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.
My company recently had the privilege of being represented by Dirk van Heck in a county court action. He showed a great ability to cut through the issues and focus exclusively on the facts. Calm and eloquent, he quickly exposed the inconsistencies and smoke screens put up by the defence and resoundingly won us the day. I would have no hesitation in recommending Dirk as an excellent commercial barrister and advocate.”
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.
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.
Thank you so much for your help, wish I had found you sooner
We were extremely grateful to for their informative advice concerning a delicate employment issue and also for their most useful help and guidance as to how we should progress matters further. They came extremely well prepared and the meeting was conducted in a relaxed and structured atmosphere. Their professionalism was beyond doubt and there would be no hesitation in recommending their services.
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.
Dear Dirk, I just want to thank you for your assistance in our recent employment tribunal. We were all grateful for your professional yet charming manner throughout the proceedings. You made us feel as though you had a genuine interest in our case and calmly guided us through our first such tribunal, reducing our stress levels by some measure. We felt that you were a ‘safe pair of hands’, and the icing on the cake at the end of it all was that we won! I will not hesitate to recommend colleagues to you for advice and assistance.
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.
Dirk acted for me on a complicated trust of land case and successfully won the case for me due to his in depth knowledge and professional capability. He is also extremely personable and totally dedicated to his work
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.