• An impressive junior with ability beyond his call, Nadesh accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work, specialising in crime and public law.

    Corporate and Financial Crime

    Instructed by both businesses and individuals, Nadesh has a keen interest in corporate and financial crime, having previously spent time working at Deutsche Bank. He has been instructed on multiple occasions to represent directors of companies both as a junior alone and led counsel.

    Crime

    A polished and persuasive advocate, whether prosecuting or defending, acting alone or as a led junior Nadesh is a sought-after advocate, well-liked by Judges and juries. Nadesh is developing a practice with particular emphasis on serious crime, having been instructed in various multi-handed cases including cases concerning money laundering, trafficking, drugs and murder.

    Regulatory

    Nadesh presents and defends in regulatory matters, both at Tribunal level and in the High Court. His meticulous approach combined with incisive cross-examination and persuasive advocacy has garnered him praise from opponents and those instructing.

    Public Law

    During his time in Chambers Nadesh has built up an enviable practice in public law for someone of his call. He has a broad experience of Public Law, with particular experience in Public Inquiry work, having been instructed in IICSA, UCPI and the Grenfell Inquiries.

    Appointments

    • CPS External Advocates Panel Grade 2
    • Approved NMC Counsel
    • Accredited to undertake cases involving Vulnerable Witnesses
    • Accredited to undertake Youth Court cases

    Professional Memberships

    • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
    • Criminal Bar Association

    Education

    • BPTC, City Law School (Outstanding)
    • LLM: specialising in litigation and dispute resolution, UCL (Distinction)
    • Law LLB (Hons), University of Bristol
    • Hubert Greenland Scholarship – Lincoln’s Inn (2015)
    • Buchannan Prize – Lincoln’s Inn (2014)
    • Thomas More Bursary – Lincoln’s Inn (2013)

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    • Case Comment: R v DS - Modern Slavery and Abuse of Process

      Since the Modern Slavery Act 2015 was passed, cases concerning trafficking and modern slavery seem to have sharply increased in frequency. In particular, the issue of defendants themselves claiming to be victims of trafficking and slavery has been thrown ...

    • Assault by Cough or Transferred Malady? The CPS Approach to Those Coughing on Key Workers and Others

      There has been great public interest in the prosecution of persons who have threatened to endanger the lives of others using the general fears around the public health emergency. Read more

    • Modern Slavery Act review 2nd interim report

      Nadesh Karu examines Frank Field MP, Maria Miller MP and Baroness Butler-Sloss' 2nd interim report into their review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    Nadesh has a keen interest in corporate and financial crime and is regularly instructed by both businesses and individuals.

    Overview

    Instructed by both businesses and individuals, Nadesh has a keen interest in corporate and financial crime, having previously spent time working at Deutsche Bank.  He has been instructed in multiple occasions to represent directors of companies both as a junior alone and led counsel.

    Experience

    Nadesh is has substantial experience in corporate and financial crime, predominantly defending in multi-handed cases, in particular in relation to international fraud and money laundering. He is currently representing an individual alleged to be a director of a company involved in the largest counterfeit operation in the world in relation to a billion dollar clothing brand.

    In 2016-17 Nadesh spent time working with Deutsche Bank’s Anti-Bribery, Fraud and Corruption team, advising on multi-million pound transactions, investigations and compliance. Through this Nadesh developed a thorough understanding of the Bribery Act 2010 and the Criminal Finances Act 2017. He is attuned to the practicalities of the business world and the expectations of clients.

    Nadesh also has experience of working on disclosure in large financial cases, for example having acted as Disclosure Counsel in relation to a multi-million pound claim arising from an alleged breach of fiduciary duty and dishonest assistance.

    Recent Cases

    • Nadesh secures suspended sentence for employee that defrauded law firm of over £150,000.The Defendant was the office and IT support manager in an international, band 1 law firm. He pleaded guilty to defrauding the company of over £150,000 by stealing equi...

    • A fraudster who spent over £100,000 in 20 days and then attempted to resist arrest by using ammonia to assault a police officer was sentenced on 15th August at Inner London Crown Court. Jovan Stanley pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud and assault (us...

