There is no better example of Mahtab’s level of criminal litigation expertise than the remarkable result he obtained before Lord Justice Elias in 2014 when he presented a case before the court of Appeal Criminal Division. He succeeded in his legal argument regarding a decision made on a point of law against one of the editors of ‘Archbold’ who was also a Crown Court Judge and a highly respected legal authority.
Mahtab has appeared as an expert on number of different TV Channels, including the BBC, Prime TV and Channel S TV. He has worked with the most reputable QC’s and Junior Counsel from the top band of Barristers chambers in England, as listed in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500.
He has been involved in several high profile civil matters concerning national and internationally known figures. Mahtab acted for Imran Khan (the ex-cricketer turned politician) in his widely reported defamation claims against the Sunday Times and more recently against The Evening Standard. He also advised in a private prosecution against the Leader of a Pakistani Political Party.
He has advised the well-known Asian hip-hop music artist, ‘Mumzy’ and other internationally known singers such as Attaullah Khan Niazi and Rafaqat Ali Khan (nephew of the late great Qawali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan). He advises Danny Lambo, the celebrity singer and entrepreneur, labelled ‘Britain’s Flashiest Playboy’.
Mahtab acted for the ex two-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Herbie Hide, when he was the subject of the Sun on Sunday’s Fake Sheikh ‘sting’. He advised Director Tony Rooke when he was prosecuted by the BBC. He has worked in conjunction with the human rights organisation Reprieve which deals with cases of British nationals facing the death sentence abroad.
With his own large following of clients and excellent reputation within the legal profession, Mahtab has been instructed from as far afield as Newcastle, Durham, Bristol, Southampton and Birmingham. He is well known in the local East London community, where he has lived for over 40 years.
He stood as an independent in the 2015 General Election, is active in human rights organisations and appears regularly on TV to discuss human rights issues. Mahtab speaks Urdu, Punjabi and basic Arabic.
In his spare time, Mahtab is interested in politics, current affairs, reading and human rights. He is a martial arts and boxing trainer and has regular teaching sessions in East London with his friend and well known ex-British & European Champion boxer, Herol Graham.