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Rhiannon is a dynamic advocate with broad experience in criminal, court martial and regulatory law. A persuasive negotiator with exceptional communication skills, she is analytical, pragmatic and personable – and puts her heart and soul into cases.
She has been recommended in Chambers & Partners every year since 2009 – as well as in Legal 500.
Background and expertise
Rhiannon is a Grade 4 prosecutor, regularly appearing at Crown courts to prosecute complex cases including conspiracies, serious violent and sexual offences, and fraud.
Her defence practice has taken Rhiannon all over the country. She has successfully defended in a succession of ‘multi-handed’ drugs cases (including conspiracy to supply cocaine; an international plot to import drugs from the Caribbean; and conspiracy to cultivate cannabis).
Other notable successful defence instructions have included trials relating to honour-based kidnap and false imprisonment; cigarette smuggling; and firearms.
Rhiannon is adept at dealing with cases with vast amounts of documentation (including VHCC) and is regularly instructed in matters that involve highly technical evidential, legal, or jurisdictional angles.
Rhiannon is a highly skilled junior and has been led in cases at both the Court of Appeal and Crown Court – including murder, conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to steal and handle, conspiracy to reverse people traffic, conspiracy to import (drugs and firearms) and wholesale theft to order of military weapons.
She conducts her practice with enthusiasm, professionalism and skill – irrespective of case, client or location.
Led junior for first defendant of four. Secured acquittals for the defendant who was a former police officer and a former army officer, with a keen interest in firearms. He was alleged to have stolen weapons, and parts of weapons - including SA80 rifles, sniper rifles and Lee Enfield rifles - belonging to the Army during his time at the Small Arms School Core Collection in Warminster. The value of the thefts was alleged to be in excess of £100,000.
Led junior for defence. The defendant was the second of three defendants (one of whom was a serving UK Border Agency Officer) who faced an indictment alleging importation of cocaine, heroin and prohibited firearms. The case arose from a joint surveillance operation undertaken by the Metropolitan Police Service, The National Crime Agency and the French Police. Isleworth Crown Court.
Led junior for defence. 6-handed conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation whereby the Directors of a company fraudulently obtained millions of pounds in funding from further education training colleges. Two of the defendants were ex professional footballers and utilised their contacts in this industry. The prosecution claimed that the value of the fraud totalled £5,090,876.50. Souhwark Crown Court.
Junior counsel for defence in 40-day, seven-handed trial for conspiracy to facilitate the unlawful immigration of non-EU citizens from the UK to France (reverse people trafficking) – arising from an undercover operation by journalists working for the Sun. Isleworth Crown Court
Defence counsel in four-handed trial for cigarette smuggling, involving a client who instructed counsel in his absence for medical reasons. Acquitted of conspiracy to import cigarettes.
Led junior for Crown in five-handed trial for conspiracy to steal and conspiracy to handle cars and parts worth in excess of £500,000. Case involved extensive covert surveillance and expert evidence; Rhiannon was commended for preparation of extensive schedules for use in presenting the case to the jury. Snaresbrook Crown Court.
EWCA Crim 2406. Appeared for respondent in appeal against conviction. Conviction upheld.
Secured an acquittal for first defendant, a Sikh father accused of an honour-based kidnap and false imprisonment involving his daughter’s secret boyfriend. Isleworth Crown Court
EWCA Crim 1098 Appeared for Appellant in appeal against conviction. Appeal allowed on the basis of misdirection regarding adverse inferences. Conviction quashed.
Led junior in 12-week, 10-handed conspiracy to steal trial, which resulted in an acquittal. Winchester Crown Court
Other Activities and Interests
- Speaker for schools
Professional commentary and attribution
“Regularly instructed to prosecute cases concerning fraud, as well as serious sexual and violent offences. She also defends a wide variety of cases, including those involving child sexual abuse and multi-handed drugs conspiracies.
"She is very calm and measured, and she shows very good judgement."
"Rhiannon is a dynamic prosecution and defence advocate with broad experience at all levels of criminal law. She has an outstanding reputation, a strong work ethic and excellent organisational skills."
"She is a highly regarded junior and has been led in a multitude of cases including a 3-month long conspiracy to steal, a conspiracy to defraud the Secretary of State involving international visa fraud, as well as murder, both prosecuting and defending."
"She is a persuasive negotiator with exceptional communication skills and experience in handling highly sensitive cases. She has a keen interest in honour based crimes and successfully secured an acquittal for a father accused of honour based kidnap and false imprisonment."
"Rhiannon is lauded for her willingness to go the extra mile and delivery at the highest of standards. She is a Grade 3 prosecutor and routinely briefed in both London and the Provinces. She has a proven ability to adapt quickly to new and complex environments and thrives under pressure."
Chambers UK, 2018
PROFILE: Rhiannon Sadler
“A very capable advocate with a mixed criminal practice…hard-working, diligent and very intelligent.”
Chambers UK, 2015 and 2016
Confiscation / POCA
Fraud, Bribery & Corruption
Regulatory / Disciplinary
020 7489 2727
BVC, The College of Law, London, 2003–04
LLB (Hons) in Law, Kingston University 2000–03
CBA, South Eastern circuit, Sussex Bar Mess, North London Bar Mess
Grade 4 prosecutor
Association of Military Court Advocates – committee member