Sunil Rupasinha | Barrister
Year of call: 1983
Sunil was called to the Bar in 1983 and has extensive experience across a wide range of criminal work. He practised for approximately 25 years in sets of chambers in London where he both defended and prosecuted in courts ranging from Magistrates’ Courts to the Court of Criminal Appeal.
Sunil started his criminal practice in Magistrates’ Courts where he used to prosecute court lists, including road traffic cases, for the Crown Prosecution Service. Within a relatively short period he was placed on the Attorney General’s ‘C’ list of prosecution advocates. Thereafter he was also instructed to prosecute for HMRC, the Department of Work and Pensions and for other government agencies.
Over the years he built a reputation for the meticulous preparation of cases and first class advocacy. Consequently, he was promoted from the ‘C’ list to the ‘B’ list and then to the ‘A’ list of prosecuting advocates. At this level he would routinely be instructed to prosecute grave and complex cases including frauds (VAT, mortgage, benefits, employee), importation and exportation cases of prohibited goods (from drugs to firearms), public order offences (riot, affray etc), offences of violence (assaults, causing grievous bodily harm with intent etc), and, dishonesty offences (theft, burglary, robbery etc). As an independent barrister he would also appear on behalf of the defence in a similar range of cases. Therefore, Sunil is highly experienced across a wide spectrum of criminal law.
As a qualified Public Access barrister, Sunil has, in recent years, specialised in defending road traffic cases defending motorists and companies facing road traffic prosecution. Many years of practice in heavyweight crime make Sunil the perfect advocate to bring his experience to bear upon the intricacies and complexities of road traffic law so as to defend motorists and companies facing road traffic prosecution. Sunil has helped literally hundreds of motorists to save their licenses and keep their lives on track. If you would like his experience and ability brought to bear in defence of your interests contact us today.
Over a period of four years, I instructed Sunil on a number of cases involving proceedings both before the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court. I always found Sunil to be conscientious and reliable. He was always well prepared for any occasion whether appearing in court or advising in conference. He quickly establishes a good rapport with clients. Sunil is a persuasive and effective advocate in court.
I managed to clock up 12 points on my driving licence and was summonsed to court expecting to be given a 6 month driving ban. I contacted Sunil and was reassured straightaway by the feeling that if it was possible to avoid a ban it would be achieved in my case. He explained the legal position and that a ban could only be avoided if we could establish that ‘exceptional hardship’ would result. He was frank from start to finish as to my prospects of success. However, I simply could not accept a ban without a fight because of the consequences that would have ensued for me and my family. We had several long and detailed conversations about what I needed to support my defence, and with his help I was able to put together a ‘mitigation bundle’ of evidence. Before my court date I understood how the process would work and the way he would present my case based on the legal position and my circumstances. On the day of my hearing, I was immensely relieved to have Sunil negotiating the court procedure and representing me. He found a room for a pre-meeting and went through the evidence once more, so we were both fully prepared. In court, Sunil gave a flawless and perfectly pitched performance, making my case more effectively than even I was expecting. I had to give evidence but even that was made relatively straightforward by the way Sunil handled it. Result: I kept my licence, got a minimal fine and a good dressing down. I was suitably contrite and enormously relieved. If you’re facing a driving ban, you really want Sunil’s experience and expertise to give you the best chance of negotiating the process with your life, and license, in tact.
I have known and instructed Mr Rupasinha for many years. He is a very able and experienced criminal advocate. He has always made a very good impression with my clients especially after they have seen him perform in court. He is an outstanding cross-examiner (I have witnessed this for myself), is as sharp as a tack, and, is very good indeed at taking technical points. In fact, if I were a member of the public, who found myself being prosecuted for a road traffic matter, I would ask Mr Rupasinha to represent me.
Sunil made appearing in court to face the prospect of a ‘totting’ disqualification as bearable an experience as something so potentially traumatic could be. From first to last he was realistic about the chances of success, worked through the process with me clearly and thoughtfully, so I always knew what I had to do to prepare my mitigation bundle, and, performed brilliantly in court so that, against the odds, I kept my driving licence and got away with a light fine! Highly recommended, clearly a 5 star road traffic defence barrister.
