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Ekwall Singh Tiwana - Crime

Ekwall has practised in all areas of criminal law for twenty five years. He has extensive and substantial experience of general crime mainly as a leading junior and junior to Queens Counsel. He specialises in defending in the most serious categories of offences involving sex, drugs and violence.

Between 1998 -1999 he practised criminal law in Queensland Australia and is a member of the Queensland and Federal Bar of Australia. In addition to Practising criminal law Ekwall has also undertaken extensive training with the chartered institute of arbitrators.

Ekwall specialises in defending in serious fraud cases and is fully versed in all aspects of the proceeds of crime and money laundering legislation. He has been instructed to represent a number of clients facing prosecution by the serious fraud office and company directors who have been accused of stealing and defrauding companies and the revenue of many millions of pounds. He has considerable experience in these specialist fields and has a good understanding of the commercial and financial aspects of serious fraud. Ekwall has also been instructed in relation to company compliance and regulatory issues.

Ekwall is readily aware of the need for early preparation in these types of cases which forms the backgroud for effective case management.

He has appeared in the magistrates, crown , divisional and appellate courts in matters associated with confiscation, money laundering and restraint proceedings both criminal and civil.

Ekwall is fully acquainted with all aspects of the disclosure duties and statutory requirements. Ekwall is on the VHCC panel.

Ekwall is a qualified arbitrator. He has organised conferences in India and has strong links with the country.


LLB (Hons)
Qualified Arbitrator (as assessed by the Chartered Institute of Arbitration London)


•  R v DC Birmingham (2016) multi handed multi million pound drugs importation
•  R v JB (2016) Wolverhampton defendant facing complex money laundering and proceeds of crime
•  R v IV (Stafford) 2016 footballer acquitted
•  R v MS court of appeal 2016 murder appeal against conviction
•  R v C (2016 ) birmingham serious regulatory matters
•  R v IR , proceeds of crime complex in relation to apportionment of benefit
•  R v CB 2016 defendants acquitted of serious violence matters
•  R v GC 2015  wolverhampton defendant on rape charges acquitted after submissions
•  R v Delroy Facey (Birmingham Crown Court 2015) - defended former premier league striker on conspiracy to bribe charges
•  R v M Bray (Grimsby Crown Court 2015) defendant received suspended sentence in high value fraud case.
•  R -v- Richardson BL - Wolves Fans on Trial
•  R -V- Morris D. (David)  - Three Jailed For Drugs Worth £500k Hidden in Cereal Bags 
•  R v T (Shrewsbury Crown Court 2014) Rape defendant acquitted 
•  R v Cohen (Swindon 2014) Armed robbery £250,000 jewellery heist
•  R v Admason (Birmingham 2014) defendant convicted of murder defending in cold case DNA rape case from 1997
•  R v DJ, R v A, R v D (Birmingham) Operation Cougar - defended 3 defendants in 3 different trials on a series of trials relating to a widespread conspiracy to supply class a drugs in the West Midlands. 
R v Hall - (Nottingham 2013) - multi million pound tobacco importation defendant avoids prison
• R v S M - (Teesside ongoing 2013) - multi defendant sexual grooming
R v Loveridge - (Wolverhampton 2013) - rape case defendant acquitted because of lack of disclosure
R v T - (Wolverhampton Crown Court 2013) - youth originally charged with attempted murder but avoids prison on a section 18 stabbing
R v Grey - (Wolverhampton 2013) - £55000 benefits fraud defendant avoids prison
• R v E - (Wolverhampton 2013) - class a drug supply
R v IB - (2013) - vat fraud defendant acquitted
R v l - (2013) - armed robberies
R v M - (2013) - defendant acquitted on serious violence charges as police procedure re identification ruled inadmissable the same outcome happened in R v Marston (Wolverhampton 2013) football violence
R v B - (2012) - Defended 7 day historical rape trial, offences back to 1999
R v Thear - (Southwark Crown Court 2011) - Leading Junior in multi million pound Corporate Identity Fraud
R v Z & Hussain - (Oxford Crown Court 2011) - Trading Standards fraud
R v Lawrence - (Staffordshire Crown Court 2011) - Murder
R v Raden - (Wolverhampton Crown Court 2011) - Income tax fraud
R v Hussain - (Manchester Crown Court 2011) - Multi million pound personal injury fraud on solicitors
R v Jenning & others - (Leeds 2010) - Mortgage fraud 
R v singh and others - (Birmingham Crown Court 2010) –represented a defendant involved in a multi million pound international fraud
R v T and others (Southwark Crown Court) – Represented a defendant accused of a multi million pound identity fraud with links to fraudulent banking and terrorism
R v Baden - (Wolverhampton 2010) – represented a defendant accused of a 20 year plus fraud on the inland revenue and customs 
R v Singh - (Southwark 2009) - multi million pound fraud 
R v Birch - (Liverpool 2009) – represented a defendant accused of VAT and money laundering fraud 
R v Ali – represented a defendant in multi millon pound confiscation hearing following a fraud on several banks 
R v Dosangh (Derby 2008 defence) crown alleged that the murder of a white man by an asian man was racist.
R v Lawrence (Wolverhampton 2008 defence) rape of wife by husband
R v Raja (Leeds 2008 defence) defended one of 12 defendants involved in multi million pound car ringing
R v Gardner (Wolverhampton 2007 defence) leading junior in case involving child abuse
R v Williams (Stafford 2007 defence) leading junior in multi million pound class A drug supply
• R v D (Wolverhampton 2007 defence) leading junior defended woman accused of sexual abuse upon her children
• R v Devine (Wolverhampton 2007 defence) gang related murder
• R v HSC (Birmingham defence 2007) MTIC fraud 
• R v Johal (Wolverhampton 2007) confiscation and restraint proceedings
• R v Townsend (Birmingham 2006 defence) leading junior in multi million pound drug conspiracy
• R v Kenny (Birmingham 2006) a leading junior defending in complex case ILA fraud
• R v Booth (Worcester 2005 defence) leading junior in armed robbery
• R v Aziz (Croydon 2004) leading junior in multi million pound class A importation and supply 
• R v Simms (2004 defence) leading junior in MTIC fraud
• R v Sahota (Wolverhampton Crown Court 2003) leading junior in multi million pound VAT fraud
• R v Taft (Birmingham 2003 Crown Court) leading junior in a case involving evasion of tax and defrauding employees of pension contributions.
 R v Aston (Birmingham 2002 defence) n a case involving 34 counts of murder and robbery of elderly victims
• R v Ali (2001 – leading junior in conspiracy to evade VAT)
• R v B (Leicester 1990 defence) junior in first case of rape by husband on wife
• R v Barrat queens bench restraint proceedings