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Sultana is a popular choice amongst lay and professional clients. Sultana’s busy practice spans across criminal litigation and appellate work, terrorism and national security, financial crime and regulatory matters, human rights and civil liberties, international criminal and humanitarian law.
Criminal Litigation and Appellate Work:
Sultana is an experienced criminal defence barrister who, as a led junior and sole counsel, has been instructed across the full spectrum of high-level crime. Her practice encompasses a wide range of serious offences including terrorism, homicide, serious violence, firearms, robberies, complex drugs and fraud conspiracies. She is also experienced in advising in appeals against conviction and sentence and has successfully acted as sole and led junior before the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal.
Terrorism and National Security:
Sultana provides advice and representation in high profile terrorism and national security cases and has significant experience of the multiple and diverse legal, religious and strategic complexities that arise in these cases. She is on the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Roster of Criminal Justice Sector Experts dealing with Counter-Terrorism. Prior to coming to the Bar, she produced reports on issues including conflicts and post-conflict Afghanistan, human rights and humanitarian law issues relating to tactics deployed in the War on Terror, and implications of US and UK domestic anti-terror measures. Further, she provided specialist/ expert reports for cases (including anti-terror/SIAC cases) on the human rights situations in particular countries and their treatment of members of ‘Islamist’ groups/organisations.
Regulatory Matters and Financial Crime:
Sultana regularly advises corporate clients, in particular a large multi-national corporation, on regulatory matters where criminal law intersects with matters of health and safety, employment, privacy and data production. She is also a versatile practitioner in white-collar crime and is regularly instructed in complex, large-scale, multi-handed cases. She has defended in large banking frauds and money laundering cases.
Human Rights and Civil Liberties:
Sultana has a strong commitment to the protection of human rights and civil liberties, regularly advising and representing NGOs on issues relating to the right to a fair trial, the right to liberty, Interpol Red Notices, and cross-jurisdictional matters . She is a member of Legal Expert Advisory Panel for Fair Trials International. She has advised NGOs such as the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre and the Latin American Centre for Human Rights (CLADH) on issues ranging from the rights of prisoners to the right to freedom of expression. She also specialises in law surrounding protest and demonstration and, in particular, represented the late Brian Haw, and other Parliament Square protestors for several years in relation to SOCPA, public order and other offences as their Counsel of choice.
International Criminal and Humanitarian Law:
Sultana advises NGOs on issues pertaining to these areas. She is currently Joint Chair of Lawyers Against Violence Against Women that focuses on eliminating sexual violence against women in conflict. Prior to coming to the Bar, Sultana worked at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International (AI) on the Africa Program, on the International Justice Project of the International Law and Organisations Program, and assisted the legal advisor of the Middle East Program. Her work covered such diverse areas as,
Investigation and intervention in ‘urgent action’ cases of arbitrary arrests and detentions, disappearances, torture, extrajudicial killings, Working on projects relating to violence against women in domestic and conflict settings, children in armed conflict, issues pertaining to the War on Terror, and the Darfur Crisis, International Criminal Court implementing legislation of various states in terms of compatibility with the Rome Statute, Working on law and order issues relating to post conflict Iraq, namely analysing the Iraqi Constitution, the Penal Code, and the justice system in relation to international human rights and humanitarian law.
Her work with Redress included working on issues relating to, International Criminal Court implementing legislation, universal jurisdiction issues, amnesties and immunities under international human rights and humanitarian law.
Training, Conferences and Seminars
Visible Justice: Embodied Activism Symposium, ‘How the black/ brown injured body is represented in contemporary media and art, and legal frameworks’, LCC, University of the Arts London, May 2019.
LEAP Annual Conferences, Fair Trials International: Netherlands (Feb 2015), Greece (March 2017), Bulgaria (Feb 2018).
‘Charades’, video collaboration between David Birkin and Reprieve on the Third Directive, 2018. https://www.davidbirkin.net/charade/
Strategic litigation workshop with focus on counter-terrorism, Sciences- Po Paris, School of International Affairs & Open Society Justice Initiative, Paris, July 2017.
‘Raising the Bar’ with Rob Rinder, Discussion on terrorism law, BBC Radio 5 Live, 2016.
'Race Equality: “Removing Barriers”, Home Office, The Network's 15th Annual General Meeting, London, March 2015.
Designed and delivered Advocacy training for NGOs, attended by Oxfam, London, 2014.
Advocacy training programme for NGOs, Amnesty International, London, 2014.
Advocacy training programme for NGOs, Women For Women International, London, 2014.
Designed and delivered Advocacy training for NGOs, attended by Oxfam, London, 2014.
Advocacy training programme for Amnesty International, London, 2014.
Notable Cases
London Bridge Inquests (2019) Representing wife of one of the attackers.
Representing wife of one of the attackers.
TC v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (2019)
Civil claim arising out of unlawful and discriminatory application of counter terrorism Prevent policy.
R v A (2019)
Charged with possession of items likely to be useful for terrorist purposes.
R v A (2019)
Charged with dissemination of terrorist publication.
