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Raj Joshi

Raj Joshi

Call: 1983

T: 0207 520 6000    E: chambers@18rlc.co.uk

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.



  • R v C Multi-million pound Ponzi fraud.
  • R v J Incitement in child pornography over several jurisdictions.
  • R v M Smuggling drugs over different boundaries.
  • R v C&M Referral to the Court of Appeal on an unduly lenient sentence.
  • R v C&P  Appeal against conviction and sentence involving multiple issues including identification and exclusion of evidence.
  • R v K Possession of battle ready firearms.
  • R v P Appeal on the Proceeds of Crime Act.


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.


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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


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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



Professional Appointments

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Grade 3 Crown Prosecution Service Advocates’ List 2016

Former Adjudicator to the Solicitors Regulation Authority 2009


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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