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- Legal 500 2015

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- Chambers and Partners 2016

Karim Khalil QC 1984 (QC 2003)

  • Called to the Bar 1984
  • Queen’s Counsel 2003
  • MA Hons (Law) – Queens’ College, Cambridge

Professional Associations

  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
  • South Eastern Circuit committee
  • South Eastern Circuit Liaison Committee (Chair)
  • Member of South Eastern Circuit Joint Advocates Selection Committee
  • Cambridge & Peterborough Bar Mess (Chair)
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Norfolk Bar Mess
  • Bar Disciplinary Tribunal
  • Member of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Health & Safety Lawyers Association

Publications

Appointments

  • Recorder of the Central Criminal Court 2013
  • Recorder 2000
  • Assistant Recorder 1997
  • Judging panel member of the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire’s Award for Forensic Excellence

Specialisation

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Fraud
  • Civil actions against the Police arising out of “criminal “allegations
  • Health & Safety
  • VAT Fraud
  • MTIC Fraud

Recommendations

Karim Khalil QC is recognised as an outstanding advocate whose work is underpinned by detailed preparation in every case: he is acknowledged to be a ‘leading individual’ in Chambers & Partners directory and recommended in the Legal 500. He is also championed by Black Letter Law, (a specialist directory known as the Black Lawyers Directory) for promoting excellence and diversity within the legal profession.

Practice

Karim Khalil practises mainly in London and the South East, including East Anglia. He has defended or prosecuted most of the high profile and high value matters to arise on circuit in recent years. Due to his fantastic reputation he finds his expertise increasingly being sought for cases outside the region, particularly across the Midlands and Western Circuit.

Karim was called to the Bar in 1984, became one of the youngest Assistant Recorders/Recorders, and took Silk in 2003 prior to prosecuting Ian Huntley & Maxine Carr (the Soham murders). His expertise is widely sought in diverse fields, including murder, serious fraud (including Inland Revenue, Customs & Excise and MTIC), health & safety, drug trafficking and sexual offences. He has a particular interest in medico-legal, science-based and baby-shaking cases.

His close association with the University of Cambridge enables him to draw on significant expertise when considering any new area of scientific interest, making him a leading Silk in the cross examination of scientific experts in many fields (including pathology, neuropathology, genetics, palynology and mineralogy).

Karim Khalil successfully resisted criminal proceedings on behalf of one of the government scientists in the Porton Down investigation. He has been involved in a number of trials involving Police informants and is known for the careful and sensitive handling of such cases, including the significant issues of PII and ex-parte applications that arise. Karim Khalil has made representations to the Discretionary Lifer Panel and he appears regularly in the Court of Appeal, often superceding original trial Counsel. He represented Richard Jan on his appeals against conviction and sentence for a campaign of petrol bombings (said to be one of the most dangerous men in the UK) and he represented the successful appellant in the House of Lords in R v Wang (Judge’s direction to convict, unlawful).

He writes the chapter on confiscation law in “Fraud: Law Practice & Procedure” published by LexisNexis and is instructed in cases involving significant confiscation proceedings.

He has appeared in the VAT Tribunal on behalf of those appealing against refusals by HM Customs to repay VAT following assertions of VAT/MTIC fraud.

Karim Khalil has championed the use of the digital presentation of evidence in court (often working closely with Acume) and was the keynote presenter at the inaugural conference for SIOs in the Apple Mac suite in London. Karim Khalil has strong professional links with the Forensic Science Services and LGC and is a member of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences to whom he presented the keynote speech on “The Science of the Soham Murders”.

Some further notable cases are listed below:

R v Crompton
Successful defence to murder of wife with hammer blows to head on the basis of ‘loss of control’ – the partial defence replacement to provocation.

  1. BBC
  2. Daily Mail
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  6. Norwich Evening News 24

R v Taylor (leading Christopher Morgan)
Successfully prosecuted series of historical rapes culminating in a murder from 1974-1979. Largest case investigated by Cambridgeshire constabulary since the Soham murders.

Recently advised northern football club in relation to their dispute with the relevant football authority re the suitability of their ground and their administrative demotion in relation to allegations of financial impropriety.

R v Roberts
Defence of the frontman for a series of frauds and related money laundering allegations over 6 years upon Norfolk businessman Graham Dacre, the German New Apostolic Church and an American business man and other foreign ‘investors’ totalling over $40m. Acquittal.

R v Line
Prosecution on behalf of CPS Complex Crime Unit. Murder – shotgun ‘execution’ of two members of the travelling community. Highly publicised case. Led Greg Perrins.

