"...is the best criminal partner in London and takes no prisoners when it comes to dealing with difficult cases and difficult opponents."

Legal 500 UK 2021

"She's an excellent communicator who puts you at ease and is very thorough in making sure she covers all avenues of issues being discussing."

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“Sandra Paul was recommended to me by four separate sources and given the complexities of my case, this speaks volumes. From my initial meeting I knew I had come to the right place. Sandra formed a team around me and guided this throughout. Sandra never distanced herself from my case and consistently navigated the team. Her ability to prepare me, taking valuable time out to handle this one on one is something that I look back on with great admiration. She was able to mentally prepare me for what was to come.”

Legal 500 UK 2022

"She is brilliant and brings a lot to the table - she has a calmness and authority about her and is hugely respected."

Chambers UK 2021

"Completely unflappable, fantastic with clients, highly intelligent and highly motivated."

Chambers UK 2020

Sandra has a wealth of experience in criminal and related litigation. She is sought out for the most complex and sensitive criminal cases and consistently justifies her enviable track record as a smart, effective trusted advisor for individuals and corporates who require representation.

Sandra’s 20 year career has included discreet representation of high profile individuals including politicians, bankers, music, sports and media personalities and high net worth individuals. 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.

Sexual offences

The majority of her work concerns defending allegations of sexual misconduct. She advises clients, in the UK and abroad, in relation to allegations following the #MeToo campaign and advises both individuals and organisations in relation to investigations into sexual misconduct in the workplace. She is currently advising young people and their parents following allegations arising from the Everyone's Invited campaign.

Youth Justice

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 is an Advisory Board member for the Youth Justice Legal Centre. She is Chair of the JUSTICE working party who recently produced a report on - Tackling Racial Injustice: Children and the Youth Justice System.

Investigation advice

Sandra provides proactive police station advice and representation designed to resolve matters at the earliest opportunity and without charges. Along with Matthew Hardcastle and Ed Cape, she co-authors “the police station Bible “ - Defending Suspects at Police Stations [8th Edn] providing her clients with a unique perspective and unrivalled skill in navigating police investigations successfully while protecting their reputation.   

Inquiries and court proceedings

As an experienced Higher Court Advocate, 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.

Recent cases

Young people and children

  • 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 firearms
  • Successful CCRC application for a child convicted of serious sexual offences resulting in the conviction being overturned
  • No further action taken by the police following 3 allegations of rape made by friends of our client
  • Secured no further action in respect of a child investigated for several sexual offences in respect of another child

Unlawful killing

  • Secured a decision to take no further action for two men arrested of murder following their restraint of a shop customer
  • Advised a company regarding criminal liability for Corporate Manslaughter and Gross Negligence Manslaughter. Police investigation concluded with no further action
  • Acting for corporate group in relation to police investigation concerning Corporate Manslaughter

Sexual Misconduct

  • Represented a regulated individual accused of sexual misconduct in the workplace during an internal investigation
  • Provided specialist advice to law firms, chambers and companies regarding Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace
  • Acquittal of entertainment industry individual for rape
  • Advised a student accused of rape under the university regulations – disciplinary proceedings concluded without sanction

General crime

  • An individual in a Privy Council application following a foreign murder conviction
  • Acquittal of individual charged with conspiracy to pervert course of justice
  • Successfully represented a family investigated for Modern Slavery is respect of their domestic staff


  • Prepared and represented clients for interviews with the police, SFO, FCA and internal investigations


What clients and directories have said

We found Sandra to be an excellent advocate - she was patient and listened so intently to every detail so she had a full understanding of our case. She was reassuring and compassionate while also being assertive, perseverant and clear-headed."

Chambers UK 2021

I just wanted to express my profound thanks for your input at the very start of this process. It was obvious that [my son] felt a tremendous sense of reassurance knowing that you were there to provide advice and support, and I think the trouble you took to provide sympathetic and constructive advice was invaluable. I wanted to express my thanks to you because I witnessed at first-hand what a difference your input made.  As a solicitor myself, I was able to reflect on the fundamental importance of client care, and on the fantastic job you did."

