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Jas Dhaliwal

Practice Summary

Jas practices in a wide range of criminal matters for both the defence and prosecution. In addition to defence and prosecution instructions, Jas has also received instructions from the Police, Home Office and Probation Service.

Jas is a committed and dedicated barrister who strives to deliver the best possible outcome for his lay/professional client at every stage. Key to this is Jas’s belief in sheer hard work and paying close attention to the details. He is able to engage effectively with people from all walks of life and is always keen to assist the next generation of young lawyers.

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 such as Small Claims trials, applications for summary judgment, landlord/tenant disputes, insolvency proceedings etc.

Practice Areas

Crime

Jas regularly appears in the Crown Court and has also appeared many times before the Court of Appeal, Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court. He has 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, with a 5-year sentence imposed. On appeal to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), the sentence was reduced down further to 3 years and 9 months.

· R v C (2021) – represented a man charged with 10 Counts of historic sexual offences upon a child at trial. Following 4 days of evidence, the Jury returned ‘Not Guilty’ verdicts on every Count and the client was acquitted.

· R v K (2021) – prosecution of a man charged with possession with intent to supply almost £500,000’s worth of cocaine. Sentence of 6.5 years imprisonment imposed at Birmingham Crown Court.

· R v LT (2021) – represented a victim of modern slavery and human trafficking 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) – represented a man charged with possession with intent to supply over £40,000 worth of class A drugs as well as routinely directing the sale of drugs in the Swindon area. A sentence of 43 months imprisonment was imposed for all matters.

· R v E (2022) – instructed to prosecute a man charged with stabbing another man several times to the abdomen, causing life-threatening injuries.

· R v C (2021) – prosecution of a male found with a prohibited handgun and ammunition within his property. A 7-year sentence of imprisonment was imposed at Warwick Crown Court.

· R v H (2022) – client charged with possessing with intent to supply class A drugs in the Brighton area. Following representations, the Prosecution accepted a plea to simple possession and a fine was imposed.

· R v S (2022) – prosecution of a man charged with instructing multiple people to rob an individual in a street. A 5-year sentence of imprisonment 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 a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) for ‘associating’ with a baby in a pram whilst speaking to the mother.

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

· H v P (2022) – private prosecution under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 on behalf of a tenant after her landlord left her property with such damp/mould that the conditions were prejudicial to health. An abatement order, compensation and full legal costs were awarded following judgment.

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

· 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.

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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