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Sapna Devi

Year of Call: 2019


First, Law LLB, London Metropolitan University [2011-2014]

Merit, Law LLM (Intellectual Property Specialism), University College London [2014-2015]

Competent, Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law London [2016-2018]



Rachel Lawrence Pupillage Prize

Inner Temple Exhibition Scholarship

Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award 

University of Law Provost’s Award of Excellence

Clifford Chance International Office Scholarship for Intellectual Property Programme


Areas Of Work:

Sapna prosecutes and defends in the Criminal Courts. Since starting her second six pupillage Sapna has dealt with cases involving drugs, offensive weapons and all other criminal matters. She has conducted contested trials, bail applications and represented the Probation Service. She is currently instructed in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court.

R v Q

Defendant charged with assaulting an emergency worker. Acquitted after trial.

R v T

Successfully prosecuted an individual charged with possession of a knife blade/sharp pointed article in a public place.

R v M

Successfully argued an ‘exceptional hardship’ application which meant defendant was not disqualified from driving.

Previous Employment

Prior to starting pupillage, Sapna was a law reporter at the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting. Sapna also worked in other legal roles at Hogan Lovells LLP in the litigation department and for the Nursing and Midwifery Council where she prepared regulatory matters. In addition, she has experience of working in criminal defence having worked as a paralegal at criminal defence firm Hickman & Rose where she assisted in serious crime and regulatory matters.

Sapna is a member of the Early Careers Group for the Kalisher Trust, which encourages young people from all backgrounds achieve their potential to develop a career at the Bar. 

She is fluent in Hindi, Punjabi & Urdu.

Miss Sapna Devi is regulated by the Bar Standards Board, holds a current practising certificate and her details can be found on the BSB’s Barrister Register https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/the-barristers'-register/

Miss Sapna Devi holds insurance cover for all legal services supplied through professional indemnity insurance with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF) The coverage is worldwide subject to their terms which are available on their website https://www.barmutual.co.uk/

Miss Sapna Devi is registered with the Information Commissioners office under the Data Protection Act https://ico.org.uk/

If you are not satisfied with the service that Miss Sapna Devi provides you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on Chambers Complaints Procedure is available on Chambers website www.9kbw.com/about-us/complaints-procedure

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from Chambers you may complain to the Legal Ombudsman (This must be done within the time limits set out) The contact details can be found on the Legal Ombudsman’s website http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/


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