Sandra Paul


Criminal Litigation

"a delight to work with as she is always exceptionally well prepared," while clients highlight her "outstanding" commitment and service."

Chambers and Partners, 2017

“The "brilliant" Sandra Paul is a well-regarded solicitor advocate focusing on serious criminal matters”

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016

Sandra has a wealth of experience in criminal and related litigation. She is particularly skilled in representing children and young adults. 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 representation of high profile individuals including politicians, bankers, music, sports and media personalities.

She has a particular passion and aptitude for working with young people. Sandra undertakes the full range of criminal litigation including youth crime. 

She conducts cases concerning 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 and quietly. 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.  In addition,  Sandra has a particular passion and interest in working with young people and navigating them safely through the youth justice system.

Recent cases

Young people

  • 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

Unlawful killing

  • 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.

General crime

  • 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

“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”

Client 2016

“Her personal touch makes all the difference. Anyone who has (Sandra) as a solicitor has no idea how lucky they are.”

Client 2015


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 and articles


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

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

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Comment from Sandra

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Flares, fireworks, and festivals

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

Helen’s trial In ‘The Archers’ shows juries get it right

From the Archers to Archbold – week ending 04/09/16

From the Archers to Archbold week ending 21/08/2016: Part 2: Special measures

From the Archers to Archbold week ending 21/08/16 - Part 1: Character building

Sexual Risk Orders – a breach of civil liberties or necessary public protection?

Coping with online disclosure

From the Archers to Archbold week ending 15/05/16

From the Archers to Achbold - week ending 01/05/16

From the Archers to Achbold - week ending 24/04/16

From the Archers to Archbold – week ending 17/04/16

From the Archers to Archbold – week ending 10/04/16

Education, Education, Education: Plans to transform youth custody in England and Wales set out

Joint enterprise: Supreme Court decision a welcome and just clarification

Youth Justice in the parliamentary spotlight

R v Jogee: Joint Enterprise doctrine considered by the Supreme Court and Privy Council

Freshers’ Week - #ConsentIs… drunkenness is not a defence

Public Nudity – staying within the law

Rape and consent – can a phone app help?

The offence formally known as revenge porn

Fifty shades beyond the rule of law

Joint enterprise law review overdue

Is legislation on “revenge porn” the right answer?

Victims called to give evidence should be looked after - not locked up

UK prisons: is there any hope?

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?

From the Archers to Archbold week ending 21/08/16 - Part 1: Character building

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