Sukhdev is a former solicitor with over 18 year’s post qualification in crime having being admitted in 1996. He qualified as a Higher Court Advocate in January 2006 and transferred to the Bar in 2008. He has extensive experience in defending serious and complex criminal cases. Sukhdev is a member of the VHCC panel of advocates. Sukhdev is fluent in Punjabi, Hindi and has working understanding of Urdu.
Sukhdev has been described as “Astute and innovative advocate”, “Great legal mind” Solicitors speak highly of his “professionalism and outstanding efforts both in and out of court”.
Year of call
Area of Practice
- Direct Access
Case of note
Sukhdev’s exemplary track record includes the following cases:
R-v-A and others (Southwark Crown Court) [2009-2010-OPERATION EURIPUS)
Junior counsel in a Carousel fraud involving 18 co-defendants, described by Customs and Excise as “one (perhaps the largest) of a very large number of cases involving VAT fraud’. After 4 months trial, the defendant was acquitted.
R-v-A P (2011) Isleworth Crown Court
Conspiracy to defraud UKBA in operation code named Operation Inksell, involving mass scale immigration fraud.
R-v-S H (2011) Birmingham Crown Court
Conspiracy to defraud involving 14 defendants using Gum tree to perpetrate the fraud.
R-v-K A and others (2012) Sheffield Crown Court
Conspiracy to facilitate illegal immigrants (sham marriage) involving 21 defendants.
R-v-B and others (2012) Sheffield Crown Court
Conspiracy to defraud the RBS Bank of over 1 million pounds, involving number of defendants.
R-v-W. R (2013) Old Bailey Crown Court
Leading junior in a Conspiracy to defraud involving allegation of international revenue share fraud against mobile telecommunications companies.
R-v-S and others (2013) Birmingham Crown Court
Conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, linked to mortgage fraud involving over 6 millions pounds. The case involved 12 weeks trial.
R-v-A H (2015) Bradford Crown Court
Operation Bellum-Conspiracy to defraud NatWest Bank, involving 11 defendants some of whom were employed as bank managers at NatWest Bank.
R-v-SKG and others (2014) Southwark Crown Court
Operation Cudgegong- Large scale conspiracy to defraud UKBA involving 10 defendants. The trial is listed for 8 weeks in January 2016.
Murder and other violent offences
R-v-R. A. K (Sheffield Crown Court)
Junior counsel in a conspiracy to commit murder. Successful application to dismiss the case on the first day of trial.
R-v-T and others (2009) Birmingham Crown Court
Junior counsel in a 6-week trial in a Attempt to Murder and Violent Disorder successfully securing an acquittal.
R-v-M. T (2009) Birmingham Crown Court.
Junior counsel in a Murder, involving issues of joint enterprise. The defendant was acquitted of murder following a 4-week trial.
R-v-J. S. K and others (2009) Leicester Crown Court
Successfully securing an acquittal of a defendant charged with blackmail following a 2-week trial.
R-v-G and others (2010) Stafford Crown Court.
S18 GBH involving 8 defendants. Complex cross- examination of experts in respect of blood splatters and identification by CCTV.
R-v-C. H (2010) Birmingham Crown Court.
Junior counsel in a Murder, involving the deceased being killed with numerous injuries inside his own flat.
R-v-B-P and others (2011) Southwark Crown Court
Conspiracy to rob gold and jewellery worth £5 million, involving a number of defendants.
R-v-F. Khan and others (2010) Bradford Crown Court
Conspiracy to possess firearms with intent by means thereof to endanger life involving 12 defendants alleged to have been involved in the importation of Glock 26 automatic firearms from the USA, with the supplier assisting the USA authorities.
R-v-R. K (2011 and 2012) Winchester Crown Court
Sukhdev was instructed to represent the defendant who was charged with the murder of her mother-in-law. The initial trial was halted after 9 days following the defendant changing her in instructions. The second trial took place in 2012. Sukhdev assisted his solicitors to a trip to India to take witness statements and in arranging witnesses to give evidence by live link. The matter hit the national press due to problems with interpreters provided by Capita.
R-v-U and Others (2012) Wolverhampton Crown Court
The defendant was acquitted of Blackmail following a following a 3-week trial.
