Crime Solicitor

Mahtab Aziz

Mahtab Aziz , Duncan Lewis , Crime Freelance Solicitor , Dalston


Profile / Experience

I am a Consultant Solicitor in the Crime Department at Duncan Lewis Solicitors. I am highly regarded for my expertise on the Proceeds of Crime Act and confiscation proceedings. I have over 20 years experience in criminal case work, particularly serious and grave crimes such as:

  • Serious Fraud;
  • Proceeds of crime (POCA);
  • Murder;
  • GBH;
  • Serious drugs offences
  • HMRC /evasion of excise duty/tax
  • Dangerous driving & road traffic offences;
  • Regulatory matters;
In addition to my Criminal Litigation work, I also regularly deal with immigration matters, human rights and bail applications. These matters include;
  • Unlawful detention;
  • False imprisonment;
  • Habeas Corpus;
  • Dublin III/Third Country removal;
  • Unlawful delay in processing immigration and asylum applications;
  • Fresh claim challenges/unlawful denial of appeal rights;
  • Challenges to decisions to deny access to public funds;
  • Challenges to refusals of Article 8 ECHR family and private life applications.
  • Challenging removals by way of urgent interim relief applications.
I successfully represent clients in a variety of asylum applications and appeals, many of whom have been persecuted in their home countries. Such clients include; former military interpreters; political protesters; free-speech journalists and bloggers; victims of forced marriage and domestic abuse, victims of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and those fearing persecution on account of their sexuality.

I regularly conduct criminal trials at the Magistrates Court, in addition, I am police station accredited which means I am an accredited member of the Law Society's police station representative accreditation scheme. This enables me to attend police stations to advise and assist people who would otherwise have no legal representation.

Although I am primarily based in the firm's Dalston office in East London and well known within that community, I have been instructed from as far afield as Newcastle, Durham, Bristol, Southampton and Birmingham.

I regularly appear on TV and radio to discuss legal issues in panel discussions and current affairs programs on channels that include thr BBC, Prime TV and Channel S TV. I am often called upon to discuss criminal justice, Road Traffic Law and other legal issues.

Many of my cases have appeared in the media, most notably the ex World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Herbie Hide’s matter concerning an undercover sting by the fake Sheikh Mazhar Mahmood and numerous fraud and murder cases including the first murder defendant to be tried for a murder committed abroad. I advised Imran Khan the ex-Pakistan cricket captain in his proposed private prosecution of the MQM leader in exile Altaf Hussain.

I am the Legal Counsel on International Law and Human Rights for the Institute of Islamic Strategic and Socio-political Affairs based in London.


  • Law Society Finals – College of Law - 1993
  • BA (Hons) Law & English Literature - University of North London


  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors – 2013-present
  • Admitted as a Solicitor – August 1999
  • Zoi & Co. Solicitors
  • Hickman & Rose Solicitors
  • Morgan Hall Solicitors
  • ST Law Solicitors
  • Sweetman Burke & Sinker Solicitors


Recent Notable Cases


Criminal Court
  • R v I - High profile fraud matter involving alleged fraudulent transfer of substantial monies from bank accounts including that of an internationally well known singer

  • R v P - Multi handed High value evasion of excise duty case involving importation of cigarettes.

  • R v R - Murder case in which victim was shot and killed abroad but my client a British citizen was tried here in the UK.

  • R v S - Murder case which was shown on the BBC TV program ‘Crime Watch’ in which the female victim was found wrapped up in a bed sheet in an East London canal


Membership & Accreditations
  • I am Police station accredited


  • Politics ( I stood as a Parliamentary candidate in the 2015 General Election)
  • Reading
  • Photography
  • Cricket and boxing (I am a kick boxing trainer).

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