Rhia Abukhalil

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 2019

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Rhia practises in criminal and regulatory law, with an emphasis on criminal defence work. She is experienced at working with vulnerable defendants and is able to quickly build rapport with her lay clients. Rhia is a skilled trial advocate and has a particular interest in violent crime.

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


  • 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)


  • 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


  • Crime

    Violence and Harassment

    • R v ME, (May 2021) – Defendant acquitted of Assault Occasioning ABH after a four-day trial. The jury had heard evidence from the complainant and three eyewitnesses.
    • R v A (a youth), (March 2021) – 14-year-old defendant acquitted of s18 Assault. Submissions were made regarding the limited evidence of intent.
    • R v KA, (January 2021) – Defendant acquitted at half time of Assaulting an Emergency Worker where the evidence of the police officers was inconsistent.
    • R v MY, (August 2020)Half-time acquittal of defendant accused of Assaulting an Emergency Worker, Breach of Restraining Order and Criminal Damage.
    • R v ME, (September 2020) – 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.
    • R v DW, (July 2020) – Defendant acquitted of Stalking after a successful submission of no case to answer.



    • R v DD, (April 2021) – Persuaded court to impose a Community Order in respect of a Fraud committed against the defendant’s employer.
    • R v BM, (July 2020) – Successfully persuaded court to pass a short suspended sentence for 32 charges of Fraud by False Representation, when the defendant was already on post-sentence supervision for Fraud.
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