Narita Bahra QC

Narita Bahra QC

"Excellent advocate whether addressing jury on the facts or presenting legal arguments to the judge. Tireless worker and meticulous and diligent in preparation. Totally deserving of rank of Queens Counsel. Full of integrity. Great asset to the Bar."

Legal 500 2021
Year of call: 1997 QC: 2019
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Narita is instructed to defend in high profile and heavyweight Crime and Business Crime cases. Her Crime practice includes murder, organised crime (including overseas drug cartels, firearms and armed robberies) terrorism and serious sexual offences. Her Business & Financial Crime practice includes cases involving fraud, tax evasion, money laundering and anti-competitive conduct (cartels, market abuse, insider dealing).

Narita’s fearless and tenacious approach makes her widely sought after by professional and lay clients. She is recognised as Queen’s Counsel who can skilfully deal with the most difficult of cases. Her investigative approach results in leading her team to successful results.

She has been instructed in a number of high-profile cases in which disclosure failings by prosecuting authorities have been unmasked. Four of these cases became the subject of review by the House of Commons Committee. In 2019 Narita’s cross examination resulted in exposure of significant disclosure failings and disqualification of an expert witness. The case attracted substantial media coverage. Narita is instructed in the ensuing appeals at the Court of Appeal.

Narita’s appointment as Queen’s Counsel had an auspicious start; she was asked to carry a pair of white silk gloves to the Silks Ceremony, to mark the centenary of women being allowed to enter the legal profession. The Times newspaper quoted Narita as saying it was “an absolute honour” to carry the gloves, adding: “I never thought that I — an Asian woman from a state school — would be taking silk.” Narita was recognised as a leader in her profession by the Financial Times.

Narita regularly appears on National TV and Radio including Sky News, BBC news, ITV news, Channel 4 news and Radio 4 as a legal correspondent.

Narita is a regular author and contributor to legal journals. An article was published by the Times (5/6/19) and Counsel magazine. Narita was recognised as a leader in her profession when interviewed by the Financial Times.

Narita is recognised as a specialist in the field of disclosure. Her recent publication is titled a practitioner’s handbook “Tackling Disclosure in the Criminal Courts” (

Narita is currently commissioned to write a book on Confiscation and Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings.

Narita has been elected as a Master of the Bench for The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and will commence her role of Bencher in 2021.

Narita accepts Direct Access instructions.

What others say:

“Ms Bahra QC is a perfectionist and all her work is done to the highest of standards. She is always fully prepared and this is reflected in the quality of her advocacy, her ability to instil confidence in every client and her written arguments/legal documents.” – Legal 500 2021 (Crime)

“Runs tenacious arguments and works her socks off.” “She has a high profile on the circuit.” – Chambers UK 2021 (Crime)

“She has a unique style in front of juries, who like her approach.” – Legal 500 2020 (Crime)

“A very polished operator; tenacious and fearless.” – Legal 500 2020 (Fraud)

“A very capable and formidable advocate who is incredibly hardworking and tenacious.” – Legal 500 2019 (Crime)

“She defends in money laundering, grant funding and phishing cases.” – Legal 500 2019 (Fraud)

‘New Silk’ – Chambers UK 2019 (Crime & Fraud )

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