Rajinder Gill

Year of Call: 2001
Inn of Court: Inner Temple

Rajinder Gill


He has the ability to grab the bull by the horns in cases of complexity’ – Crime – Leading Juniors (Legal 500 – 2017)

He is an experienced specialist in serious crime, regulatory law and commercial law who is regularly involved in high-profile and complex cases attracting both national and local media coverage.  He has been instructed in a wide range of cases including murder, multi million pound frauds and, organised criminal activity. A committed and forceful jury advocate, he is dedicated in his preparation but also prides himself on being friendly and approachable. As well as serious crime and fraud, he has a strong professional discipline practice and is regularly instructed by the Royal College of Nursing and appears before the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Areas of expertise include cases involving children and vulnerable witnesses, cases involving cell site and mobile telephone evidence and road traffic matters.

Reported Cases

  • R (on application of Green & Green Scaffolding Co) v Staines Magistrates Court [2008] All ER (D) 211 – Successful judicial review of magistrates’ decision to re-open a matter by wrongly using s142 of the MCA 1980 where the prosecuting agency had already withdrew the initial summons.

Significant Cases

 

Significant Murder Cases

  • R. v JD and Others (with Henry Grunwald QC) – This was a six- handed murder and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice trial that lasted four months at the Central Criminal Court. Rajinder represented the second defendant in what was a cut-throat case. This was a particularly harrowing murder where the victim was beaten to death over a number of hours, evidence was burnt and attempts made to mutilate the body. Click to read on BBC Web Site
  • R. v PJ and Others (with Elroy Claxton) – This was one of the largest ever murder trials at the Central Criminal Court involving 12 defendants and lasting over four months. After successful cross-examination of the prosecution’s blood spatter expert, a half time submission was allowed and the jury directed to return a not guilty verdict against the defendant on all counts. Click to read on BBC Web Site
  • R. v ST and Others (with John Causer) – Rajinder represented the first defendant in an eight handed murder trial lasting five months at the Central criminal Court. Rajinder’s client was the leader of the notorious gang the East End Boys. This was a complicated case involving an informant. Extensive challenges to prosecution non-disclosure resulted in the first trial collapsing.

Significant Sexual Offences Cases

  • R. v GD (with Henry Grunwald QC) – This was a high profile case involving allegations of multiple rapes. The defence obtained a computer expert mid trial to demonstrate that a prosecution witness had tampered with and edited video footage that was adduced during the trial. The defence case was that these were malicious allegations by a spurned lover. The defendant was found not guilty on all counts. Click to read on Daily Mail Web Site
  • R. v AH – This was a case that involved an allegation of rape by a deputy manager of a care home, of a severely mentally disabled patient in his care. Mr. Hosein was found not guilty of all charges after a trial. This was a highly sensitive case involving the cross examination of a very vulnerable complainant. It also involved the cross examination of a number of medical experts. Click to read on Daily Mail Web Site
  • R. v JS and Others – Rajinder successfully represented Mr. Sambi on a number of allegations involving allegations of sex trafficking and sexual activity with children. This was a complicated case involving in excess of 17 000 pages. The case resulted from a complex police investigation in respect of vulnerable children in the care of social services. The preparation of the defence case necessitated analysis of cell-site evidence, phone records and, ANPR records. There was also a large volume of third party material to examine, some of which formed the basis for the cross-examination of child witnesses. The co-defendant was convicted and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment. Click to read Local Coverage
  • R. v NL – This was a harrowing allegation of rape at a party in Oxford. The defendant was alleged to have forced the complainant and her friend to take a cocktail of drugs including Valium. He was acquitted of that charge. But he was convicted of raping the victim and assaulting her friend. He was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment.
  • R. v WB – Rajinder appeared for a defendant charged with the double rape of two sisters. After continued requests for disclosure by Rajinder concerning social services records, school records and counselling records it was discovered that one of the complainants had made allegations against a schoolteacher. After careful written submissions the prosecution offered no evidence on the first day of trial.