‘’Kent Traffic Law – You Get What Pay For” I was caught by an officer on mobile patrol speeding in excess of 100mph. I am a quantity surveyor and run my own business which requires me to travel widely and at short notice to different sites throughout London and the South East. Loss of my license would have meant I would have been unable to meet my contractual commitments with consequent loss of profit and reputation. It was vital for me to retain my license so I engaged the services of Sunil Rupasinha whom I knew to be a barrister specialising in representing motorists. Sunil suggested we meet for a conference to discuss the detail of my case and to prepare my mitigation well in advance of the court hearing date. When we met I found him to be efficient and capable. He went through my case very carefully indeed leaving no stone unturned. Some of the questions he asked me seemed to be irrelevant. However, when he summarised how he felt the case should be presented this brought everything into focus for me and I understood the relevance of his enquiries. I felt reassured that I had an expert handling my case who would obtain the best result possible for me. Several weeks later we met at court. Sunil was extremely professional. He found a room for us to have a further private consultation to check on any updates since we had met and to remind me of the procedure in court. He put my case to the magistrates succinctly and persuasively explaining to them how a ban would cripple my business. I was very pleasantly surprised to avoid a ban altogether. Although I was given 6 points, the fine and costs were clearly kept to a minimum. I have no hesitation in recommending Sunil’s services to anyone facing road traffic prosecution. You will be engaging a consummate professional who knows how to get you the best possible result.’’
Sunil is a very experienced and highly regarded advocate whom I have instructed when working for HMRC in civil cash forfeiture applications. He always brought a very professional and thorough approach to his work. I am now in independent private practice and have continued to instruct Sunil. It is clear that his skills are equally well suited to the defence arena. I recommend him to anyone requiring a top class advocate.
I have been instructing Sunil Rupasinha to represent my clients for many years and continue to do so. Most recently I instructed him to represent one of my clients who had driven his car head on into an oncoming vehicle and then left the scene. He was subsequently arrested. The passengers in the other vehicle had to be cut free by the fire brigade. When my client was arrested and provided a breath specimen he was between 3-4 times over the breath alcohol limit. My client had always intended to plead ‘Guilty’ but I feared that he would be imprisoned based on the gravity of his conduct and the sentencing guidelines (which suggested an immediate custodial sentence should normally be imposed). Mr Rupasinha first saw my client in conference at my office where he soon gained his trust and confidence. The advice as to how best to present the plea in mitigation was clear and realistic. At court, Mr Rupasinha had to challenge a number of factual inaccuracies (the CPS had exaggerated the case against my client) before mitigating (which he did expertly in my view). My client was extremely relieved and grateful to Mr Rupasinha for helping him to avoid the imposition of an immediate custodial sentence. I have no hesitation in recommending the services of Mr Rupasinha to any solicitor or member of the public who needs expert representation in court.
I engaged Sunil Rupasinha to represent me when I was caught speeding at over 100mph. I am the Managing Director of Costplan Services Ltd, Quantity Surveyors, and I could not afford a driving ban as I would have been unable to meet all of my contractual obligations to manage all of the sites under my control which are located throughout London and the South East. Therefore, it was essential to avoid a ban if at all possible. Sunil met me well before the case was due in court to prepare my mitigation. When the case was heard he persuaded the court that to ban me would cripple my business. To my surprise I was not disqualified at all. If you engage Sunil you are engaging a consummate professional who will, judging by my own experience, obtain the best possible result for you.
I was found to have been speeding at over double the speed limit (over 60mph in a 30mph zone). Avoiding a driving disqualification was essential from an employment perspective. Following representation by Mr Rupasinha I was made to feel at ease from the outset and thereafter felt very confident throughout my case with his manner of working. He was able to constructively put my case across in court with, what I would say was, great effect. I was helped and guided throughout the process by him and strongly believe that without his representation the result I obtained in court would not have been at all possible (a disqualification was avoided). I therefore highly recommend Mr Rupasinha’s services to anyone who requires excellent representation and the best possible chance of a positive result.
I have known Sunil in a professional capacity for a period in excess of 20 years. Throughout the period that I have known and instructed him, I have found him to be most thorough and competent in all that he has undertaken on my behalf. He is honest, trustworthy and reliable and I would not hesitate to recommend him to either members of the public or fellow members of the legal profession to undertake work on their behalf.