Shahzad qualified as a solicitor in the year 2002 and was the sole practitioner of SKR Legal Solicitors since December 2012. In January 2015 SKR Legal Solicitors was incorporated into a limited company and Shahzad became the Management Director. Prior to this, he was Senior Partner and founder of the former firm (Insaaf Solicitors) since 2007.
Shahzad also has several years of experience as a Partner at a well known firm in Leicester, and is highly respected among his peers for his work in this area. He is qualified as a police station and court duty solicitor, and has substantial experience of all areas of criminal defence work including terrorism, fraud and serious violent crime. He has a particular interest in serious fraud cases, and has been involved in high profile and complex VHCC, VAT Fraud and serious violent crime cases.
He is regularly before the Magistrates courts and has experience of preparing and representing cases at all stages of the Crown Court proceedings.
Some of Shahzad’s notable cases include successfully defending one defendant in a £120million MTIC fraud (carousel fraud); representing one of 23 defendant case involving conspiracy to facilitate illegal immigration into the European Union and United States of America and money laundering; and in another case, representing one of the main defendants in 30 defendant case involving allegations of conspiracy to facilitate illegal immigration into the European Union and United States of America and money laundering.
Shahzad is also regularly before the Immigration tribunal representing clients in all aspects of Immigration Law. He has substantial experience of appearing within the media providing advice on Immigration issues, and had a weekly advice slot on a well known TV station.
He is also taking a leading role in SKR Legal’s newer Civil Litigation Department, and oversees and supervises the Family and Personal Injury Departments.
Shahzad has always believed in a sustainable legal aid system and that a properly funded legal aid system is a pillar of the welfare state and has a fundamental role in reducing inequalities in society. To this end, the firm has a legal aid contract in Crime and Immigration. He is also interested in helping his local community, and the firm can accommodate for pro bono work in certain cases, and holds a weekly legal advice surgery within the community in Leicester.
Head of Criminal Defence