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Leena accepts instructions on behalf of the defence and the prosecution in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court. She was recently seconded to the CPS where she litigated cases involving serious crime as well as providing charging advices. She is a CPS Panel Advocate at Level 2.
Leena also has experience of investigatory work in the early stages of a private prosecution, as well as public inquiry work. She has also appeared in cases prosecuted by local authorities in relation to Food Safety & Hygiene offences, as well as offences under the Education Act 1996.
Background and expertise
Prior to joining Chambers, Leena was a paralegal within the Criminal Litigation department at Kingsley Napley LLP where she was involved in a number of high-profile general crime and fraud cases, as well as extradition cases. During her time there, she gained valuable experience of preparing and running criminal cases.
Leena has completed the vulnerable witness training course through Lincoln’s Inn. She has experience of dealing with vulnerable witnesses and vulnerable defendants in the course of her Youth Court and Crown Court practice.
Leena speaks fluent French and Gujarati.
Led prosecution junior in a motorised vehicle ‘ringing’ conspiracy trial. Southwark Crown Court. News story here
Defending in a trial involving a defendant with mental health issues charged with five counts of knife-point robbery. Reading Crown Court.
Defending an individual who pleaded guilty to 8 counts of domestic burglary on the day of trial. Isleworth Crown Court.
Defending an individual with a lengthy antecedent history at his sentencing hearing in relation to domestic burglary matters, where she persuaded the Judge to suspend the sentence and impose a Drug Rehabilitation Requirement. Luton Crown Court.
Prosecuting an appeal against conviction in relation to dangerous driving and public order matters. Isleworth Crown Court.
Defending in a trial involving Aggravated Vehicle Taking, Affray and Possession of a Bladed Article. Luton Crown Court.
Defending a young man at his sentencing hearing for Possession of Class A Drugs with Intention to Supply. Taunton Crown Court.
Defending an individual charged with Assaulting a Police Officer in the Execution of his Duty during a football match. She successfully opposed the imposition of a Football Banning Order on her client. City of London Magistrates' Court.
Defending a school boy who pleaded guilty to threatening another with a bladed article, in circumstances where the complainant received serious injuries. She made strong submissions in mitigation on her client’s behalf which resulted in the imposition of a short referral order by way of sentence. Luton Youth Court.
Prosecuting an appeal against conviction in relation to a public order offence in the Crown Court. St Alban's Crown Court.
Defending a vulnerable youth who pleaded guilty to several instances of Criminal Damage to care homes across the country amounting to several thousand pounds. Her client received a referral order for the minimum term possible. She also successfully defended him at trial for one charge of Assaulting a Police Officer During the Execution of his Duty. Ealing Youth Court.
PROFILE: Leena Lakhani
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City Law School (2014), Bar Professional Training Course, Very Competent.
University of Sheffield (2011), LLB Law with French (Hons.)
Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, Wolfson Pupillage Scholarship
Young Fraud Lawyers Association
Criminal Bar Association
Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum
Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
CPS Panel (Grade 2)