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Imran Khan


Imran has been a practicing solicitor since 1991. He is one of the Founding members of the firm and is Head of the Criminal Defence, Actions Against the Police and Public Law Departments (Inquests, Judicial Reviews and Public Inquiries). He is probably best known for his representation of the family of Stephen Lawrence during the private prosecution, inquest and public inquiry into Stephen’s murder.

Imran was appointed Queen's Counsel (now King's Counsel) in 2018 having been a Higher Rights Advocate (HRA) for many years. He regularly appears at the Old Bailey and other Crown Courts in London and the U.K in cases involving murder, terrorism and other serious offences.

Imran is Patron of the University of East London Law Clinic, a Trustee of the British Institute of Human Rights and Visiting Professor of Law at London South Bank University.

Imran is fluent in Urdu.

Chambers and Partners 2024 guide:

"Imran Khan is an exceptional solicitor."

"He is superb."

Chambers and Partners 2022 & 2023 guides:

"Imran Khan KC has broad knowledge of criminal and public law proceedings, handling investigations and prosecutions as well as inquiries and judicial reviews. He regularly represents clients on trial for serious offences including murder and terrorism."

Chambers and Partners 2019 guide:

"Imran Khan QC of Imran Khan & Partners enjoys an "excellent reputation" for handling criminal cases relating to the most serious charges, including murder and terrorism. He is a solicitor advocate with wide experience representing clients in court proceedings and judicial reviews."

Chambers and Partners 2017 guide:

“Experienced advocate Imran Khan frequently acts on heavyweight criminal cases, offering significant expertise in terrorism charges and homicide. He is described as an “outstanding” lawyer and draws praise for his adept handling of particularly complex cases.”

Chambers and Partners 2015 guide:

“... well regarded by peers and is recognised for his significant experience handling high-profile and sensitive cases. His areas of capability include advising clients in relation to charges of terrorism and homicide”.

Chambers and Partners 2013 guide:

“Imran Khan’s ‘doggedly determined’ approach, allied to his client support skills, has earned him an excellent reputation. His well-publicised work on the Stephen Lawrence case contributed to the establishment of an inquiry into the murder, and sources unanimously proclaim him to be a “dedicated and hard-working” human rights and criminal lawyer.”

Recent Work

Representing LDZ, as King's Counsel, who was charged with murder.

Representing MI, as King's Counsel, who was charged with murder.

Representing core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Representing HM, as Queen's Counsel, who was charged with murder.

Representing SAS, as Queen's Counsel, who was charged with murder.

Representing RI, as Queen's Counsel, who was charged with murder.

Representing AA, as Instructed Advocate, who was charged with possession of terrorism material and engaging in conduct in preparation for terrorist acts.

Representing MA, as Instructed Advocate, who was charged with failing to disclose information in relation to terrorism.

Representing RB, as Instructed Advocate, who was charged (with others) with conspiracy to murder and engaging in conduct in preparation

for terrorist acts.

Representing, with Kate Ellis of the firm, and others, General Abdulwaheed Shannan Al Rabbat in his claim for judicial review against Westminster Magistrates Court’s refusal to issue summonses against Tony Blair, Jack Straw and Lord Goldsmith for the crime of aggression in relation to the Iraq war.

Representing Mohammed Mayow at the Old Bailey as Instructed Advocate. Mohammed Mayow was sentenced for disseminating terrorist material by the use of Twitter.

Representing Maruf Uddin at his trial at the Old Bailey, instructed as Advocate by Mian & Co Solicitors, charged with three others in relation to funding for terrorism (to Syria). Uddin alone was acquitted.

Representing as Instructed Advocate an ex-Daily Mirror journalist at his trial at the Old Bailey for conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office as part of Operation Elveden – the Metropolitan Police investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police and public officials. The journalist was acquitted.

Acting for Fawaz Al Attiya, previously Official Spokesperson of Qatar, as the Claimant in an action in the High Court against the ex-Prime Minister of Qatar, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, for assault and false imprisonment arising out of his detention in Qatar between October 2009 and January 2011, as well as trespass to his lands and goods and conversion of property.

Involved in representing (and acting as Instructed Advocate), with others in the firm, various Core Participants at the Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

Involved in representing, with others in the firm, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Suresh Grover and The Monitoring Group and the Blacklist Support Group, as Core Participants in the Undercover Police Inquiry chaired by Sir John Mitting.

Representing, and acting as Instructed Advocate, Plastic Surgeon at a Fitness to Practise Panel hearing on charges brought by the General Medical Council.

Representing a school pupil in a claim for Judicial Review challenging the legality of the governments Prevent Strategy.

Imran Khan
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