Anwar is an experienced criminal and personal injury barrister. He acts in serious cases in all areas of these fields, but has particular specialisms within them. In crime, those specialisms are complex fraud, money laundering, corruption, and off-shore where he acts for both sides in cases of international importance. His personal injury practice incorporates acting for Defendants in child abuse cases where he has been instructed to deal with multi claimant actions as well as individual cases that test the boundaries of relevant duties of care.
Anwar is praised for his judgement, strategic insight, and advice as well as his advocacy. His clients say that he is “extremely bright. He very quickly gets to grips with the facts of his cases, and is both thorough and innovative. His advice is clear, pragmatic and client focused…a pleasure to work with“.
Anwar works all over the country and abroad. He is frequently instructed at an early stage of the most complex and extensive cases to provide strategic advice and direction to both public and private clients. He is able to do so because of his years of experience as a first instance and appellate advocate in the most challenging cases.
Anwar has been instructed in cases of complex fraud for 20 years. He has worked with the leading silks in this field, as well as having defended and prosecuted such cases alone, sometimes against QCs. He is an extremely experienced and highly rated Crown Court and appellate advocate. He has dealt with cases involving corruption, hawalla banking, manipulation of off-shore trust and corporate structures, share price manipulation and tax evasion as well as acquisitive frauds by deception.
Clients particularly praise him for his strategic direction, mastery of the detail and advice. Clients’ descriptions include “An excellent tactician, Anwar is quick to respond to the needs of his clients providing clear advice in complex situations” while they have noted that “Tough, able, hard working are some of the attributes you get when instructing Anwar. He has a particular adeptness in fraud cases, providing an insight and acute analysis from the onset. He has a charm with lay clients and the ability to achieve successful results for the most serious and difficult of cases”.
He is frequently instructed at the outset of complex investigations for both investigative agencies and private bodies. He has conducted compulsory interviews in cases of money laundering and corruption and advised clients subject to such interviews.
Anwar has lectured on the use of off-shore corporate structures to launder the proceeds of crime, including tax evasion. He regularly works on “paperless” fraud cases and is familiar with the applicable IT programmes.
Anwar has successfully acted for public and private bodies, for the prosecution and defence, in cases of bribery, corruption and misconduct in public office. These include the extradition and prosecution of a former Kenyan Finance Minister and the former head of the Kenyan electricity utility for corruption, fraud and money laundering offences. The allegations are that large-scale corrupt payments were made in exchange for contracts to build and maintain power stations.
In another case he was instructed by Mishcon de Reya to advise a Middle Eastern Aluminium Producer that was conducting an international investigation into corruption and money laundering.
Anwar has acted in cases concerning the alleged corruption abroad of foreign public officers.
He has been instructed to advise a defendant in the corruption prosecution currently ongoing in TCI.
Anwar is frequently instructed in cases with a cross-jurisdictional element. In particular he has been repeatedly instructed in cases in Jersey, nearly all of which involved evidence gathering from several countries, and often require extradition. He has dealt with hearings where evidence has been sworn for use abroad or for extradition, advised upon and drafted letters of request, and flown to many jurisdictions to establish relations with relevant foreign agencies. He has advised as to when evidence obtained by compulsory process can be shared with other jurisdictions.
Anwar is a highly experienced and effective Crown Court and appellate advocate. He defends and prosecutes the most serious cases including murder and manslaughter, rape, Class A drug importation, fraud, money laundering and corruption. He is a grade 4 prosecutor.
His experience and ability to achieve successful results mean that he works all over the country and abroad as well as in London. He has been praised for his advocacy, particularly cross-examination skills, by clients and the judiciary alike, while solicitors particularly praise his commitment, hard work and client care, noting that: “for a solicitor it is important to have counsel brave enough to make difficult decisions yet in whose judgement you trust”.
Anwar is frequently instructed on a private basis in driving cases, particularly Death by Dangerous Driving.
Anwar has dealt with expert evidence in many areas including: complex brain injuries, and other medical evidence, blood spattering, cell site, bio-mechanics, hawalla banking, company formation/share issues/manipulation and DNA.
His experience with respect to complex fraud and off-shore work is set out in dedicated profiles for those fields.
Anwar has substantial experience of offshore and international work, having been instructed by private and public clients in Jersey, Guernsey, Bahrain and the TCI.
He is familiar with the law and practice of international co-operation and extradition, and of the use of off-shore trust and corporate structures for legitimate and criminal purposes.
In the course of these cases Anwar has liaised with various jurisdictions including the UK, the Channel Islands, Scotland, Kenya, Switzerland, the BVI, the Bahamas, Kenya, Malaysia, Germany, Finland, the US, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Holland, Gibraltar and South Africa.
Anwar has acted for Defendants in prosecutions in off-shore jurisdictions as well as prosecutorial and investigative bodies. These have included cases of money laundering and corruption of great complexity. Details of some of these cases appear below.
Anwar has worked for 15 years in various off-shore jurisdictions, as well as in UK cases with evidential links with such jurisdictions. His instructions have come in cases of money laundering, tax evasion, fraud and corruption.
Anwar practices in all areas of personal injury litigation, acting for both claimants and defendants in cases involving serious injury. He is an extremely experienced first instance and appellate advocate, praised for his judgement and advice as well as his prowess in court in cases of complexity and gravity.
Anwar’s particular specialism is in cases of child abuse and, more generally, in cases involving the duties of local authorities.
He has lectured on topics ranging from quantum to limitation.
Anwar has represented Defendant’s in child abuse cases over a 15 year period, since his first instruction as junior counsel in the North Wales Children’s Homes litigation in 2000. He regularly acts for local authorities/volunteer groups/employers and insurers as well as individual alleged abusers.
Anwar’s breadth of experience makes him adept at dealing with relevant legal issues (duty of care, no fault liability, limitation), managing multi-party litigation, social work practice and psychiatric evidence. He has accepted instructions in some of the most unique cases in this area; recent examples include whether vicarious liability could be extended beyond the governors of a school to its charity sponsor, and liability for consensual sexual relations between a support worker and a vulnerable adult who nevertheless had capacity to consent to such relations.
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