Bunty Batra

Bunty Batra - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 1988

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Mr Batra is a criminal practitioner. He defends and prosecutes in all areas of crime. He has defended in many serious cases including murder, attempted murder, rape [including historical rape cases], the importation of large scale drugs cases, the importation of firearms and fraud. He has defended in many high profile cases both alone and with Queen’s Counsel.

In addition, Mr Batra sat as an assessor in the GMC in the case of Craig.

Mr Batra has lectured Registrars and Consultant Psychiatrists on giving expert evidence.

Mr Batra has been in the Chambers Directory as ‘highly recommended’ in crime.


  • Member of the Honourable Society of Grays Inn
  • Member of the Northern Circuit


  • Crime



    R v Alcharbati: Represented a civil engineer charged with offences under the Terrorism Act 2006.

    Forced marriage

    Manchester Crown Court, 2015: Defended a man who forced his 14-year-old daughter to marry a man aged 30. The case was reported in the Manchester Evening News.

    R v Essa, 2009: Forced marriages – consummated – mother tried for arranging or facilitating child sex offences

    People trafficking

    R v Ion, Preston Crown Court, 2016: People trafficking, forced prostitution

    R v Nusrat Khan, Preston Crown Court, 2013: Multi-handed people trafficking case which attracted significant media attention

    R v Khan, 2013: People trafficking and child prostitution

    Sexual offences

    R v Nadeem, Leeds Crown Court, 2018: Charged with Rape and supplying class A drugs (one of nine defendants charged with grooming offences in Huddersfield)

    R v Ali, Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, 2015/16: Rochdale grooming case which received significant press attention

    R v Ali, 2013: Rape and child grooming

    R v Ahmed, 2009: Arranging or facilitating child prostitution

    R v Williams, Manchester Crown Court, 2007: Rape


    R v Singh, Manchester Crown Court, 2015: Murder by attempted decapitation, defence counsel

    R v Beckford, 2013: Murder/violent disorder

    R v Green, 2010: Murder

    R v Goodwin, Preston Crown Court, 2007: Murder

    R v Balakrishnan, Manchester Crown Court, 2005: Murder

    R v Wilson, Manchester Crown Court, 2005: Murder

    R v Janukowiz, Preston Crown Court, 2002: Murder

    R v Haq Khan, Wolverhampton, 2002: Murder

    R v Khan, Preston Crown Court, 2002: Murder

    Attempted murder

    R v Shabhir, 2013: Attempted murder

    R v S Ali, Preston Crown Court, 2007: Attempted murder

    R v Lai, Preston Crown Court, 2006: Attempted murder

    R v Harlow, Manchester Crown Court, 2002: Attempted murder

    R v Ruchat, Liverpool Crown Court, 2002: Attempted murder


    R v Williams and others, 2014: A VHCC case – Operation Barber: long firm fraud, acted as the leading junior

    R v Sarwar, Cardiff Crown Court, 2013/4: 10-handed money laundering offences


    R v Bauyz, Manchester Crown Court, 2006: At the time of trial the largest ever importation of firearms/ammunition/silencers into the UK

    Drugs offences

    R v Shah, Liverpool Crown Court, 2007: Large scale importation and distribution of cocaine [VHCC case]

    R v Rawson, Derby Crown Court, 2006: Large importation of cocaine [VHCC case]

    R v Badat, Bristol Crown Court, 2005: Large scale supply of cocaine and heroin [VHCC case]

    R v Mullen, Manchester Crown Court, 2000: Large scale importation of cocaine

    Reported Cases

    R v Ramzan
    R v Rawson, Divisional Court: The extension of custody time limits
    R v Buckland, Court of Appeal: Exceptional circumstances in automatic life sentence cases
    R v Cooper, 2010, Before the LCJ: Perjury

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