Significant Fraud Cases

  • R. v MC and Others – Rajinder represented the main defendant in a multi handed immigration fraud involving sham marriages between illegal migrants and French Ghanaian nationals. This was a highly sophisticated fraud involving the exploitation of proxy wedding ceremonies in Ghana with a view to abusing UK immigration rules on the genuine basis of spousal connection. It was a fraud on an industrial scale. The defendant at the time was a solicitor who put to criminal uses his knowledge of immigration law. Click to read Daily Express Web Site
  • R. v K and Others (with Roderick James) – This was the notorious ‘Body in the Boot” trial at the Central Criminal Court. The defendant was alleged to have fraudulently stripped the victim of her assets after her murder. The defendant was found not guilty. Click to read The Guardian Web Site
  • R. v RY and Others – A multi handed multi million pound insurance fraud (cash for crash) that attracted wide spread national media attention. Rajinder was led junior counsel for the second defendant. Operation Scarp was one of the largest and most complicated investigations concerning insurance fraud involving accident claims. This was a document heavy case with well over 10 000 pages. Click to read the Daily Mail Web Site
  • R. v GH and Others – This was a prolonged and sophisticated fraud carried out by a senior employee at the DWP. The defendant was responsible for deciding claims for emergency support. Over a number of years he paid out dozens of bogus claims, that he had created himself in collusion with others. This was a complicated case with thousands of pages. It involved lengthy cross-examination of a handwriting expert. All of the defendants were convicted.

Other Significant Cases

  • R. v TA – This was a case that concerned a violent and brazen armed robbery of a bank in London. The defendants wearing ski masks and carrying knives and claw hammers robbed a bank in broad daylight whilst slashing a female cashier’s face. This was a carefully planned robbery that involved the tampering of the number plate of the get away car in an attempt to avoid detection. Click to read the Evening Standard Web Site
  • R. v JM and Others – Rajinder was led junior counsel for the main defendant in an eight-handed drugs importation case. The case lasted for over three months. The case involved extensive challenges to voice recognition evidence and facial mapping evidence. There was a vast amount of covert surveillance evidence including probe evidence. Rajinder successfully represented the defendant alone at confiscation proceedings reducing the available amount from over £300 000 to just under £40 000 after submissions.
  • R. v RA & Others [2010] – Rajinder was led junior counsel in a complicated four handed cigarette importation case. The case involved extensive covert surveillance including observation and probe evidence. Rajinder represented the defendant alone at confiscation proceedings.

 

  • LL.B (Hons) – London School of Economics
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Society of Asian Lawyers
  • CyberCrime Practitioners Association

Areas of Specialism


Crime

Specialising in serious crime, he has been instructed in a wide range of cases including murder, attempted murder and, organised criminal activity. He has also developed experience in serious sex cases including allegations of rape, sex trafficking and cases involving children and other vulnerable witnesses. His practice is now exclusively defence based. Many of his instructions have been profile and have attracted both national and local media coverage.

He is able to advise on all aspects of disclosure (third-party, PII and RIPA).

He has worked with a wide range of experts including blood spatter, medical, handwriting, accounting, voice recognition and, facial mapping.

He specialises in cases involving children and vulnerable witnesses. Recent instructions include a sex trafficking case involving children, the defendant was acquitted. Another example was an allegation of rape against a patient in a care home, the defendant was the manager of the home and was acquitted.

He has significant experience in road traffic law, often instructed through the direct access scheme. He has been instructed in a large number of private driving cases, where the defendant has often been acquitted or kept their license.

Another area of expertise is around cases involving cell site and mobile telephone evidence. These cases are often document heavy, a recent instruction involved a case with over 180 000 pages, where the entire prosecution case relied on mobile telephone evidence, the defendant was acquitted after a 3 month trial.

 

Fraud & Commercial Crime

He has been instructed in a number of high value frauds and money laundering cases. A recent instruction involved a conspiracy to defraud an individual of over £1,000,000, a careful analysis of the case enabled him to persuade the prosecution to limit his client’s criminal liability to just over £20,000.

Professional Discipline

He has successfully developed a busy professional discipline practice. He is regularly instructed by the Royal College of Nursing and appears before the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

He has been instructed in complicated cases involving allegations of neglect contributing to death.

He prides himself on putting clients at ease in what are often highly stressful situations where careers and livelihoods are at risk.

Civil/Commercial

He has some experience in commercial cases. A recent instruction involved advising a charity on a possession order on a building that resulted in the successful multi million pound sale of the building. He worked alongside a partner from a leading City commercial property firm.