Ms Farrhat Arshad BL

Barrister at Law

Qualified: 1998 London

Qualified to practice in:

  • England and Wales

Areas of Expertise:

  • Criminal Appeals
  • Criminal Law
  • Prison Law and Criminal Justice
  • Protest cases

Languages Spoken:

  • English

About Farrhat

Farrhat Arshad specialises in the areas of criminal defence and human rights. She is instructed to defend in serious crime, including murder, serious sexual offences, drugs, firearms and fraud. Her civil work centres on judicial reviews arising out of both criminal and prison law and she acts for claimants in actions against the police and false imprisonment cases. In recent years Farrhat has been instructed on a large number of out of time appeals to the Court of Appeal in relation to both convictions and sentence, particularly in relation to sentences of life imprisonment and imprisonment for public protection.

Farrhat has been recommended as a leading junior in Crime in Legal 500 since 2006 and Chambers & Partners since 2007. She was profiled as a “Future star of the Bar”, by Times Online.

skilled and determined defence lawyer

Legal 500

Cases of Note

  • 0Rowe v The Parole Board & SSJ -

    JR arising out of a flawed Parole Board hearing where a prejudicial victim impact statement went before the Board and was not disclosed to the prisoner. The Court quashed the original decision and ordered a fresh hearing.

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Work Experience

  • 1998 - Present

    Barrister

    Serious Criminal Offences Farrhat is instructed to defend in a wide variety of serious offences. Prison Law Farrhat acts for claimants in judicial reviews arising out of prison law and criminal law, including the following: Rowe v The Parole Board & SSJ - JR arising out of a flawed Parole Board hearing where a prejudicial victim impact statement went before the Board and was not disclosed to the prisoner. The Court quashed the original decision and ordered a fresh hearing. D'Cunha v The Parole Board - JR claim by an IPP prisoner against a flawed oral parole hearing. Decision quashed and fresh review ordered. The fresh review resulted in the prisoner’s release. Protest Cases Farrhat has been involved in a number of environmental protest and animal rights cases. In 2012 Farrhat acted for environmental protestors charged with aggravated trespass following protests against fracking in the Lancashire area. In 2011 Farrhat acted for one of the six environmental protestors charged with aggravated trespass at Ratcliffe on Soar power station. The trial collapsed when the Defence pursued disclosure relating to the role of undercover police officer Mark Kennedy/Stone. She was also instructed to represent those prosecuted for failing to complete the 2011 Census.

Education

  • -

    BA (Hons) (Oxford)

Membership of professional organisations, associations, committees

  • Jan 1998 - Current

    The Howard League for Penal Reform and Liberty.

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Instructions accepted

  • From solicitors
  • From professional bodies
  • Privately funded work
  • Publicly funded work

Governing Body

  • Bar Council of England and Wales

Fees

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