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Jas Dhaliwal

Practice Summary

Jas practices in a wide range of criminal matters for both the defence and prosecution. He also accepts instructions in civil matters.

In addition to defence and prosecution instructions, Jas has also received instructions from the Police, Home Office and Probation Service

Career Background

Jas studied at the University of Birmingham and obtained a First Class law degree, later going on to achieve a grade of “Very Competent” during the Bar Professional Training Course. He was called to the Bar in July 2016 after being awarded the Lord Denning Scholarship and Hardwicke Scholarship by Lincoln’s Inn.

Before pupillage, Jas worked at the Criminal Cases Review Commission after being awarded the Kalisher Internship Award. He worked on cases involving historic sex offences, multi-million-pound frauds, immigration/asylum matters, among others. He also volunteered at the Baltimore office of capital punishment mitigation specialists Advancing Real Change in the USA.

Jas was also instructed as a County Court advocate in hundreds of hearings in a wide range of civil matters including Small Claims trials, applications for summary judgment, landlord/tenant disputes, insolvency proceedings etc

Practice Areas

Crime

Jas has appeared before the Youth, Magistrates’, Crown Court and Court of Appeal. He has gained experience in an array of different areas including the supply of drugs, modern slavery, serious violence, sexual offences, dangerous dog offences, dishonesty offences and road traffic offences amongst others.

Recent and notable instructions have included:

· R v Davies & McKeegans [2021] EWCA Crim 301 – represented a woman convicted of her third supply of class A drugs offence. Successfully argued against the imposition of the statutory mandatory minimum of 7 years, instead securing a 5-year sentence. On appeal to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), the sentence was reduced further down to 3 years and 9 months.

· R v NT (2021) – successful appeal against conviction 5 years out of time following a full day’s hearing at Northampton Crown Court. In addition, a £5,000 wasted costs order was obtained against the prosecution after further submissions.

· R v C (2021) – representing a man charged with 10 counts of historic sexual offences upon a child.

· R v LT (2021) – represented a victim of modern slavery and human trafficking who had been prosecuted for possession of a bladed article whilst self-harming. Following public interest representations, psychiatric evaluation and Home Office referrals, the prosecution offered no evidence and the charges were dismissed.

· R v J (2021) – representing a man charged with possession with intent to supply over £40,000 worth of class A drugs.

· R v H (2021) – woman charged with dangerous driving and assault following a collision with a motorcyclist, with a child present. Acceptable basis of plea advanced with pleas to careless driving and battery. A low-level community order was imposed.

· R v W (2020) – following representations, prosecution offer no evidence against 79-year-old man of ill-health. The charge concerned an alleged breach of SHPO for ‘associating’ with a baby in a pram whilst speaking to the mother.

· R v M (2020) – man charged with supplying class B drugs for 2-years in the local community. Secured a suspended sentence, with extensive reference to mental health and ongoing psychiatric concerns at the time.

· R v CC (2020) – client found not guilty after a 2-day trial relating to charges of engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour.

· R v S (2020) – represented a man charged with theft of items valued at over £15,000, securing a community order.

· R v T (2020) – client charged with breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO). Charges dismissed pre-trial after the Court were persuaded that it had previously acted outside its own jurisdiction in making the original CBO.

· R v C (2019) – secured a suspended sentence for a man charged with threatening and lunging at doormen with a broken glass bottle.

· R v W (2019) – successfully defended a man found not guilty after trial of domestic burglary.

· Devon & Cornwall Police v B (2019) – succeeded in rescinding a fine imposed upon a man allegedly in breach of a Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO). Following legal arguments, the Court held that there had not been a contempt of Court as it could not be shown that the client had knowingly breached the order.

· R v S (2019) – represented a man with 12 points on his driving licence and successfully argued in reducing the mandatory 6 month driving ban to just 28 days.

Common Law

Jas has a firm grounding in County Court matters given his experience as a County Court advocate. He is available for instructions in personal injury, credit hire, landlord/tenant disputes etc.

Further Information

Memberships

Criminal Bar Association

Midlands Circuit Social Mobility Committee

Amicus ALJ

Academic Awards

Lord Denning Scholarship 2015, Lincoln’s Inn

Hardwicke Scholarship 2015, Lincoln’s Inn

Kalisher Internship Award 2016

University of Law BPTC Selection Performance Award 2015

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