Mustapha is a leading junior barrister with a successful criminal defence practice. He specialises mainly in serious violence, fraud, drugs and evasion of duty cases as well as road traffic cases.
Background and expertise
A barrister with a welcoming manner, Mustapha has extensive experience in dealing with complex and sensitive work. He has appeared as junior counsel in murder and rape cases – and has appeared as leading junior counsel in serious and complex cases involving drugs and violence.
Mustapha has accumulated particular experience over the years in relation to driving offences, and frequently argues ‘special reasons’ and ‘exceptional hardship’ in the magistrates’ courts.
Mustapha also has a keen interest in advisory work and will draft comprehensive advices upon request. These are not limited to criminal opinions.
He is standing counsel to several embassies in London and has appeared as counsel for major department stores and hotels across the country.
Successfully defended a male nurse accused of sexual assault at Croydon Crown Court.
Appeared as leading junior counsel and secured the only acquittal in the biggest chem sex supply case in the history of the UK.
Instructed as Leading Junior Counsel leading Drea Becker from chambers representing the leading defendant in an undercover operation launched by HM Customs and Excise which lasted several months. The group were involved in a complex operation to receive raw tobacco leaf from abroad before processing and distributing it to a network of purchasers without paying the duty due thereon. Evidence demonstrated a sophisticated enterprise involving tobacco processing plants, multiple workers, including processors and couriers, and ties to other organised crime groups.
Aylesbury Crown Court Attempted murder case. Defendant attacked another male with a ‘Rambo’-style hunting knife.
Maidstone Crown Court: conspiracy involving ‘crash for cash’ insurance frauds.
See article in the Daily Mail.
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PROFILE: Mustapha Hakme
Confiscation / POCA
Fraud, Bribery & Corruption
020 7489 2727
LLM, City University
Dip Law, City University
Middle Temple (scholarship 1999)