MAYA CHOPRA

 

Called : 2014

 

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Maya is a dedicated and fearless advocate with a busy Criminal practice. She is regularly commended for her tactical approach to defending cases and her sensitivity with vulnerable defendants. She receives legal aid and private instructions, and often provides assistance and advice throughout the lifespan of a case. Her drafting in advance of trial has led to matters being discontinued by the Prosecution, or lesser charges being preferred.

In addition to general crime, Maya has accepted instructions in private driving and taxi licencing matters.

Prior to coming to the Bar Maya worked in a number of paralegal roles, most notably on the Mau Mau Reparations litigation (see: Mutua and others v. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (“Mau Mau” case), [2012] EWHC 2678 (QB)).

At University and Bar School Maya was actively involved in both competitive advocacy and drama. She has a flair for performance which has carried through to her approach at the Bar.

NOTABLE CASES

R v LM – Woolwich Crown Court – Trial – Attempt Armed Robbery. Knifepoint robbery of a taxi driver. Successful submission of no case to answer.

R v T – Blackfriars Crown Court – Trial – Sexual Assault. Two independent complainants made allegations of sexual assault on public transport. Acquitted unanimously by jury.

R v E – Harrow Crown Court – Trial – Benefit Fraud. Four counts covering a 15 month period, hundreds of pages of exhibits. Not guilty verdict directed on one count after a submission of no case to answer. Not guilty verdict from jury on 2 counts. Prosecution offered no evidence on final count.

R v M – Wood Green Crown Court – Trial – Possession of an offensive weapon.

R v T – Harrow Crown Court – Cracked trial – Possession of a psychoactive substance with intent to supply. Charged under the new 2016 Act. Guilty plea following a Goodyear direction. Submissions on sentence in the absence of guidelines. 8 months custody suspended for 12 months.

R v H & another – Isleworth Crown Court – Cracked trial – Tendering counterfeit currency. In spite of authorities suggesting that custody should be inevitable, suspended sentence imposed.

R v S – Portsmouth Crown Court – Sentence – Possession with intent to supply (Class A). Significant role, street dealing – 18 months’ custody with full credit.

R v P – Basildon Crown Court – Racially aggravated assault and harassment – Appeal against sentence. Total sentence reduced from 24 weeks’ custody to 8 weeks’ custody.

R v M (a youth) & another – Stratford Magistrates Court – Trial – GBH with intent. Section 18 trial against youth defendants. Successful application for certificate for counsel. 2-day trial involving cross examination of youth witnesses and forensic evidence. Acquitted.

R v M (a youth) – Highbury Corner Youth Court – Robbery – Trial. The victim was a vulnerable youth who gave evidence via videolink. Acquitted after trial.

R v L – Highbury Corner Magistrates Court – Trial – Fraud by false representation (credit card fraud). Reduced the Crown’s case to section 10 admissions and a section 9 statement. Successful submission of no case to answer.

R v F – Highbury Corner Magistrates Court – Trial – Fraud by false representation, acquiring criminal property – multiple charges. Successful half time submission on one allegation and acquittal after trial on the others.

R v J (Trollstation) – City of London Magistrates Court – Sentence – s.4A Public Order Act 1986. Widely reported in the mainstream press, the defendant pleaded guilty on the day of trial. He was a member of an internet prankster group who staged fake ‘heists’ in the Tate Britain and National Portrait Gallery. Sentenced to 10 weeks’ custody with notional credit.

R v R – Uxbridge Magistrates Court – Plea and sentence – Possession of a bladed article. Regular lay client. Avoided mandatory minimum of 6 months custody for second strike. After mitigation, 12 weeks’ custody, suspended for 12 months.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

Criminal Bar Association

Women in Criminal Law

Society of Asian Lawyers

EDUCATION

Kaplan Law School, Bar Professional Training Course, V.C. – 2014

University of Exeter, Law LLB, 2:1 – 2012

Exeter College, International Baccalaureate – 2009

SCHOLARSHIPS

Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship – 2013

Inner Temple Exhibition Award – 2013

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