Narita Bahra QC

Narita Bahra QC

"She has a unique style in front of juries, who like her approach." "A very polished operator; tenacious and fearless."

Legal 500 2020
Year of call: 1997 QC: 2019
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Narita is instructed to defend in heavyweight crime and business crime cases. Her General 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 is recognised by professional clients, lay clients and my peers as a barrister who can skillfully deal with the most difficult of cases. She has been instructed in a number of high-profile cases in which disclosure failings by prosecuting authorities have been unmasked. In 2018, four of these cases became the subject of review by the House of Commons Committee. Her most recent case, in 2019, resulted in exposure of significant disclosure failings and disqualification of an expert witness. The case attracted substantial media coverage.

Narita’s appointment as Queen’s Counsel had an auspicious start when 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 gloves will mark a new tradition, where they will be handed over to a new female criminal silk annually. 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 intends to deploy her excellent track record, high success rate and commitment to fighting fearlessly for her clients’ best interests to ensure she become a leading choice of Queen’s Counsel in high profile cases.

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. Her most recent article was published by the Times (5/6/19) and Counsel magazine. She was also recently interviewed by the Financial Times to discuss the voices of successful women.

Narita’s most recent publication, a practical guidebook titled “Tackling Disclosure in the Criminal Courts” will be published in late 2019.

Narita accepts Direct Access instructions.

In 2019 Narita ranked in the following legal directories:

  • Legal 500 – Crime: “A very capable and formidable advocate who is incredibly hardworking and tenacious”.
  • Legal 500 – Fraud: “She defends in money laundering, grant funding and phishing cases”.
  • Chambers & Partners: Crime & Fraud – New Silk
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