Neena has defended and prosecuted all manner of serious and organised crime. For many years, she prosecuted the organised crime groups who came to the attention of the Flying Squad and Operation Trident.
More recently, with a defence-weighted practice, she is regularly instructed in cases involving young men in gangs and defendants caught up in large-scale drugs and firearm conspiracies involving extensive phone evidence and encrypted messaging platforms such as Encrochat.
Featured Organised Crime cases
R v LW (Chelmsford Crown Court) 2020-21
Conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Operation Shark investigating the activity of a recognised organised crime gang. Huge-scale drugs operation importing and distributing Class A drugs over a three-year period. OCG using Encrochat and laundered proceeds through Crypto currency, Bitcoin.
R v TF (Inner London Crown Court) 2021
Large-scale county lines drugs case. Defendant was tried for trafficking a 15-year-old boy. Not guilty verdict entered after successful submission of no case.
R v AB (Inner London Crown Court) 2020-21
Operation Gilta charged 22 defendants with selling drugs to undercover officers. All pleaded guilty except for this defendant who was acquitted of six counts following a four-week trial. Case involved copious cell site evidence, complex mixed profile DNA, and drug expert evidence. Disclosure persistence led to the Crown being compelled to disclose the contemporaneous notes of the undercover officer after he was called to give evidence. The notes appeared irregular in a number of ways. Defence handwriting expert commissioned then called to give evidence. Defendant’s name had been added after the notes were written. Defendant acquitted on all counts. Leading junior.
R v SW (Chelmsford Crown Court) 2020
Operation Sceptre. Large-scale conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs. Leading junior in five-week trial. Defendant was severed and tried alone due to Covid in advance of others.
R v AF (Snaresbrook Crown Court) 2019
Gangs. Acted for first defendant in aggravated burglary. £250,000 and three shoebox-size blocks of cocaine stolen. Detailed defence statement drafted and served raising defence of duress. Prosecution offered no evidence and co-defendant, who had already pleaded guilty, was allowed to vacate plea.
R v DTK (St Albans Crown Court) 2018
16 year old charged with conspiracy to transfer loaded firearm which had been discharged at festival. Detailed analysis of cell site of numerous phones and CCTV timings. Not guilty.
R v OS (Kingston Crown Court) 2018
International arms dealing. Led Junior. Numerous importations of submachine guns, pistols and ammunition from Eastern Europe. Weapons distributed using networks across the UK with seizures being made in London, Leicester, Nottingham, Midlands and Sheffield.
R v RP (Central Criminal Court) 2017
Defended in Flying Squad multi-handed case of 10 linked armed robberies. Defendant acquitted of seven of the robberies. Detailed unpicking of Crown’s cell site evidence. Leading Junior.
R v NF (Snaresbrook Crown Court) 2018
Defendant charged with witness intimidation following shooting. Successful application to dismiss.
R v CBS (Southwark Crown Court) 2019
Defendant charged with robbery as part of a group caught on camera stealing Rolex watches from high-end jewellers in West End. Only defendant to have a trial. Acquitted.
R v ST (Kingston Crown Court) 2018
Multi-handed NCA case of £8m money laundering by Organised Crime Group. Not guilty verdicts.
R v JM (Croydon Crown Court) 2019
Multi-handed conspiracy to supply commercial quantities of cannabis and cocaine. Not guilty verdicts.
R v KLE (Harrow Crown Court) 2019
Gang robbery of £30,000 Cartier watch. Targeted and followed the victim. Successful half time submission.
R v S & others
Defending in multimillion-pound benefit fraud by Romanian nationals.
R v Y and others (Harrow Crown Court)
Operation Trident. Three-week trial. Conspiracy to transfer loaded firearms and perverting the course of justice. Leading. Convictions obtained.
R v JJ (Isleworth Crown Court)
Operation Trident. Possession of firearm with intent to endanger life. S.73 cooperating witness. Conviction obtained.
R v M and others (Harrow Crown Court)
Flying Squad. Multi-handed conspiracy to rob trial involving 21 offences. Leading. Convictions obtained after 14-day trial.
R v B, P and F (Croydon Crown Court)
Flying Squad. Series of armed robberies. All convicted.
R v H and others (Blackfriars Crown Court)
Leading for the Crown, Flying Squad. Case involved a string of armed robberies.
R v T and others (Harrow Crown Court)
Leading junior in four-month five-handed commercial armed robbery for Operation Grafton. Involved a lorry hijacking in which a hostage was taken. Convictions obtained and lenient sentences of two defendants successfully referred. (Instructed as junior counsel in the AG’s reference).
R v YY (Harrow Crown Court)
Notorious armed robber. Convicted of 12 armed robberies over two-year period.
R v O (Blackfriars Crown Court)
Eight-week prosecution of string of armed bank robberies. Convictions obtained.