Ghulam Sohail

Consultant Solicitor

Ghulam is a highly  experienced solicitor and is a member of our serious and complex crime team.

Ghulam has joined the MPR team having developed  the Criminal Defence Team at one of the UK’s top 200 firms where he was a partner. He has also acted as a Deputy Coroner for Sandwell in the West Midlands for 3 years.

Ghulam has represented clients on a wide range of matters including Business Crime & Serious Fraud, Restraint & Confiscation Orders and Large Scale Drugs Cases.

Ghulam also specialises in pre-charge advice and representation and has extensive experience in providing pre-charge advice to client’s attending for for voluntary interview or interview under arrest.

He has successfully acted in cases for company officers, sports personalities, medical professionals, financial professionals and other leading personalities.

What others say:

  • highly recommended” and “provides a first rate service

    Legal 500
  • highly recommended and leader in his field

    Legal 500

Regulatory Cases

GDC v F- Successfully represented Dentist facing allegations of sexual misconduct against staff and a patient

GMC v A- Successfully represented Doctor investigated for denied sexual allegation against staff member

GMC v P- Dr investigated for Hmrc matters

GMC v S- Dr investigated for dishonesty against the CCG

Cps v B- Nurse successfully defended in relation to allegation of Gross Negligence Manslaughter

HSE v SCL- Successfully representing Director of Cladding Company in relation to an allegation of Gross Negligence Manslhaugher- fatality of scaffolder

BCC v T and X- Representing Landlords in two separate matters in relation to fatalities  as result of a breach of Electrical Safety Regulations

*Ghulam has also advised Director’s of one of the UK’s fastest growing companies in relation to COP 9′s Issued by HMRC

Business Crime and Serious Fraud

HMRC v S,F,R and Others- Operation Capri  -largest MTIC (Mobile Phones) at the time where he acted for 3 Directors in Companies with a turnover exceeding many £100′s of millions

HMRC v S and Others- Operation Ghast- (Southwark)  –MTIC £22M where he acted for the first defendant an MD out of 21 charged with Conspiring to Cheat the Revenue in a Vat Carousel

CPS v PU and Others – Operation Raiment-(Birmingham) he acted successfully for a Company Secretary in a pay roll fraud involving the Moya Group/Scragg alleging fraud in excess of £10m

HMRC V AB and Others  February 2013- (Operation Design) he acted successfully for a Company Director charged jointly with the President of the ATT with Tax Fraud involving fraudulent RAS claims to the Revenue with an alleged value of £20m.

CPS v H and M -Operation Nacho (Newcastle) 2013- where he acted successfully for two individuals in two separate trials charged with conspiring to claim fraudulent payments from Insurers running into Millions of pounds.

CPS v LR- Southwark - Acting for a Company Director the lead defendant in a case alleging involvement in money laundering at a Money exchange Bureau in London with a conversion of £11m

Restraint and Confiscation Orders

SFO v A Co Ltd- (Old Bailey) 2012 successfully lifted within a very short period a restraint order against a long standing business caught up innocently and inadvertently in an international Carbon credits fraud (Ponzi scheme)

CPS v NB- successfully varied a Confiscation Order post issue on behalf of a third partyCPS v SC – 2012- took over a case from another firm  on behalf of a Businessman leading to the declaration to the HMRC of undeclared income, avoiding a near £1m confiscation order and saving his client many hundreds of thousands.

HMRC v H -(Southwark) acted for a Company Director in a case involving 131 breaches of a restraint order in at least 3 different Jurisdictions, money spent on lifestyle and ultimately none of the funds alleged to be hidden assets were taken into account upon successful submissions in valuing realiseable assets. One of the most complex Contempt prosecutions ever taken to Court.

Drugs

SOCA v F and Others – 2012 (Birmingham) Acted for a Director the main defendant in Operation Flesh which alleges importation of Class A Drugs with a street value in excess of £150m

SOCA v NA and Others – 2012 -Ghulam acted for a Company Director charged with importation of Class A drugs with a street value circa £20m

CPS v A and Others- Acting in the first dismissal application before Birmingham Crown Court (successfully) seeking dismissal of charges alleging gang drug supply and conspiracy to cause explosions post implementation of the Crime and Disorder Act 2001.

Pre Charge Advice and Representation

R v Kieran Fallon and Others (VHCC) – Ghulam successfully acted for a Company Director investigated for laundering the proceeds of allegedly fixed races. Detailed prepared statement submitted.

SFO v T and Others- Ghulam successfully acted for an individual investigated for being part of a fraud by officials at the NUM. Detailed prepared statement submitted.

FSA v B and Others- He acted successfully on behalf of a Company Director investigated for alleged insider dealing in an AIM listed Company. Detailed prepared statement submitted.

Police v C – He acted successfully on behalf of a Company Director investigated for the theft of monies from a Barrister. Detailed letter in response to allegations resolved complaint. No interview required.

Police v D and Others- He acted successfully for a solicitors clerk investigated for his alleged involvement in false/inflated RTA claims. Detailed prepared statement submitted

Murder/Homicide Cases

In R v B- He acted in a murder case successfully excluding a confession thereby leading to the Cps offering no evidence on day 2.

In R v M- he acted successfully for a lady charged with the murder of her husband having excluded numerous voluntary interviews.

Terrorism

Ghulam has acted successfully in 2008 in CPS v Nu and Others (Woolwich) a case with alleged links to terrorists.

He acted in 2009 successfully for an individual investigated for being part of an alleged Al Qaeeda plot to kidnap a priest at HMP Full Sutton and to escape his double murder sentence.

He acted in June 2013 in R v B at Southwark Crown Court on behalf of a client facing matters contrary to Section 58 Offences. This case led to the first successful submission of no case in relation to  possession of 39 ways.

Extradition

Ghulam acted between 2005-2009 in the matter of The Examining Court of Madrid v MS, HS, KS and others at The City of Westminster Magistrates for the lead defendants in a matter that led to a petition to the then House of Lords. On behalf of 3 Businessmen he successfully opposed on 3 different occassions over 3.5 years with applications to the High Court and the Court of Appeal the extradition sought by Spain for allegations of International money laundering in a case alleging fraud with cross jurisdictional issues with a value of £0.5bn.


Personal Background

Former Club  1st Xi No 3 batsman and swing bowler, Ghulam took 26 off an over in a match in 2002 and has claimed the scalp’s of Allan Donald (White Lightning) and Cyrille Regis for a duck. He is the Coach of Earlswood Under 12′s.

Ghulam has mentored students from the College of Law and has been involved with providing an insight to the magistrates and to the Midlands Bar over the years into the “Defence perspective” on cases.