Aftab Bakhat

Brief info

LLB (Hons.)

Head of Crime

Phone: 01254 274700
About Aftab

Aftab is Head of Crime here at FMB Solicitors, is a case supervisor for Serious Crime, and is an active member of the local Duty Solicitor Scheme.

When faced with the prospect of criminal charges you don’t just need any lawyer. You need a criminal defence solicitor who will invest all of his 20+ years’ experience into your case. As one of our founding partners, Aftab recognises that generating a rapport with each client is the key to success.

He prides himself on the bespoke legal service he is able to offer to every client. His skilful and persuasive advocacy, along with genuine enthusiasm for achieving the right result, and empathy for those who instruct him, yields success whether at the police station or in court. To Aftab, you will never be just another case file. Defending your reputation against criminal charges isn’t just his job, it’s his passion.

Aftab fearlessly defends his clients’ interests in police stations and Magistrates’ Courts on a daily basis, acting for clients on both a legally aided and privately paying basis. He has dealt with all manner of criminal investigations and prosecutions including murder, assaults, rape, drugs conspiracies and fraud, as well as dishonesty offences, benefit fraud and public order offences.

He also specialises in driving offences and technical defence cases.

Notable cases:
R -v- C The Defendant was arrested in an industrial cannabis farm with 108 plants and was subsequently linked to three additional, similarly sized, cannabis farms. He received a non-custodial sentence.

R -v- B
The facts were that the main protagonist had opened up a drug processing factory in an industrial unit to which all the Defendants were linked. He was the only Defendant out of 24 in bold in this conspiracy to receive a not guilty verdict after a two-week trial.

R -v- K
Malicious communications allegation made by a former disgruntled business partner. The case was discontinued before trial due to Mr Bakhat’s meticulous instructions being presented to the Crown Prosecution Service who then went on to drop the case.

R -v- M Charge of excess alcohol. Going on to advance a “laced drinks” defence which the Magistrates accepted, resulting in the Defendant retaining his driving licence and receiving a not guilty verdict.

R -v- P
This Defendant faced an allegation of stabbing her husband with a knife.
With the assistance of Mr Bakhat and instructed Counsel, the Defendant was acquitted after trial before the Crown Court.

Mrs TP

Very happy with the service provide and the efforts of Mr Bakhat and his team. If I ever need assistance in the future they are the first firm I will contact.

Mr M
Thanks alot to fmb solicitors especially Aftab for turning up at the police station to represent me even though it was his day off…great firm will definitely recommend and use if I am in the jam again.

Had a great result in court today, case got dismissed, what can I say, a big thank you to Aftab who worked hard and made this happen.