R-v-J. M and others (2012) Sheffield Crown Court
Sukhdev represented the defendant charged with conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life. The case involved 5 other defendants.
R-v A. S (2012) Sheffield Crown Court
Junior counsel in relation to allegations of kidnap of a 12 years boy and blackmail, involving 4 defendants. It was alleged that the 12 year old was held for a ransom of £40,000, threatening to behead if his father did not pay. After the close of Prosecution case the defendant served a further defence statement running a cutthroat defence against first 2 co-defendants. The defendant was acquitted after a 4- week trial.
R-v- A. H (2012) Birmingham Crown Court
Successfully ran the defence of duress during a 9-day trial involving a female defendant charged with two male defendants on a charge of aggravated burglary with a firearm and machete. The defendant was first on the indictment running a cutthroat defence against her two co-defendants who were both convicted and received 15 years imprisonment for their part in the crime.
R-v-B and others (2013) Bradford Crown Court
Successful in securing the dismissal of all charges against the main defendant (7 members of the travelling community) who was charged with violent disorder and unlawful wounding as a group attack upon the victim and her family. An issue involved in the case was Section 116 (2)(e) adducing hearsay evidence under fear.
R-v-J. P (2013) Wolverhampton Crown Court
Successfully had the case dismissed following application to dismiss of charges of conspiracy to rob. The evidence involved identification from footage captured on a mobile phone.
R-v- J G (2013) Wolverhampton Crown Court
Sukhdev was instructed as Junior Counsel to represent the defendant charged with the murder of his wife. The allegation involves the killing and thereafter disposal of body by cutting and burning the body in a bin.
R-v-W and others (2014) Birmingham Crown Court
Operation 1026- Conspiracy to supply and possess firearms. Conspiracy involves supplying to undercover officers. The trial lasted 6 weeks.
R-v- LS and other (2015) Birmingham Crown Court
Operation Sanderling- Junior Counsel in defending a murder involving dismembered body being found in two cases in Birmingham main line canal.
R-v-A K (Liverpool Crown Court)
Conspiracy to import vast amounts of class A and class B drugs into the Northwest of England. The defendant’s role was described as “joint head of the transport organisation’. The case involved evidence of a “super grass”.
R-v-J. R and others (Old Bailey)
The case related to a large-scale conspiracy involving the importation and distribution of class A drugs. The case involved volumes of covert and intrusive surveillance, which showed links to the notorious Turkish Mafia “The Baybasins”. There was 4-5 weeks of legal arguments involving abuse of process, PII, section 44 Criminal Justice Act 2003 applications for trial without jury.
R-v-S. A and others (2009) Stoke on Trent Crown Court
Conspiracy to supply class A drugs to under cover police officers (Operation Nemesis)
R-v-O. S (2009) Birmingham Crown Court
Conspiracy to supply class A drugs to under cover police officers (Operation Anonymity)
R-v-J. S. S (2009) Canterbury Crown Court
Conspiracy to import 10kg of heroin from Holland. The matter involved a four-week trial with co-defendants running a cutthroat defence.
R-v-M. P and others (2009) Wolverhampton Crown Court (Operation Sorcerer)
Junior counsel in the case involving conspiracy to supply class A drugs from Wolverhampton to Scotland. The defendant’s defence was duress. The Prosecution called the co-defendant who had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deal with the defence raised by the defendant.
R-v-U and others (2010) Hull Crown Court
Successful in ensuring that conspiracy to supply class A drugs did not go before the jury. All other defendants convicted of conspiracy to supply and money laundering.
R-v-K. K and others (2011) Manchester Crown Court
Conspiracy to import class A drugs, involving large amounts of drugs being imported from Pakistan to the United Kingdom. There was considerable telephonic and cell site data.
R-v-M and others (2011) Birmingham Crown Court
Conspiracy to supply class A drugs from Nottingham to Surrey and Hull. The case involved 6 weeks of abuse of process arguments. QC and junior counsel represented the Prosecution.
R-v-S. M (2012) Alyesbury Crown Court
Conspiracy to import class A drugs from Brazil, involving 9 other defendants. The defendants were alleged to have imported 12kgs of pure cocaine over the 12 trips using mules to swallow the drugs.
