Aska specialises in crime and fraud. She is sought out for her meticulous preparation, compelling advocacy and sensitive client care.
Aska’s practice involves a wide range of substantial, complex and high profile cases both for the defence and for the prosecution. Her current and previous instructions include:
- Acting for the second defendant in a trial concerning a fake bomb placed in Gray’s Inn (news report);
- Acting for the second defendant in a trial relating to a £100 million money laundering operation (news report);
- Prosecuting 7 defendants charged with armed robbery (news report);
- Prosecuting 18 defendants charged with violent disorder arising from a “Free Tommy Robinson” demonstration (news report);
- Acting for the third defendant in a trial concerning the supply of drugs worth over £3.5m (news report).
Aska has also appeared as led junior counsel to the inquest at an inquest concerning the death of a man shot by the police (news report). Earlier in her career, she was instructed as disclosure counsel by the Serious Fraud Office on a number of bribery and fraud investigations.
Aska is a native Japanese speaker and has given seminars on UK constitutional and criminal law to Japanese MPs, judges and prosecutors.
Aska is a member of the CBA Education & Training Committee.
Memberships & Publications
- South Eastern Circuit
- Criminal Bar Association
- Bar Human Rights Committee
- Young Fraud Lawyers Association
- Turkey Indictment Project: Cumhuriyet trial, BHRC report, available here
- CPS Advocate Panel Level 3
- CPS Specialist Panel – Fraud Level 3
- CPS Specialist Panel – Serious Crime Level 3
- SFO Prosecution Panel B List
Education & Awards
- Harmsworth Scholarship, Middle Temple (2011)
- BPTC (2011)
- MA, UCL (2007)
- LLB, Waseda University, Japan (2005)