Farrhat Arshad sworn in at King’s Counsel Appointment Ceremony at Westminster Hall

Doughty Street Chambers is immensely proud to congratulate Farrhat Arshad KC who was formally sworn in at the King’s Counsel Appointment Ceremony at Westminster Hall on Monday 18 March 2024. Farrhat was appointed as King’s Counsel following the rigorous process for selection in demonstrating excellence in advocacy in the higher courts in England and Wales. 


Farrhat is a specialist criminal barrister whose practice comprises serious crime, including murder, serious sexual offences, protest cases and fraud.  She also specialises in criminal appeals and is often instructed as fresh counsel in out-of-time appeals to the Court of Appeal in relation to both conviction and sentence. Farrhat’s civil work centres on Judicial Reviews arising from both criminal and prison law, including challenges to CCRC decisions, Parole and categorisation decisions, and appeals by way of case stated. 

Founding Head of Doughty Street Chambers. Edward Fitzgerald KC said: 

“Many congratulations to Farrhat on her appointment as silk. This is a great day for all of us in Chambers. For many years Farrhat has been a tireless champion and eloquent advocate, particularly in the fields of criminal defence, prisoners’ rights and criminal appeals where I have been privileged to work with her. She is a true scholar of the criminal law and proponent of important law reforms. I know she will continue to make a brilliant contribution to the cause of justice in her new capacity as a silk.” 

Chief Executive Officer, James Whiting said: 

“Doughty Street Chambers is so proud of Farrhat today. Farrhat gives everything she has to each and every client. She is a luminous beacon of Doughty Street’s commitment that everyone should have access to the highest quality representation and to justice”. 

Farrhat’s appointment to King's Counsel brings Chambers’ complement to a total of 40 Silks with leading reputations both domestically and internationally, across the range of criminal, public and administrative law.