Sandra Paul


Criminal Litigation

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

Chambers UK 2021

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.

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

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.”

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.”

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, PRESS Highlights, speaking engagements & Blogs


Sandra Paul discusses the complexities and challenges of dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace

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 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 a huge asset for the firm."

Legal 500 UK 2020

Related Services

Sexual Offences

We deal with the highest profile and most sensitive cases, providing expert advice and support to both individuals and companies.

Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace

We advise organisations and individuals dealing with sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Assault, Murder and Other Offences Involving Violence

Our lawyers have a wealth of experience in dealing with allegation of serious crime including offences against the person such as assault, murder and manslaughter throughout the life of a case from the police station through to trial.

Youth Crime and the Law

Our experienced youth crime lawyers are committed to understanding your child and finding a solution that protects their reputation.

Cyber Crime

Whether you are facing an investigation or prosecution or are the target of such activity, our cyber crime lawyers can help.

Defending an Allegation

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There is a myth that sharing drugs amongst friends is OK. When you pass a drug to someone else, even if it is not for money, this amounts to supply.

Serious Fraud

Defending complex white collar cases successfully is what we are known for. The firm has the largest team of specialist criminal lawyers in the UK.

Criminal Defence and Police Investigations

From police station representation and advice to restraint and confiscation proceedings, we are proactive in achieving the best outcomes.


Kingsley Napley has a long history of representing high profile individuals, teams and regulators within the sports industry.

Harassment and Other Familial Allegations

From allegations dealing with the threat of violence or the ever-changing landscape of stalking and harassment to new offences, such as controlling or coercive behaviour and revenge porn our internationally recognised expert solicitors are highly experienced in representing clients accused of offences within personal relationships.

American Services

Legal advice and support for US citizens, families, entrepreneurs and businesses based in the UK and for British expats living in the US.

Insight from Sandra

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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

Jason Lawrance appeals against vasectomy lie rape convictions - Sandra Paul comments in BBC News

Digital strip search: How everything from Facebook messages to Fitbit data could be used against you in court - Sandra Paul quoted in The Telegraph

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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?

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

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

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