Mukul Chawla QC

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Mukul Chawla QC is Head of Chambers at 9-12 Bell Yard and is a Recorder. Mukul specialises in fraud, general crime - in particular, representing police officers - and judicial review. His notable cases have included defending a police sergeant charged with the unlawful killing of a black paratrooper and defending in a double murder case. He has prosecuted for Customs and Excise in a case involving the unlawful export of components for the Pakistani Weapons of Mass Destruction Programme and acted for the DPP and HMRC where the Court of Appeal decided that the defence of necessity was not available to users of cannabis for therapeutic purposes. Mukul's cases in 2010 included successfully defending a solicitor charged by the Financial Services Authority with insider dealing, the first criminal prosecution for insider dealing in which the defendants were acquitted, and successfully defending a former West Ham United player charged with assaulting his sister.

Mukul was called to the Bar in 1983, took silk in 2001, became a Bencher of Gray's Inn in 2004 and in 2007 became an accredited mediator and was appointed as a Recorder of the Crown Court. He was appointed as Head of Chambers in February, 2012 following Philip Katz QC's decision to stand down after holding the post for four years. Mukul regularly runs training in Chambers and at Gray's Inn and has assisted in setting up advocacy training programmes in Trinidad and Tobago and Jersey. He was educated at Eton College and University College, London. 

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