R-v-K. D (2013) Oxford Crown Court
Importation of class B drugs, involving 3 other defendants alleged to have imported over 10kg of cannabis.
R-v-S and others (2013) Sheffield Crown Court
The case concerned a large scale, multi-million pound commercial importation of class A (125kg of 100% purity MDMA or Ecstasy) into the United Kingdom from Holland. The trial lasted 4 weeks and involved expert evidence relating to telephonic and cell site.
R-v- A and others (2014) Bradford Crown Court
Operation Exbridge 14- Conspiracy to supply class A drugs, involving 9 defendants alleged to use a flat to dilute and thereafter distribute drugs to the value of over 5 millions pounds of drugs The case involved careful scrutiny of surveillance, telephonic (attribution and cell site) and scientific evidence.
R-S and others (2014) Sheffield Crown Court
Conspiracy to produce and supply class A drugs, involving 6 co-defendants. The case involves large-scale production and supplies of class A drugs over a period of 5 months. The Prosecution alleged that in the region of 200kgs of class A drugs with street value of £8 million was produced and supplied.
R-v-KN and others (2014) Birmingham Crown Court
Operation Caddy 2-conspiracy to supply large scale class A drugs to undercover police officers, following on from Operation Caddy.
R-v-S H and others (2014) Birmingham Crown Court
Conspiracy to import heroin, involving number of defendants for a period of 2 years. Prosecution case based on complex telephone call data and cell site analysis to show that the defendants played significant and leading roles. The matter is listed for trial in September 2015 for 8-10 weeks.
R-v-L. D (Wolverhampton Crown Court
Defendant charged with sexual assault and indecent exposure. Case involved issues of fitness to plead and fitness to stand trial.
R-v-W (Wolverhampton Crown Court
Defendant charged with sexual activity in the presence of children, one of whom was 6 years old. Case involved issues of “dangerousness”.
R-v-O (2009) Wolverhampton Crown Court
Sukhdev was instructed on behalf of defendant charged with sexual assault. The defendant was deemed unfit to plead and unfit to stand trial. The matter was listed for trial to determine whether the defendant did the act. The jury determined that the defendant did not do the act.
R-v-M. H (2010) Wolverhampton Crown Court
Successful in securing a acquittal for a defendant aged (46) who faced numerous counts involving historical rape both vaginal and oral as well as sexual activity with a child.
R-v-U. R and others (2010) Sheffield Crown Court (Operation Central)
Case of sexual grooming of young girls some young as 11 and 12 years old involving 9 defendants. Successful in securing acquittal in respect of oral and anal rape following a 8- week trial.
R-v-S (2010) Wolverhampton Crown Court
Historical allegations of rape against his brother and recent allegations of rape and sexual activity with his son.
R-v- A (2013) Birmingham Crown Court
Successful in securing an acquittal for a taxi driver charged with sexual assault upon a passenger.
R-v-G (2014) Bradford Crown Court
Successful in securing an acquittal of defendant charged with sexual assault against a former partner.
Court of Appeal
R-B. P (Court of Appeal-Criminal Division)
Defendant convicted of ILEA education fraud. Sukhdev was instructed to deal with Appeal against conviction, sentence and confiscation before a full court of the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal.
R-v-D N (Court of Appeal-Criminal Division)
Case involved cultivation of cannabis on a large scale. Represented the defendant at the Court of Appeal during which the full court gave some guidance in relation to sentencing for cultivation of cannabis [R-v-XU and others (2007) EWCA Crim 3129]
R-v- M. (2013) Court of Appeal-Criminal Division)
Successful in persuading the full court to reduce the defendant’s sentence from 11 years down to 7 years.
R-v-N S (2012) Derby Crown Court (Operation Keats)
The indictment contained 30 counts of handling stolen goods, converting criminal property and offering for sale goods bearing a false trademark. The operation was set up as a undercover initiative to target business who were involved in handling high value stolen property. The case involved successful applications to stay the indictment as an abuse of the process of the Court in accordance of the principle set out in R-v-Loosely Attorney General’s Reference No 3 of 2000