Rhia Abukhalil

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 2019

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Rhia accepts instructions in both crime and regulatory law. She undertook pupillage in London and joined St John’s Buildings in November 2020 as a third six pupil. She studied English Language at The University of Manchester before converting to law. During the BPTC, Rhia was a Vocalise mentor who taught debate pro bono to prisoners in HMP Pentonville.

Rhia is a charismatic and persuasive advocate. She is regularly praised by solicitors for going the extra mile to attain the best outcome for her lay clients. She is qualified to undertake cases involving youths and vulnerable witnesses, having completed specialist Youth Justice Advocacy Training with the YJLC, as well as the ICCA Vulnerable Witness Training. She has a special interest in youth work and has been commended for the care and attention she pays to such cases.

Scholarships

  • Neville Laski Pupillage Award, The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (2019)
  • Cecile Yahuda Pupillage Award, The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (2019)
  • Exhibition Award, The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (2018)

Education

  • BPTC LLM, The University of Law (2019)
  • GDL, The University of Law (2018)
  • BA (Hons) English Language, The University of Manchester (2016)

Professional memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers
  • Women in Criminal Law
  • Bar Human Rights Committee
  • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

Expertise

  • Crime

    Violence

    R v MY (August 2020): Secured half-time acquittal of defendant accused of Assaulting an Emergency Worker, Breach of Restraining Order and Criminal Damage.

    R v ME (September 2020): Secured an acquittal in respect of two charges of Assault by Beating against an ex-partner.

    R v B (a youth) (October 2020): Successfully persuaded the court to pass a conditional discharge in respect of a joint enterprise Assault Occasioning ABH, where the seven co-defendants all received Referral Orders.

    Harassment

    R v DW (July 2020): Defendant acquitted of Stalking after a successful submission of no case to answer.

    R v AA (June 2020): Persuaded Judge not to pass the maximum sentence in respect of five charges of Breach of a Restraining Order, where defendant had previous for the same offence against the same complainant. A significantly lower sentence of 21 months was passed.

    Dishonesty

    R v BM (July 2020): Successfully persuaded court to pass a short suspended sentence for 32 counts of Fraud by False Representation, when the defendant was already on post-sentence supervision for Fraud.

    R v W (a youth) (August 2020): Persuaded the bench to pass a second discretionary Referral Order in respect of a burglary. The defendant’s second offence was much more serious than the first.

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