Gul Nawaz Mahboob Hussain specialises in high-profile, complex and serious criminal defence work.
Terrorism and Related Offences
Operation Norbury (Central Criminal Court)
The defendant was accused of engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism, conspiracy to cause an explosion and possession of a document of a kind likely to be of assistance to a person preparing or committing an act of terrorism as part of a plot to launch a bombing campaign on the UK mainland during Christmas 2010. Targets included the London Stock Exchange. This case was reported by the BBC.
Operation Kneel (Oxford Crown Court)
Bomb hoax which involved the sending of in excess of 70 letters to companies, shopping centres and embassies purporting to identify members of active Al Qaeda cells and targets for imminent attacks. Letters to aviation companies alone resulted in additional security costing hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Operation Saby (Snaresbrook Crown Court)
The defendant was accused of the possession of explosive substances and the alleged stockpiling of explosive substances and bomb making information by a chemist said to have been contemplating a "revenge attack" for the 7/7 bombings. Naz argued that the legal burden placed upon the defendant by section 4 of The Explosive Substances Act 1883 offended the presumption of innocence and was therefore incompatible with the defendant's right to a fair trial under Article 6 of The European Convention on Human Rights. The Court agreed that s.4 should be read down (by virtue of section 3 of The Human Rights Act 1998) so as only to place an evidential burden upon the defendant. This case was reported by the press here and here.
WD VE & UF v Secretary of State for the Home Dept. SIAC (Special Immigration Appeal Commission)
(Naz) represented a number of Pakistani nationals detained after Operation Pathway; the much publicised anti-terror raids after which all men were released without charge. The Home Secretary subsequently sought to have them deported. This case was reported in the national press, including by the BBC and The Telegraph.
Operation Overamp (Woolwich Crown Court)
The defendant was accused of the encouragement of terrorism, possessing a document of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism and organising of terrorist training camps on the UK mainland.
Operation Vivace (Woolwich Crown Court) Trial 1
Conspiracy to murder: Naz, led by Stephen Kamlish QC, represented the "fifth bomber" from the 21/7 attempted suicide bomb attacks targeting the London Underground system. There was a hung jury following the first trial. The defendant pleaded guilty to a lesser offence before retrial. This case was reported by the BBC here and here.
The defendant was accused of two counts of failing to disclose information which could have assisted in the apprehension of a person involved in an act of terrorism. The client failed to contact the authorities in relation to two of the convicted 21/7 bombers and positively assisted the cell leader to evade capture. This case was reported in The Telegraph.
Murder, Violence and Public Order Offences
Operation Kalon (Sheffield Crown Court)
The defendant was accused of s.18 grievous bodily harm (GBH) (trial 1) and attempted murder (trial 2) as part of alleged revenge attacks between members of two opposing Sheffield gangs. The case involved the legal argument as to the admissibility of "gang injunctions." Naz was led by Judy Khan QC. This case was reported in the local press.
Operation Kite (Sheffield Crown Court)
Following escalating inter-communal violence, an alleged murder where the defendants' vehicle drove at a pedestrian. The driver and occupants were jointly charged. This case was reported in the local press.
Operation Pilling (Leeds Crown Court)
The defendant was accused of the alleged attempted murder of war criminal Radislav Krstić (found guilty of aiding and abetting genocide in Srebrenica at the International Criminal Court) in HMP Wakefield by prisoners serving life sentences. Naz was led by Mark George QC. This case was reported in the Guardian.
Operation Fayville (Central Criminal Crown Court)
Alleged murder within a secure mental ward. The defendant believed the deceased to be "Satan".
Operation Cooling (Sheffield Crown Court)
The defendant was accused of the murder of Laura Wilson, the young mother whose body was recovered from a canal with multiple stab wounds. This case was reported in the national press.
Operation Kremlin (Sheffield Crown Court)
Conspiracy to murder: alleged contract killing organised by local businessmen. Indictment stayed part way through defence case following an abuse of process submission arising from serious and fundamental disclosure failures by officers and the CPS. Mr Justice Sweeney described the case as "a disaster for the criminal justice system" and said the prosecution had been responsible for "failures on a disturbing scale". This case was reported in the national press and by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Naz was led by Mark George QC.
