Kemi Fapohunda

Kemi has a successful Criminal Practice in both Defence and Prosecution work.  She is instructed in the most serious of cases including Attempted Murder, section 18 GBH, aggravated burglary, robbery and serious fraud.

Kemi appears daily in the Crown Court either as a junior alone or being led. She has also appeared in the Court of Appeal in a number of matters.

In addition, Kemi regularly deals with confiscation proceedings which have followed from both prosecution and defence cases involving financial crime and drug related offences.

Kemi is a persuasive advocate, particularly when it comes to addressing a Jury. In her Defence practice, Kemi is known for fighting her clients cases fearlessly. Her manner is calm yet confident, which puts both her professional and lay clients at ease.

When prosecuting, Kemi endeavours to provide practical advice early on in the process to ensure that any gaps in evidence are addressed in advance of trial. In Court, she presents each case fiercely, but fairly and she has the ability to put even the most anxious or nervous witness at ease, enabling them to give their best evidence.

Overall, Kemi’s success is attributable to her excellent advocacy, diligence, great eye for detail and strong interpersonal skills.


Other areas
  • Prison Law – Adjudication Hearings and Parole Board Hearings
  • Written Advice and/or Representation in Appeals against Conviction and/or Sentence in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal
  • Has successfully represented applicants at Employment Tribunals in Unfair Dismissal, Harassment and Disability Discrimination Claims, pro-bono.
Notable cases

 Appellate cases:

 R v Nhlanhla Monyai (2011) – Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Represented the Appellant in his appeal against a sentence of imprisonment for the protection of the public (IPP) imposed for three offences of rape and one of false imprisonment.  The IPP was quashed and a determinate sentence was imposed.

 Defence work:

R v AI (2016) – Blackfriars Crown Court

Represented defendant charged with GBH. The allegation was that he had attacked the complainant (who knew him), with a bottle at a house party causing a fractured zygoma and other serious injuries. Successful application of no case to answer at half-time mainly based on identification evidence.

R v PL (2016) – Inner London Crown Court

Successfully represented defendant charged with robbery, and other related offences. The prosecution case was that he committed the offences as revenge against the complainant, who he believed had played a part in his arrest for other matters.

 R v ED (2016) – Central Criminal Court

Successfully represented defendant charged with dishonesty offences despite a number of relevant previous convictions going before the jury.

R v FS & two others (2015) – Inner London Crown Court

Successfully represented the first defendant charged with GBH who faced trial along side her mother and grandmother charged with affray. They had been involved in a neighbour dispute in which one complainant received a serious stab wound to her forearm.

 R v AA (2014) – Central Criminal Court

Junior Defence Counsel led by Sally O’Neill QC in Murder trial. The female defendant was alleged to have attacked and murdered a prostitute in North London.

 R v TZ & Another (2014) Snaresbrook Crown Court

Represented second defendant (aged 15) charged with s.18 GBH where a 14-year old boy was the victim of a very serious assault arising out of a post-code war between rival gangs in East London. Successful application of no case to answer at half-time based on identification evidence.

 R v HS & Others (2013) – Woolwich Crown Court

Represented second defendant in benefit fraud case. The value of the fraud was approximately £450,000 involving the wholesale use of false and hijacked identities.

R v AM & others (2013) – Blackfriars Crown Court

Represented second defendant of five in large scale affray case where a fight involving weapons took place at a street fair. AM charged with affray and possession of a knife was offered a plea to a lesser offence of section 4 on the second day of trial.

R v DG (2012) – Southwark Crown Court

Successfully represented defendant charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs where two police officers claimed to have witnessed transaction take place.

R v TB (2011) – Wood Green Crown Court

Successfully represented a 15-year old boy charged with attempted murder.  The Crown alleged that this was a revenge attack on a rival gang member.  There was also CCTV footage of the incident described by the trial judge in his summing up as “very dramatic”.

R v JB & Others (2006) – Southampton Crown Court

Represented a 16 year old boy charged with violent disorder alongside three other youths.  Extensive damage had been caused to a number of vehicles and properties during a violent street fight.  There was a lengthy trial at Southampton Youth Court and a subsequent appeal against conviction at Southampton Crown Court.  The Appeal was upheld.


Prosecution work

R v O & 9 others (2016) – Central Criminal Court

Junior Prosecution Counsel in case involving 10 defendants charged with fraud and money laundering charges. The fraud committed was against the payday lender Wonga Ltd with over 19,000 victims and a value of £3m.

 R v AD & AT (2016) – Kingston Crown Court

Prosecution Counsel in case of conspiracy to steal and money laundering offences. The defendants who were delivery drivers for the company Yodel stole parcels they were supposed to deliver to customers and sold them online via Amazon.

 R v SN (2015) – Central Criminal Court

Junior Prosecution Counsel in fraud case where the defendant who ran an energy supply brokering company defrauded energy supplier British Gas out of millions of pounds by creating fraudulent documents which enabled business customers to illegally break their contracts.

 R v EK & LB (2015) – Snaresbrook Crown Court

Prosecution counsel in GBH case where the victim’s hand was almost completely severed by the defendants, who armed with a “Rambo style” machete, attacked him outside a youth club following an argument on face book.

 R v AJ & MM (2015) – Wood Green Crown Court

Prosecution Counsel in case where the defendants charged with aggravated burglary, GBH, ABH, offensive weapon and firearms offences had broken into a residential address with firearms and knives demanding for money. The father of the household and the youngest son were both seriously assaulted.

 Operation Capone (2014) – Blackfriars Crown Court

Prosecution Counsel in case involving 14 defendants, who between them faced 69 counts of class A drug supply related offences arising from an undercover police operation.

R v JO – (2014) – Central Criminal Court

Prosecution Counsel in case where the defendant charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs, supplied high purity drugs to order under the guise of a legitimate business. He set up a company meant to organise private parties and claimed that coded text messages placing orders for “vintage” and “champagne” related to the drinks required by his clients.

R v MT (2014) – Hove Crown Court

Prosecuted knifepoint robbery of 15-year-old schoolboy using mainly Hearsay evidence as the victim was too fearful to give evidence.

R v MDS (2014) – Blackfriars Crown Court

Prosecution counsel in firearms case where DNA was the main evidence and the Defence was contamination.

 R v JM & JW (2014) – Woolwich Crown Court

Prosecution counsel in large-scale affray, where an arsenal of weapons, including a firearm were present.

 R v CW & P (2014) – Isleworth Crown Court

Prosecution counsel in case of large-scale fraud where Oyster cards credited using fraudulently obtained Amex card details were being sold on eBay.

 R v J & V (2014) – Inner London Crown Court

Prosecution counsel in fraud and money laundering case where U-cash vouchers were purchased using fraudulently obtained debit/credit card details and laundered through online gambling sites.

 R v KC & SS (2014) – Inner London Crown Court

Prosecution counsel in fraud and money laundering case where the first defendant secured short term employment positions and defrauded his employers of significant sums of money by altering invoices and diverting the funds into the accounts of others including the second defendant. The value of the fraud was over £300,000

R v AA & ST (2013) – Kingston Crown Court

Prosecution counsel in case involving large scale theft of mail from letter boxes. Mail stolen had contained cheque books and bank cards that had subsequently been used fraudulently.

R v Smith & 2 Others (2010) – Isleworth Crown Court

Junior Prosecution counsel in a white-collar fraud trial lasting six-weeks.  The first defendant was convicted of operating a fraudulent travel agency that sold top-end air tickets at reduced prices by manipulating the company’s complex booking system in abuse of his position.  He benefitted about £2 million.  He was also convicted of the related POCA offences.

Parole Board Hearings

R v KB & R v AH (2011)

Represented two lifers re-called on licence at their respective parole board hearings.  Following both hearings, the parole board directed re-release on licence with suitable conditions.