Neena Crinnion


Neena Crinnion is a highly experienced leading junior with a wealth of experience in both defending and prosecuting serious cases across a broad spectrum of criminal work. She is regularly instructed in cases of murder including baby shaking, attempted murder, child cruelty, serious organised crime including armed robbery and multi-handed conspiracies involving the importation and supply of both firearms and Class A drugs, serious sexual offences and fraud.

She is fearless and direct in court, a robust and tenacious advocate known for meticulous case preparation and persuasive submissions which deliver results.

Having defended and prosecuted serious and complex crime in equal measure, she has invaluable expertise in navigating a case to its best advantage and for devising a focussed case strategy.

She appeals to all professional and lay clients given her strong work ethic and robust representation combined with sound common sense, judgement and a relatable approach.

Through her medical background and volume of experience in serious crime, Neena has particular expertise in cases involving complex medical causation, DNA and other scientific evidence, ballistics, cell site and digital evidence. She is well versed with all police practice and procedure in the investigation of crime and has dealt with many cases involving complex disclosure and PII issues. This experience is priceless in the context of any disclosure issues which almost always arise.

A significant aspect of her practice has involved sexual offences, both prosecution and defence. She has a deserved reputation for dealing with both vulnerable witnesses and defendants.

Neena is a Level 4 prosecutor on the Crown Prosecution Service Advocate Panel, Serious Crime Group Panel, Fraud Panel and Proceeds of Crime Panel. She is additionally a Level 4 prosecutor on the specialist rape list.

Neena has a reputation for being a feisty, dynamic and engaging advocate with uncompromising integrity.


R v AB, Central Criminal Court (2018-9). Defendant charged with murder of his baby son by shaking. 5 week trial involving 12 prosecution experts. Led junior. Cross examined 10 prosecution doctors and experts. Acquitted.

R v BV, Central Criminal Court (2019). Defendant charged and acquitted of attempted murder following shooting inside a London Underground train at Barking station. 3 week trial.

R v AB Central Criminal Court (2018). Defendant charged and acquitted of murder of undercover police officer. 10 day trial.

R v LB Harrow CC (2019. Vulnerable youth charged with attempted murder. Machete attack in Kilburn in broad daylight. Crown's ID case successfully challenged through s.78 argument which led to prosecution offering no evidence on first day of trial.

R v TH Inner London CC (2019). Death by dangerous. Stockwell ‘hit and run'. Basis of plea at trial which properly reflected all the facts of the incident and placed D in lowest culpability bracket for sentence.

R v WS Isleworth CC (2018). Defendant charged with attacking 5 police officers with a knife in his home. Case stopped after half time submission.

R v R Isleworth CC . Successful defence of male defendant charged with s18 of female court gaoler at court.

R v TR Isleworth CC (2020). Acted for the first defendant in multi handed conspiracy to supply loaded firearms. Directed police surveillance operation with extensive call data. At trial, sustained requests for disclosure culminating in formal s.8 CPIA application which was granted and led to the Crown offering no evidence against all the defendants.

R v DTK St Albans CC (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 CC (2018). International arms dealing. Led Junior. Numerous importations of sub-machine 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 AF Snaresbrook CC (2019). Acted for the first defendant in aggravated burglary where £250,000 and 3 shoe box 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 RP Central Criminal Court (2017). Multi handed case of 10 linked armed robberies. Defendant acquitted of 7 of the robberies. Detailed unpicking of Crown's cell site evidence. Leading Junior.

R v NF Snaresbrook CC (2018). Defendant charged with witness intimidation following shooting. Successful application to dismiss.

R v. CBS Southwark CC (2019). Defendant charged with robbery as part of a group caught on camera stealing Rolex watches from high end jewellers. Only defendant to have a trial, co defendant pleaded to robbery. Acquitted.

R v JA Snaresbrook CC (2019). Multi handed fraud. Successful application to prevent Crown from re-adding the defendant to the main conspiracy. Not Guilty after 4 week money laundering trial.

R v ST Kingston CC (2018). Multi handed NCA case of £8 million money laundering by Organised Crime Group. Not guilty verdicts.

R v JM Croydon CC (2019). Multi handed conspiracy to supply commercial quantities of cannabis and cocaine. Not guilty verdicts.

R v KLE Harrow CC (2019). Robbery of £30,000 Cartier watch having targeted and followed the victim. Half time submission successful.
R v S & Others. Defending in multi-million pound benefit fraud by Romanian nationals.

R v RS Defending a woman charged with attempting to murder of her 5 year old son by leaping in front of a London train.


R v JJ Central Criminal Court ( 2015 - 2016) Operation Articulate Multi handed 51 day trial Aylesbury grooming case. Acquitted on retrial.

R v SA ISLCC (2017). 16 day rape trial. Acquitted.

R v IC Kingston CC sexual assault on co-worker. Acquitted after 6 day trial.

R v CH Central Criminal Court (2018). Historic rape of step-daughter. Acquitted after 7 day trial.

R v SD Oxford CC (2017). 57 day trial. Junior for the first defendant. Acquitted. Dismantling of the police investigation led to collapse of 3 follow on trials for others.