    • Multi-handed money laundering acquittal

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  • An extremely promising junior, well regarded amongst his peers and those instructing in both prosecution and defence

    Overview

    A polished and persuasive advocate, whether prosecuting or defending, acting alone or as a led junior Nadesh is a sought after advocate, well liked by Judges and juries. Nadesh is developing a practice with particular emphasis on serious crime, having been instructed in various multi-handed cases including cases concerning money laundering, trafficking, drugs and murder.

    Experience

    Nadesh has a wealth of experience in Crown Courts and Magistrates’ Courts across the country, having successfully prosecuted and defended cases in both. When defending Nadesh has a good track record of securing acquittals for clients after trial, both by jury and in the Magistrates’ Court. In addition, on multiple occasions Nadesh’s clients have been acquitted as a result of a submission of no case to answer at the close of the prosecution case. Nadesh also has experience in corporate crime having represented directors charged under the Insolvency Act 1986 and having represented a director charged as part of the largest counterfeiting operation worldwide in relation to a billion-dollar clothing brand. 

    When prosecuting Nadesh is scrupulously fair and highly effective, with one Judge describing his cross-examination skills as “excellent”. 

    Nadesh approaches all his cases with detailed analysis and meticulous preparation. This coupled with his knowledge and application of the law to the facts of a given case has allowed him to achieve favourable results and rulings against the odds. Nadesh has been repeatedly sought by those instructing in difficult cases attracting press attention.

    He is involved in all aspects of criminal litigation, from providing advice as to charges and evidence to conducting trials and, where necessary, appeals.  Nadesh also has experience of acting as a led junior, for example in an 11 handed attempted murder trial and as a disclosure junior (and in fact sole junior counsel) in a multi-handed murder, defending and prosecuting, respectively.

    During his pupillage Nadesh assisted other members of Chambers with legal research and the preparation of cases on a diverse range of topics. Of particular note, he assisted members of Chambers with the following: the Heathrow 13 protest case; one of the LIBOR trials and an Attorney General’s Reference to the Court of Appeal and various murder and terrorism trials.

    Notable Cases

    • R v Layzell [2019] EWCA Crim 385 Sentence for two counts of misconduct in a public office more than halved by the Court of Appeal
    • R v L [2020] Nadesh secures suspended sentence for employee that defrauded law firm of over £150,000.  The Defendant was the office and IT support manager in an international, band 1 law firm.
    • R v AT [2020]  Nadesh represented the son of a prominent MP in the preliminary proceedings of his case concerning assaults on police officers at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in November 2019.

    Recent Cases

    • Nadesh represented the son of a prominent MP, in the preliminary proceedings of his case concerning assaults on police officers at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in November 2019.The allegations were widely reported: The Times Read more

    • Nadesh secures suspended sentence for employee that defrauded law firm of over £150,000.The Defendant was the office and IT support manager in an international, band 1 law firm. He pleaded guilty to defrauding the company of over £150,000 by stealing equi...

    • A fraudster who spent over £100,000 in 20 days and then attempted to resist arrest by using ammonia to assault a police officer was sentenced on 15th August at Inner London Crown Court. Jovan Stanley pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud and assault (us...

    • Successful submission of no case to answer in modern slavery case.

    • Prosecution of double murder and attempted murder.

    • Successful defence of duress.

    • The victim of the attack is the son of one of the defendants.

    • Sentence for misconduct in public office more than halved by the CoA. 

    • Nadesh successfully prosecuted V and K who were convicted of murder and s.18, respectively.

    • Nadesh secured the acquittal of H who was alleged to have committed affray and threatened another individual with a knife.

    • Nadesh successfully defended J who was charged with two counts of burglary.

    • Multi-handed money laundering acquittal

    • Nadesh Karu successfully defended 'B' accused of harassing his ex partner. 

    • Nadesh successfully secured the acquittal of his client charged with threatening an individual with a bladed article.

    • Paul Wakerly and Nadesh Karu Defend the oldest defendant in English legal history - historic sexual abuse.

