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Abdul Kapadia
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Before becoming a barrister, Abdul was a solicitor advocate from 1999 and solicitor from 1996, and in legal practice from 1986.

Areas of Practice

• Criminal Defence

• Business Crime & Financial Services

Professional Memberships

• Criminal Bar Association

• South Eastern Circuit

• Inner Temple


Abdul is a criminal barrister specialising in cases that require expert advocacy skills. He has experience in drug trafficking, serious sexual offences, violent crime, and complex fraud. He has successfully defended and prosecuted in a range of cases.

Abdul practised as a solicitor advocate in 1999, he was admitted as a solicitor in 1996 and was in the legal practice before that since 1986. He transferred and was called to the bar in 2017 and has been a practicing Crown Court advocate for the last 22 years.

Abdul has a varied practice and represents both individual and corporate clients respectively. Abdul is called upon to advise professional clients at an early stage of proceedings in respect of strategy and achieving the best outcome for lay clients.

Abdul has a reputation for being a highly-skilled, measured, forceful and persuasive advocate.

Abdul has successfully represented clients appearing before major hearings at the Court of Criminal Appeal and is often consulted to advise on the merits of an appeal.

Abdul was a panel member at the Commission of Race Equality appointed to advise the parliamentary select committee on new legislation to deal with racially aggravated criminal offences during the mid-90s, with new legislation passed around at that time, he has lectured youths on their fundamental legal rights under PACE.

Abdul is public access accredited and accepts direct instructions from lay clients.

Notable Cases

R v AK | Inner London Crown Court – Conspiracy to commit fraud/money laundering trial, Involved the taking over of customer accounts and transferring funds into mule accounts, the loss to the bank was in the region of £500,000.

R v SB | - Money laundering and PWIS trial involved the cash seizure of over £100.000, trial lasting 5 weeks that included 3 days when 4 experts gave live evidence in relation to the cash seized being partly contaminated. Thereafter appeared in confiscation proceedings when a benefit figure of half that was originally sought was determined following a 2-day hearing.

R v HI | Inner London Crown Court – Money laundering case which involved sums transferred of in excess of a million pounds

R v E & Another | Snaresbrook Crown Court – S18 trial involving youth with learning difficulties and an intermediately, defendant acquitted on all counts following a 2-week trial.

R v YM & Others | - Kidnap/blackmail trial, defendant acquitted on the 4th day of the re-trial following a successful PII application at Wood Green Crown Court.

R v K | Kingston Crown Court – Serious sexual assault where the initial allegation was one of rape, defendant acquitted after a week-long trial.

R v N & Others | Leicester Crown Court – Described in the papers as one of the largest ever seizures of cannabis plants from a factory in Leicestershire.

R v O & Others | Southwark Crown Court – Multiple defendant conspiracies to steal described as `a hugger-mugger robbery`.

R v N & Others | Woolwich Crown Court – Armed robbery by 4 adults of commercial premises in South London.

R v B | Woolwich Crown Court – Aggravated TDA case, involved a celebrity figure with the case featured in the National papers.

R v B & Others | - Possession with intent to supply class A drugs – defendant acquitted following a successful HT submission of no case to answer on the poor quality of the Identification evidence at Woolwich Crown Court.

R v I | Woolwich Crown Court – Successfully argued a stay of the indictment on the grounds of abuse of process following the failure by the police to preserve crucial CCTV evidence.

R v E & Others | Southwark Crown Court – Controlling prostitution for gain. Represented an accountant in a case that involved covert undercover police operation targeting premises run as brothels.

R v L & Others | Inner London Crown Court – Kidnap/blackmail, triad case, was led in a trial lasting a month.

R v B | Blackfriars Crown Court – Separate trials on separate indictments against 2 complainants aged 16 and 17 years of rape and attempted rape, and other of sexual assault.

R v S & Others | Southwark Crown Court – Multiple Identity fraud cases, valued in the region of 3 million pounds, involved 10 defendants (VHCC) led.

R v A | Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court – Importation of Class A drugs following a seizure by customs at City Airport.

R v K & Others | Inner London Crown Court – Multiple defendants Kidnap/Robbery represented the lead defendant.


R v N (EWCA Crim 895) – Appeal against a 30-month sentence where the issue was whether a concurrent rather than a consecutive sentence should have been imposed.

R v S (ECWA Crim) – The appeal against a 7½ years sentence for a S18 GBH/robbery where the argument centred on the level discount that should be open to a defendant who pleaded guilty on the day of trial to an indictment that had been radically altered.

R v U (EWCA Crim 184) – Sentence of imprisonment reduced and suspended together with a substantial reduction on the orders made for compensation and costs.

R v L (EWCA 1054) – A conviction for possession of prohibited firearm quashed, this after an experts report revealed the weapon in question was not a prohibited weapon under the Firearms Act 1968.

R v G (EWCA Crim 407) – Leave to appeal granted against a 24 months sentence for a sexual assault on a disabled elderly victim where the argument centred whether the offence fell outside category 2 of the sentencing guidelines.

R v P & Others (EWCA Crim 2283) – Violent Robbery of a Taxi driver by a group of youths late at night appeal against a 6-year term of imprisonment.

R v O (EWCA Crim 1853) – Leave to appeal granted against a 12-month sentence where a false ID document was used to open a bank account applying the principals laid down in the case of R-v-Ovieriakhi (2009).

R v B – Leave to appeal against sentence granted before the Lord Chief Justice following an oral application on whether an order for imprisonment for public protection imposed (IPP) was appropriate alongside a determinate sentence for serious of sexual offences.

R v S – Importation of 25kg of Cannabis – Sentence reduced on appeal from 4 to 2 years.


R v L (EWCA 1054 [2013] WLR (D) 263) – A conviction for possession of prohibited firearm quashed, this, after an experts report, revealed the weapon in question was not a prohibited weapon under the Firearms Act 1968.

H v FACT 1 Cr.App.R.21, DC – Breach of copyright following a large seizure of tapes/CDs, a case that lasted 5 years from an appeal by way of case stated, Judicial review all the way to the House of Lords, featured in Archbold.