Sahil Sinha

Barrister

Year of Call

2014

Profile

Sahil accepts instructions across a range of Chamber’s practice areas including general, specialist and corporate crime, inquests and inquiries, and prison law.

Expertise

Sahil is an experienced junior advocate who prosecutes and defends in a range of criminal matters. Sahil has a particular focus on legally and factually complex casework and is instructed in cases of organised crime, homicide and modern slavery. Sahil has a background of corporate and financial crime and continues to practice in those areas.

Sahil has experience in cases involving the spectrum of expert evidence, including complex and challenged medical expert evidence and pathology. Sahil has also recently called evidence about the usage of mobile telephones that significantly advances the scope of that evidence.

Sahil both prosecutes and defends in homicide cases, including cases of legal complexity and cases involving complex and challenged expert evidence. Sahil has recently been instructed to defend an allegation of unlawful act manslaughter and has also been recently instructed as a led junior in R v Singh – the prosecution of the murder of a man in a sustained attack Hayes, R v M an allegation of gross-negligence manslaughter arising from the provision of drugs, and R v Pope and Watson the prosecution of the mother and her partner for the murder of a 3-year old child.

Sahil both prosecutes and defends in cases involving sophisticated and high-profile organised crime and criminal conspiracies. Sahil was led junior in the prosecution of R v Jovanovic and others, members of the group that committed the highest value burglaries in the UK and burgled the homes of Tamara Ecclestone, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and Frank Lampard. Sahil has recently been instructed in the prosecution of 19 defendants for their part in conspiracies to commit aggravated burglaries in the midlands.

Sahil has been instructed in the prosecution of modern slavery organisations of different sizes and levels of sophistication around the country. Notably, Sahil has acted for the Crown in Operation Fort, the prosecution of the largest modern slavery network uncovered in the UK and featured in the BBC’s Panorama. Sahil also has experience of both prosecuting and defending cases involving victims of modern slavery and the defence under section 45 of the Act.

Sahil prosecutes and defends cases involving sexual offences. Sahil has previously defended in a case of historic child sexual offences as junior counsel. Sahil has completed vulnerable witness training and accepts instructions in cases involving children and vulnerable witnesses or defendants.

Sahil accepts instructions in terrorism cases. Notably, Sahil acted as disclosure junior in the prosecution of Jack Renshaw who was convicted of plotting to kill an MP and was one of six men alleged to be part of the far-right group National Action.

Sahil has a keen interest in cybercrime and accepts instructions in all areas. Sahil was instructed in R v Akala – a prosecution following the unlawful access of 160 accounts held by Camelot (then operator of the National Lottery).

Sahil accepts instructions in private prosecutions of all types. In addition to being a CPS Grade 3 prosecutor, Sahil has experience of prosecuting and defending cases brought by private prosecutors. Sahil has regularly prosecuted for the Immigration Services Commissioner in cases of fraud and the illegal provision of immigration advice.

Sahil has represented defendants, the CPS and the SFO in a number of confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and cases involving restraint and asset forfeiture.

Sahil represents clients in road traffic cases and council prosecutions, including cases involving exceptional hardship.

Sahil accepts instructions in corporate criminal cases. Prior to joining cases, Sahil worked for the Investigations and Criminal Litigation team of a leading US law firm. During his time there Sahil was involved in the representation of companies and individuals facing prosecution by the SFO, CMA, FCA, PRA, CPS, as well as overseas prosecutors such as the US DoJ. This included the UK-based representation of Forex traders successfully defended before the US courts.

Prior to joining chambers, Sahil was involved in representing clients and companies concerned with allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption at all levels and across a number of jurisdictions. Sahil accepts instructions in these area and has recently conducted the successful prosecutions of a variety of dishonest enterprises. Sahil was instructed to prosecute R v Patel – the accounts manager of Westmill Foods (Associated British Foods) who defrauded her employer of £560,000.  Sahil has contributed to Ormerod on Fraud: Criminal Law and Procedure and had previously co-authored the article Public Interest and Corruption in Lexis PSL, considering the public interest and its impact on corruption prosecutions.

Sahil has experience of conducting investigations of all forms, including corporate internal investigations, investigations in the representation of individuals, LPP and disclosure reviews. Sahil has been instructed by the CPS to manage and conduct large disclosure exercises, including material across external agencies and highly sensitive material. Sahil accepts instructions to advise about all aspects of investigations and has recently advised on obtaining material held by the media in a terrorism case and also in the context of appellate proceedings for two conspiracies to commit murder.

Sahil accepts instructions relating to the criminal impact of sanctions. Prior to joining the bar, Sahil’s work within law firms included advice on export restrictions/sanctions.

Sahil accepts instructions in limited areas of public and civil law including contempt, inquests and prison law. Sahil has contributed to Miller on Contempt (4th edn).

University of Oxford, MA (Hons)

  • Crown Prosecution Service Prosecutor (Grade 3)
  • Member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Criminal Bar Association

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