    • Defendant acquitted of sexually assaulting a woman in a nightclub after a submission of no case to answer at the close of the prosecution case.

    • ​Nadesh Secured an acquittal for a youth charged with going equipped for theft.

    • Nadesh represented D who pleaded guilty to 4 counts relating to possession of thousands of indecent images.

    Articles

    • Case Comment: R v DS - Modern Slavery and Abuse of Process

      Since the Modern Slavery Act 2015 was passed, cases concerning trafficking and modern slavery seem to have sharply increased in frequency. In particular, the issue of defendants themselves claiming to be victims of trafficking and slavery has been thrown ...

    • Assault by Cough or Transferred Malady? The CPS Approach to Those Coughing on Key Workers and Others

      There has been great public interest in the prosecution of persons who have threatened to endanger the lives of others using the general fears around the public health emergency. View article

  • A junior using the advocacy skills he has gleaned in the criminal court system to great effect in professional regulation.

    Overview

    Nadesh presents and defends in regulatory matters, both at Tribunal level and in the High Court. His meticulous approach combined with incisive cross-examination and persuasive advocacy has garnered him praise from opponents and those instructing.

    Experience

    Nadesh has particular experience acting for Regulators both in the High Court and at the final hearing stage before Fitness to Practise Committees.  

    Due to his experience in the Criminal Courts, Nadesh is also frequently instructed on behalf of Regulators to privately prosecute individuals.

    He has also assisted members of Chambers with regulatory matters (e.g. Khan v General Pharmaceutical Council, heard by the Supreme Court), inquests and inquiries (including the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse). This included assisting Tom Kark QC in his review of the effectiveness and operation of the fit and proper person test as it is applied within the NHS. The Review was ordered by the Minister for Health and Social Care Security.

    Recent Cases

    • Nadesh Karu successfully applied to the High Court to extend the suspension of a dentist.

    • ​Susannah Stevens assisted by Nadesh Karu successfully applied for a judicial review of the IPCC’s handling of a complaint made against them by a Metropolitan Police Federation Representative.

  • A junior advocate who is developing a great Public Law practice.

    Overview

    During his time in Chambers Nadesh has built up an enviable practice in public law for someone of his call. He has a broad experience of Public Law, with particular experience in Public Inquiry work, having been instructed in IICSA, UCPI and the Grenfell Inquiries.

    Experience

    Nadesh has been instructed on the Grenfell Inquiry, the Undercover Policing Inquiry and the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, variously for state and non-state participants. Nadesh also spent some time assisting Tom Kark QC in his review of the effectiveness and operation of the fit and proper person test as it is applied within the NHS. The Review was ordered by the Minister for Health and Social Care Security.

    His ability to quickly get on top of a brief and get to grips with complex issues has helped him ensure when acting for claimants they receive proper disclosure. He also has experience of legal professional privilege and public interest immunity in the context of judicial review.

    Nadesh has also been frequently instructed by the Home Office in relation to disclosure issues and reviewing classified material.

    He has a keen interest in inquests, in particular having assisted counsel instructed in one of the Westminster Bridge Inquests (arising out of the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack) with legal research on PII and disclosure in the context of inquests. He has also assisted with an inquest in relation to the death of a soldier from friendly fire. 

    In respect of Judicial Review proceedings, Nadesh has experience from the pre-action stage right through to the final hearing. He recently secured the repatriation of two Albanian prisoners who, prior to Nadesh’s involvement, had been trying for years to be repatriated to Albania to serve the remainder of their sentences there.

    He has been led in judicial review proceedings, notably successfully judicially reviewing the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s (now the IOPC) handling of a complaint made against them by a Metropolitan Police Federation Representative.

    Prior to joining Chambers Nadesh assisted Mr Justice Hickinbottom (now Hickinbottom LJ) with cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).

    Recent Cases

    News

    Articles

    • Modern Slavery Act review 2nd interim report

      Nadesh Karu examines Frank Field MP, Maria Miller MP and Baroness Butler-Sloss' 2nd interim report into their review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.