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Leena joined 9 Bedford Row in October 2017 following successful completion of pupillage. She accepts instructions on behalf of the defence and the prosecution in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court. She also has experience of investigatory work in the early stages of a private prosecution.
Background and expertise
Prior to joining Chambers, Leena was a Criminal Litigation Paralegal at Kingsley Napley 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 speaks fluent French and Gujarati.
Leena defended a school boy who pleaded guilty to threatening another with a bladed article, in circumstances where the complainant received serious injuries. She made strong mitigation submissions on her client’s behalf which resulted in the imposition of a short referral order by way of sentence.
Luton Youth Court.
Leena prosecuted in an appeal against conviction in relation to a public order offence in the Crown Court. The conviction from the Magistrates’ Court was upheld.
St Alban’s Crown Court.
Leena defended 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.
- Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, Wolfson Pupillage Scholarship