Leena is a barrister in the Criminal Litigation department. Her practice covers all areas of criminal defence, white collar crime and internal investigations.

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.

Criminal Defence & Police Investigations

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.

Firearms and shotgun licensing work

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.

Fraud and Business Crime

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.

Internal Investigations and Reviews

Leena also conducts internal investigations on behalf of organisations into allegations of wrongdoing.

Further Information

Prior to joining Kingsley Napley, Leena was instructed in a high profile public inquiry to assist with obtaining witness evidence.

What Clients have said

As a lawyer myself but now in need as a client, I benefited from the excellence of your services (both legal and psychological) , with a critical and appreciative eye. All I can say from the bottom of my heart and the top of my brain is, for all of you, pure and simple, thanks. You were the lawyer's lawyers I was seeking (and always aspired to be) in an emergency and I was lucky to have found you.

A Client, 2021

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