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Preetika defends and prosecutes in the Crown Court, Youth Court and Magistrates Court. Her practice covers the full spectrum of serious criminal and quasi-criminal cases. She is also building a practice in extradition law and crime related public law.
Preetika has an excellent record in cases with challenging odds and before difficult benches – including succeeding in a case against a Band 1 Silk.
Her background in human rights law means she is well placed and also increasingly instructed on cases at the intersection of criminal, civil and human rights law.
Preetika’s background prior to the bar is in gender justice and human rights activism (domestically and internationally). She was part of the committee that reformed Indian criminal law following the Delhi gang rape in 2012. She subsequently worked with UN Women HQ and the Government of India on implementation of these reforms.
CPS Panel appointments
General Crime Level 2
Operation T: Led junior for the prosecution in a trial involved 15 counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and converting criminal property against 11 defendants. The conspiracy targeted famous footballers across the Midlands and London.
R v S: Successful appeal to the Court of Appeal in relation to sentence for supply drugs offence. Court of Appeal stated they were: “grateful for my clear, precise and helpful oral and written submissions”. Succeeded on every ground pursued.
R v B: Instructed as sole defence counsel in a case involving youth stabbings on the London Underground. Client charged with ‘affray’ and ‘possession of offensive weapon’. Crown dropped the case following successful representations on the basis that defendant was in fact the victim.
R v M: Junior alone for defence in a youth rape sentence. Secured a 12-month intensive referral order for a 17-year-old convicted of rape and causing/inciting a boy 13 – 15 to engage in sexual activity by penetration.
R v P (Sentence): Junior alone for defence in a sophisticated mortgage/tenancy fraud case involving abuse of trust across North London where defendant played a leading role. Secured a suspended sentence for defendant.
City University, London – BPTC
The London School of Economics & Political Science – LLM
University of Oxford – BA (Hons) Jurisprudence (Law) 2.1
Appointments & Memberships
Criminal Bar Association
Young Fraud Lawyer’s Association
Bar Human Rights Committee of England & Wales
Human Rights Lawyers Association
Administrative Law Bar Association
Jardine Studentship, Inner Temple, Bar of England and Wales (2015)