Rasib Ghaffar

Called in 1995

About Rasib Ghaffar

Called in 1995

Rasib was called to the Bar in 1995 and has since specialised in crime and human rights work. He is a highly experienced defence trial advocate and his practice covers all aspects of serious crime particularly murder, terrorism, drug trafficking, people trafficking, money laundering and serious fraud, encompassing VAT, duty diversion, revenue, MTIC, and mortgage frauds. He is regularly instructed to defend in high profile matters as both a leading junior and junior. He also deals with complex immigration and human rights cases.

Excellent client care skills are Rasib’s forte and he considers them to be absolute in the conduct and presentation of any case. He has a particular eye for detail and he is a very useful advocate to have with a difficult client or opponent. It has also been noted that his practical approach to cases is refreshing and has proven to be effective.

Apart from trials, Rasib also has an extensive practice in the Court of Appeal. Rasib has a niche practice in challenging warrants and has developed his practice in this area with other professionals approaching him for advice on their cases.

Since his appointment as a Rapporteur on the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities in 2006, Rasib’s international practice has blossomed. He advises on international criminal litigation that includes cross-border disputes and war crimes.

Rasib undertakes pro bono advice for charities and has a working knowledge of Urdu and Punjabi. He was a lecturer at University of Westminster and also an examiner on their degree course. In 2006, he accepted an appointment to sit as a part-time Immigration Judge.

Other Activities:

Apart from legal practice, Rasib works extensively in the community and has organised events in an attempt to bring communities together, particularly in the aftermath of the London bombings and present sensitivities surrounding religious conflict which caused significant racial and religious discontent. He has advised communities in relation to the increased stop and search powers the police were awarded following the heightened threat of terrorist attacks. Rasib also works closely and deliver lectures within the multi faith programmes and is an advocate for integration of communities through all walks of life.

Fraud, Money Laundering and Confiscation

R v Leigang Liang & Others

Large scale conspiracy to evade duty and smuggling of tobacco

R v C & Others

Conspiracy and money laundering

R v Miah & Others

Money laundering and illegal trafficking of people

R v Ashok Kumar & Others

Multi jurisdictional Telephone fraud

R v Taggert & Others

Conspiracy to defraud –mortgages

R v Parviz Khan & Others

Confiscation proceedings arising out of terrorism offences.

R v Brennan & Others

Large scale fraud

General Crime

R v Asim Ali & others

Terrorism- Funding and preparing attacks in Syria

R v Arshad & others

Terrorism- Plans of attack in the British Isles

R v Khan & others

Terrorism – Plot to kidnap and behead a British Muslim soldier; funding terrorist activities

R v Singh & others

Child rape, indecent assault and grooming of children

R v Butt & others

Child rape, indecent assault, grooming and false imprisonment

R v Ion Hutup & others

Sophisticated conspiracy to Burgle & Robbery of elderly victims around the country

R v Mehta & others

Large scale conspiracy to supply class A drugs, false imprisonment and money laundering

R v Ejaz & others

Large Scale Class A drugs with intent to supply

R v Hadley & others

One of the largest cannabis production cases in Europe

R v Hussain & others

Class A drugs with intent to supply Hertford, Bedfordshire and Waltham Forest


R v Boutioull

Murder – defence of insanity

R v Ahad & others

Drug gang related murder

R v Lawrence & others

Gangland shooting

R v Riahi

Murder of step parent

R v Hussain

Gangland murder

R v N Ahmed & others

“Honour Killing” murder – representing the brother of the victim