Harpreet Singh Sandhu - Criminal Fraud & Proceeds of Crime
Harpreet is ranked by the Legal 500 and Chambers UK where he has been described as, “A rising star of the Midland Circuit, noted for his work both defending and prosecuting complex criminal cases”.
His busy practice covers the full range of criminal offences although Harpreet has developed particular expertise in cases of alleged fraud. He is an extremely industrious practitioner and is, therefore, entirely suited to complicated cases in which the amount of evidence to considered is vast.
Harpreet’s skills are sought after by those who have been convicted and who face confiscation proceedings.
Harpreet is a natural and highly-effective advocate. He receives praise regularly from those who appear with and against him and from the judiciary (including a former Lord Chief Justice).
Harpreet has an innate ability to secure with ease the confidence of those he represents. As a result, Harpreet is instructed to represent professionals, including police officers, teachers and members of the medical and legal professions, who find themselves before the criminal courts.
In addition, Harpreet’s receives instructions regularly to represent those who are particularly vulnerable and those with mental health difficulties.
Harpreet is a CPS Level 4 prosecutor who is authorised to prosecute rape cases. He was for several years, until it was disbanded, a member of the Attorney General’s Unified List of Prosecuting Advocates. He is now appointed to the List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law and he accepts instructions to prosecute on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive, the Environment Agency and the Office of Rail Regulation.
Harpreet speaks fluent Punjabi.
"He's extremely polished and well prepared." "He knows how to deal with clients at all levels, his drafting is second to none, and he has judges eating out of the palm of his hand."
Chambers UK 2017
‘He is extremely eloquent in court and has a strong technical ability.’
Legal 500 2016
Noted as a very experienced advocate for his year of call. He has a busy practice that covers a wide range of criminal offences, and is authorised to prosecute on rape cases. Recent work: Acted as defence counsel in the case of R v Laurence Wrenn, where the defendant was accused of violent offences. Appeal referred to HMRC's lack of disclosure concerning the defendant's status as a human intelligence source."He is a tenacious, skilled advocate with a sophisticated and considered approach to trial strategy." "He's superb with professional and lay clients and is a clear star of the future."
Chambers UK 2016
‘His work ethic and level of preparation are second to none.’
Legal 500 2015
Strongly commended by market commentators for his handling of serious sexual offences and violent criminal cases as well as regulatory and road traffic infractions.
"He is an exceptional speaker - his closing speeches are excellent and his speeches in mitigation are incredibly good."
Chambers UK 2015
"Harpreet Sandhu is destined to be one of the leading barristers in the Midlands. He is a very considerate and polite barrister with consummate client care skills."
Chambers UK 2014
Up-and-coming junior Harpreet Singh Sandhu, has won widespread acclaim from his peers and from market sources as a whole. "He is an extremely fluent advocate," notes one impressed barrister. Solicitors appreciate the fact that he is "fantastically thorough and very polished." Another market source said of him: "He is thoughtful in his approach to cases and reassuring with clients."
Chambers UK 2013
- BA (Hons) (Dunelm) [English Literature];
- Dip Law (City);
- BVC (Inns of Court School of Law) [Recipient of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences Prize];
- Prince of Wales Scholar (Gray’s Inn).
- Gray’s Inn;
- Midland Circuit;
- Criminal Bar Association.
- Treasury Counsel Monitoree;
- CPS Level 4 Prosecutor (Rape Panel);
- List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law;
- Circuit Junior, Midland Circuit (2015 – 2016);
- Gray’s Inn Barristers’ Committee;
- Sometime Visiting Lecturer, Birmingham University.
R v Lightwood (Birmingham Crown Court)
Harpreet acted for a lady who was accused of false accounting and of stealing over £170,000 from her employers. The indictment was stayed after Harpreet argued, successfully, that the proceedings amounted to an abuse of the court’s process in light of the poor way in which the case had been investigated and the prosecution’s failure to comply with its disclosure obligations.