Priya Patel is a Solicitor Advocate practising in general and high-profile criminal defence work as well as specialist fraud panel cases, MHRA prosecutions and white-collar crime. She has acted in such cases as an advocate in the magistrates’, youth and crown courts. She is also a Duty Solicitor.
Priya has extensive experience in all criminal defence work, ranging from petty offences to more serious offences such as murder, white-collar crime (DTI, SFO, HMRC), large-scale benefit fraud, confiscation, extradition, firearm offences, rape, drug importation, money laundering and multi-handed high-cost cases. She has in particular dealt with cases involving an international element and has attended other jurisdictions in order to secure evidence.
Priya has conducted a vast amount of research in complex areas of law, preparation and advocacy in such cases. She has frequently acted as led junior Advocate in large and complex cases involving fraud, money laundering and conspiracies of different kinds.
Priya’s appellate practice involves preparation of appeals, including drafting grounds of appeal against conviction and sentence to the Court of Appeal.
Priya has prepared many cases where foreign nationals have been accused of importing drugs from South Africa, South America, the West Indies, Africa and other countries. She has practical knowledge of the operational techniques and practices deployed by customs in this field. She is also familiar with the complex rules and procedures surrounding Witness Protection Units (WPU) and law enforcement debriefing procedures.
She is also a Criminal Law supervisor and has extensive experience in contracting, taxation and has advocated at cost committee hearings in relation to prior authorities and costing.
She has recently undertaken pro bono work for the charity Fair Trials International (the registered charity that allows UK nationals imprisoned abroad to assert their legal rights) and is acting as advising Junior advocate for a British National jailed in India for alleged in trafficking dangerous and psychotropic drugs. The charity Hibiscus Initiatives (the registered charitable trust that supports jailed women overseas) based at HMP Bronzfield has often referred women to her to seek advice.
Priya has also undertaken some preparation of civil fraud cases, civil litigation and immigration work.