Tarek Heidar

Tarek Heidar

Crime Solicitor

Tarek began his legal career as a lecturer in law, having taught criminal law at university level. Tarek joined JD Spicer Zeb Solicitors in 2006, trained at the Firm and qualified as a solicitor in 2009. Tarek further qualified as a Duty Solicitor in 2010 and as a Higher Courts Advocate in 2014. Tarek is also a registered supervisor and is involved in the supervision and training of the junior members of our team.

Tarek specialises in trial advocacy and has defended in a large number of trials. His cases vary in complexity and seriousness and include matters of fraud, drugs, sexual offences, armed robberies and serious violence. In addition, Tarek is also a member of our extradition team and represents clients requested by judicial authorities of other countries.

Tarek’s strong academic background provides him with exceptional insight and analytical skills, which lead to a high number of acquittals on both points of fact and law. 

Education:

  • University of Westminster (2002 – 2004) – Legal Practice Course
  • Greenwich University (2000–2001) – Postgraduate Certificate in Education
  • University of Westminster (1998 – 1999) – Master of Law
  • London Guildhall University (1995 – 1998) – Bachelor of Law

Professional Qualifications:

  • Higher Rights of Audience: Kaplan Altior (2014)
  • Legal Services Commission: Supervisors’ Course: Datalaw (2014)
  • Duty Solicitor Accreditation: Cardiff University (2010)
  • Professional Skills Course: The College of Law-London (2009)
  • Police Station Accreditation: Cardiff University (2007)

Notable Cases:

  • R v K S-H - The Defendant was a 17 year old youth who was charged with possession of an imitation firearm in a public place. The charge was dismissed on a point of law, following Tarek’s successful legal argument.
  • R v SS - This was a long covert police operation involving 16 co-defendants charged with conspiring to supply class A and B drugs. The case involved extensive cell site and video data. The Defendant faced two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, one count of offering to supply class A drugs and one count of possession with intent to supply class B drugs. Tarek made successful representations to the Prosecution to discontinue two of the four charges, and the Defendant pleaded guilty on basis to the remaining two. The Defendant was accordingly sentenced to a much more lenient sentence.
  • R v JC - The Defendant was alleged to have operated a high tech factory producing counterfeit Home Office Certificate of Registrations, UK Government Crests, credit cards and bank cheques exceeding a million pounds. The Defendant was further alleged to have used the counterfeit cheques to withdraw and transfer monies from corporate bank accounts. Confiscation and Serious Crime Prevention Orders are also being sought by the Crown. Following guilty pleas, Tarek dealt with the complex issues in the case and the sentencing exercise.
  • R v FC - The Defendant was alleged to have raped the complainant on two occasions and was arrested by police leaving her home address. The Prosecution further relied on both DNA and cell site evidence. The Defendant was found not guilty following a two week trial. Tarek had previously represented the same Defendant during trial the previous year on a charge of assaulting the same complainant which resulted in bruises, swelling and scratches to her face. The Defendant was also found not guilty following a full trial. The Defendant noted Tarek’s professionalism and skills and accordingly instructed him on the subsequent allegations of rape.
  • R v YK - Police stopped and searched the Defendant’s vehicle, which was being driven by a friend, and found an offensive weapon therein. The case was successfully dismissed on a point of law following a successful legal argument.
  • R v TS - The Defendant was arrested at a stabbing crime scene on suspicion of murder, but was subsequently charged with assaulting police officers and committing public disorder offences. All charges were dismissed following Tarek’s successful legal argument on a point of law.
  • R v LR - The Defendant was alleged to have assaulted two police officers and made threats with a blade. Three police officers gave live evidence during trial, following which, the Prosecution withdrew all charges following Tarek’s successful representations to discontinue.
  • R v HE - The Defendant was alleged to have been captured on CCTV driving his vehicle dangerously into a pedestrian causing life changing injuries, described by the Prosecution as the equivalent of a GBH. All charges were subsequently withdrawn following successful representations made regarding the strength of the evidence.
  • R v HE - The Defendant was alleged to have conspired with another to rob a lone female late at night outside her home address. The entire robbery was covered by high definition CCTV. The charge of robbery was discontinued following successful representations made to the Prosecution.
  • R v JA - The Defendant was alleged to have been one of six co-defendants fighting with knives on the street. Officers attended the scene and the Defendant was found hiding behind the wall of a nearby house. The charge against the Defendant was dismissed by the Court half way during the trial following Tarek’s successful submissions.
  • R v LM - Police were called by the Defendant’s mother who informed that her daughter was drunk, aggressive and out of control. Officers attended the scene and were alleged to have been assaulted by the Defendant. Three officers gave live evidence and the Defendant was found not guilty following a full trial.

Tarek is fluent in Arabic, both written and spoken.

Personal interests:

Chess and sports