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Year of call: 1997

Gulam is an experienced criminal defence barrister who is regularly instructed to defend in high profile and serious cases; this includes murder, terrorism, fraud, drugs and firearms. Many of his cases have included an international or human rights angle.

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Gulam came to bar with an LL.M in Commercial Law and experience within a busy solicitors firm. Gulam’s dedication to cases, strong advocacy and analytical ability have made him a first choice for both solicitors and direct access clients alike.

Over the years, Gulam has defended in some of the most high profile cases to feature in the media including the ‘Rachel Manning’ murder case, the attack on the Indian General responsible for Operation Blue Star, the case of AM, the first person to have been extradited from Afghanistan, as well as many others [see a list of notable cases below]. In addition to his criminal practice, Gulam has successfully defended landlords charged under the Housing Act and appeared before the GMC, Coroners Court and Tax Tribunal.

Gulam is currently instructed to defend in the Syrian Imam murder case, the ‘Boxer Cetin’ murder case, a large mortgage fraud where the defendant is a spiritual leader, a large VAT fraud, and a conspiracy to supply firearms.

Gulam is fluent in Bengali, Hindi and Urdu.

Gulam is a member of the Criminal Bar Association.

What solicitors say

I instructed Gulam in a multi-handed prison escape case. I found Gulam hard working, easy to work with and tactically brilliant. The prosecution case was based on phone and cell site evidence which Gulam eloquently destroyed!
(Simon Kups, Cartwright King)

Gulam represented a co-defendant who was running a cut-throat defence against my client in a £130m money laundering case. I was so impressed with the way Gulam represented his client that I have since instructed Gulam in a number of serious cases.
(Arshad Ali, Ashmans Solicitors)

Dedicated and hardworking; always gets the best results for my clients.
(Shofna Begum, Stewart Begum Solicitors)

