Since accepting tenancy in Chambers in 2014, Aska’s practice has gone from strength to strength. She combines first-class advocacy with meticulous preparation and a fierce intellect. Those who instruct her praise her tactical judgment, responsiveness and client care. Aska is particularly sought after in cases requiring complex legal and extensive factual analysis with voluminous material.
Her current instructions include representing one of six defendants charged with conspiracy to defraud, amongst others, the Metropolitan Police. Aska has experience of working as disclosure Counsel instructed by the Serious Fraud Office on a number of different cases.
She has been instructed to advise clients from the early stages of cash forfeiture proceedings and has successfully contested an application for forfeiture of £75,000 in cash.
Aska is a native Japanese speaker and has given a seminar on UK constitutional law to Japanese MPs.
Aska Fujitarepresented a defendant charged with benefit fraud, spanning over 12 years, amounting to over £120,000. After negotiations with the prosecution, a plea on a basis was agreed, resulting in a suspended sentence. Instructed by Sternberg Reed.
Aska Fujita represented a defendant charged with fraud. Aska’s client, who was acquitted, was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and required the assistance of an intermediary throughout the trial proceedings. Instructed by Imran Khan and Partners.
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.
Aska Fujita represented a healthcare assistant employed by the NHS who was accused of sexually assaulting a patient. Following a four-day trial, the defendant was acquitted. Instructed by Sternberg Reed.
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.
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  EWCA Crim 1901. The Court of Appeal commended Aska for the “eloquence of her submissions”. Instructed by GT Stewart.