Year of Call: 2000 Inn of Court: Middle Temple
Leila has been named Junior of the Year (Crime) – Legal 500 2020.
‘A charming practitioner unafraid to stand up for what is right’ – Legal 500 2020 – Crime and Financial Crime – Leading Juniors.
‘An extremely articulate and elegant advocate’ – Legal 500 2019 – Crime and Financial Crime – Leading Juniors.
‘A charming, hardworking and very capable advocate’ – Legal 500 2018 – Crime and Financial Crime – Leading Juniors.
‘A popular choice’ – Legal 500 2017 – Crime and Financial Crime – Leading Juniors.
‘She has an impressive court presence and strong advocacy abilities’ – Legal 500 2016 – Crime and Financial Crime – Leading Juniors.
Leila leads and is led in both defence and prosecution cases. Over the last twenty years her practice has developed so that she now predominantly represents parties involved in lengthy and significant cases. At present her practice is equally split between serious and complex fraud and serious homicide and drug cases. Her attitude and approach to her work is neatly summarized in the many recommendations set out in the legal directories.
Charter Chambers and its members are regulated by the Bar Standards Board
Recent Criminal Cases
- R v. Watkins [2019 Central Criminal Court]: murder
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-48215394 https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/stabbing-death-peckham-south-london-75-year-old-woman-suspect-a8639496.html https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6402685/Son-55-charged-murdering-75-year-old-mother-south-London-home.html
- R v. Fergus [2018 Wood Green Crown Court]: murder
- R v. Chudasama [2018 Central Criminal Court]: death by dangerous driving.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/yellow-vest-protesters-hayes-crash-boys-killed-court-hearing-drink-drive-jaynesh-chudasama-a8694501.html https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-43574133 https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/28/drunk-driver-jaynesh-chudasama-is-jailed-for-13-years-for-killing-three-teens
- R v. Miguel St Martin [2019 Blackfriars Crown Court]: aggravated burglary.
https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/07/ringleader-armed-moped-gang-raided-ysl-jailed-12-years-8851831/ https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/seven-vicious-london-moped-bandits-jailed-for-combined-45-years-a4087031.html https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6782765/Ringleader-Easy-Cash-Gang-jailed-12-years-masterminding-terrifying-heists.html
Recent Fraud Cases
- R v. Klusmann [2019 Blackfriars Crown Court]: fraud
- R v. Mir & Others [2019 Inner London Crown Court]: Fraud and money laundering.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/ghost-brokers-scare-cash-out-12617690 http://news.cityoflondon.police.uk/r/1038/pair_of_ghost_brokers_who_supplied_fake_car_insur https://www.insurancetimes.co.uk/ghost-brokers-sentenced-after-using-launderette-as-a-cover-up/1427250.article
- LL.B (Hons), Durham University
- Member of the Management Board at Charter Chambers
- Criminal Bar Association
- South Eastern Circuit
- Public Access Bar Association