Harpreet Singh Sandhu - Misconduct & Compliance
Harpreet is "An expert advocate in police misconduct matters.” (The Legal 500 UK Bar editorial (2014).) He is rated in the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2014 in which his substantial police misconduct practice is summarised as follows: “Has an established practice acting for police officers in the criminal courts and at misconduct hearings. Represents the Police Federation in cases throughout the UK. "A very articulate and personable individual who gets on well with clients."”
Harpreet is extremely industrious, “thoughtful in his approach to cases” and “fantastically thorough”. His advocacy skills are widely acknowledged. The directories say that, “He is an extremely fluent advocate” who is “very polished”. He receives praise regularly from those who appear with and against him and from the judiciary (including a former Lord Chief Justice).
The chair of a misconduct panel once remarked, “Mr Sandhu is a star. If I got into trouble, I’d want him to represent me.”
As a result of his work in this area, Harpreet is ideally placed to receive instructions to represent a wide array of professionals in disciplinary proceedings.
Harpreet’s work in this area complements his criminal practice [please see his Crime CV] which has resulted in him being acknowledged as “A rising star of the Midland Circuit, noted for his work both defending and prosecuting complex criminal cases… Harpreet Sandhu is destined to be one of the leading barristers in the Midlands.” (Chambers UK Bar Guide 2014.)
- BA (Hons) (Dunelm);
- Dip Law (City).
Harpreet read English Literature (and was elected St Aidan's College Junior Common President) at Durham University. He gained valuable commercial experience with a multinational consultancy firm before completing the Graduate Diploma in Law at the City University. Harpreet was awarded the British Academy of Forensic Sciences Prize as a result of his performance on Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law where he studied as a Prince of Wales Scholar of Gray’s Inn.
'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.
- Assistant Junior, Midland Circuit (2014 - 2015);
- CPS Level 3 Prosecutor (Rape Panel);
- List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law;
- Sometime Visiting Lecturer, Birmingham University.
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.
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.