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Irshad Sheikh

Call 1983

Practice Profile

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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Notable Cases

  • R v. H & ors [Croydon] 2011

    Tax Fraud

    Irshad Sheikh was instructed as the lead advocate in this multimillion pound cheat on the public revenue in a VHCC (‘Very High Cost Case’) involving the service of over 80,000 pages  – allegation of cheating the public revenue by creating and submitting false tax returns and thereby dishonestly obtaining tax repayments from HMRC. Regarded as a protracted, substantial, and serious attack on the United Kingdom income tax system.

  • R v. JS [C.C.C.] 2011

    Murder.

    Irshad Sheikh was lead counsel in case of murder and double attempted murder by asylum seeker. The case concerned the savage beating by the defendant of three men whilst they were in a drunken slumber in a sheltered area of a cemetery in Ilford. The violent attack resulted in the death of one and the others receiving severe, life-threatening injuries.

  • R v. B & ors [Cardiff] 2009

    Credit Card Fraud

    Irshad Sheikh was Lead counsel in substantial fraud on credit card companies (VHCC). – allegation of the cloning and use of credit cards and the obtaining of goods and services on a massive scale.Instructed by Eversheds LLP. 

  • R v. M & ors [Winchester] 2007

    Bank Fraud

    Irshad Sheikh was instructed as the Leading junior in this Conspiracy to defraud the National Westminster Bank plc – a case involving identity theft and the compromising of bank accounts on a wide and substantial basis.

  • R v. H & ors [Southwark] 2005

    Royal Mail Fraud

    Irshad Sheikh was Lead counsel in this Multi-handed mail dumping VHCC fraud –widely reported case involving a company that made millions of pounds by dumping letters and parcels that it was paid to deliver by Royal Mail. Among the 360,000 items that were binned were hospital blood test results, university acceptance letters and charity mail.