Frida Hussain QC

Frida Hussain QC is instructed in private fee and legal aid cases. She is known for her professionalism, dedication and hardworking approach with particular attention to detail. She is determined, robust and well respected by the judiciary, colleagues, professional and lay clients.

She specialises in high profile criminal defence cases involving single and multi-handed allegations of murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, terrorism, drugs, sexual offences, fraud and other serious organised crime. These cases engage complex issues such as conspiracy, joint enterprise, gang membership and often involve vulnerable individuals.

She is instructed to defend in many of the country’s most serious high profile terrorism trials and is regularly instructed in this field. She has a cultural understanding and knowledge of theological issues that are often at the core of such cases.

She defended in the ‘London Bombing 21/7’ trial that involved a conspiracy to murder passengers on London transport by detonating bombs. She also defended in the ‘aeroplane bomb plot’ trial. This involved a conspiracy to commit mass murder of passengers by detonating liquid bombs onboard transatlantic flights and was described as the most grave and wicked conspiracy in Britain. She has defended in ISIS inspired conspiracies to murder and many cases involving the preparation for acts of terrorism.

She successfully defended in UK’s first ever prosecution of parents charged with female genital mutilation. This was based on evidence from a 3 year old child and involved complex medical and anthropological expert opinion. She also defended in the first prosecution under the Terrorism Act of offences relating to the setting up and attendance at UK terrorist training camps.

Her practice takes her nationwide and in particular across London and in the North of England. She appears in courts at all levels and is multilingual as a fluent speaker of Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi.

She lectures on topical criminal law issues and provides advice in respect of interlocutory and pre-charge matters, including applications for warrants of further detention. She is an approved Inner Temple advocacy trainer. As a member of the Bar International Relations committee she taught advocacy skills to barristers from foreign jurisdictions.

She is an Inner Temple Scholarship Committee panel member and was awarded the Pegasus Scholarship earlier in her career, to gain experience working in the Australian criminal justice system.

Examples of Notable Cases

Homicide

‘Operation Vivace’ – ‘London bombing’ Mohammed and four others charged with conspiring to murder passengers by detonating bombs on London transport and conspiracy to cause explosions in the wake of 7/7.

‘Operation Overt’ -‘Transatlantic Airline Liquid Bomb Plot’ Sarwar and seven others charged with conspiracy to cause mass murder using liquid bombs to blow up planes bound for America.

‘Operation Overamp’ – ‘Al Qaeda Terrorist Training Camp’ –- DaCosta and  five others charged with inciting murder and receiving terrorist training.

R v Shahjahan – Charged with a plan to kill by bombing the London Stock Exchange, Parliament and the US Embassy, with eight others from terrorist cells in Stoke on Trent, Cardiff and London.

‘Operation Panderwick’ – Ali and two others charged with the torture and murder of a woman, burning her body and abandoning it in local woodland.

R v Juma – Male charged with murder of his girlfriend when a volatile relationship culminated in a loss of control leading to her strangulation and disposing of her body in the canal.

‘Operation Penthouse’ – Khan and three others charged with murder in a drive by shooting.

R v Iqbal – Male charged with the murder of his wife.

‘Operation Pairglen’ – Hussain and three others charged with attempting to murder a mother and 3 children by setting fire to their home as they slept, due to a business rivalry.

‘Operation Quartz’  – Juvenile charged with attempting to murder a drug dealer in the course of a feud between rival gangs.

R v Khan Delivery driver charged with planning to behead military personnel, emulating the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby using a “Jihadi John” combat styled knife.

R v Ahmad – Male charged with the attempted murder of his best friend.

‘Operation Amberstone’ – Juvenile charged with murder of a drug dealer.

R v Tarasov– Male and two others charged with Manslaughter of a fellow resident who died after jumping out of a window, fleeing an attack.

‘Operation Morpheous’ – Kudus and one other charged with gross negligence manslaughter having supplied a nut contaminated meal to a child who died from a nut allergy reaction.