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R v PAGE & Others
Defence. Led Andrew Shaw in securing the acquittal of defendant after a six week trial. Known as the Christmas Day murder, the court heard that there was evidence to suggest the defendant had a motive for the killing, tidied up the items used in the killing and also disposed of the blood-soaked bedding.

R v Tucker
Defence – Murder, landlord shot partner at point blank range. See links to press reports:

  1. BBC
  2. Daily Mail
  3. Evening News

R v Jewell
Defence – Murder by strangulation. Jury agreed with the defence that it was manslaughter on the grounds of lack of intent due to the defendants severe alcoholism.

R v Acas
Defence – Murder by repeatedly stamping on victim. The body was then hidden under a mattress at the same address.

R v Cameron
Prosecution – Murder involving detailed analysis of mobile phone records, CCTV, and bank withdrawals

R v Pun
Prosecution – Family running restaurants staffed by illegal immigrants and retail outlets selling counterfeit goods.

R-v-Wang
Appellant in House of Lords – Judge wrongly directing conviction – with Andrew Shaw

Regina v Chandler, Clarke & Stewart
Prosecution – torture and murder of teenager in scenes copied from a horror film in a high-profile case described by Norfolk Police as ‘the worst case that Norfolk police have had to deal with’ – leading Christopher Morgan

R-v-Huntley & Carr
Prosecution – Soham murders. Download trial article

R-v-Harvey
Defence – murder and dismemberment of relative

R-v-Brown
Defence – sado-masochism

R-v-Jacques
Prosecution – Cambridge University antiquarian thief

R-v-Wyner & Brock
Defence –- “The Cambridge Two”– drugs premises

R-v-Rand
Prosecution – baby assault despite defence successful in family proceedings

R-v-Cheong
Defence–- alleged murder in Guyana 20 yrs ago – manslaughter

R-v-Varian
Defence – VAT fraud – conditional discharge

R-v-Jalil
Defence – 3 month insurance fraud

Hannan -v-DTI
Defence – Company Directors Disqualification Act

HSE-v-Pepper & others
Defence – penalty restricted to Magistrates’ Court level fine despite death of employee

R-v-Warden & others
Prosecution – largest drug conspiracy in Cambridgeshire exposed by international covert Police activity)

Jan-v-Regina
Appellant’s request to represent him in relation to a campaign of harassment, including firebombing of a home: described in some newspapers as one of the most dangerous men in the UK – with Gregory Perrins

HSE -v- Kings College, Cambridge University
Defence – asbestos

R-v-Caunter and others
Prosecution – man killed his fiancee by driving over her head and then fled to Thailand. With Gregory Perrins.

R-v-Hubbard
Prosecution – of the killer of a member of Norwich Magistrates’ Court staff.

Chambers & Partners
and Legal500 have given Karim Khalil QC their highest accolade – a ‘rated individual’ recommendation each year. See below for this and previous years comments:

2013
Chambers & Partners 2013 directory states: Is singled out for his “persuasive court manner” which he deploys to great effect in a range of serous criminal trials. Work highlights include acting for the defence in R v Page, a murder case involving complex forensics issues. Legal500 have also recognised Karim’s ability by recommending him, stating in their 2012 directory: “handles large-scale VAT and tax fraud cases”

2012
Chambers & Partners 2012 directory states: Karim Khalil QC is now joint head of the set. Sources speak highly of his service ethic: “His attention to detail and preparation are second to none.” High-profile work is a given, as illustrated by his appearance for the defence in the murder trial of R v Tucker.

2011
Chambers & Partners 2011 directory states: “is a barrister who regularly appears in some of the nation’s most publicised cases. He recently prosecuted in the high-profile R v Chandler, Clarke & Stewart, a case concerning a teenager who was tortured and murdered in scenes copied from a horror film” Legal500 have also recognised Karim’s ability by recommending him, stating in their 2011 directory “At 1 Paper Buildings, Karim Khalil QC is recognised as a ‘dominant’ practitioner on circuit and has a leading heavyweight practice”

2010
Legal500 have also recognised Karim’s ability by recommending him, stating in their 2010 directory: “Karim Khalil QC is an excellent advocate who is caring and very good at client relations” Chambers & Partners 2010 directory states: “He’s everything you could want in a silk” say interviewees, who are particularly impressed with his “ability to relate to clients and speak to them in a way they understand without making them feel small.” “One source reported having to sit on their hands to keep from applauding his awesome courtroom presence and outstanding advocacy skills.”