Will the CPS’ decision to update its guidance mean an increase in prosecutions for failure to disclose under section 330 of POCA 2002?
Leena was called to the Bar in 2015 and spent three years at the independent Criminal Bar prior to joining Kingsley Napley. During that time, Leena represented clients in the Crown Court, Youth Court and Magistrates’ Court for trials, sentencing hearings, legal arguments, applications and ancillary orders.
Leena acts for and advises clients (adults and youths) under investigation by the police and other prosecuting authorities at all stages of criminal legal proceedings from interviews at the police station, through to trial. Her defence experience includes dealing with a wide range of offences, from motoring offences, public order and common assault to cases involving serious violence, sexual misconduct and dishonesty offences.
Leena brings considerable prosecution experience to the team, having advised on and appeared in trials and hearings relating to serious violence, drug offences, firearms and fraud offences. She also spent a period of time seconded to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). As a result of her experience, Leena has an extensive understanding of all stages of a criminal case and is able to apply her knowledge as a former prosecutor to her defence strategy.
Leena has completed the vulnerable witness training course through Lincoln’s Inn. She has experience of dealing with vulnerable witnesses and vulnerable defendants in the course of her practice; she understands the emotional and practical impact that criminal legal proceedings can have on an individual.
Leena advises individuals who hold shotgun or firearms certificates in relation to applications to grant or renew a certificate, as well as in circumstances where a certificate has been refused and where there has been revocation of a certificate.
Leena regularly acts in cases of serious fraud, bribery and corruption and money laundering brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and Serious Fraud Division (SFD) of the Crown Prosecution Service. She has a particular interest in matters involving the breach of Anti-Money Laundering Regulations.
Leena also conducts internal investigations on behalf of organisations into allegations of wrongdoing.
Prior to joining Kingsley Napley, Leena was instructed in a high profile public inquiry to assist with obtaining witness evidence.
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