Islam Khan

Year of Call - 2008


“...He has great courtroom style & is aware of the scrupulous attention he gives to preparation, in addition to the effort he commits to the actual hearing.” The SSHD commented “The commendation received was also highly complementary about his advocacy style. I have personally observed him on a number of occasions & would describe his advocacy as calm, professional, proportionate & measured. He is very well aware of ethical standards & he demonstrated his awareness of disclosure by challenging me on that very issue.”

The Secretary of State for Home Department on Asylum and Immigration Judge

“It is the first time I have worked with Islam Khan, he was very helpful, thorough, and professional given the last minute instructions. He was able to get the result we wanted, and for that I am hugely appreciative. I look forward to working with him again.”

Ainsley Harris Solicitors - Solicitors and Commissioners for Oaths & Higher Court Advocates

Full Profile

Islam Khan started working from a very young age in various respective fields to hold and support his family together; he came to the Bar with life experience with a varied career background from becoming a chef to owning my own catering businesses and working as a host at the Millennium Dome.

Islam Studied law as a mature student whilst working full time as a civil servant in various departments of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This included the Human Rights Policy Department, UK-visas, Consular and heading the Benefits, Pay and Policy section of HR. He also served overseas as an Entry Clearance Officer in Lagos, Nigeria.

Islams main practice is defending in serious crime. In particular, Conspiracy related crime, all Proceeds of Crime, Fraud, Drugs and Immigration related criminal fraud. He is also often instructed on serious violence including murder and manslaughter and gang violence. Islam is instructed on appeals against sentence and conviction regularly.

Islam is also instructed by individuals who often find themselves in disputes with the GMC, NMC, SRA, BSB and the UK Charities commission. He is instructed by a number or organisations across the country in relation to HR policy and regulatory matters including charity commission and constitutional disputes in charitable institutions.

Islam is an expert in appeals on Asylum, Trafficking, Deportation and Urgent removal hearings (including out of hours injunction) and bail hearings with many years of experience. He was involved in the Court of Appeal case of Quila researching on points of law for Bibi and others challenging the UK government’s age bar policy on overseas marriages that lead to striking down legislation.

Whilst sitting on a number of panels in Tower Hamlets he advises a number of charitable organisations across the country and has developed an array of knowledge in the area of charitable organisations and the legal implications. Notably, he was involved in engaging various stakeholders to diffuse the Shajalal mosque fiasco in Tower Hamlets that was widely reported. He has been legal advisor to the Council of Mosques, the Stifford Centre in Tower Hamlets and has worked at Bail for Immigration Detainees, Fair Trials International, Hackney Law Centre and was an active mediator for Tower Hamlets Mediation Services.

Islam has a keen developing interest in probate/administrative of estates law. He obtained above and beyond a first class in this topic during his Academic studies leading my personal tutor commenting “I am professionally pleased and delighted to give these marks for this topic”. He often draft Islamic Wills for members of the community free of charge, subject to a donation to a charitable cause and have been advising and instructed on probate matters.


LL.M Public Law & Human Rights (King’s College, London - Merit)

Bar Vocational Course, ICSL (Outstanding in Legal Research)

LLB Hons. (Upper Second Class) at London Guildhall University


British Computer Society (Cybercrime panel)

Criminal Bar Association

International Law Association

Chadwell Heath Bowling Club

Awards and Achievements

Canary Wharf Legal Training Award

Tower Hamlets Bar Vocational Award

Fight for injustice Scholarships

Tower Hamlets Mentor of the Year 2009

Lady Oliver Cup Mooting Competition (Quarter Finalists)

Judge at BPP annual moot competition

Presented on Visa and Human Rights training courses at Foreign Office

1st year LLB Moot assessments (1st class)

Published Articles

The Notary of England and Wales, American Bar Association’s Section of International Law, Europe Committee - Europe Update (Newsletter), Issue 3, February 2013

Comparative Judicial Supremacy, issue 6, October 2012 –

International Law and The legality of the Flotilla raid by Israel, Islamic Digest;

Indirect discrimination by raising the marriage age rule to 21, New Law Journal;

Religious implications for Hindu pyres in the UK (Ghai and Others);

FGM: “an Islamic practice or modern fashion;

Mediation in practice;


Bengali (fluently)

Sylheti (fluently)

Urdu (conversational)

Hindi (conversational)



Cases of note

  • criminal law
    2023 – R v A

    Attempt Murder

    2023 – Operation Mablis

    People Smuggling, assisting Asylum Seekers and organised crime

    2023 – Operation Wealdfarm

    Lead in this Paddington Murder trial, gang violence, at Old Bailey

    2022 - Operation Porthold

    Attempt Murder and Possession of Firearms, Acquittal

    Operation Slipstream

    Multi-handed conspiracy fraud in Tower Hamlets revenue

    Operation Over the Top

    Junior in a Multimillion pound fraud across many years

    Operation Vocare

    Conspiracy Aggravated burglary and handling stolen goods

    Operation Chalkwell

    Conspiracy Drugs county lines

    Operation Topanga

    Conspiracy to supply with intent

    R v Iqbal

    £34 million fraud collapses at Snaresbrook Crown Court due to “catastrophic disclosure” failures by CPS

    Operation Porthold

    2022 Attempt Murder and Possession of Firearms, Acquittal

    R v A

    2023 Attempt Murder

    R v G

    2023 Attempt murder, representations leading to s18 OAPA being offered at court

    Operation Wealdfarm

    2023 Junior in this Paddington Murder trial, gang violence, at Old Bailey

  • public law
    Court of Appeal v Quila and Ors

    Challenging the UK age bar to overseas marriage.

    Court of Appeal v BH (Ghana)

    Challenging that it is contrary to fair trial rights to allow the SSHD to adduce evidence on its own volition without challenge.

    Court of Appeal v ST (Gambia)

    Challenging the SSHD that the rule on intention to live together and subsisting marriage should apply at the same time and not separately.

    High Court (Admin) v SH (Mubin)

    Challenging the MOJ’s inefficient and incompetent new interpreting services that denies access to justice and develop a case law guidance given the severe civil war in Bangladesh.

Shortlist ( )

Criminal Law

Business Crime


Immigration Law

Regulatory and Disciplinary Law

Sports Law