R v H and others (Manchester Crown Court)
The defendant was accused of murder, attempted murder, s.18 GBH, possession of a firearm with intent, possession of ammunition and attempting to pervert the course of justice. The case involved a serious organised crime agency (SOCA) investigation and the trial of a "hit man" linked to North West drug gangs. This case was reported in the local press and by the BBC.
Operation Yardelle (Central Criminal Court)
The defendant was accused of two counts of attempted murder, as well as possession of a firearm with intent, possession of ammunition and attempting to pervert the course of justice. This involved the attempted murder of a prosecution witness to an armed robbery and attempts to pervert the course of justice by the defendant and his solicitor whilst the former was on remand in HMP Belmarsh. This case was reported by the BBC. Naz was led by Owen Davies QC.
Operation Hobby (Sheffield Crown Court)
Murder: wife hired members of a 'gangsta' rap group to kill her estranged husband. Naz acted for one of the rappers. This case was reported by The Telegraph.
Operation Griffin (Sheffield Crown Court)
The defendant was accused of perverting the course of justice by the organisation of false alibi evidence for a defendant charged with murder. Naz's client stood trial with the nine defendants charged with a murder committed in a close knit community. The prosecution sought (unsuccessfully) to rely upon eye witnesses who had complete anonymity. This case was reported in the local press.
R v Duffy 1 & 2 (Bradford Crown Court)
The defendant was accused of s.18 GBH. Naz represented a serving soldier in two separate allegations arising from altercations in nightclubs.
Operation Murcia (Peterborough Crown Court)
Conspiracy to rob involving multiple organised cash-in-transit robberies. This case was reported in the local press.
R v Lee (Sheffield Crown Court)
Alleged armed robberies of post offices in Yorkshire.
R v Ellison and Johnstone (Bradford Crown Court)
Defendants impersonated officers from HM Customs and took high-value electrical items and jewellery from an OAP who subsequently died before trial. This case was reported in the local press.
Operation Lucas (Manchester Crown Court)
Violent disorder: large-scale disturbance in Manchester city centre following the England versus Wales World Cup qualifying match at Old Trafford. This case was reported by the BBC.
R v Courtenay & Foran (Gainsborough Magistrates' Court)
Threatening behaviour: the trial of Carlisle United's chairman and star striker following an incident during a league fixture at Lincoln. This case was reported by the BBC and in the Irish Times.
Blackmail, Kidnap and False Imprisonment
R v Patel & others (Snaresbrook Crown Court)
The defendant was accused of kidnap, false imprisonment, s.47 assault and blackmail. The case involved the alleged kidnapping of two women in relation to an unsettled debt, significant special measures were granted. This was a four-handed trial which took 40 days. The principal witness's evidence and cross examination took nine days.
Operation Hullabaloo (Sheffield Crown Court)
The defendant was accused of kidnap, false imprisonment and s.47 assault. This involved the kidnapping of a youth who was systematically beaten and forced to drive over 100 miles by "drug dealers and gangsters". This case was reported in the local press here and here.
Operation Madonna (Sheffield Crown Court)
Kidnap, child abduction and blackmail: the kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl who was held until a debt was settled. This case was reported by the national press.
R v Lanera (Sheffield Crown Court)
Kidnap, false imprisonment and blackmail: a school teacher allegedly held captive in Sheffield's red light district by a defendant described as a "gangster".
Drugs and Related Offences
Operation Mosaic (Sheffield Crown Court)
The 'Full Metal Jacket' organised crime gang case.
The defendant was a conspirator in a large drug importation and supply operation. The OCG used codenames from the Kubrick film and also the US TV drama "The Wire". The case involved the extensive use of surveillance, covert eavesdropping and multinational intelligence sources. This case was reported by the Daily Mail.
Operation Monochrome (Sheffield Crown Court)
The defendant was accused of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs as part of an alleged large-scale conspiracy covering the north of England. The case involved the extensive use of surveillance.
R v Kristoff (Newcastle Crown Court)
The defendant was accused of the importation of Class A drugs via The Gambia.
Operation Irondale (Bradford Crown Court)
The defendant was accused of supplying heroin and cocaine to undercover officers.
Operation Cisco (Sheffield Crown Court)
The defendant was accused of conspiracy to supply heroin across South Yorkshire.
R v Rahim & Khan (Bradford Crown Court)
Large-scale importation of high-purity heroin from Pakistan.
Operation Core (Nottingham Crown Court)
Conspiracy to supply cocaine and various firearms offences. The case was a 10-defendant conspiracy supplying drugs and firearms across the Midlands and northern England.
