Yusuf Solley

Yusuf Solley

Call: 2009


Called in 2009, Yusuf Solley is instructed in all aspects of criminal law and regulatory proceedings.

He defends across the board, including murder, complex frauds, multi-handed drug conspiracies, and firearms. He is also experienced in regulatory tribunals and disciplinary hearings and is able to give strategic advice on the litigation process.

He acts as both a leader and a junior alone in cases of grave seriousness and the utmost complexity, having previously been led by a number of silks across the breadth of offences.
He has a particular expertise in defending people with neuro-divergences such as ASD, and ADHD.

He sits as a barrister member, in the Bar Disciplinary Tribunals (BTAS).

Recent Cases

R v M (2023) M stole £1million in cash from his employer G4S. He drove the cash in transit vans and on one occasion emptied it for himself. This trial was about the laundering of that money by his sister, and others.  News story here

R v ET (2023 This was the brutal murder of a man who lived in a tented community in the woods. The defendant accepted that he had used a bat to batter the man’s skull in, but that he did it because he believed the deceased man had raped his wife. We ran the difficult defence of loss of control, and was acquitted of murder. News story here

R v MA (2023) This case was the murder and conspiracy to murder Kyron Lee in Reading. The gang met up and agreed to target the deceased. He was spotted and in a ride out, 5 youths armed with knives knocked the deceased from his moped and stabbed him multiple times, killing him. The defendant did not participate in the attack but is said to have organised it and took a leading role. News story here

R v Sossongo [2022] Old Bailey (Led Junior, Murder)

R v Choudhury [2022] St Albans (Junior alone, GBH conspiracy)

R v Philippe Sossongo (Court of Appeal) [2021] EWCA Crim 1777 (CCRC referral, appeal against joint enterprise murder conviction: Authority on post-conviction diagnoses of Autism and ADHD)

R v RR [2021] (Multihanded murder, Central Criminal Court)

R v Sefa, [2021] (Murder, Central Criminal Court)

R v CG, [2021] (Multihanded murder, Norwich Crown Court)


Less Recent Cases

R v Mapeza [2020] (Multihanded murder, Central Criminal Court)

R v Noel [2020] (Murder, Isleworth Crown Court)

R v PS (Court of Appeal) [2019] EWCA Crim 2286 (Appeal against murder sentence, authority on sentencing young people with ASD/ADHD)

R v Enyiagu [2019] (£25million Fraud, Blackfriars Crown Court)

R v AA [2019] (Multihanded murder, Central Criminal Court)

R v FF [2019] (Section 18, Wood Green Crown Court)

R v Islam [2018] (Multihanded murder, Ipswich Crown Court)

R v Martin [2017] (Multihanded murder, Central Criminal Court)

R v L (Snaresbrook), 12 week firearm conspiracy

Attorney General’s Ref, [2016] EWCA Crim 2022

Skenderi v Italy [2016] EWHC 3051 (Admin)

R v O v [2016] EWCA Crim 395

Opri v Poland, [2015] EWHC 2722 (Admin)

Pulik v Poland [2015] All ER (D) 325 (Feb); [2015] EWHC 974 (Admin)

Sharra v Italy, Successful defence against extradition to Italy

R v M (2016) Newcastle Crown Court, multi handed drugs conspiracy

R v SA (2016) Isleworth Crown Court, serial rape

R v FS (2016) Inner London Crown Court, rape

R v O (2016) Isleworth Crown Court, firearms

R v C (2016) Central Criminal Court Conspiracy to defraud