Tahir Mahmood


Tahir has practiced Criminal Defence Litigation since 1997 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2000. Tahir is an accredited Police Station and Court Duty Solicitor and has gained a reputation amongst clients for providing a high level of commitment to securing the best possible outcome to their cases. He regularly represents his clients at the Police Station and at Courts across the country and has over the years successfully represented clients charged with a range of serious offences. He has been instructed and represented those charged with offences including Murder, Terrorism, Fraud, and Death by Dangerous Driving, Drug Importation and large-scale drug conspiracies; firearm offences, serious Sexual offences, including allegations of rape, historic abuse and child grooming offences. Tahir has also acted in several extradition cases in recent years. 

Tahir has a particular interest in dealing with young offenders and has assisted them towards rehabilitation. Having worked in the Home Counties, he became a Partner at his own Firm in East London in 2004, before joining ALH as a Partner in 2006. Tahir has established an effective working relationship with experienced Counsel and some of the country’s leading Queens Counsel specializing in representing and defending people being investigated or already charged with grave and complex criminal cases. Tahir is noted for both his tactical and mature approach to cases that are often of particular complexity. He has advised in cases involving professionals who are facing criminal and disciplinary proceedings arising in connection with their work such as fraud, theft, serious professional misconduct and negligence.

As part of his work Tahir has had to travel to other Countries to interview witnesses and collate evidence in preparation for the defence. With a proven track record of success, Tahir is often instructed as a solicitor of choice amongst lay clients.He is a member of the Law Society Criminal Accreditation Scheme and Criminal Law Solicitors Association.

Below is a list of some of the cases Tahir has been instructed in.

R v A & another (ongoing) “Birmingham Crown Court” Representing a defendant charged with preparing for acts of terrorism, namely planning to go to Syria to fight alongside ISIS and further offences of disseminating terrorist publications.


R v H (2015) Aylesbury Crown Court: Represented a defendant who faced malicious allegations of Rape made by 14 year old schoolgirl. The case involved complex & sensitive submissions to introduce evidence of the complainant’s sexual history & bad character. These were successfully made by the defence team. The defendant was unanimously acquitted on all counts.

R v- AB & Others (2014): Case at the Southwark Crown of three defendants charged with a plot to blackmail prominent members of the Qatari Royal Family. The defendants are alleged to have demanded and tried to gain over half a million pounds with menaces from the Royal Family, in return for private photographs of them.

France v B (2014): Working alongside counsel from the Doughty Street Extradition team, Tahir represented the interests of an individual who was challenging his extradition request to France to face charges in connection with drug supply & money laundering. Double jeopardy arguments were raised as the requested person had already been prosecuted in England for related offences. The case also involved the instruction of expert witnesses in France on the issue of the French Courts compliance with European Law & further novel & complex human rights arguments in the context of extradition were raised up to the Supreme Court.

R v A and others (2013): Representing one of a network of individuals based in London, Cardiff and the West Midlands arrested on suspicion of funding overseas terrorism with money linked to the smuggling of the stimulant khat.


R v Johnson & others (2012)  Central Criminal Court: Represented the first defendant of three charged with the murder of a man, whose body was found following an explosion in a south London flat. The body was discovered in the loft conversion of the flat which was completely destroyed. Post-mortem tests showed he died from head injuries from shotgun wounds.

R v Ali (2012) Luton Crown Court: Attempted Murder of a father and son at their home during an aggravated burglary.



R-v- Patti (2012)   Inner London Crown Court : Stabbing of two police officers. S.18 offences originally charged as attempted murder. Instructed key medical experts on behalf of the defendant, resulting in the defence, successfully raising the legal defence of insanity at trial. The Defendant received an absolute discharge owing to recovery of his mental health and despite the grave injury to one of the officers.


R v Gilbert and others (2012) – Kingston Crown Court: high profile kidnap and robbery of royal aide. Extensive challenges made to Prosecution expert evidence that footmarks made in the victim’s blood at the scene of his imprisonment were a match to the defendant’s trainers. Consequent legal submissions led to case being dropped against our defendant.

R-v-Belbin and others  (2011)  Southwark Crown Court : Represented the alleged main organiser in a large scale drugs importation (450 kilos).The case involved successfully arguing out of complex crucial cell site evidence resulting in the collapse of the trial.

R v Magloire and others  (2010) – Isleworth Crown Court : Represented one of four defendants charged with raping two generations of their family during the 1960 to 1980’s.

R -v- Shahid Ali and Others (2009)  Central Criminal Court: Charged with encouraging acts of terrorism abroad. This case involved a network of individuals based in the West Midlands who provided support for the activities of Parvais Khan (the author of a plot to kidnap and behead a British Muslim serviceman), principally buying items requested by the mujahedeen, fighting against coalition forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan and arranging for their delivery.


R v Idris Hadra and others (2008): Central Criminal Court : Six handed case where the defendants were charged with murder and conspiracy to rob.

R v Hussain (2008)  Luton Crown Court : Multi million pound fraud involving a network of individuals charged with making fraudulent insurance claims following staged road accidents.

R v Mian Ahmed and others  (2007) : Reading Crown Court : Client charged with the murder of a friend which involved stabbing the deceased in the head and face with a screwdriver. Instructed several key forensic experts on behalf of the defence to verify findings of the prosecution experts and providing an alternative theory of events more consistent with the evidence which eventually resulted in the client’s acquittal of murder but conviction for manslaughter on the grounds of provocation

R v Hussain and others (2006) Luton Crown Court : 17 year old charged with causing the death of an 18-month-old girl by dangerous driving and then fleeing the scene.


R v Yvonne Anthony and others (2006): Kingston Crown Court: Ten handed conspiracy to import drugs from the Caribbean

R -v- Bhatti and Others (2005): Represented the client throughout his fourteen day detention at the police station under the Terrorism Act. The case known as the ‘Dirty bomb’ plot approved by Al-Qaeda in Pakistan to implement a series of outrages against specific targets in the US and London (including the tube tunnel under the Thames at Greenwich, the Ministry of Sound and Bluewater shopping centre using a variety of methods and materials including limousines packed with gas canisters and radiation dispersal devices.

R v Farid and Others (2004) : Successfully secured the acquittal of Arshad Farid, who alongside three others faced charges under the Terrorism Act. Offences ranged from receiving training in the making of firearms and explosives, receiving training in the making of chemical and biological weapon, possessing manuals, videos and audiotapes for purposes connected with terrorism and failing to disclose information that could have assisted the police.

Due to failings by the police and the Crown Prosecution Service, bail was obtained for Mr Farid during the course of the proceedings. Subsequently the CPS announced charges would be dropped because evidence could not be prepared in time. This decision followed on from successful submissions by the defence for a strict timetable to be set by the Court, for disclosure of evidence in the case.