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Practice Profile

 

Aska is known for her fierce intellect, unwavering work ethic and robust advice. Those who instruct her value her sound tactical judgment, dedication and client care. She has won praise from judges for her engaging and compelling advocacy.

Aska excels in cases requiring complex legal and/or extensive factual analysis. Her meticulous preparation enables her to identify and distil crucial evidence from voluminous material. She is adept in presenting expert / technical evidence clearly and succinctly to a jury. Current instructions include allegations of bitcoin fraud over the dark web [Op Fiangar, instructed by CPS CCU].

Aska has been instructed as disclosure counsel by the Serious Fraud Office on a number of different cases and is on the SFO Prosecution counsel list. She has expertise in bribery and corruption, corporate crime, financial crime and proceeds of crime.

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

  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association

Appointments

  • CPS Advocate Panel Level 3 (2016-2020)
  • CPS Specialist Panel - Fraud Level 3 (2018-2022)
  • SFO Prosecution Panel C List (2017-2021)

Education & Awards

  • Harmsworth Scholarship, Middle Temple (2011)
  • BPTC (2011)
  • MA, UCL (2007)
  • LLB, Waseda University, Japan (2005)

Recent Cases


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Notable Cases

  • R v H & ors [Guildford] 2017

    £325,000 Invoicing Fraud

    Aska represented the third defendant as junior alone in a six-handed trial where the first defendant was represented by silk and junior, and the second defendant was represented by two juniors. Aska’s client was charged with three counts of participating in fraud by abuse of position with other family members totalling c£300,000. The trial required analysis of substantial financial evidence covering numerous bank accounts. After a six-week trial, Aska’s client was the only defendant to be acquitted of any count and ultimately received a suspended sentence. Instructed by Sternberg Reed.

    News Report here.

  • R v Mote [Southwark] 2016

    Confiscation proceedings following fraud trial

    Aska Fujita represented an ex-MEP in confiscation proceedings following his conviction of offences of fraud and money laundering. The case involved complex legal issues in relation to the impact of a trust on the benefit and available amount. Instructed by Sternberg Reed. Daily Mail report here.

  • R v C & 8 ors [Snaresbrook] 2016

    Theft from Employer

    Aska Fujita represented the third of nine defendants charged with stealing a substantial amount of cash from their employer over the course of eight and a half years. Aska’s client was unanimously acquitted after a five-week trial. Instructed by Sternberg Reed.

  • Appeal of P [C.O.A.] 2015

    Sexual Assault

    Aska Fujita represented the appellant who had severe learning difficulties and mental health issues, and had been sentenced to an extended sentence comprising a four year custodial period and two year extended licence for sexual assault. The Court of Appeal allowed the appeal, reducing the custodial period to two years and eight months. The judgment is reported here (subscription required) under neutral citation [2015] EWCA Crim 1901. The Court of Appeal commended Aska for the “eloquence of her submissions”.  Instructed by GT Stewart.