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 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 to 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. He 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).
"He is a polished advocate and people have a lot of confidence in him." "He is a class act and has a calmness and authority beyond his years."
Chambers UK 2021
"Thorough, approachable and efficient, with good client care." "Harpreet Sandhu is the key figure at No5 Barristers' Chambers for professional disciplinary work, with a particular focus on representing officers in police misconduct proceedings.”
Legal 500 2021
“He’s always thoroughly prepared, and is very good at advising his clients on how they can best prepare themselves for the trial or sentencing hearing they are about to face.”
Chambers UK 2020
“Recent work includes terrorism, fraud and serious violent crime cases.” “A great all-round persuasive advocate.” “… notable for... expertise in police discipline.”
Legal 500 2020
“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.” “Noted for his expertise in disciplinary work involving the police.”
Legal 500 2019
“He’s a shrewd operator.”
Chambers UK 2018
“Able to get to the heart of complex cases quickly.” “Experienced in police discipline work.”
Legal 500 2017
“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.” “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
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.
CPS Level 4 Prosecutor (Rape and Serious Sexual Offences 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 (List A);
Treasury Counsel Monitoree (2017 - 2020);
Circuit Junior (Midland Circuit) (2015 - 2016);
Gray’s Inn Barristers’ Committee;
Sometime Visiting Lecturer, Birmingham University.
Criminal Bar Association.
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).