Specialist Criminal Solicitors

  • Murder / Manslaughter
  • Drugs
  • Sexual Offences
  • Serious Violence
  • Fraud
  • POCA – Restraint & Confiscation
  • Extradition and European Arrest Warrants
  • Motoring Offences

Years of Combined Experience

Of Cases Won

Client Rating

Drug Offences

Offences involving drugs form a large part of our criminal caseload.  We have over 60 years of combined experience in representing clients who face charges ranging from simple possession of drugs, through to cases involving the large scale importation and international conspiracies to supply drugs.  Learn More

Sexual Offences

Facing a charge involving a sexual allegation is a stressful and distressing experience.  At Highgate Solicitors, we have decades of experience in robustly defending all manner of sexual offences.     Learn More

Financial Crime

Fraud cases are often vigorously pursued by the Police and partner agencies such as the National Crime Agency and the Serious Organised Crime Agency. 

Prosecutions are usually complex and can contain huge numbers of  witness statements and exhibits.   Learn More

Serious Violence

From murder to domestic violence you can rest assured the Highgate Solicitors with defend you from the police station to a trial at the crown court  Learn More

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We offer a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION, at which we will provide an honest and accurate review of your case and what we can do for you. We will assess your eligibility for legal aid and we will be happy to discuss any concerns that you have. 

Our People

Khalid Hussain

Khalid Hussain


Khalid Hussain is a leading heavyweight criminal Solicitor, and High Court Advocate who has been exclusively undertaking Criminal defence work for the past 25 years.

Khalid has a national client following and is sought after and instructed in the most serious types of criminal cases.

Over the past 25 years, Khalid has worked on cases of extreme complexity and seriousness.  In his career he has dealt with over 40 murder/homicide cases.  His experience in serious crime is rarely matched by even the most experienced solicitors, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, wrapped in a down to earth and pleasant client manner.

Khalid is an expert at handling forensic evidence, telephonic data downloads, and has won countless cases, including murder cases, by having improperly obtained evidence excluded at trial.

He has huge experience of defending clients in high value fraud cases, sexual grooming cases and cases involving extreme complexity.  He has defended cases bought by the Police, National Crime Agency and private prosecuting bodies.

He is a seasoned High Court advocate and regularly represents clients at Crown Courts across the UK.  He has trained over 10 trainee solicitors during his career, some of whom have gone on to be successful Criminal practitioners themselves.  He continues to regularly advise other solicitors, such is his knowledge and reputation.

Khalid is also a well established expert in Motoring Law and is one of the Country’s leading experts in Taxi Licencing and Regulatory Law

Khalid is highly regarded by Judges and fellow professionals and has worked with some of the finest barristers and Queen’s Counsel in the land.

If you are facing serious criminal charges, it is unlikely that you will find better representation than provided by Khalid Hussain.

Ashfaq Chowdhury

Ashfaq Chowdhury


Ashfaq Chowdhury was the founder of Highgate Solicitors and has been practicing since 2004.

Ashfaq is a highly experienced and streetwise criminal defence solicitor with a huge client following throughout the North of England and beyond.

Ashfaq worked for many years as an advisor to the West Yorkshire Magistrate’s Court service, and from there he built and honed an impressive command of Magisterial law and Criminal practice.

His expertise in the Magistrate’s Court far surpasses the ‘average’ solicitor and he is a genuinely talented lawyer who knows how to exploit all available ‘loopholes’ and grey areas to his clients’ advantage.  This has earned him a fearsome reputation as a powerful advocate and he remains constantly sought after by clients.

Notwithstanding his popularity and proven track record, Ashfaq has a relaxed and informal client manner and clients often note that he has ‘all the time in the world’ for them despite clearly being in high demand.  He is noted for his clear, articulate and powerful advocacy and command of the Courtroom. 

Ashfaq has dealt with many high profile cases and is currently instructed in a £35m fraud case, a ‘mafia-esque’ people smuggling conspiracy spanning the whole of Eastern Europe and numerous serious sexcual offence cases.  He handles his caseload with absolute efficiency and each client is treated with the utmost care and attention.

Ashfaq has a particularly strong client following amongst the Romanian and Polish diaspora who have quickly spread the good word that there is a solicitor in town who we can understand, whom we can work with and who gets the job done.

Efficient, professional, capable and friendly, Ashfaq embodies the qualities of a 5* lawyer.

Shamyla Aslam

Shamyla Aslam


Shamyla Aslam qualified as a solicitor in 2016 after successfully completing her training with Highgate Solicitors. Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Shamyla has been working in the legal profession exclusively undertaking criminal defence work for approximately 10 years.  

She has undertaken a full range of serious criminal work such as historical sexual allegations, murder, drug offences and serious driving offences.

Shamyla has considerable knowledge of law and procedure when dealing with her cases. She is regarded very highly for her meticulous preparation of her client’s defence in readiness for trials and her friendly and re-assuring manner when assisting clients through what is, inevitably, an extremely stressful and worrying period of their life.

Shamyla ensures that confidentiality and reputation management is at the forefront of her mind when dealing with her professional duties. She is known to make sure that all her cases are dealt with in the utmost sensitivity with a strong pro-active approach to a successful and swift conclusion.  The consistent positive feedback that she receives reflects her commitment to her clients and achieving successful outcomes for them.

Shamyla is a Duty Solicitor (Court and Police station) and is an active member of the Law Society Criminal Litigation Scheme.  

Fuad Arshad

Fuad Arshad


Fuad is a highly respected and tenacious solicitor- advocate who specialises in defending clients in serious criminal cases.

Fuad’s caseload is made up almost entirely of Crown Court cases and he has built an enviable reputation as a powerful advocate and master tactician.

He regularly acts in cases involving significant complexity and is adept at defending multi-defendant drugs conspiracies, high value fraud cases and murder cases.

Fuad’s attention to detail and meticilous preparation are second to none. He leaves no stone unturned and is dedicated to fighting your corner.

Fuad is the number one choice for our in-house advocacy.

Umar Yasin

Umar Yasin


Umar is a qualified Solicitor and has been at Highgate Solicitors from the beginning of his career.  He has trained closely under two senior lawyers and has considerable experience in advising and representing clients in a wide range of matters.

Umar represents clients from the initial stages of a criminal investigation at the Police Station to trials at the Crown Court. He has a considerable level of experience at representing clients when faced with serious criminal matters.

Umar represents clients in various matters including: motoring offences, violence-related offences, sexual offences, drug offences, Proceeds of Crime, people trafficking, slavery, terrorism and murder, amongst a wide range of other offences.

His rapport with clients is strong. Clients describe him as approachable and dependable.

His meticulous attention to detail and preparation of cases is thorough no matter what the allegation.

Zanaid Akram

Zanaid Akram


Zanaid is our administrator and is responsible for the day to day administration of Highgate Solicitors.

He is the first point of contact for clients and has a friendly and approachable manner. He has worked in Criminal law practices for many years and is adept at putting clients at ease.

He undertakes significant case progression and is an efficient and essential part of the Highgate Team who prides himself on excellence.

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