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Omar Majid

Career Background

Prior to pupillage:

  • Volunteered through the Amicus charity, and spent several months in Houston, Texas, working as a defence intern on pre-trial capital murder and death-row appeal cases.
  • Worked as a county court advocate, conducting over 900 civil hearings before district and circuit judges, ranging from applications to small claims trials and appeals. Hearings involved a range of areas of law, including landlord and tenant, mortgage, insolvency, personal injury, and general contractual disputes.

Prior to joining Citadel in 2016, completed pupillage at the CPS, and worked as a Crown Prosecutor.

Practice details

Crime

Instructed to prosecute and defend in a wide variety of criminal cases including trials in the Crown Court, Youth Court, and Magistrates’ Court, as well as cases in the Court of Appeal.

Instructions encompass a range of offences including serious violence, robbery, drugs, firearms, dishonesty, driving, and sexual offences, and include cases involving vulnerable witnesses and clients.

Recent and notable defence instructions have included:

  • Successfully represented a client at trial for allegedly making threats to kill.
  • While defending, successfully appealed the sentence of a pregnant mother coerced into conveying a package of drugs into prison (R v Severn [2018] EWCA Crim 1441).
  • Successfully defended a fire officer with 25 years of experience charged with offences of domestic violence, where conviction would mean his dismissal.
  • Represented an individual suffering from brain-damage in a finding of fact involving sexual offences at the Crown Court.
  • Represented a youth in the Crown Court charged in a joint-enterprise armed robbery.
  • Represented four defendants, including a youth, in an affray involving weapons.

Defence instructions have also including motoring cases involving special reasons and exceptional hardship arguments.

Prosecutes at Grade 2 level, Crown Court instructions have included a range of cases including offences of dishonesty, violence, firearms, and drugs.

Instructions have also included prosecutions on behalf of the Insolvency Service.

Has significant experience prosecuting and defending POCA and asset recovery cases, including section 22 applications.

Instructed on behalf of claimants and defendants in a variety of hearings in the county court, including applications, small claims, and cases on the multi-track. Has experience of dealing with a wide variety of common law cases and is fully competent to accept instructions in such matters.

In relation to employment and disciplinary matters, recently successfully defended a police officer charged with gross misconduct, thereby allowing him to keep his employment.

  • While defending, successfully appealed the sentence of a pregnant mother coerced into conveying a package of drugs into prison (R v Severn [2018] EWCA Crim 1441).
  • Presently instructed defending in a large-scale fraud at a primary school involving multiple defendants.

Further Information

Awards

  • Lincoln’s Inn Sir Thomas More award 2011
  • Lincoln’s Inn Megarry Scholarship 2016
  • Winner of the Hammond Cup 2016 mock-trial and advocacy competition

 

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