R v AB Inner London CC (2018). 13 day trial, multiple rapes where defendant was alleged to have taken over victim's home. October 2018. Acquitted.

R v TB Central Criminal Court CC Defendant charged with rape. Acquitted.

R v JS Blackfriars CC (2018). Historic rape of daughter. Acquitted after 10 day trial.

R v MJ Kingston CC (2018). Vulnerable adult accused of rape. Not Guilty.

R v RDS . Securing an acquittal in a media interest gang rape of a 12 year old girl. The result pivoted on the successful challenge to the "overwhelming" DNA evidence which was complex and involved partial mixed profiles of components common to all defendants. The case was unusually sensitive as it involved only partial disclosure of the defence due to issues with privilege against self-incrimination.

R v L & Others Inner London CC Defending a 16 year old on allegations of gang rape. Extensive and meticulous preparation of the unused material which founded bad character and s.41 applications. Acquittal secured at the conclusion of the complainant's evidence.

R v M and another Kingston CC Successful defence of a woman alleged to have lured multiple victims to her home for them to be sexually assaulted by her male co-defendant.

R v BM . Successful defence of a decorated colour-sergeant in the Ghurka Rifles on an allegation of rape.

R v JG Harrow CC Mentally vulnerable student acquitted after 7 day sexual assault trial.


R v ZM Croydon CC 5 week attempted murder where defendant broke into former girlfriend's home and shot her and her new partner multiple times. Junior alone. Convicted.

R v S and others Central Criminal Court. 17 day attempted murder trial, led junior. 5 defendants attacked victim with a knife inside a corner shop. Complex cell site evidence which led to convictions.

R v W and C Murder trial and retiral (13 and 22 days). Complex forensic evidence including blood spatter evidence. Led junior. Victim repeatedly stabbed in presence of a hostage. Defendants traced and successfully prosecuted.

R v RA Isleworth CC Prosecution of parents accused of suffocating their 3 month old baby having broken all limbs and ribs at different times. Father had subsequently attempted to kill the baby whilst on ICU in hospital. Complex medical evidence on causation of multitude of injuries. Convictions obtained.

R v DO Croydon CC (2018). Death by dangerous. Successful introduction of bad character in the absence of convictions, witnesses called. Convicted after 8 day trial.

R v EM . Death by dangerous case where two pedestrians were killed outside a primary school by the diabetic defendant who ran an unsuccessful defence of automatism. Case involved voluminous medical evidence expert medical evidence on both sides. Convicted following 3 week trial.

R v Y and Others 3 week conspiracy to transfer loaded firearms and perverting the course of justice. Leading. Convictions obtained.

R v JJ Isleworth CC Possession of firearm with intent to endanger life. S. 73 cooperating witness. Conviction obtained.

R v M and others (Date). Multi handed conspiracy to rob trial involving 21 offences. Leading. Convictions obtained after 14 day trial.

R v B, P and F. Croydon CC . Series of armed robberies, all convicted.

R v H and others . Leading for the Crown, case involving a string of armed robberies.

R - T and Others. 4 month 5 handed commercial armed robbery, which involved a lorry hijacking where a hostage was taken brought by Operation Grafton. Convictions obtained and lenient sentences of 2 defendants successfully referred. (Instructed as junior counsel in the AG's reference).

R v YY . Notorious armed robber who carried on the work of the "Thug Family" gang after convictions of Defreitas and Others. Convicted of 12 armed robberies over 2 year span.

R v O . Eight week prosecution of string of armed bank robberies. Convictions obtained.

R v P & V Conspiracy to cause GBH. Female university student conspiring to have her ex boyfriend stabbed causing life threatening injuries. Convictions obtained after 2 week trial.

R v PF Harrow CC . Successful prosecution of conspiracy to cause GBH, targeting of bureau de change.

R v A and others . Multi-handed conspiracy to defraud. Convictions obtained

R v McD and others. complex chip and pin refund fraud and associated money laundering. Convictions obtained


R v N Inner London CC (2018). Complainant incapacitated through alcohol and had no memory of events was carried away by stranger defendant and repeatedly raped. Convictions obtained after 9 day trial.

R v Y Inner London CC (2019). Stranger rape. Female victim followed home and raped in her hallway by defendant. Convictions obtained after 5 day trial.

R v FP Snaresbrook CC . Historic child rape case. Multiple complainants with offences dating back to the 1970s. Convictions obtained.

R v CB Wood Green CC . Rape of American student. Convicted after 9 day trial.

R v BF Isleworth CC . Transgender woman step-parent on step-son. 6 day trial.

R v JG Central Criminal Court . ‘Date' rape trial. Convicted after 7 day trial.

R v AC Inner London CC . Teacher accused of sexually assaulting pupil. 11 day trial.

R v D Kingston CC . Multiple child grooming. Convicted.

R v HS Snaresbrook CC (2019). Defendant patient sexually assaulting his nurse repeatedly. Convictions obtained.

R v MA Snaresbrook CC (2019). Black cab driver accused of sexually assaulting his passenger. 3 day trial.











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