Abdul Iqbal KC

Call To The Bar: 1994

Recommended in Legal 500, 2024 – Crime (General and Fraud)

Ranked in Tier 1 for Crime in Legal 500 (2023) and in Chambers & Partners (2023)

A very experienced silk who is tactically very astute” Legal 500 (2023)

“Abdul Iqbal QC is a well-regarded criminal defence barrister. He is noted for his expert handling of complex murder, arms trafficking, money laundering and serious organised crime cases (Chambers & Partners 2022)

“His advocacy is flawless and he is very clever with a ferocious work ethic. He is fearsome in cut-throat situations. His witness handling skills are superb. ’

(Legal 500 2022 Ranked: Tier 1)

“His advocacy is superb and he commands the respect of judges and fellow professionals.” The Legal 500 (2021)

“Very experienced in defending in heavyweight criminal matters.” – The Legal 500 (2019)

“He maintains absolute mastery over the facts.” – The Legal 500 (2017)

“An outstanding silk, and a thorough and inspired cross-examiner.” – The Legal 500 (2016)

“Very thorough in his preparation and management of the facts.” – The Legal 500 (2015)

“Leading Silk In Crime… The Paragon Of Legal Excellence” – The Legal 500 – 2014

Abdul Iqbal KC is a favoured choice of counsel among both solicitors and lay clients. He is widely recognised for his skilful, tactical and robust advocacy in the most complex cases. He took Silk in 2014 after years of being instructed as leading counsel in high-profile cases where Queen’s Counsel had been instructed by other parties in the case.

Abdul has built a very large and successful defence practice focused on the most serious criminal cases, such as homicide, high-value complex commercial fraud, serious organised crime, terrorism, and large-scale international drug trafficking. He also has specialist expertise in confiscation and deprivation of assets issues arising from these areas of criminal work.

Abdul previously practised as a pharmacist, and has a particular interest in cases involving expert medical or paramedical evidence. He is noted for his ability and experience in cross-examining expert witnesses on the most complex areas of evidence.

He has defended in a series of sensitive cases where professionals (solicitors, accountants, doctors, pharmacists) have been charged with criminal or regulatory offences.

Court of Appeal

Abdul regularly reviews serious and complex cases and advises upon the prospects of seeking to overturn, before the Court of Appeal, potentially unsafe convictions sustained in cases where he has not appeared at first instance. He also regularly reviews serious cases and advises as to whether a sentence can be regarded as manifestly excessive so as to be successfully appealed before the Court of Appeal.


Abdul is noted for his ability and judgment to quickly and reliably identify the real and decisive issues in ‘very heavy’ cases. He excels in offering clear, concise and tactically focused advice in the most complex and voluminous cases

Notable cases

Homicide/attempted murder


Serious fraud/financial crime/corruption

International drugs/firearms/people-trafficking

Serious crime

Private client work

Public Access

Abdul Iqbal KC may accept Public Access work, where he can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.