R v Crawshaw – Male charged with manslaughter having caused the death of a man he punched in the street.

R v Ahmet & others – Male member of London Muslim extremist group charged with incitement to murder.

‘Operation Cowlick’ – Juvenile charged with making an explosive intending to endanger life, inspired by right wing extremism and aspiring to carry out a ‘columbine’ type school shooting.

R v George – Woman charged with causing death by dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice, having caused a vehicle pile up on the motorway while using a mobile phone.

‘Operation Pilotgrove’ – Richardson charged with causing the death of a cyclist he rammed into and drove over before fleeing the scene.

R v Craig – Male charged with causing the death of driver in head on collision through dangerous driving.

R v BP – Juvenile charged with double murder and 2 counts of S18 wounding. Motivated by a ‘post code war’. Having been tipped off, members of a gang armed with machetes ambushed a private house party and massacred rival gang members.

Terrorism

‘Operation Vivace’ – ‘London bombing’ Mohammed and four others charged with conspiring to murder passengers by detonating bombs on London transport and conspiracy to cause explosions in the wake of 7/7.

‘Operation Overt’ -‘Transatlantic Airline Liquid Bomb Plot’ Sarwar and seven others charged with conspiracy to cause mass murder using liquid bombs to blow up planes bound for America.

‘Operation Overamp’ – ‘Al Qaeda Terrorist Training Camp’ –- DaCosta and  five others charged with inciting murder and receiving terrorist training.

R v Shahjahan – Charged with a plan to kill by bombing the London Stock Exchange, Parliament and the US Embassy, with eight others from terrorist cells in Stoke on Trent, Cardiff and London.

R v Khan – Delivery driver charged with planning to behead military personnel, emulating the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby using a “Jihadi John” combat styled knife.

R v Ahmet & others – Male member of Muslim extremist group operating in London, charged with incitement to murder.

‘Operation Daystreak’ – Thomas and eight others charged with being a member of the proscribed organisation ‘National Action’, linked to the murder of MP Jo Cox.

‘Operation Cowlick’ – Juvenile charged with making an explosive intending to endanger life, inspired by right wing extremism and aspiring to carry out a ‘columbine’ type school shooting.

‘Operation Polemoscope’ – Majid  a CCTV operative charged with dissemination of terrorist material and funding terrorism as chief propagandist for Islamic State.

R v Khan – Female charged with assisting her husband to commit acts of terrorism by carrying out a suicide mission in Syria, as revenge for the US killing her brother in an air strike.

‘Operation Kitab’ – Taj – Male charged with being recruited by ISIS supporters and preparing to commit acts of terrorism by travelling to Syria and carrying out a suicide bombing mission.

R v Khan  – Female charged with funding the terrorist activities of her Jihadi boyfriend fighting with ISIS in Syria.

‘Operation Yawler’ – Female (Boufassil) charged with collecting funds for Islamic state militants including those linked to the Brussels Airport bombing killing 320 people.

‘Operation Nostology’ – Hussain – Male charged with encouraging terrorism, distributing terrorist publications and viable bomb making instructions.

R v Ahmed – Male charged with dissemination of material useful to terrorists.

R v Baqa – Male charged with collecting a catalogue of terrorist literature and national dissemination.

R v Maher – Male charged with preparing to commit an act of terrorism in travelling to join his friends at a training camp for terrorists in Syria.

R v Khan – Female charged with failing to comply with terrorism notification requirements.

Sexual Offences

‘Operation Bullfinch’ – Karar and 8 others charged with historic rape and grooming of  vulnerable girls as part of a sexual abuse ring in Oxford between 1998 and 2012.

‘Operation Tendersea’ 1 – Aslam and nine others charged with historic rape, grooming and sexual exploitation of young girls in Huddersfield between 2004 and 2011.

‘Operation Tendersea’ 2 – Arif and eight others charged with historic rape, grooming and sexual exploitation of vulnerable girls in Huddersfield.

‘Operation Tendersea’ 4 – Ibrar and three others charged with historic rape, grooming  and sexual exploitati