Jabeen Akhtar

Year Of Call: 
1999

Career background

Completed pupillage at Citadel and developed her practice as a junior tenant, then spent several years working as an in-house advocate with a busy firm of solicitors in Birmingham, and returned to Citadel in 2014.

 

Practice details

Crime

Specialist criminal advocate instructed by both the prosecution and defence in a wide variety of criminal matters, instructed to defend in cases involving homicide, violence, importation and supply of drugs, fraud and all forms of dishonesty.     

Regularly instructed to represent those charged with rape and other serious sexual offences against adults and children (historic and recent, familial and non familial).

Has extensive experience and regularly instructed in cases which involve vulnerable and young witnesses and defendants.

Recent instructions have included :

  • junior counsel representing one of 9 defendants in a gang related murder, where the prosecution alleged a revenge attack. There were extensive legal arguments and the defendants were acquitted following an 8 week trial
  • junior representing one of 7 defendants in a murder trial where a mobile 'phone delivery driver was struck in the head with a metal bar during a robbery
  • successfully represented a defendant charged with police corruption in a month long trial :  it was alleged he was involved in obtaining confidential information from a corrupt police officer
  • represented a defendant involved in a large scale conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, nationally
  • successfully represented one of 6 defendants in a large scale conspiracy to import Class A drugs
  • has successfully represented defendants in a number of separate cases involving allegations of rape and other serious sexual offences against adults and children
  • defence advocate, historic rape allegation against a family member, acquittal after a 5 week trial
  • represented one of 5 defendants charged with people trafficking offences, women were brought over from Europe for the purposes of prostitution
  • represented a defendant charged with consipiracy to commit offences of burglary, where high value cars were targetted and stolen with keys taken during house burglaries

 

Immigration and asylum

Has appeared at Immigration Tribunals and dealt with a variety of matters, for example :

  • advice on completion of student visa applications, preparation of documents for submission on student visa appeals, and throughout the whole appeal process
  • settlement and spouse appeals
  • family visitor appeals

Fluent in Urdu, Mirpuri and Punjabi.