R v HR
Appeal against sentence for six terrorism offences including; preparing to carry out offences of terrorism in Syria, assisting others to commit acts of terrorism and encouraging others to commit acts of terrorism on the UK mainland. Accused of calling for Prince George to be targeted. Sentenced reduced. Attracted national press.
R v RB (2019)
Appeal against sentence.
R v RB and Others (2018)
Defendant charged with conspiracy to murder and engaging in conduct in preparation for terrorist acts, namely by carrying out knife attacks in Westminster Bridge. Part of first all-female cell dubbed ‘The Tea Party’. Attracted national press.
R v IA(2018)
Defendant accused of 12 counts of dissemination of terrorist publications dubbed the ‘WhatsApp Terrorist’. Attracted national press.
R v HA [2018] 1 WLR 6105
Appeal concerning the definition of “terrorist publication” and interplay between Article 10 and section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006.
R v C
Family law case in High Court alleging radicalisation, involving secret evidence.
R v Choudhary and Rahman [2017] EWCA Crim 1606; [2017] 4 W.L.R. 204
Appeal against conviction of inviting support for a proscribed organisation contrary to section 12(1) of the Terrorism Act 2000.
R v Anjem Choudhary and Rahman [2016] EWCA Crim 61
Interlocutory appeal of the legal ingredients of section 12 of the Terrorism Act 2000 as to what amounts to “inviting support for a proscribed organisation ISIL”. Arguments relating to freedom of expression.
R v R and AC (2016)
Landmark case. Along with ‘hate preacher’ Anjum Choudhury, charged with inviting support for ISIL. First ever prosecution under this provision. Attracted national press.
R v HA and Another (2016)
Defendant accused of preparation of acts of terrorism in planning to go to Syria to join IS and disseminating terrorist publications. Attracted national press.
R v Kahar [2016] EWCA Crim 568
Landmark guideline case on sentences for Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006 - preparation for acts of terrorism. Represented Ziamani on appeal against sentence of extended sentence of 27 years of 18 year old revert accused of planning to behead a soldier. Reduced. Attracted national press.
EB v The Secretary of State for the Home Department (2017)
Landmark case. Junior Counsel contesting TPIM imposed by the Home Secretary. Involved consideration of highly sensitive national security evidence. SSHD created a new category of ‘in-camera’ evidence and the hearing was almost exclusively held in closed proceedings.
EB v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 137 (Admin)
Applications in relation to Section 16 appeal of TPIM measures and disclosure.
R v J and Another (2015)
Charged with s.5 of the Terrorism Act 2006, preparation for acts of terrorism, amongst others. Brothers of "five-star jihadi£ who was killed in battle in Syria. Attracted national press.
R v C and Others (2015)
Defendant charged with preparing for acts of terrorism, namely planning to go to Syria to fight alongside ISIS. Acquitted. Attracted national press.
R v SH (2012)
Defendant accused of engaging in terrorism in Somalia. He was charged with 7 counts of fundraising and 4 counts of engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism. Attracted national press.
R v AH and others (2011)
Counter-terrorism prosecution for grievous bodily harm against a religious education teacher. Attracted national press.
R v WA and Another (2008)
Defendant accused of possessing ‘bomb-making manuals’ and chemicals for the purpose of terrorism, to ‘blow up the BNP’. Unanimously acquitted of all three counts. Attracted national press.
R v S and Others (2008)
Landmark case. Defendant alleged to have been involved in the conspiracy to cause explosions with intent to endanger life – the 7/7 bombings of the London transport system. Attracted national press.
OTHER
Advise MNCs on issues where regulatory matters and criminal law intersect with human rights, employment, privacy and data protection issues.
R v H
Attempted Murder involving gangs.
R v R
Money laundering conspiracy involving GBP200 million derived from drug dealing on a national scale. 30,000 pages of exhibits consisting of complex financial evidence.
R v M and Others
High profile conspiracy to murder where defendant was accused of commissioning hit-men to assassinate the victim after a long-running feud.
R v K and Others
Multi-handed case involving firearms, drugs and money laundering in the context of gang-related violence and allegations of “set-up” by Flying Squad officers.
R v A and Another
Multiple firearms and drugs-related offences.
R v K and Others
Multi-handed, “cut-throat” armed robbery where defendants were accused of conspiracy to rob several cash-in-transit vehicles.
R v K and Others
Complex fraud conspiracy centred on banking processes and procedures.
R v M and Others
Conspiracy to commit large-scale fraud at Heathrow airport by employees of foreign currency exchange bureaus. Complex financial evidence.
Memberships
- Member of Legal Expert Advisory Panel for Fair Trials International
- OSCE Roster of Criminal Justice Sector Expert dealing with Counter-Terrorism
- Joint Chair of International Association of Lawyers Against Violence Against Women
- Member of the International Legal Network of Avocat Sans Frontieres
- Member of Oxford Pro Bono Publico (University of Oxford)
- Member of Bar Pro Bono Volunteer Panel
- Joint Head of Criminal Law Group (with Michael Mansfield QC), Mansfield Chambers) (2013).
Qualifications
LLB (Hons)
LLM (Human Rights Law) (London)
Called to the Bar 2005