Keith Allen

Year of Call 2019



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Areas of Practice

  • Crime
  • Extradition
  • Professional Discipline


Sapna practices in crime, extradition, and professional discipline matters. Sapna routinely deals with cases involving serious crime, sexual violence, drugs, fraud, and terrorism-related offences. She is instructed in cases dealing with complex defences and has experience dealing with vulnerable clients.

Alongside her criminal practice, Sapna is instructed in extradition cases representing Requested Persons challenging their extradition from the UK on statutory and human rights grounds.

Before the Bar, Sapna was a law reporter for the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting. Sapna also worked in other legal roles at Hogan Lovells LLP in the litigation department and for the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Additionally, she has a wide range of experience in criminal law, having worked for the leading criminal defence firm Hickman & Rose, where she assisted in serious crime, corporate crime, and regulatory matters.

Notable Cases


R v IA | Secures not guilty verdicts for a defendant charged with transferring and possessing criminal property.
IA stood trial for transferring criminal property, namely, carrying £66,000 cash in his car, alleged to be the proceeds of criminal offending, and for possessing £1,970 cash, alleged to be payment for his services. He was unanimously acquitted after a four-day trial.
R v P | Successfully defended a client charged with assaulting emergency workers.
R v W | Successfully defended a client charged with non-fatal strangulation, actual bodily harm, and criminal damage.
R v G | Successfully defended a client charged with coercive and controlling behaviour.


Poland v H | Successfully argued the discharge of copyright offences against the Requested Person.


  • CPS External Advocates Panel (Grade 2)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council Authorised Case Presenter

Professional Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association (CBA)
  • Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum (DELF)
  • Women In Criminal Law (WICL)
  • Early Careers Group, Kalisher Trust


  • Rachel Lawrence Pupillage Prize.
  • Inner Temple Exhibition Scholarship (full tuition on the BPTC).
  • Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award.
  • The University of Law Provost’s Award of Excellence.
  • Clifford Chance International Office Scholarship for Intellectual Property Programme in Hamburg.


  • First, Law LLB, London Metropolitan University (2011-2014)
  • Merit, Law LLM (Intellectual Property Specialism), University College London (2014-2015)
  • Competent, Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law London (2016-2018)


  • Fluent in Hindi, Punjabi & Urdu

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