Dharmendra (Dee) both defends and prosecutes. He has developed a busy practice instructed in cases of seriousness beyond his call. He has experience in a broad spectrum of serious criminal cases, with a focus on financial crime, serious organised crime and confiscation proceedings. He offers a proven record of hard work, meticulous preparation and, persuasive and thoughtful advocacy.
He has developed a keen eye for detail and is often instructed on cases turning on complex issues of fact and law. He is known to deal with cases of sensitivity involving vulnerable witnesses/defendants.
He approaches every case with the same degree of commitment to ensure excellent client care.
- General Crime
- Forfeiture & Confiscation
Appointments & Memberships
- Grade 2 CPS Prosecutor
- European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA)
- Fraud Lawyers Association (FLA)
- Criminal Bar Association (CBA)
R v KR  – Isleworth Crown Court
Allegations of historic sexual abuse of two children against an elderly and ill defendant.
Op Rakuyou  – Southwark Crown Court
Allegations of conspiracy to traffick women into/within the UK for the purposes of sexual exploitation; and conspiracy to launder the proceeds of criminal activity. The defendant was first on the indictment, which was laid against 9 defendants in total. The lack of investigation or adequate disclosure forced the Crown to drop all trafficking counts.
Op Dryad  – Chelmsford Crown Court
Three-month trial, involving allegations of historic rape, sexual exploitation, and conspiracy to supply Class A Drugs concerning three young females. Defendant acquitted.
Op Evolution  – Leicester CC
Instructed as disclosure counsel for the Crown involving 23 defendants accused of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit violent disorder.
R v LB  – Blackfriars CC
Successful prosecution of a male who targeted and robbed three lone females on public transport in London.
R v CM - Warwick Crown Court
Allegations of supplying class A drugs with several admitted previous convictions including conspiracy to supply Class A Drugs. Defendant unanimously acquitted.
R v DS  – Southwark Crown Court
Allegations of GBH inflicted upon police officers. Acquitted at half time.
R v BB  – Central Criminal Court
Allegation of GBH (wounding) amounting to a serious bleed on the brain. Defendant unanimously acquitted at trial.
Op Castrum  – St Albans Crown Court
Multi-handed, two-week trial alleging a conspiracy to burgle houses and possession of firearm/imitation firearm. The Crown relied extensively upon CCTV, forensic, telephone, ANPR evidence. The total value of the loss was £115,000. Defendant acquitted of the firearm count at half-time.
Fraud and Money Laundering
R v CW  – Wood Green Crown Court
Represented the first defendant in a multi-handed two-week trial alleging drug dealing and sophisticated money laundering through online investment platforms. Defendant acquitted of all five counts at trial.
Op Garfunkel  – Snaresbrook Crown Court
Conspiracy to evade excise duty on significant importations of cigarettes and tobacco. The alleged loss was £450,000. Represented the only defendant acquitted after a two-week trial.
R v SS  Harrow Crown Court
Allegations of money laundering against a daughter said to have stolen and laundered the proceeds of her father’s estate valued at £180,000. Required careful and thoughtful cross-examination of an elderly and profoundly deaf complainant. Defendant acquitted of all charges at half-time.
Op Fireball  – Central Criminal Court.
Multi-handed conspiracy to launder the proceeds of a large-scale internet shopping fraud valued at £450,000. This case involved complex financial evidence running to many thousands of pages.
Op Arad  – Harrow Crown Court
Large scale Internet Shopping Fraud valued in excess of £1 million. Represented the first defendant, responsible for organising the removal of the illicit funds and managing account openers (money mules). The Crown extensively relied on telephone evidence.
Op Veneer [2015 – 2017]- Southwark Crown Court
Led Junior to Dexter Dias QC. A multi-handed money laundering case which concerned the running of a money service business alleged to have been involved in a £150 million fraud. Following careful analysis, the benefit figure was reduced by over half. Investigated by HMRC.
R v MS  Central Criminal Court
Cash Forfeiture appeal heard at the Central Criminal Court. Overturned a decision of the lower court in relation to a cash sum of more than £300,000.