Sandra has a wealth of experience in criminal and related litigation. The majority of her work concerns defending allegations of sexual offences. She works with clients in the UK and abroad, including allegations following the #MeToo campaign. Drawing on her advocacy experience, Sandra is particularly accomplished in preparing witnesses to give an account or evidence in settings ranging from court proceedings through to internal and external investigations or inquiries. Sandra’s career has included discreet representation of high profile individuals including politicians, bankers, music, sports and media personalities.
She has a particular passion and aptitude for working with children and young adults, navigating them safely through the youth justice system. Youth crime is a specialist area in which Sandra is a leader in her field.
She conducts cases concerning sexual offences, murder, assault, the possession or use of firearms and the possession of drugs.
She is particularly experienced in dealing with sexual offences against adults and children. These include international child abduction, allegations concerning the use of social media, high profile historical allegations, sexual assault, and cases involving human rights and sexual freedoms. Combining meticulous preparation and an innovative approach to the law, Sandra has a reputation for securing the right result.
Sandra’s strength lies in her unique approach to resolving matters quickly, quietly and effectively. Her success in doing so accounts for the trust and confidence her clients express.
Sandra’s strategic approach to representation enables her to offer continuity of representation acting throughout the life of a case. She is an experienced advocate able to assess your case for litigation and alternative resolution.
- Secured a community resolution for young person accused of “sexting” and “malicious communications”
- Secured a non-custodial sentence for two youths charged with possession of weapons
- Secured a decision to take no further action for two men arrested of murder following their restraint of a shop customer
- Successful defence of a vicar charged with historic sex offences
- Police station representation for a broker accused of sexual assault arising from an office Christmas party. Secured a decision to take no further action .
- Successfully resisted the arrest and prosecution of a politician subject to a newspaper sting operation.
- Acquittal of man charged with harassment and breach of a non-molestation order through his use of social media.
- Acquittal of husband charged with domestic abuse within the context of litigious family proceedings
- Prepared and represented clients for interview with the SFO, FCA and compliance.
What clients and directories have said
Sandra Paul is experienced in dealing with stressful situations."
Legal 500 UK 2021
A brilliant and very effective criminal practitioner."
Chambers and Partners 2019
Head and shoulders above any other criminal defence practitioner in London."
Legal 500 UK 2019
Creative, original, alert and has a highly developed intuition combined with a practical, concrete approach."
Chambers and Partners UK, 2018
A delight to work with as she is always exceptionally well prepared," while clients highlight her "outstanding" commitment and service."
Chambers and Partners UK, 2017
The "brilliant" Sandra Paul is a well-regarded solicitor advocate focusing on serious criminal matters. She has substantial experience representing clients in relation to historical charges of sexually abusing children."
Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016
Her quiet calm and measured advice is a beacon of light.”
Defence Witness 2016
The best solicitor anyone could ever wish for… (Sandra is) at the top of the profession. I have never met anyone as dedicated.”
She has the "ability to balance the law with a style that is humane and upright," clients say. She regularly handles serious criminal matters, from sex to drugs offences."
Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2015
Her personal touch makes all the difference. Anyone who has (Sandra) as a solicitor has no idea how lucky they are.”
Professional memberships and societies
- Fraud Lawyers Association
- Female Fraud Forum
- Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates (SAHCA)
- London Criminal Court Solicitors Association (LCCSA) (committee member since 2014)
- Black Solicitors Network (BSN)
Publications, PRESS Highlights, speaking engagements & Blogs
- Drones: the ultimate or problematic Christmas gift? - January 2021
- Youth Justice Online Podcast: Episode 1, Sexting & Social Media - November 2020
- Student misconduct allegations and the right to a fair hearing - October 2020
- 8th edition of Defending Suspects at Police Stations - Co-authored publication, September 2020
- Legal Comment: Sexual Offences (Sports Coaching) Bill 2019-20 - September 2020
- Law regarding consent is not confused, wrong or unfair - Wrote for The Law Society Gazette, August 2020
- I May Destroy You, Part 3: A study of sexual assault, Voyeurism, Revenge Porn, Youth Justice & False Allegations - August 2020
- I May Destroy You, Part 2: A study of sexual assault, consent and deception - July 2020
- I May Destroy You, Part 1: A study of sexual assault, stealthing - July 2020
- Women In Criminal Laws "In Conversation With" with BAME women - Took part in videocast, June 2020
- Lawyers in lockdown: stories from the frontline - Provided insight to The Law Society Gazette, April 2020
- Student misconduct allegations and the right to a fair hearing - April 2020
- Westminster Legal Policy Forum keynote seminar on "Probation services in England and Wales - and priorities for the new Chief Inspector" - Sandra spoke on a panel where she covered the impact for young adults, 29 October 2019
- Sex, lies and legal consent: Can deceit turn sex into rape? - quoted in BBC News, September 2019
- Jason Lawrance appeals against vasectomy lie rape convictions - quoted in BBC News, September 2019
- Freshers Week: A parent's perspective on an essential discussion about rape and navigating consent - September 2019
- Challenging the prosecution of weak cases and the lack of anonymity for those accused of sexual offences - September 2019
- Digital strip search: How everything from Facebook messages to Fitbit data could be used against you in court - quoted in The Telegraph, July 2019
- Sir Cliff Richard and Paul Gambaccini urge anonymity in sex cases - quoted in The Times, July 2019
- The networking question that many BAME individuals dread - June 2019
- The danger in believing all victims - interviewed by Spiked, June 2019
- Criminalising children: at what age and what costs? Law Society Gazette, June 2019
- Internal investigations in the #MeToo era - participated in panel discussion at the 2nd annual GIR LIVE Women in Investigations Conference, June 2019
- Does accessing mobile data of rape victims threaten their right to privacy? LexisNexis interview, May 2019
- Sentences for young people should take account of their maturity, The Times, May 2019
- Digital strip search: How everything from Facebook messages to Fitbit data could be used against you in court, quoted in The Telegraph, April 2019
- BBC News at 5, 29 April 2019 - speaking on the topic of victims of rape and sexual assault being required to grant access to information extracted from their personal devices
- Responding to blackmail if you are not Jeff Bezos - February 2019
- Jeff Bezos has given a masterclass in how to respond to blackmail, quoted in Wired, February 2018
- BBC Radio 4, Today programme, November 2018 - speaking about about workplace cultures and clarity around acceptable behaviour
- BBC 2, Victoria Derbyshire programme, October 2018 - commenting on the legal challenges and concerns about new leaflets being issued by the police to people at risk of committing child sexual exploitation
- GIR Live New York, September 2018 - panellist in session on "How to navigate a Me Too investigation"
- Sextortion: beware the new form of cyber blackmail, Spear's, July 2018
- "Very few police are aware of Outcome 21 until we raise the issue", Law Society Gazette, May 2018
- 21 January 2018, Quoted in Mail on Sunday, Is it any wonder there’s now a ‘consent’ app? Couples planning an encounter can agree how far they’re willing to go
- Quoted in Mail on Sunday in article about LegalFling, Is it any wonder there’s now a ‘consent’ app? Couples planning an encounter can agree how far they’re willing to go, January 2018
- Quoted in Grazia in the cover story of Taylor Swift's court battle, August 2017
- 15 June 2017, Femail, Why your child could go to prison for ten years for 'sexting' on their phone by Sandra Paul
- Quoted in: 'Stealthing' - what you need to know BBC Newsbeat 25 April 2017
- Quoted in: Legally, ‘stealthing’ is rape. So why don’t we take it seriously? The Tab 24 April 2017