Irshad Sheikh is a specialist crime and fraud practitioner. He is an advocate of considerable experience and is frequently instructed in complex, multi-defendant cases as a leading junior.
Irshad has substantial experience of defending and prosecuting in a wide range of offences of the utmost seriousness involving violence; tobacco and alcohol importations; the large scale supply of drugs and money laundering. As far as serious sex crime is concerned Irshad’s expertise is second-to-none. He has defended and prosecuted in the most high profile of cases in the Crown Court and appeared in the Court of Appeal on many occasions. He has also represented officers of all seniority in police disciplinary proceedings who have been accused of sexual misconduct as well as doctors accused of sexually inappropriate behaviour facing disciplinary proceedings before the GMC.
Irshad has a special interest in serious fraud and is instructed in both private and publicly funded fraud matters. His work in this field has included complaints related to corruption, cartels, boiler room fraud, diversion fraud, carousel fraud, NHS fraud and revenue and mortgage frauds. Recent instructions include the representation of defendants prosecuted as a result of major investigations by HMRC, the Home Office, the SFO and the FSA.
Irshad has also acquired an enviable reputation in disciplinary and regulatory matters. He is also instructed to act in and has extensive experience of trials by Court Martial.
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‘Mr Sheikh is one of those advocates with a commanding presence in court borne by his highly impressive advocacy skills. He takes a witness through examination-in-chief with care, he is a forceful cross-examiner and his closing submissions are well prepared and skilfully presented’. Gerard McDonald, Solicitor, EBR Attridge