguments of jurisdiction based on contract law (ongoing)

ICC v Zoysa - Successful defence at disciplinary hearing of alleged corruption by ex-Sri Lanka international cricketer during a cricket tournament in 2017

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

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Inquests and Inquiries

Re SS - Article 2 inquest concerning death of a 78-year old during elective revision hip replacement surgery (ongoing)

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

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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.

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

Ali is a Crown Court Recorder, a Gray's Inn bencher, and an advanced advocacy trainer and is a former Master of Students. He has undertaken appeal work, including advice, CCRC applications and Privy Council cases. He is admitted to the Lahore High Court.

Ali was one of the youngest silks appointed in 2011.

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


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


Training and Seminars

Ali 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.


  • LLB (Hons), London School of Economics

Professional Membership

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit
  • Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights


  • Punjabi
  • Urdu

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