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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. Leena also has experience of investigatory work in the early stages of a private prosecution as well as public inquiry work. Leena 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 speaks fluent French and Gujarati.
Leena defended an individual at trial who was accused of aggravated vehicle taking, affray and possession of a bladed article.Luton Crown Court.
Leena defended a young man at his sentencing hearing for possession of class A drugs with intention to supply, securing a sentence of 18 months’ custody.Taunton Crown Court.
Leena defended 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).
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 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.
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 Albans 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.
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
Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn