Sumita Mahtab-Shaikh

Called in 2001

About Sumita Mahtab-Shaikh


Year of Call 2001

Called to the Bar in July 2001 by the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn.

Practice areas:

Sumita has a mixed criminal defence and family law practice.

Sumita’s practice is divided into two practice areas. Sumita has built a reputation for expertise in all levels of serious violent crime, including Murder, s.18 GBH, rape, sexual assault, drug importation and supply and robbery.

Sumita is often instructed in serious sexual matters that involve the detailed cross examination of vulnerable witnesses. She also has particular experience in dealing with vulnerable clients with mental health difficulties and is experienced in conducting finding of fact hearings.

She also has experience in handling complex expert evidence, ranging from telephone and forensic analysis to medical experts.

In her second practice area of family law, Sumita has experience of representing both applicants and respondents in contact proceedings and ancillary relief proceedings. She also has experience of appearing in care proceedings for all hearings, including full hearings. Sumita also has particular experience in representing intervenors in financial relief proceedings. She is able to effectively represent the parties’ interests in the family law arena with her sensible and sensitive approach to the needs of the clients.

TESTIMONIAL

“I would just like to say thank you for your help and assistance with regard the hearing on Monday. It has been an incredible strain for me over the past months being a LIP and your understanding of my position has helped me tremendously; the outcome of which I could not have asked any more”. 2017

 

 

Positions of Responsibility / Professional Memberships


Direct public access

Member of the Criminal Bar Association

Member of the Family Bar Association

Pupil supervisor in Chambers

School Governor in Barnet

Former volunteer in National Bar Mock Competitions

Former school advisor to schools in the London Borough of Newham

EDUCATION / LANGUAGES


LLB (Hons) University of Northumbria at Newcastle

Called to the Bar in July 2001 by the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

Fluent Sylheti Bengali

Conversational Hindi and Urdu

Serious Violence

R v Noble: Led junior on Murder at Oxford Crown Court. Issues as to the new law on joint enterprise, including lengthy and detailed arguments on hearsay and bad character.

R v Mohammed: Section 18 GBH on pregnant partner with multiple stabbings.

R v Avdullraj: Section 18 GBH attack with hammer on the street. Not guilty to section 18 GBH.

R v Shamout: Threats to kill made by wife against husband during a prolonged incident with a knife. Not guilty.

Sexual Offences

R v. Paul Darlow: Court of Appeal reported case law on sentencing for offences of exposure, where the Court commented upon ‘Miss Mahtab’s earnest and excellent submissions’.

R v. Georgiev: Led junior at Snaresbrook Crown Court where the defendant faced trial for a series of stranger rapes in the East End of London.

R v Awan: Rape and sexual activity with a child. Alleged grooming over a considerable period of time. Not guilty.

R v Hall: Rape and sexual activity with a child. Not guilty

R v. H: Woolwich Crown Court,  Rape of girlfriend. Not guilty.

R v Hussain: Marital rape, involving issues of immigration, complainant’s capacity to consent and intermediaries.

R v. Singh: Marital rape of 4 counts, involving issues of immigration. Upon section 8 disclosure applications being vigorously pursued, Crown reviewed the case and offered no evidence.

 

General Crime

R v. Razak: Led junior at Reading Crown Court in a multi-hander case involving conspiracy to supply large consignments of cannabis.

R v Koxha: Multi hander conspiracy to supply class A drugs and money laundering.

R v Khan: Multi hander conspiracy to import class A drugs, involved PII legal arguments.

R v. Ambrose: Possession of firearm. Expert evidence on the issue of antique firearm.

Rv. Hamzaalnatsha: Child abduction by a parent. Legal argument regarding interpretation of defence available. Court of Appeal issued sentencing guidance in this case , upon appeal.

Rv. Gouveia: This was the reported case at Oxford Crown Court of the bogus MI5 agent who was jailed for conning his ex-girlfriend!

R v. Riasat: Led junior at Birmingham Crown Court, involving a family alleged to have conspired together to launder the proceeds of the two brothers’ drug dealing.

Civil Law

Sumita also practices in the areas of housing and landlord and tenant (both residential and commercial). She has extensive experience in possession hearings and also has experience in defending actions brought by social landlords.

Her practice also comprises conducting county court trials from the small claims track to the multi track in areas ranging from RTA’ s to contractual disputes.

Family Law

Sumita undertakes all forms of private and public law children work and also accepts instructions in ancillary relief matters, having practised at all levels including the High Court.

Criminal Law

R v. Razak: Led junior at Reading Crown Court in a multi-hander case involving conspiracy to supply large consignments of cannabis.

R v Koxha: Multi hander conspiracy to supply class A drugs and money laundering.

R v Khan: Multi hander conspiracy to import class A drugs, involved PII legal arguments.

R v. Ambrose: Possession of firearm. Expert evidence on the issue of antique firearm.

Rv. Hamzaalnatsha: Child abduction by a parent. Legal argument regarding interpretation of defence available.

Rv. Gouveia: This was the reported case at Oxford Crown Court of the bogus MI5 agent who was jailed for conning his ex-girlfriend!

R v. Riasat: Led junior at Birmingham Crown Court, involving a family alleged to have conspired together to launder the proceeds of the two brothers’ drug dealing.