Abdul Iqbal KC

Year of call:

1994 · Silk 2014


1991 - Bradford University, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)

1993 - Northumbria University, Diploma in Law (Distinction)

1994 - Inns of Court School of Law, BVC (‘Very competent’)


1994 - Pupil of Julian Goose QC and Simon Hickey at 10 Park Square, Leeds

1995 - Tenant at 10 Park Square

2004 - Tenant at No 6, Leeds

2008 - Recorder (Criminal)

2014 - Queen’s Counsel

2015 - No 6 becomes Park Square Barristers.

2020 - Appointed as Chair for the Football Association National Serious Case Panel

2021 - Appointed to the Football Association National Judicial Panel as a Legal Panel Member

2021 - Appointed to the Football Association General Appeal Board as Chairperson Panel Member

Abdul previously practised as a clinical pharmacist.


Criminal Bar Association

British Association for Sports Law


1992 - Gray’s Inn, David Karmel Scholar

1993 - Gray’s Inn, Lord Justice Holker Scholar



Abdul Iqbal KC qualified as a pharmacist and has experience of clinical practice. He represents corporate and commercial clients charged with regulatory offences and/or facing financial liability arising from breaches of regulatory law.

A very experienced silk who is tactically very astute” Legal 500 (2023)

“The paragon of legal excellence.” – The Legal 500 (2014)

Abdul’s pharmacy background and experience of serious criminal work naturally lend themselves to representing professionals charged with disciplinary breaches before regulatory bodies (General Medical Council, General Dental Council, General Pharmaceutical Council, General Optical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Solicitors Regulation Authority, Financial Reporting Council).

He is a keen sports fan. His criminal practice lends itself well to providing representation to players and clubs alike at disciplinary tribunals of governing bodies such as the FA, RFL and RFU.

Abdul Iqbal KC has been appointed by the Football Association to sit as a Legal Panel Member on the FA National Judicial Panel, as Chairperson on the FA National Serious Case Panel, and as a member of the FA General Appeal Board.

The FA National Judicial Panel and FA Serious Case Panel deal with disciplinary issues arising from improper conduct and discrimination issues nationally.

The appointment means that Abdul Iqbal KC sits on Regulatory Commissions or Disciplinary Commissions (and appeals from such Commissions) to hear and rule upon allegations brought nationally from the Premier League downwards in relation to alleged breaches of FA Disciplinary Regulations.

The Regulatory and Disciplinary Commissions hear and determine allegations against players, officials, and affiliated football clubs relating to alleged discrimination based on individual protected characteristics and a wide range of improper conduct.

Abdul’s pharmacy expertise gives him additional insight into issues of doping, charges brought by the UK Anti-Doping Agency, and appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Private client work

  • Birmingham City Council -v- IA & HH Ltd [2019]. Alleged breaches of enforcement notices relating to operation of restaurant businesses owned and operated by the defendants. Successful defence relying on various provisions of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and secondary legislation arising therefrom.

Public Access

Abdul Iqbal KC may accept Public Access work, where he can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.

Contact Abdul’s clerk

Madeleine Gray on 0113 202 8603

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

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