Alia K. A. Mohammad

Year of Call: 2011

"Alia is truly a rising star of the bar. Smart, hardworking, and committed, what more could one want?"

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"A formidable young advocate with great attention to detail and a fearless fighter"

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Alia is a criminal defence barrister with a wealth of experience across a wide spectrum of cases. She is developing a strong Crown Court practice as a led junior and junior alone, representing defendants in a wide range of serious criminal matters, including fraud, offences involving serious violence, drugs, and driving.

Alia is currently assisting the London Fire Brigade with disclosure in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Criminal Defence

Overview

Alia is regularly instructed in a wide range of criminal matters, including offences involving violence, dishonesty, public disorder, drugs, and driving. As a result of her previous experience, she is particularly adept in representing defendants that are vulnerable as a result of old age, mental health or learning difficulties.

Clients have regularly expressed their appreciation for her outstanding client care, willingness to go beyond the call of duty and exceptional attention to detail.

Notable Cases

R v B [2018]
Represented a young defendant suffering from ASD at trial. Defendant was charged with offences of robbery and possession of an offensive weapon. Acquitted of possession of an offensive weapon.

R v Z [2018]
Represented defendant at sentence in relation to offences of dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving without insurance and a breach of an SSO. Defendant was sentenced to a Community Order with no separate penalty for failing to stop and driving without insurance. The SSO was not activated and the breach was marked with a modest fine.

R v B [2017]
Represented defendant on a charge of possession of articles for use in fraud where the court were particularly concerned with prevalence. Sentenced to a 6 month SSO with unpaid work.

R v S [2017]
Secured an acquittal for an 81-year-old partially deaf and partially blind defendant on a charge of domestic violence-related non-violent harassment.

R v M [2017]
Defendant acquitted on a charge of racially aggravated public order notwithstanding the court's decision to admit the defendant's bad character.

R v W [2017]
Represented a young defendant on charges of theft whilst riding a moped, possession of cannabis, driving without insurance and driving without a licence. Persuaded the court to deal with the defendant by way of an alternative to a community order. He was ordered to attend an attendance centre with no separate penalties for possession of cannabis and driving without a licence.

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Financial Crime and Proceeds of Crime

Overview

Alia has a particular interest in fraud, money laundering and related confiscation proceedings. She was recently instructed as junior counsel, led by Brenda Campbell QC, in a four-month fraud trial alleging large-scale money laundering, VAT, and excise duty fraud (alcohol and tobacco).

Prior to joining the Bar, Alia gained extensive experience in the financial crime department at Hickman and Rose. Some of the cases she worked on include the SFO's investigation into bribery and corruption at Rolls-Royce, allegations of bribery in a multi-national funding institution and the FCA's investigation into mis-selling of insurance by a corporate insurance intermediary.

Notable Cases

R v SS & others, Kingston Crown Court (2018)
Allegations of conspiracy to evade duty on cigarettes and alcohol & money laundering. The case collapsed due to the prosecution's failure to comply with its disclosure obligations.

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Pro Bono Work

Alia volunteered in the death penalty team at Reprieve and worked as a pro bono legal advisor at the South West London Law Centre.

She was also recently appointed, on behalf of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, to conduct a trial observation in Egypt in the case of prominent human rights lawyer, Khaled Ali. The Trial Observation Report is available online.

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Background

Prior to commencing pupillage, Alia worked as a criminal defence paralegal at Hickman & Rose Solicitors under the supervision of Andrew Katzen and Aileen Colhoun. She worked closely with several partners conducting corporate crime, fraud, regulatory and general crime work over two years. 

Some of the cases she worked on include R v Doyle and others (the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company burglary), the SFO’s investigation into bribery and corruption at Rolls Royce, allegations of bribery in a multi-national funding institution, an FCA investigation in to mis-selling of insurance by a corporate insurance intermediary and R v Lederman [2015] EWCA Crim 1308, a high-profile case of causing death by dangerous driving involving an elderly defendant. 

She has since spent time at Hickman and Rose on secondment in their financial crime and regulatory department working on cases of bribery and corruption and misconduct proceedings before the Financial Reporting Council.

She worked as a senior immigration paralegal at Bates Wells Braithwaite LLP between 2012-2014 where she advised a diverse range of clients, from the commercial sector to personal immigration matters.

Awards

  • Major Scholarship, Inner Temple (2010)
  • Anthony Bullivant Prize (2005)

Interests

A Formula 1/motorsport enthusiast and self-proclaimed petrol head. In 2016, Alia completed a bronze-level drifting course. She also enjoys skydiving, skiing and Taekwondo.

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Education

  • Bar Professional Training Course, Kaplan Law School (2011)
  • MA (Oxon) Jurisprudence, St Anne's College, University of Oxford (2010)

Professional Membership

  • Bar Human Rights Committee
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Inner Temple
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Female Fraud Forum
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers

Languages

  • Urdu
  • Punjabi

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