Keith Allen

Year of Call 2019



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Sapna primarily defends serious crime, financial crime, extradition, and professional discipline matters.

She navigates a wide range of cases, ranging from serious crime to sexual violence, drugs, fraud, and terrorism-related offences. With a penchant for complex defences, Sapna adeptly handles cases involving vulnerable clients. In addition to her criminal practice, Sapna excels in extradition cases, advocating for Requested Persons contesting their extradition from the UK on both statutory and human rights grounds.

She has represented individuals charged with serious offences such as money laundering, grievous bodily harm, and rape. She has been junior counsel in serious cases such as conspiracy to endanger life and human trafficking cases. She is able to master vast amounts of material under tight timelines.

She is also an appointed member of the Early Careers Group for the Kalisher Trust which offers support to aspiring Barristers where she regularly provides advocacy training.

Before joining the Bar, Sapna was a law reporter for the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting. Her legal journey also includes roles at Hogan Lovells LLP and with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Sapna’s extensive background in criminal law further includes tenure at the esteemed firm Hickman & Rose, where she contributed to cases spanning serious crime, corporate crime, and regulatory matters.


Corporate Crime:

  • Fraud and Corporate Crime
  • Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA)
  • Concealing the origins of illegally obtained money
  • Bribery and Corruption
  • Sanctions and Anti-competition

Conspiracy and Serious Organised Crime:

  • Firearms offences, including supply and possession of illegal firearms
  • Conspiracy to Money launder
  • Intellectual property crime (including counterfeit goods)
  • Armed robbery and cash-in-transit attacks
  • Conspiracy to Supply and Import drugs
  • Human trafficking

Crimes Against the Person:

  • Murder (homicide), manslaughter, infanticide
  • Grievous bodily harm
  • Sexual Offences: Rape, sexual assault, assault by penetration, sexual exploitation, child sex abuse and trafficking, extreme pornography, disclosing private sexual images without consent (‘revenge pornography’), indecent images of children
  • Human trafficking: Modern slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour
  • Kidnap: False imprisonment, child abduction

Crimes Against the State:

  • Terrorism

Drug Offences:

  • Trafficking
  • Supply and distribution of illegal substances
  • Importation and Possession

Notable Cases


R v. NR (2022) – represented NR, a man who was convicted of a terrorism offence (bomb hoax) and accused of breaching his notification requirements under the Counter Terrorism Act 2008.

R v. MC (2023) – represented a 15-year-old in the magistrates Court for a bladed article.

R v. PS (2023) – represented PS, who was indicted with sexual assault.

R v. MM and Another (2024) – led Junior acting for the defendant accused of being part of the Harrow Road Boys member on conspiracy to endanger life.

R v. AC (2024) – represented AC, who was indicted with section 18, Grievous Bodily Harm.

R v. YJ and Ors (2023) – represented YJ in multi handed trial. YJ was acquitted of being concerned in the supply of class A.

R v. RM [2023] – represented RM, who stood trial for assaulting a police officer. RM was acquitted.


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


  • 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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