Manveer Cheema

Call: 2015

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Manveer exclusively defends in the Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth Courts. He has an exceptional track record in securing acquittals as well as lenient sentencing disposals owing to his “forceful and charismatic style of advocacy”. He is consistently requested by name by both clients and solicitors alike.

Manveer defends in a wide range of criminal matters, including offences of violence, offensive weapons, drugs supply, robbery, burglary, and road traffic matters.

Prior to joining Chambers, Manveer was a legal researcher in the Business Crime Department at Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP, whereby he specialised in international sanctions law. Manveer also worked as an All England Law Reporter, where he covered the leading judgments of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).

 

 “Manveer was outstanding… his attention to detail was exceptional and the way he built the defence in such a short space of time was amazing… I am in awe of his skills” – Acquitted Client

“Best pupil ever… he will fight tooth and nail… a fearless advocate” – Banks & Partners Solicitors

“One of the first names I look to from his Chambers” – SVS Solicitors

“An extremely persuasive advocate” – Bark & Co Solicitors

“Stands out from the competition” – Stuart Miller Solicitors

 

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

University of Law – BPTC

University of Southampton – LLB (Hons)

 

NOTABLE CASES

 

R v RM – Isleworth Crown Court – 2021

Successful appeal against conviction, involving submissions on the interpretation of a non-molestation order.

 

R v RB – Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court – 2021

Defendant acquitted of sexual assault. Prosecution relied on a message sent by the defendant to the complainant in the form of a confession and apology.

 

R v SL – Bexley Youth Court – 2021

Successful outcome for youth charged with s.18 wounding with intent. Defendant was alleged to have stabbed the complainant with a ‘hunting knife’ outside a school.

 

R v JM – Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court – 2021

Defendant acquitted of possession of a bladed article. Defendant had three previous convictions for knives.

 

R v EL – Bexley Youth Court – 2021

Youth acquitted of assault by beating of an emergency worker. Meticulous cross-examination undermined the complainant police officer’s account and credibility.

 

R v TB – Snaresbrook Crown Court – 2020

Judge persuaded not to impose the 7-year minimum mandatory sentence for a ‘third-strike’ Class A drug trafficking offence, despite having been on bail for PWITS Class A at the time of the offence.

 

R v RS – High Court– 2020

Bail application – defendant subject to extradition proceedings in respect of allegations of migrant smuggling across the English Channel. Holgate J referred to Manveer’s submissions as “powerful”.

 

R v NH – Bromley Magistrates’ Court – 2020

Defendant acquitted of ‘hate crime’ assault, namely, throwing boiling liquid over a complainant due to her homosexual orientation and disability.

 

R v QT – Bexley Youth Court – 2020

Youth acquitted of knifepoint robbery. Complainant had positively identified the defendant in a PACE-compliant ID parade. Bad character evidence (four robbery convictions) also formed part of the prosecution case.

 

R v DB – Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court – 2020

Defendant acquitted of possession of an offensive weapon (cosh). Defence of ‘reasonable excuse’ had been raised, namely that the defendant was about to return the weapon to the police station, despite having passed a police station earlier in the day.

 

R v AW – Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court – 2020

Defendant acquitted of possession of a bladed article. Defence of lack of knowledge had been raised, despite the knife having been found next to the defendant whilst the sole-occupant and driver of a vehicle.

 

R v YA – Westminster Magistrates’ Court – 2020

Defendant acquitted of allegations of domestic violence. Meticulous cross-examination of the complainant exposed devastating inconsistencies in her account.

 

R v GG – Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court – 2020

Successful half-time submission in respect of a racially-aggravated assault by beating. Careful cross-examination of all three Crown witnesses revealed significant disparities.

 

R v LW – Stratford Magistrates’ Court – 2020

Successful half-time submission in respect of two separate allegations of TWOC, alleged to have been committed on the same day in close proximity. The defendant had been under high-level police surveillance in respect of a recent ‘gang shooting’.

 

R v SB – Crawley Magistrates’ Court – 2020

Bench were persuaded to sentence the defendant to a 24-month conditional discharge for assaulting three police officers, namely by coughing and spitting at them during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mitigation was referred to as ‘exceptionally well presented’. Crown’s position was for the case to be committed to the Crown Court for sentence.

 

R v AR – Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court – 2020

Privately instructed defendant acquitted of being in charge of a motor vehicle whilst over the prescribed alcohol limit following a submission of no case to answer, involving complex legal argument and authorities.

 

R v SK – Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court – 2020

Defendant acquitted of possession of a bladed article (machete). The defendant had been driving his vehicle when police officers had stopped him to discover the machete tucked into the plastic edge of his driver’s seat.

 

R v SA – Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court – 2020

Defendant acquitted of all five charges, including possession of a bladed article. Had he been found guilty on any of the charges, the defendant’s suspended sentence would have been activated.

 

R v MM – Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court – 2020

Defendant sentenced to an 18-month conditional discharge for his third harassment offence against the same complainant.

 

R v DV – Hendon Magistrates’ Court – 2019

Privately instructed trial for a defendant charged with two offences of outraging public decency and one charge of sexual assault, committed against three separate complainants.

 

R v RS – Bromley Youth Court – 2019

Defendant acquitted of two charges of being in possession of a bladed article, namely a zombie knife and a machete. Two different defences had been raised: lack of knowledge in respect of the zombie knife, and ‘good reason’ in respect of the machete.

 

R v JT – Wimbledon Youth Court – 2019

Defendant acquitted of all robbery charges in a multi-handed youth trial, involving principles of joint enterprise liability and ID evidence.

 

R v OS – Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court – 2019

Defendant acquitted of assault by beating, following careful cross-examination of the complainant.

 

R v SS – Bromley Youth Court – 2019

Youth acquitted of handling stolen goods following successful submission of no case to answer.

 

 

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