Anwar Nashashibi is an accomplished advocate with several complementary areas of expertise reflecting his experience and interest in the law. Within the criminal law, he defends and prosecutes in the most serious and complex cases, including murder, manslaughter, death by dangerous driving and serious sexual offences, both recent and historic. He is a specialist in complex fraud, corruption and money laundering, bribery and corruption.
In civil, he practices in commercial fraud and defendant child abuse cases. His civil practice, incorporating facts with implications for criminal and civil liability, leave him well placed to deal with cases where experience of both jurisdictions is needed. He has experience in dealing with extradition matters.
Anwar has a national and international practice. He is 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 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 has specialised in fraud, money laundering and corruption for 15 years, receiving instructions in high profile and high value cases in the UK and abroad. He acts in cases of civil fraud as well as criminal fraud. He is in demand both as an advocate and for advisory work and has dealt with extensive, complex and high value cases. He is a member of the A panel of SFO approved counsel, and defends in SFO prosecutions.
Anwar has considerable experience of cases where international issues arise and which feature off-shore jurisdictions. He has dealt with cases involving corruption, hawalla banking, manipulation of off-shore trust and corporate structures, share price and financial instrument manipulation and tax evasion. He has experience of prosecutions of corporations as well as individuals.
Anwar has frequently been instructed at the outset of complex investigations, both for public and private clients. He has conducted compulsory interviews and advised clients subject to such interviews.
Anwar has lectured on relevant topics in the UK, Isle of Man and Jersey, including on the use of off-shore trust and corporate structure to launder the proceeds of corruption and tax evasion, and the risk of criminal and civil liability attaching to persons and entities holding money for clients that may be the proceeds of crime.
Anwar has extensive experience of high value, extensive and complex corruption cases relating to a variety of contracts and involving both public bodies and private entities. In the course of such cases he has dealt with extradition, conducted compulsory interviews, and advised private clients subject to such interviews. High profile cases include proceedings against senior ministers and chief executives in foreign governments and public corporations. He has advised on issues of state immunity, jurisdiction and international co-operation.
Anwar is frequently instructed in cases where cross-jurisdictional issues arise. 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.
Anwar has liaised with legal authorities in scores of countries in four continents. He has advised upon and drafted letters of request, and flown to many jurisdictions to establish relations with relevant foreign agencies at the highest level. He has advised as to when evidence obtained by compulsory process can be shared with other jurisdictions
Anwar is a skillful and experienced advocate and lawyer. He defends and prosecutes in the most serious and complex cases, including murder, manslaughter, death by dangerous driving and serious sexual offences, both recent and historic. He is a specialist in complex fraud, corruption and money laundering.
His experience and record of successful results has enabled him to develop a national and international practice. His advocacy and grasp of the detail in extensive cases has been praised by clients and the senior judiciary.
His experience with respect to complex fraud and off-shore work is set out in dedicated profiles for those fields.
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.
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 appears in all types of personal injury claims, specialising in the tort and Human Rights Act liability of local authorities and other public and quasi-public institutions such as the police and charities, issues of consent in cases of sexual abuse, institutional liability for harmful but consensual sexual relations and liability for deliberate assaults by third parties. He has been instructed in cases in opposition to leading counsel in high value cases and in multi claimant litigation. As a result of his criminal experience, he is in demand as an exceptionally able first instance and appellate advocate, as well as for advisory work in complex and novel areas of law.
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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