Sunyana Sharma

Sunyana Sharma

Call 2006

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Throughout her career at the bar Sunyana has been instructed on a broad range of criminal work including murders, large cases involving conspiracy to supply drugs, sex offences including indecent images of a child and fraud as well as death by dangerous driving and causing death by an uninsured driver.

Parts of Sunyana’s criminal practice dovetail naturally with her expertise in regulatory proceedings for which she regularly appears in the Magistrates' and the Crown Court (see specialist profile). She has also represented a number of government agencies, undertaking work for Local Authorities, Revenue and Customs, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the National Probation Service.

Sunyana has also appeared in the Court of Appeal on a number of occasions and has also assisted in advising on Appeals to the Privy Council from the Court of Appeal in Jamaica.

Sunyana is regularly invited to speak to both the Bar and solicitors on criminal/regulatory matters and is happy to provide specialist training if required. 

An example of recent cases:

R v. x [2016]: Defended a youth who was found to be unfit to plead for an offence of sexual assault. Following a successful s.78 PACE application to exclude the Defendant’s ROTI, the case was dropped.

EBC & DWP v. Louise Ellwood [2015]: Successfully prosecuted on behalf of the EBC and DWP a number of offences pursuant to the Social Security Administration Act 1982 for fraudulent benefit claims made over a period of 6 years.  The overpayment of benefits was assessed at being over £75,000. 

R v. Shiraz Hussain [2015]: Successfully represented the Crown for an offence contrary to article 137 and article 241(8) of the Air Navigation Order 2009 and section 60 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 which related to the Defendant shining a laser pen at a police helicopter.

R v. Lisa Heffernan [2015]: Represented the Crown in a successful prosecution of assisting an offender under s.4(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1967 in a violent attack on a passerby. 

R v. MG [2015]: Successfully represented a member of police staff for a number of breaches under the Data Protection Act 1998.

R v. MW & others [2014]: Represented a football fan for violent offences at a Chelsea game.  Avoided a football banning order.

R v. Santosh Gurung [2013]: Instructed by the Defendant on a s.18 GBH for a double knifing in a night club.

R v. CR & RST [2012]: Prosecuted on behalf of the Crown for the supply of Ecstasy at the Bestival music festival, in which one Defendant was found in possession of 120 tablets.

R v Watkins [2011] EWCA Crim 2833: Successfully appealed the sentence of the Defendant from an imprisonment for public protection to an extended sentence in the Court of Appeal for possession of over 20,000 indecent images and the making of indecent images of a child.

R v James Vaughan and others [2011]: Second junior to Christopher Parker QC (now HHJ C. Parker QC) for the Crown in a nine-handed conspiracy to supply drugs, manslaughter, s.18 GBH and arson with intent to endanger life.

R v Michael Kelly and others [2011]: junior for the Department of Work and Pensions in a nine-handed conspiracy to defraud the DWP and North Cornwall District Council.

R v Ocran [2010] EWCA Crim 1209: Represented the Appellant in the Court of Appeal for an appeal against sentence on whether exceptional circumstances to disapply the mandatory minimum sentence of five years for the possession of firearms.

R v Passoni [2009] EWCA Crim 1217 - Appeared for the Appellant in an appeal against sentence in the Court of Appeal for burglary and assault occasioning actual bodily harm on an elderly victim.


July 11 2016:

David Richards and Sunyana Sharma instructed in significant Falkland Islands fisheries case more

March 17 2016:

Adam Feest QC, David Richards and Sunyana Sharma were invited to give a criminal law seminar to the Hampshire Incorporated Law Society at the Offices of Irwin Mitchell more

February 3 2016:

Sunyana Sharma invited to speak at IFCA’s Annual Enforcement Conference 2016 more

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Academic Qualifications

LLB Law (Hons), London School of Economics

LLM Public International Law (Merit), London School of Economics

Bar Vocational Course, BPP Law School, London

Jessup International Mooting Competition, (UK rounds) - Finalist, 2004 and Semi-Finalist, 2006

Professional Bodies

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Human Rights Lawyers' Association
  • Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)

Languages Spoken

  • Hindi (Fluent)
  • Punjabi (Fluent)
  • Urdu (Conversational)