Harpreet Singh Sandhu - Regulatory & Licensing
Harpreet is rated in The Legal 500 (2014 and 2015) as a Band 1 junior in regulatory work. The strength of his regulatory practice is also acknowledged by Chambers and Partners.
His regulatory practice covers the niche area of police discipline work [please see Misconduct and Compliance CV], in which area Harpreet is one of a select group of barristers in the UK who is instructed on behalf of the Police Federation to represent its members. In addition, Harpreet accepts instructions to represent members of other professions who face disciplinary proceedings.
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. He also prosecutes on behalf of the Food Standards Agency and BIS.
Harpreet represents interested parties at inquests and he is instructed to represent local authorities, companies and individuals before the criminal courts.
- 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.
‘Experienced in police discipline work.’
Legal 500 2017
"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
HSE v Sankey Laminations Limited (Wolverhampton Crown Court)
Harpreet prosecuted (on behalf of the HSE) a company whose employee had lost four fingers whilst at work. The defendant admitted breaching the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. The defendant was fined £400,000.
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.
ORR v Telford Horsehay Steam Trust Company Ltd
Harpreet defended a heritage railway charged with breaches contrary to the Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006 and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.
Leicestershire County Council v D (Leicester Crown Court)
Harpreet successfully prosecuted a “rogue trader” charged with fraud and several offences contrary to the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 arising from his deception of elderly and vulnerable customers.
Staffordshire County Council v D (Wolverhampton Crown Court)
Harpreet successfully prosecuted a trader who had for many years sold counterfeit designer clothing through eBay and who faced charges contrary to the Trademarks Act 1994. A substantial confiscation order was secured.
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council v C
Harpreet represented the owner of hotel who faced charges contrary to the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 arising from his advertising policies.
BIS v C (Warwick Crown Court)
Harpreet prosecuted a disqualified director who had featured on the TV programme Rogue Traders and who had breached the terms of his disqualification by performing sub-standard work for substantial financial gain.
Harpreet represented the owner of several care homes who was charged with offences contrary to the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. Those charges arose from the manner in which he employed foreign nationals.
Gloucestershire County Council v X
Harpreet represented a company charged with offences contrary to the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisement) Regulations 2007.
Food Standards Agency v S
Harpreet prosecuted the owner of a meat processing plant following an investigation into the company’s sub-standard procedures.