A Client, 2021

I think it would be hard to over-state the sense of reassurance that [my son] got from your advice and – most importantly – from the way in which you gave it. You were authoritative and sympathetic, and, crucially, you were available whenever he needed your input. All of your communications with him seemed to reflect a real effort on your part to see things from his perspective, and all of the advice was delivered in a language that he really understood. I’m not exaggerating when I say that your input really was one of the main things which helped him to get through the whole business."

A Client, 2021

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

Sandra Paul is experienced in dealing with stressful situations."

Legal 500 UK 2021

Completely unflappable, fantastic with clients, highly intelligent and highly motivated."

Chambers UK 2020 - A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession

...is a huge asset for the firm."

Legal 500 UK 2020

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.”

A Client, 2016

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.”

A Client, 2015



Professional memberships and societies

  • Women In Criminal Law (Founding Member)
  • Youth Justice Legal Centre Advisory Board
  • Black women in Law
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • London Criminal Court Solicitors Association (LCCSA)
  • Black Solicitors Network (BSN)


Publications, Press Highlights & Speaking Engagements


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Insight from Sandra

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The perils of historic sexual abuse allegations - Sandra Paul interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour

Odey verdict shows challenges of decades-old assault cases - Sandra Paul quoted in various sources

Sandra Paul and Matthew Hardcastle co-author 8th edition of "Defending Suspects at Police Stations"

Women In Criminal Law's 'In conversation with' videocast with BAME women

Sex, lies and legal consent: Can deceit turn sex into rape? - Sandra Paul comments in BBC News

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Investigating Sexual Misconduct in Universities requires balance and fairness

Tackling Racial Injustice: Children and the Youth Justice System

Drones – the ultimate or problematic Christmas gift?

Student misconduct allegations and the right to a fair hearing

Legal Comment: Sexual Offences (Sports Coaching) Bill 2019-20

Law regarding consent is not confused, wrong or unfair - Sandra Paul writes for The Law Society Gazette

I May Destroy You, Part 3: A study of sexual assault - Voyeurism, Revenge Porn, Youth Justice and False Allegations

I May Destroy You, Part 2: A study of sexual assault - Kwame: Consent and Deception

I May Destroy You, Part 1: A study of sexual assault - Stealthing

Fresher's Week - A parent's perspective on an essential discussion about rape and navigating consent

Challenging the prosecution of weak cases and the lack of anonymity for those accused of sexual offences

Criminalising children – at what age and what cost?

The networking question that many BAME individuals dread

Does accessing mobile data of rape victims threaten their right to privacy?

Sentences for young people should take account of their maturity

Will the US College Bribery scandal reach our shores?

Responding to blackmail if you are not Jeff Bezos

Socially engineered juries....what next?

Fresher’s Week – what consent is and why drunkenness is not a defence

The risk of Salmond’s aggressive approach to allegations

Disclosure of Evidence in Criminal Cases – time to restore fairness in the criminal justice system

What is “sextortion” and what can you do about it?

Sexting: “Outcome 21” - a solution or part of the problem?

Tongue splitting, ear removal and branding - the limits of consent as a defence to extreme body modification

Youth Justice Part One: Criminalising kids - a guide to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act for young people

Legal Update: Revisiting trial in the absence of a defendant

Criminalising Children

My Legal Advice To My Fresher Son

Youth Justice: time to change the age of criminal responsibility?

Teenagers and the “sexting crisis”: sexting is serious

UK prisons: is there any hope?

Flares, fireworks, and festivals

Proposed reforms regarding the admissibility of complainants’ sexual history are fundamentally flawed

Is a conditional caution the way forward for dealing with and rehabilitating those accused of viewing indecent images of children?

Sexual offences committed by children against other children is on the rise -shocking or inevitable?

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