Zafar has a broad practice that spans all of Chambers’ main areas of practice and in particular employment, sport, investigations, public/regulatory and human rights. Zafar’s clients have included individuals ranging from junior employees to headteachers and senior executives, a Premier League football club and other major sporting bodies, a leading media company, and a foreign government. Between October 2022 and April 2023, Zafar was seconded to the UK energy regulator, OFGEM.

In June 2021, Zafar was appointed as one of four Commissioners on the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC), set up by the England and Wales Cricket Board to investigate issues of inequality and discrimination in the sport. The ICEC's Report 'Holding Up a Mirror to Cricket' was published in June 2023.  

Prior to commencing practice, Zafar played professional cricket for Surrey and England. After retiring from the sport in 2017, Zafar worked as a youth advocate at the charity Just for Kids Law, assisting young people with understanding and claiming their rights in areas including, but not limited to: community care, education, housing, immigration, and criminal justice. Whilst undertaking his legal qualifications, Zafar also spent time volunteering for the Refugee Council and the charity Inquest.

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Employment

Zafar accepts instructions in all areas of employment law.

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Zafar accepts instructions in all areas of sports law.

In July 2021, Zafar was appointed as a Commissioner to the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket, set up by the England and Wales Cricket Board to examine issues of inequality and discrimination in the sport. The ICEC's Report 'Holding Up a Mirror to Cricket' was published in June 2023.

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Public & Regulatory

Zafar accepts instructions in all areas of public law.

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Investigations & Inquiries

Zafar has experience conducting highly sensitive investigations. His work includes:

  • Acting as one of four Commissioners on the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC), set up by the England and Wales Cricket Board to investigate issues of inequality and discrimination in the sport. The ICEC's Report 'Holding Up a Mirror to Cricket' was published in June 2023.
  • Assisting Gemma White KC in an investigation into allegations of race discrimination and the use of racist language by the Chair of a Board.
  • Assisting David Pievsky KC in an investigation into complaints of a breach of confidentiality, unfair recruitment processes, and victimisation.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Zafar accepts instructions in all areas of civil liberties and human rights law.

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Financial Services & Banking

Zafar accepts instructions in all areas of financial services law.

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Commercial

Zafar accepts instructions in all areas of commercial law.

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Achievements

Education

  • BPP University (London Holborn). Bar Professional Training Course (full-time): Outstanding
  • BPP University (London Waterloo). Graduate Diploma in Law (part time): Distinction
  • Royal Holloway, University of London. MA History (by Research) (part time): Distinction
  • Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. BA (Hons) Politics, Psychology and Sociology (PPS): Double First.

  • 2nd highest mark across cohort in BPTC exams, BPP University, 2020. 
  • Buchanan Prize for outstanding mark in BPTC exams, Lincoln’s Inn, 2020. 
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, BPTC, Lincoln’s Inn, 2019. 
  • Excellence Scholarship, BPP University, 2019.
  • Bowen Scholarship, GDL, Lincoln’s Inn, 2017. 
  • Cohen Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, BPP University, 2017. 
  • Career Guarantee Scholarship, BPP University, 2017. 
  • 4th highest mark in Part IIB PPS exams, University of Cambridge, 2013. 
  • Elected to Bateman Scholarship, Trinity Hall, 2013. 
  • Awarded College Prize, Trinity Hall: 2011, 2012, 2013. 
  • 3rd highest mark in Part IIA PPS exams, University of Cambridge, 2012. 
  • Elected to Scholarship, Trinity Hall: 2011, 2012. 
  • Starred First and 2nd highest mark in Part I Geography exams, University of Cambridge, 2011.

Publications

  • Co-author of "Holding Up a Mirror to Cricket: A Report by the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket" (June 2023).
  • Co-author of "Doping" in "Football and the Law" (London 2022).
  • Columnist, Wisden Cricket Monthly, July 2019 – Sept 2020.
  • ‘Has test cricket had its day?’, Prospect Magazine, 21 June 2018.
  • ‘Calling it a day at 25: Left-field decision’, Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2018 (also published in The Times).
  • Contributor to: BBC Radio 5 Live – ‘The Friday Sports Panel’  and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra – ‘The Cricket Social’.

Voluntary Positions

  • June 2019 – Sept 2020 Volunteer, Refugee Council (Refugee Cricket Project) 
  • Sept 2018 – Mar 2019 Family Participation and Advocacy Volunteer, INQUEST
  • Jan 2017 – Aug 2017 Player Ambassador and Volunteer, Surrey Cricket Foundation

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