Notable cases

  • Operation Vintner (2015) – Defence of a client charged with murder. The prosecution was based on the principles of assessorial liability, transferred malice and liability of secondary parties. The client had been charged with the murder of his friend by encouraging him to participate in a knife fight on a busy High Street.
  • Operation Fustuscaro (2015) – Gulam’s client was accused along with multiple co-defendants of being involved in a large-scale conspiracy to defraud insurance companies using a method known as ‘cash-for-crash’. It was alleged that the client and others were involved in defrauding various insurance companies by staging or inducing road traffic accidents from which fraudulent medical claims for personal injury were subsequently made. After a lengthy trial, Gulam’s client was acquitted.
  • R v MC (2015) – MC had been charged with 10 others with what was called an ‘Apple Fraud’. This is where unsuspecting victims are called and told the caller is calling from the Apple store where their bankcard is being used. They are then told to hang up and call the bank. Unbeknown to the victim the caller stays on line and they hand over their bank details. MC acquitted of all charges.
  • R v AK (2015) – AK was one of four boys charged with multiple rapes of a young girl of similar age. This case featured extensive phone evidence.
  • Operation Janitor 3 (2015) – Gulam’s client had been charged along with 30 others with conspiracy to cheat the HMRC of millions in VAT reclaims. The fraud involved nearly 20 companies and abuse of the zero-rated vat reclaims system for new build properties. The value of the fraud was put at over £2.6m.
  • Operation Debelattio (2015) – This case involved the large-scale importation of class A drugs in lorry wheels. Gulam defended one of the organisers who had been instrumental in the running of the company set up to facilitate the importations.
  • Operation Janitor 2 (2015) – Operation Janitor was a large-scale VAT fraud investigated and prosecuted by the SOCA (Serious and Organised Crime Agency).  The fraud involved nearly 20 companies and the abuse of the zero-rated vat reclaims system for new build properties. The companies were based in a number of cities from Birmingham to Manchester. Nearly 30 people were prosecuted in 4 trials for Conspiracy to Cheat the HMRC. The value of the fraud was put at over £2.6m. After a lengthy trial, Gulam’s client was acquitted of conspiracy to cheat.
  • R v A-G M – 2014 – This case involved a large sham marriage scandal within the Asian Community in Leicester. Gulam’s client was alleged to have been one of the organisers.
  • R v A (2014) – This was a large scale Class A drug importation case. The scale of the operation was described as having flooded the streets of Tyneside. Gulam’s client was acquitted of all the charges.
  • Operation Opal (2014) – Gulam’s client was one of 12 people charged with conspiracy to escape. The conspiracy revolved around the ‘break out’ of someone from a prison van of a man who was on trial for murder. Gulam’s client was acquitted of the conspiracy to escape.
  • Operation Harvest (2014) – Gulam defended one of four men charged with a conspiracy to defraud in what’s known as ‘boiler room’ fraud. Over £10m worth of shares were sold by two fraudulent companies.
  • Operation Farmbrook (2014) – Gulam acted as leading junior counsel defending a client who had been charged in relation to a manslaughter where the victim had drowned at Lime House Basin.
  • R v AI (2014) – AI had been charged with over 20 counts of rape dating back 20 years on three complainants. AI was acquitted of all charges after trial a lengthy trial.
  • R v IC (2013) – This was one the largest prosecutions of its kind brought by Cumbria County Council in relation to a recycling fraud. The prosecution case was vast and stretched to 250,000 pages of evidence. The case against Gulam’s client was stayed as an abuse of process after a 5 week legal argument.
  • R v DT (2013) – Leading junior counsel defending DT who had been charged along with 5 others with conspiracy to defraud. The prosecution alleged DT was involved in a boiler-room fraud where shares in fraudulent ventures were sold. After an 8 week trial, Gulam’s client was acquitted of all charges.
  • R v BS (2013) – Gulam was instructed to represent the lead defendant charged over the attempted assassination of General Kuldip Singh Brar whom had been architect of the famous Operation Blue Star at the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1984. The case attracted international media attention and a demonstration by the members of Sikh community outside court.
  • The Rachel Manning murder case (2013) – Rachel Manning was killed in 2000. Her then boyfriend was convicted of her murder. That conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal in 2007 and at a subsequent re-trial the boyfriend was acquitted. Gulam’s client was charged following a review of the scientific evidence. The case involved the examination, analysis and interpretation of very low-level partial profile DNA and mitochondrial DNA. After a six-week trial the jury were unable to reach a verdict. The defendant was convicted after a retrial.
  • R v SR (2012) – Gulam represented one of many defendants who had been arrested and charged with large-scale conspiracy to steal Railway cable.…and…/Romanian-metal-theft-gang-jailed.html
  • R v DM (2012) – Gulam represented DM who was acquitted of involvement in the murder of Sumon Miah in 2006. Sumon Miah was 18 at the time of his death and had been lured to his death by the mother of a young girl he was seeing at the time.
  • Operation Smarten (2012) – This case involved over 18 defendants who were charged with conspiracy to launder over £130m. The conspirators set up MSBs across the UK to disguise the laundering of money from drug dealing. Gulam’s client had been the owner of the main MSB in Birmingham.
  • R v AM (2012) – Gulam’s client was the first ever person to be extradited from Afghanistan. AM was an ex paramilitary officer extradited to face criminal charges. The case involved complex and lengthy legal arguments on the extradition from Afghanistan.
  • R v CK (2011) – A multi handed advance fee fraud. CK was the only one acquitted of conspiracy to defraud after a lengthy trial.
  • R v VI (2011) – Gulam represented one of the main organisers of a multi handed conspiracy involving fictitious accidents and personal injury claims.
  • R v ML (2011) – Gulam’s client had been charged with a number of drugs conspiracies where over £113m worth drugs was imported into the UK. Gulam’s client was acquitted of all charges.
  • The Rahman case (2010) – Gulam represented Mr. Rahman who brought a claim against the UK Government for its role in the torture of a UK Citizen by the Bangladeshi Security Services.
  • R v JK (2010) – Appeared in one of the first ever prosecutions for illegal clamping.  Gulam’s client was acquitted of all charges after trial.
  • R v NA (2010) – Represented one of many people who had been charged with violent disorder culminating from the demonstrations outside the Israeli Embassy at the end of 2008.  NA was acquitted after trial.
  • R v VS (2010) – Led junior in a murder case where the defendant stalked the victim whom he met through her work as an escort.  Issues of provocation, diminished responsibility and insanity featured during the trial.
  • R v SM (2010) – Represented one of four defendants charged with raping two generations of their family during the 1960 to 1980’s. Gulam’s client was acquitted all charges of rape.
  • R v MI (2009) – Led junior in a multi handed drugs case where the drugs where imported into the UK through various food items from South Asia.  The charges spanned several years and followed many years of investigation by the SOCA.
  • R v AS (2009) – Represented one of 9 defendants charged in one of the largest conspiracy to import and distribute heroin cases in the Northwest of England.
  • R v AV (2009) – Led junior in a murder case where the victim was the defendant’s best friend. The defendant was found guilty of manslaughter on the basis of diminished responsibility.
  • R v MS (2009) – Led junior in a 9 handed money laundering case where a family were charged with laundering the proceeds of their sons’ drug dealing.
  • R v AG (2009) – Appeared in a multi handed immigration fraud case, one of the largest of its kind prosecuted in the UK at the time.
  • R v AA (2008) – Appeared as lead counsel in a 10 handed fraud involving the arrangement of finance for expensive vehicles. Gulam’s client was acquitted of all charges.
  • R v IH (2008) – Led in a multi-handed case where the defendants were charged with murder and conspiracy to rob.
  • The Raja Case (2007) – Advised the family of Mohammed Raja, who were the principal witnesses against their son in a multi-handed terrorism case.

Education and membership

  • LL.B (Hons) LL.M (Commercial Law) (Bham)
  • Gulam is a member of the Criminal Bar Association.
  • Gulam is Direct Access qualified.


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