Leesha Whawell


Leesha practices predominately in defence work although she also prosecutes.  She has a general crime practice with a specific interest in financial crime.  Recently she has been instructed to defend in a multi-handed tax evasion trial as led junior counsel.  She has also appeared in the Court of Appeal.

Before joining Chambers as a pupil Leesha worked as a specialist fraud paralegal defending cases prosecuted by HM Customs & Revenue, the Serious Fraud Office and the British Transport Police.

Leesha is very personable.  Her calm and professional manner assists in putting her clients at ease, at what is often a stressful time.  She has an unfussy and natural style of advocacy.

She is a member of the Criminal Bar Association, the Young Legal Aid Lawyers Association and JUSTICE.

Notable Cases:

R v Turner  - led junior in a two-month Customs fraud trial.

R v Pritchard  – violent disorder in the Youth Court represented one of six defendants, all acquitted after trial.


BA (Hons) Theatre Studies with Law, University of Derby;
Post Graduate Diploma in Law

Memberships & Associations

Lincoln's Inn
Criminal Bar Association

Areas of work

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Leesha Whawell