Raj joined chambers following a successful career in the public sector where he was responsible for dealing with some of the most serious issues facing the criminal justice system. He provided advice to ministers, drafted international protocols and appeared before parliamentary and judicial committees whilst working at the CPS. He gave evidence to the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry and made recommendations on amending the Race Relations Act.
He is a tenacious and versatile barrister who has dealt with everything from terrorism and extradition to people and drug trafficking.
Publications, Lectures and Training
Reform of the UK Extradition Law: Co-author – US Attorneys’ Bulletin (Sept 2003).
Trafficking in Human Beings – A Growing Concern – Law Society Criminal Practitioners Newsletter.
Articles in The Times, The Independent, The Lawyer and Asian Voice on various topics in the criminal justice system including human trafficking and extradition
Speeches to the London Metropolitan University, London School of Economics (published in full by the Asian Voice newspaper)
Speeches to University of Delhi, University of Amdavad, Amdavad Law School and Saurashtra State University in India on cross-border crime and international co-operation.
BBC Newsnight, Star TV, BBC World News, and Channel 4 television interviews on various topics in the criminal justice system including diversity, equality issues and responses to international crime.
BBC Radio 4, Radio 5 Live, Sunrise radio interviews on the Gangotri campaign affecting the Hindu community.
Press profiles and comments in The Times, The Guardian, the Independent, Eastern Eye, and Asian Voice on criminal justice initiatives.
BA (Hons) Law – London Metropolitan University
Diplome de I’Institut Internationale de Doits de l’Homme: Strasbourg University
Public Leadership Programme Course – University of Birmingham
Criminal Bar Association
Society of Black Lawyers (Chair 2000-2001)
South Eastern Circuit
British Academy of Forensic Sciences
Former member of NACRO’s National Race Issues Advisory Committee
Former member and Vice Chair of the Equal Treatment Advisory Committee of the Judicial Studies Board
Former member of the Judicial Appointments Working Group (gave evidence for the Peach Report)
Former member of the Consultative Group on Race Issues, the Equality Committee and the Criminal justice Group whilst at the CPS
Grade 3 Crown Prosecution Service Advocates’ List 2016
Former Adjudicator to the Solicitors Regulation Authority 2009
Achiever’s Award for Excellence by the Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and the Union Minister of State for External Affairs, India January 2011
Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa – London Metropolitan University December 2008
Lloyds TSB Jewel Award for Public Service Excellence 2007
One of the Top 10 Asian Lawyers in the UK – Listing Success Magazine
One of the 100 most influential Asians in the UK: Listing Asian Power 100
NRI Institute’s Bharat Samman award