Kabir Sondhi


Kabir is a criminal barrister who has built a strong practice defending and prosecuting in the Crown courts.

He has experience of trials across the full range of criminal offences, both alone and as a led junior – including homicide, serious fraud, and drugs offences.

Background and expertise

Through his work with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Kabir has built up detailed knowledge of the investigation and prosecution of international bribery and corruption, and complex fraud offences.

He has some experience of discrete areas of civil law and judicial review, including applications for injunctions before the High Court involving breach of privacy and misuse of confidential information.

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Kabir accepts instructions in private driving cases.

Kabir undertook pupillage under the tutelage of two senior Treasury Counsel and, as a pupil, was fortunate to have been involved in a number of high-profile cases, including R v Dobson and Norris (the murder of Stephen Lawrence) and R v Adebowale and Adebolajo (the murder of Lee Rigby).

Prior to that, Kabir was a paralegal on the case of R v Omoregie and others (the Victoria station murder trial) and worked as the intern to Lord Justice Fulford at the International Criminal Court (ICC), assisting in the preparation of the judgment in Lubanga, the first completed trial at the ICC.

Notable cases

R v DD, ongoing

Led junior defending in a trial for armed robbery where the defendant is charged with attempted robbery of the co-defendant, but the co-defendant is charged with murder of the defendant's friend arising from the same incident.

PVT07, ongoing

Junior (led by QC and leading junior) in a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation / prosecution of serious bribery and corruption offences committed by British companies operating in the oil and gas industry in multiple foreign jurisdictions

R v. AS, ongoing

Junior alone defending in a trial involving an industrial scale conspiracy to defraud and money laundering offences relating to the mis-selling of energy contracts and refunds.

R v. JA, 2018

Led junior defending in one of a series of large scale "cash for crash" trials involving 18 defendants and alleging a complex and organised conspiracy to defraud over several years. The trial involved 18,000 pages of served evidence, a cutthroat defence, and cross-examination of professional prosecution witnesses (including solicitors and doctors) implicating them in the conspiracy. One of only 2 defendants found not guilty.

PVT01, 2016-2018

Evidence review counsel seconded to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigating serious bribery and corruption offences committed by British companies in the oil and gas industry in post-war Iraq. Involved the analysis of many thousands of pages of potential evidence.

R v. RCM, 2018

Junior (led by QC) for a defendant in a multi-handed murder trial involving rival groups of drugs dealers running "county lines", in which complicated issues of bad character arose around gang culture and "drill" music.

R v JZ, 2017

Junior (led by QC) for first defendant in a multi-handed case of murder – involving cut-throat defence by all defendants.

R v. YA, 2015

Prosecution of terror suspect for road traffic offences. Defendant later went on to be convicted of terror related offences at the Old Bailey.

R v MD, 2016

Represented defendant as a led junior in a multi-handed £5m Gift Aid fraud at Southwark Crown Court involving more than 24,000 pages of evidence. Only defendant to be acquitted of all counts.

See article in Third Sector.

R v. AS (2014)

Prosecution of terror suspect for offences relating to a protest and counter-protest between Islamist and right-wing extremist groups.

Read more Notable cases

Trials arising from Operation Bonica, 2015
Prosecuted entire operation on behalf of CPS Special Case Unit – involving several multi-handed trials for offences arising out of the Occupy Parliament protests in London. Involved detailed legal arguments involving rights to protest, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly under the European Convention on Human Rights.
R v BW, 2012

Led junior for the prosecution, in a trial for murder – where the defendant was eventually convicted of manslaughter, after punching the victim to the floor in an incident outside a kebab shop.

See Daily Mail article.

Other Activities and Interests

  • Kabir is a keen guitar player and music fan. His music tastes range from opera to punk, and he is a fan of the Smiths
  • He can sometimes be found demonstrating his repressed acting ambition in the Gray’s Inn Miscellany


  • Co-author of Cyber Crime, Law and Practice, Wildy, Simmonds & Hill 2014
  • Admissibility of Evidence Obtained in Breach of PACE s.30, Criminal Law & Justice Vol 75 No 31, 2012
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PROFILE: Kabir Sondhi

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Road traffic

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020 7489 2727


BVC, BPP Holborn, 2010

GDL, City University, 2009

MA Philosophy, Birkbeck College London, 2008

BA (Hons) Philosophy, King’s College London, 2007


Criminal Bar Association


Grade 2 CPS Advocates Panel

Serious Fraud Office (SFO) prosecution C panel.

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