Maya Chopra  - barrister



Called : 2014


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Maya is a dedicated and fearless advocate with a busy Criminal practice. She is regularly commended for her tactical approach to defending cases and her sensitivity with vulnerable defendants. She receives legal aid and private instructions, and often provides assistance and advice throughout the lifespan of a case. Her drafting in advance of trial has led to matters being discontinued by the Prosecution.

Prior to coming to the Bar Maya worked in a number of paralegal roles, most notably on the Mau Mau Reparations litigation (see: Mutua and others v. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (“Mau Mau” case), [2012] EWHC 2678 (QB)).

At University and Bar School Maya was actively involved in both competitive advocacy and drama. She has a flair for performance which has carried through to her approach at the Bar.


R v E – Harrow Crown Court – Trial – Benefit Fraud – 4 counts covering a 15 month period, hundreds of pages of exhibits. Not guilty verdict directed on one count after a submission of no case to answer. Not guilty verdict from jury on 2 counts. Prosecution offered no evidence on final count.

R v M (a youth) & another – Stratford Magistrates Court – Trial – GBH with intent. Section 18 trial against youth defendants. Successful application for certificate for counsel. 2-day trial involving cross examination of youth witnesses and forensic evidence. Acquitted.

R v R – Harrow Crown Court – Sentence – PWITS class A – 2 counts and Money Laundering. Starting point of 4.5 years reduced to 4 years to reflect personal mitigation. 32 months total with full credit.

R v H – Harrow Crown Court – Confiscation proceedings following guilty pleas to multiple counts of supplying class A and class B drugs.

R v A – Isleworth Crown Court – Sentence – Conspiracy to facilitate breach of immigration law; Assisting unlawful immigration into the UK. Legal argument over the applicability of R. v Kolawole [2004]. 14 months total. Defendant due for immediate release.

R v S – Portsmouth Crown Court – Sentence – Possession with intent to supply (Class A). Significant role, street dealing – 18 months’ custody with full credit.

R v P – Basildon Crown Court – Racially aggravated assault and harassment – Appeal against sentence. Total sentence reduced from 24 weeks’ custody to 8 weeks’ custody.

R v L – Highbury Corner Magistrates Court – Trial – Fraud by false representation (credit card fraud). Reduced the Crown’s case to section 10 admissions and a section 9 statement. Successful submission of no case to answer.

R v F – Highbury Corner Magistrates Court – Trial – Fraud by false representation, acquiring criminal property – multiple charges. Successful half time submission on one allegation and acquittal after trial on the others.

R v A – Highbury Corner Magistrates Court – Trial – Harassment. Complex harassment case with separate ongoing civil proceedings. Acquitted after trial.

R v M (a youth) – Highbury Corner Youth Court – Robbery – Trial. The victim was a vulnerable youth who gave evidence via videolink. Acquitted after trial.

R v J (Trollstation) – City of London Magistrates Court – Sentence – s.4A Public Order Act 1986. Widely reported in the mainstream press, the defendant pleaded guilty on the day of trial. He was a member of an internet prankster group who staged fake ‘heists’ in the Tate Britain and National Portrait Gallery. Sentenced to 10 weeks’ custody with notional credit.

R v R – Uxbridge Magistrates Court – Plea and sentence – Possession of a bladed article. Regular lay client. Mandatory minimum of 6 months custody for second strike applied. After mitigation, 12 weeks’ custody, suspended for 12 months.


Kaplan Law School, Bar Professional Training Course, V.C. – 2014

University of Exeter, Law LLB, 2:1 – 2012

Exeter College, International Baccalaureate – 2009


Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship – 2013

Inner Temple Exhibition Award – 2013


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