Harpreet Singh Sandhu - Misconduct & Compliance
Harpreet’s professional discipline practice is recognised nationally by both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 where he is described as ‘A police defence expert.’.
He “Acts on behalf of police officers in misconduct hearings, police appeal tribunals and criminal courts throughout the country. He represents officers facing a range of claims pertaining to alleged misconduct. "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 and Partners 2016.)
His practice extends to the representation of a wide array of professionals facing disciplinary proceedings.
Harpreet’s work in this area complements his criminal practice [please see his Crime CV].
- 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).
"He is extremely thorough, his judgement is spot-on, he is polite and courteous before the judge and he is great with clients." "He is always well prepared, and a man of great charm."
Chambers UK 2017
‘He is extremely eloquent in court and has a strong technical ability.’
Legal 500 2016
"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.’ ‘A police defence expert.’ ‘Exceptionally confident on his feet.’
Legal 500 2015
Brings his specialist knowledge of criminal law and procedure to bear in a police practice where he represents the Federation of England and Wales. He acts across the spectrum of police law litigation.
"He is very well prepared and gets the best result for the client."
Chambers UK 2015
'An expert advocate in police misconduct matters.'
Legal 500 2014
"A very articulate and personable individual who gets on well with clients."
Chambers UK 2014
- 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 C (Birmingham Crown Court)
Harpreet defended a serving police officer who was tried and re-tried upon allegations of historical sexual abuse (which were said to have occurred in the early 1980s) against several complainants. The defendant was acquitted of all counts.
Re: PC W
Harpreet represented a serving police officer whose breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour, including that relating to honesty and integrity, was found to amount to gross misconduct. In this rare case, however, the officer was not dismissed from his role.
Re: PC F
Harpreet represented a serving officer who was alleged to have formed inappropriate relationships with several women who were considerably younger than him and whom he had met whilst he was on duty. Harpreet’s client retained his position within the force following a contested misconduct hearing.
Re PC M
Harpreet represented a police officer whose off-duty conduct, which was said to include assaulting a civilian whilst off-duty, was alleged to amount to gross misconduct. Following a contested misconduct hearing, the officer's actions were found to amount to misconduct only and the officer retained her position within the force.
Re PC B
Harpreet represented an officer charged with offences contrary to the Data Protection Act 1998 and against whom the prosecution offered no evidence in the Crown Court following the making of successful submissions in relation to disclosure. Harpreet continued to represent the officer during the lengthy misconduct proceedings which followed and secured the officer's continued service with the force.
Re PS K
Harpreet represented a sergeant who faced several grave allegations (including the repeated sexual assault of an officer under his supervision) and whose co-accused was represented by Queen's Counsel. Harpreet's client retained his position in the force following a four-day misconduct hearing.
Re PS S
Harpreet represented a sergeant who was alleged to have sexually assaulted and harassed an officer under his supervision. Harpreet's client retained his position within the force following a 5-day misconduct hearing.
Re PC R
Harpreet represented an officer accused of assaulting a civilian whilst on duty. The officer retained his position within the force.
Re PC C
Harpreet represented an officer accused of disclosing confidential information. Her actions were said to have required urgent rectification which cost the force and the local authority some £10,000. The officer retained her position within the force.
Re PC A
Harpreet represented an officer accused of having criminal associates and disclosing confidential information. The officer retained his position within the force.
Re PC L
Harpreet acted for an officer caught on CCTV exposing himself whilst off-duty. The officer retained his position within the force.
Re PC S
Harpreet represented successfully a serving West Midlands Police officer at the force's first contested misconduct hearing under the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2008. The officer retained her position within the force.
Re: PC H
Harpreet appeared for a serving officer who was alleged to have assaulted a civilian whilst on duty. The officer retained his position within the force.
R v Walters (Stafford Crown Court)
Harpreet represented a serving police officer who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two women whilst on duty. In light of the defendant’s pleas, the prosecution elected not to try him on a count of misconduct in public office. This case received widespread media attention.
R v VD (Stafford Crown Court)
Harpreet represented a former police officer who pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. This case received extensive media coverage.
R v Christopher Cambray (Misconduct/Birmingham Crown Court)
Harpreet was instructed to represent in misconduct proceedings a police sergeant whose livelihood was in jeopardy as a result of allegations that he had committed child sex offences. Harpreet continued to represent Mr Cambray in the Crown Court when he pleaded guilty to a selection of those offences.
R v Rajan (Birmingham Crown Court)
Harpreet appeared as junior counsel (led by John Butterfield QC) for a nurse charged with the gross negligence manslaughter of a elderly patient in his care. This factually and medically-complex case received national media attention. The defendant was acquitted following a successful submission of no case to answer.
R v D (Stafford Crown Court)
Harpreet represented a serving police officer who faced two allegations of rape and one of assault. He was acquitted.
R v Abell (Nottingham Crown Court)
Harpreet represented a police officer who pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office after sending sexually inappropriate messages to a woman who had been a witness in criminal proceedings. Harpreet’s client received a suspended sentence of imprisonment.
R v Watts (Stafford Crown Court)
Harpreet defended a detective constable who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. Harpreet’s client had accessed police computer systems for information which was then passed to his co-accused who was also convicted with others (in concurrent proceedings) of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. This case attracted much media attention.
R v RY (Stafford Crown Court)
Harpreet represented a serving police officer charged with perverting the course of public justice. A successful application to dismiss resulted in an end to the proceedings.
R v K (Birmingham Crown Court)
Instructed to represent an officer charged with perverting the course of public justice.
R v B (Birmingham Crown Court)
Defence counsel for a serving police officer who was charged with and acquitted after trial of doing a series of acts tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice.
R v Wilks (Manchester Crown Court)
Junior defence counsel for a serving police officer charged with and acquitted of assisting her son, Ricardo Morrison, alongside whom she was tried and who was convicted of the murder of the model Amy Leigh Barnes.
R v P
Defence counsel for a sergeant who was acquitted after trial of harassing a fellow police officer.