Paramjit Ahluwalia


Year of Call: 2002

Practice Group(s): Crime

Portrait of Paramjit Ahluwalia

Practice Profile:
Paramjit Ahluwalia (BA Oxon, call 2002) is a Barrister at Lamb Building Chambers.

Notable Cases:


R v MA (Kingston) - Sole junior - Bangladeshi male accused of encouraging terrorism.Acquitted.

Murder and Manslaughter

R v TJB (Croydon) - Sole junior. Attempted murder - Identification evidence to stabbing by people who had known the Defendant for over a decade – acquitted.

R v AS (Central Criminal Court) - Led Junior - AS acquitted of manslaughter and possession of firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

R v GW (Wood Green) -Junior led in murder trial.

R v JR (Woolwich) - Junior led in murder trial –issues of joint enterprise.

R v AH (Central Criminal Court) - Junior led in murder trial– Albanian mafiaose.

R v Furniss and others (Nottingham) - Junior led in multi handed conspiracy to murder trial- contract killing.


R v B (Southwark) – multi handed conspiracy to commit fraud- over £2 million- led junior- acquitted.

Human trafficking, modern day slavery, county lines and immigration crime

Paramjit is a contributing author to one of the leading criminal practitioners' texts, Blackstone's Criminal Practice 2019 - chapter on Immigration Offences.

R v HTD- Liverpool - Age dispute issues, vacating of guilty pleas for youth who had pleaded guilty to large scale cannabis production and suspected victim of trafficking.

R v SG - Cardiff - County lines case- foreign national charged with serious conspiracy.

R v QS - Kingston - International human trafficking of entire family units into UK and allegations of home factory production of identity documents.

R v VN - Harrow - Victim of Trafficking -cannabis factory.

R v OB - Croydon - Multi-handed sham marriage conspiracy case.

R v PB - Chelmsford - Vulnerable woman charged with immigration document offences who went on hunger strike in prison. Received non-custodial sentence.

R v B- Croydon - Leading counsel. Multi handed international trafficking case. Conducted sensitive cross-examination of witness with language and literacy difficulties.

R v M - Junior counsel led in multi-handed people trafficking case -third party disclosure from social services and UK Border Agency.

R v H - Croydon - Case concerning policy by Secretary of State towards a young single mother, who was Albanian, charged with immigration offences, where claim of asylum upon the basis of being Kosovan. Granted absolute discharge.

R v O [2007] 2 Cr App R (S) - Travel restriction order quashed.

R (O) v SSHD and Peterborough City Council (2006) EWHC 2469 (Admin) - Successful judicial review relating to age dispute.

Articles and work in field of Modern Slavery and Exploitation:

Representation of women

Paramjit is committed to the representation of women – seeking for equality of treatment, understanding of the issues concerning addiction and recognition of the impact that domestic abuse and violence has had upon many within the criminal justice system.

R v AT July 2018
Leading junior in appeal against sentence (leading Sophie Walker), of vulnerable woman who had suffered domestic abuse. Permission had been refused on papers. Counsel took on the case approx 1 week before the hearing. Dangerousness findings quashed and sentence reduced. Instructed by Women’s Justice Initiative project and Centre for Criminal Appeals.

R v NR [2017] 1 Cr App R (S) 42
PTSD and learned helplessness – appeal against sentence of defendant who had carried drugs and SIM cards into prison for her partner. Appeal allowed and suspended sentence imposed. Caring responsibilities for family raised. Bangkok rules (rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and non-custodial measures for women offenders) raised - see also R v KG [2017] EWCA Crim 602.

R v D.S [2014] EWCA Crim 846, [2015] MHLR 336
Arson - suspended sentence imposed and prison sentence quashed by the Court of Appeal. Psychiatric evidence on community mental health treatment put forward.

Regina (A) v Lowestoft Magistrates’ Court (2013) EWHC 659 (Admin)
Judicial review of magistrates’ court decision to refuse to grant a reporting restriction.


Diversity and Equality in the Profession:

Paramjit is Equality Deputy Director for the Criminal Bar Association Committee. Before practising in criminal law, Paramjit worked as an intern with Texas Defender Service and also worked for an Immigration charity. She regularly supports organisations committed to attracting and retaining individuals from diverse backgrounds to the Bar.