Harpreet Singh Sandhu

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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”.
Harpreet has 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 was appointed a Treasury Counsel Monitoree in December 2017 and he is appointed at level 4 to the CPS’ Fraud Panel. He is instructed as leading junior, junior alone and led junior to provide pre-charge advice in and prosecute multi-handed cases in which financial misconduct is alleged.
Harpreet’s skills are sought after by those who have been convicted and who face confiscation proceedings. 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.
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).
Languages
Punjabi (fluent).
Recommendations
“He is very knowledgeable and is able to accurately foresee the prosecution’s likely approach when defending.” “He is constantly in demand.”
Chambers UK 2019
“Recent work includes serious sexual offences, murder and drugs conspiracies cases.”
Legal 500 2019
“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
Notable Cases
R v Marijeni and others [Operation Henna] (Wolverhampton Crown Court)
Harpreet was instructed as leading junior by the Serious Fraud Division to prosecute 14 defendants indicted with conspiracy to defraud by making false applications for maternity allowance. 12 defendants were convicted following a three-month trial. A thirteenth defendant was convicted following a five-week re-trial.
R v Chase (Birmingham Crown Court)
Harpreet defended in the eighth of a series of financial crime cases investigated and prosecuted as Operation Raiment. Harpreet’s client was alleged to have cheated the public revenue by failing to declare tax on thirteen years’ worth of income and she was alleged to have committed a series of mortgage frauds. The mortgage fraud counts were abandoned by the prosecution during the course of their case after several witnesses (including accountants) and been called and cross-examined.
R v Trail (Birmingham Crown Court)
Harpreet appeared as led junior for the second of three defendants charged with conspiracy to defraud the NHS of GBP 1.4 million. The first defendant (Harpreet’s client’s sister) was a dentist whose practice had submitted over 7,000 false claims for work which had not been completed. Harpreet’s client was also charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. This was a complex case in which the served evidence amounted to 85,000 pages. Harpreet’s client was the only defendant to be acquitted after a six-week trial.
R v Lightwood (Birmingham Crown Court)
Harpreet acted for a lady who was accused of false accounting and of stealing 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.
Appointments
Treasury Counsel Monitoree;
CPS Level 4 Prosecutor (Rape Panel);
CPS Specialist Advocate Panels (at level 4): the Counter Terrorism Panel, the Fraud Panel and the Serious Crime Group 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.
Memberships
Gray’s Inn;
Midland Circuit;
Criminal Bar Association.
Qualifications
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).

Latest News & Publications

Counsel at No5 Barristers’ Chambers was part of the prosecution team which secured a murder conviction following a fatal stabbing in Brixton....

Date: Thu, 05 Sep 2019
Harpreet Sandhu prosecuted a dangerous driver jailed for killing a student by hitting her in his car while travelling at twice the speed limit....

Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2018
Harpreet Sandhu, of No5 Barrister’s Chambers, prosecuted Barry Northcott, 40, from Southover, Bromley, who denied but was convicted of causing death by careless driving last month....

Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2018