Margia Mostafa

Margia Mostafa

Call: 1999


Margia is an accomplished barrister with a steely determination to succeed whether she is prosecuting or defending. She has 21 years’ experience at the independent bar. Her calm and approachable style makes her very popular with professional and lay clients.

Margia is fair and measured when prosecuting and fearless in her defence practice. She is adept at dealing with the most vulnerable in society and has dealt with numerous trials involving children, those with mental health illnesses and physical disabilities.

Margia is a tenacious advocate who practises general crime with a focus on serious sexual offences and fraud. She is particularly noted for her attention to detail when preparing large multi-handed cases including historic cases and for her focused approach under pressure.

Throughout her time at the Bar, Margia has been instructed in many complex cases, from fraud and money laundering offences to serious sexual offences and terrorism cases. She has extensive knowledge of POCA and forfeiture proceedings, having prosecuted on behalf of HMRC for many years including VAT tribunal cases, both as junior and leading counsel.

She is accustomed to dealing with large volumes of material and has a good understanding of digital evidence and cell-site material.

She has been appointed as Grade 4 prosecutor and conducts Rape and Serious Sexual Offence (RASSO) work on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service. She has been appointed to the CPS Specialist Panels dealing with serious crime, fraud and confiscation.

Margia has spoken at a conference for judges in Abuja, Nigeria on dealing with terrorism cases on behalf of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

General Crime

R v R: Trial of a defendant who administered stupefying substances to numerous victims in order to commit a series of high value thefts.

R v MB: Junior counsel in a murder case where cause of death is complicated by conflicting pathological evidence.

R v P & others: Junior counsel in a multi –handed trial involving a shooting incident in Wood Green.

R v P: A series of cash in transit robberies.

R v C & others:  Trial in a multi handed sham marriage case.


R v G: Junior counsel in an insurance fraud  case.

R v S: Junior counsel in a high value money laundering case.

Operation Blackwood: Multi handed conspiracy to defraud rail operating authorities.

Operation Bagpipe: Multi handed money laundering case.

R v M: Fraud by director of a home for vulnerable residents.

R v O: Immigration fraud.

R v GH & others: Red diesel fraud by a train driver.

Sexual Offences

R v W: Director at Barclays Bank in Canary Wharf downloading child pornography.

R v E: Rape of a lesbian woman by a male defendant.

R v M: Trial involving a youth football coach sexually assaulting juvenile players

R v LR: Trial involving a prolific sex offender who commits offences on London Underground.

R v DP: Historic sexual offences at a school for the deaf. All the civilian witnesses were deaf.

R v JW
Step grandfather committing penetrative sexual offences on his 10 year old twin