I completed my training contract at Hodge Jones & Allen in 2012 and joined the Serious Fraud & Criminal Defence team upon qualification.
I am a criminal higher rights advocate; I have the ability to appear in both the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court.
I specialise in the defence of serious and complex fraud as well as the defence of other grave offences before the courts. Working as part of the fraud team, I am involved in a number of large scale and high profile carousel fraud and money laundering cases.
I am a fully accredited Police Station Representative and have represented and advised clients at the police station for a variety of offences including murder, rape, public order, violent offences, drugs, conspiracies and firearms.
- 2:1 LLB Law, College of Law, 2008-2010
- LPC (Distinction), College of Law, 2009-2010
- Graduate Diploma Law, College of Law, 2008-2009
- French & Politics (BA Hons), 2004-2008
- Duty Solicitor, May 2013
- Solicitor Advocate (Higher Courts Criminal Proceedings), 2012
- Admitted as a solicitor and joined the Hodge Jones & Allen Criminal Defence Team, 2012
- Trainee solicitor Hodge Jones & Allen 2011 (Henry Hodge Traineeship)
- Trainee solicitor, The College of Law 2010 (Henry Hodge Traineeship)
- “Tejal was always there in person and on the phone. Professional, reliable and good at keeping us informed.”
- “Tejal was always caring and gave me the best possible advice.”
- “Tejal did not judge me, she listened gave me advice and believed in my view.”
- “Very professional, courteous and efficient.”
- R v AO/OM – representing two Directors accused of breaching immigration rules regarding their employees resulting in substantial financial gain to the company.
- R v AO – Junior Counsel in confiscation proceedings, a case involving hidden assets.
- R v K – representing a Director of a number of companies accused of VAT fraud. Case brought by HMRC.
- R v S – acted for a defendant charged with one count of money laundering. Defendant was successfully acquitted after trial.
- R v K: Complex six week benefit fraud trial in excess of £100k.
- R v B – acted for a defendant in a two handed case of stranger murder in Camden case involved diminished responsibility offence.
- R v S – acted for a defendants in a two handed people trafficking case in which vulnerable women were brought into the UK for the purposes of prostitution.
- R v B – acted for a defendant charged with multiple counts of serious rape. Successfully acquitted after trial.
- R v B– acted for a defendant charged with a serious rape involving issues in relation to intoxication and consent – Successfully acquitted after trial.
- R v L – acted for one defendant in a five-handed matter in relation to a conspiracy to commit robbery – Defendants received a significantly lenient sentence.
- R v A – acted for a defendant charged with assaulting a police officer with two others following a mass gathering in Hyde Park. Only defendant acquitted after trial.
Membership & Appointments
I have been appointed as the Education Officer on the Committee of the City of Westminster & Holborn Law Society Junior Lawyers Division. I am also a member of the Young Legal Aid Lawyers and Young Fraud Lawyers.
In my spare time I enjoy training in Muy Thai Kickboxing and also enjoy nothing more than travelling to far and exotic locations.