Operation Minx (Sheffield Crown Court)
The defendant was accused of conspiracy to supply cocaine. Nawaz represented the alleged head of an extensive criminal organisation with international links.
R v Hull & Spence (Teesside Crown Court)
Large-scale supply of cocaine from London to Middlesbrough via Leeds.
R v Pham (Sheffield Crown Court)
Sophisticated, large-scale cultivation of cannabis within domestic properties.
Operation Lever (Central Criminal Court)
The defendant was accused of being a conspirator in an international telecommunication fraud involving the hijacking of SIMs belonging to Vodaphone customers. The fraud generated in excess of £2.8 million. This case was reported by the local press.
Operation Talmice (Bradford Crown Court)
The defendant was accused of conspiracy to defraud in an allegation of election fraud during the 2005 general election. This was the first case before the courts to involve such an allegation. Indicted defendants included the then Conservative parliamentary candidate, serving and former Conservative councillors. This case was reported in both the Guardian and in the local press.
Operation Thatcham (Leeds Crown Court)
A complex 42 defendant "cash for crash" conspiracy involving fake claimants, accident management companies and other related businesses and professions. For more information, please see this press release written by the Insurance Fraud Bureau.
Operation Galton (Leeds Crown Court)
The defendant was accused of attempting to handle stolen goods. Numerous multi-defendant trials involving the large-scale purchasing of BT and Railtrack cables from undercover officers. The case involved extensive use of covert audio and video surveillance.
Operation Obtain (Sheffield Crown Court)
The defendant was accused of attempting to handle stolen goods, possessing criminal property and converting criminal property. Numerous multi-defendant trials involving the large scale purchasing of BT and Railtrack cables from undercover officers. The case involved extensive use of covert audio and video surveillance.
Operation Spenser (Croydon Crown Court)
The defendant was accused of conspiracy to commit fraud: alleged large-scale conspiracy creating multiple false identities which were in turn used to claim citizenship and benefits.
Operation Abyss (Inner London Crown Court)
Conspiracy to commit £1.5 million benefit fraud involving the creation of multiple false identities.
Operation Yankee (Leeds Crown Court)
Conspiracy to burgle. The case involved 17 defendants carrying out alleged Hanoi burglaries across Yorkshire and Lancashire, which targeted high-value vehicles with a total value of £4 million.
R v Francis (Sheffield Crown Court)
The defendant was accused of conspiracy to defraud, acquiring criminal property and converting criminal property. Alleged large-scale fraud upon a private bank involving an "inside man". A City of London Police investigation originally listed at the Central Criminal Court.
Operation Melody (Sheffield Crown Court)
Conspiracy to transfer the proceeds of crime: sums in excess of £4.5 million were transferred from the UK to Jamaica via money transfers.
R v Ali & others (Bradford Crown Court)
Conspiracy defraud: fraudulent obtaining of high-power bespoke vehicles from "Project Kahn".
R v Mahboob (Sheffield Crown Court)
Forgery and conspiracy to defraud: international conspiracy to defraud House of Fraser by producing fake gift vouchers.
R v Lone & Rahim (Leeds Crown Court)
Forgery and making a false instrument: the production of forged statutory declarations by an immigration adviser and lay magistrate. Incidents came to light as a result of a "News of the World" sting operation.
Operation Cognac (Sheffield Crown Court)
Conspiracy to defraud: ten-handed mortgage fraud involving an accountant and mortgage adviser.
Naz grew up in Sheffield where his father was a steel worker and active trade unionist. His early experiences impressed upon him the importance of standing up and speaking for those who were unable or unwilling to do so themselves. He is an active member of his local community and has helped steer a number of local campaigns against proposed closures and changes to local services.
Training and Seminars
Chaired the 2005 'In the defence of civil liberties' conference at Lincoln's Inn
Regularly participates in debates, including ones broadcast on radio and television
A regular panel member (and occasional host) on BBC Radio Sheffield's 'Eastern Air' show
Chaired numerous public meetings including at Birmingham Central Mosque, held in the wake of anti-terrorism raids in the city
- A qualified martial arts instructor who has fought professionally (Muay Thai)
- A committed Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Submission grappling student
- PADI qualified diver
- An official "Tough Mudder" - completed the 12 mile, 20+ obstacles in the 2013 Yorkshire event
- LLB Hons