Zayd Ahmed

Year of Call - 2018


Zayd Ahmed is a great advocate and has achieved fantastic results for my clients at trial. He is always thoroughly prepared and is very knowledgeable of the law. I have had excellent feedback from my clients and have no hesitation in instructing him.

Associate Solicitor at EBR Attridge, Harry Charalambous

Full Profile

Zayd is a criminal and extradition barrister who represents both children and adults charged with a full range of criminal offences.

He has represented a variety of individuals at both the magistrates and crown courts and has conducted in excess of 200 trials obtaining great results. Zayd has an in-depth understanding of the CPIA and the disclosure obligations on both the prosecution and defence.

Zayd is also a dual qualified duty solicitor and has a detailed understanding of the police interview process, allowing him to challenge any breaches of the codes of practice.

He also has experience in dealing with extradition proceedings both at the initial and final hearing and has worked on Proceeds of Crime applications so is able to advise on and challenge cash seizure, forfeiture and confiscation proceedings.

Prior to qualifying as a barrister, Zayd worked for some of the top criminal defence firms litigating high profile cases including murder, terrorism and fraud.

Zayd is an elected member of the Bar Council and confidently represents the needs of young and Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic barristers practicing at the bar in England and Wales. He is also a social mobility advocate for the Bar council.

Current instructions include:

R v PD:  Sole counsel defending a charge of rape

R v VP: Sole counsel in a s18 GBH matter

R v F: Sole counsel in a money laundering charge

Memberships and Appointments

Elected member of bar council

Member of the Criminal Bar Association (CBA)

Duty Solicitor

Criminal litigation accreditation

Scholarships and Education

Cardiff University Competent March 2020

Magistrates Court Qualification (Duty Solicitor)

BPP Very Competent September 2016 – September 2017

Sussex University LLM Merit September 2015 – September 2016

Sussex University LLB 2:1 September 2012 – July 2016



Cases of note

  • criminal law
    R v PD

    Sole counsel defending a charge of rape

    R v VP

    Sole counsel in a s18 GBH matter

    R v F

    Sole counsel in a money laundering charge

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