[photo] Salma Lalani (1998)Salma Lalani (1998)

Areas of Practice



Extensive experience in all aspects of Criminal defence work in the Crown Court, Court of Appeal as well as abuse of process hearings, written advices on evidence and appeals against sentence and conviction.  

Particular experience and notable successes in cases of serious violent crime, fraud, drugs related matters and large scale public order offences.

Family Law

Experienced in both private and public work including final hearings in relation to proceedings brought by the Local Authority and ongoing private disputes regarding Child Arrangement Orders, prohibited steps and specific issue orders.

Regulatory work

Routinely acts for the Nursing & Midwifery Counsel as a case presenter. Expertise in dealing with complex evidence in the context of serious criminal trials provides a significant advantage in dealing with witnesses and technical issues in such disciplinary cases.



Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law

Diploma in Professional Legal Skills, City University, London

LLB (Hons), City University, London



Middle Temple (Jules Thorn Scholar)


Professional Memberships

Criminal Bar Association

Family Law Bar Association


Notable Cases


  • R v G (Southwark Crown Court): Multi-handed large-scale complex fraud. Represented defendant who was deemed a principal in a gang of 15 that stole the identities of 1300 NHS staff to claim £1 million in benefits.
  • R v AZ  (Kingston Crown Court): The defendant was accused of the rape a special constable. Issues of capacity to consent and reasonable belief. The defendant was acquitted.
  • R v A (Central Criminal Court):  Led Junior in a murder trial. Fatal stabbing where the defendant argued self-defence.
  • R v B (Winchester Crown Court) – led Junior at a Serious Organised Crime Agency prosecution of a substantial drugs conspiracy. Case involved significant cell site analysis, telephone interrogation material, covert surveillance and Public Interest Immunity issues. Multiple defendants at each trial. Co-defendant was convicted and the defendant was subject to a retrial whereby the Jury was again unable to reach a decision. SOCA became the NCA and sought a second retrial and the defendant was convicted of conspiracy fraudulently to evade the prohibition on the importation of a Class A drug, namely cocaine. He was subsequently sentenced to 14 years imprisonment. The matter was appealed on the ground that the judge should not have permitted a third trial upon the same allegation to be conducted.

Appeal was allowed. The Crown had failed to demonstrate that the case was sufficiently exceptional and the second retrial should not have taken place. The conviction was quashed.

Reported Burton [2015] EWCA Crim 1307; [2016] 1 Cr. App. R. 7; [2016] Crim. L.R. 75

  • R v A & Others  (Blackfriars Crown Court) – Defended one of five defendants involved in a serious public order offence on New Year’s Eve on Tower Bridge involving the use of bottles and a blades. Accepted presence but that he did not participate in the incident. Only defendant to be acquitted after trial.
  • R v JJ (Woolwich Crown Court) – Defendant accused of harassing and assaulting his ex-partner. The matters against him prevented him from seeing his children. Family proceedings were awaiting the outcome of the trial. Defendant was acquitted.
  • R v JM (Snaresbrook Crown Court) – Defendant was accused of dangerous driving with another in a stolen vehicle. The case included cross-examination of numerous police officers involved in a prolonged police chase and analysis of substantial CCTV and identification evidence. The defendant was acquitted.
  • R v K (Blackfriars Crown Court) – Defendant accused of theft from an employer. Case relied on his fingerprint being found inside a safe, which had been broken into and damaged. He was not permitted access to the safe or the room it was located in. The defendant absconded and the trial proceeded in his absence. Successful application to dismiss the matter based on innocent transference.
  • R v S (Southend Crown Court) – defended multi-count trial of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. Large quantity of items seized from the defendant upon search. Legal argument regarding insufficient forensic analysis on prosecution exhibits was successful. Prosecution offered no evidence.
  • R v N (Snaresbrook Crown Court) – Represented one of six defendants in a multi-handed large-scale drugs supply operation. Police raid at a home recovered Class A drugs, significant amounts of cash as well as drugs related paraphernalia and evidence of supply chains. Prosecution persuaded to accepted lesser role and defendant sentenced to a community penalty.
  • R v L – led junior in a well-publicised multi-handed and multi-count robbery case involving the London Underground network. Led Junior Counsel where defendant was only one of eight defendants acquitted. Relied heavily on attention to detail and analysis of CCTV evidence.
  • R v K & S - complex and large-scale immigration fraud spanning decades. An operation involving the manipulation of the immigration process through false documentation.
  • R v J (Blackfriars Crown Court) – successfully defended a security officer to celebrities charged with Section 18 wounding with intent. Eyewitnesses supported the alleged attack. The defendant was acquitted.