Aparna Rao

2013 (Bar of England & Wales, Middle Temple)
2009 (Solicitor, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia) 

"Her ability to provide clear explanations and reassurance to a wide range of clients sets her apart"

- Instructing Solicitor


Aparna qualified in Australia in 2009. She worked at the equivalent of the Supreme Court, as an Associate to the Hon Justice Dyson Heydon AC QC, Justice of the High Court of Australia (the final appellate court in Australia). She has also taught as a Lecturer in Law at the Australian National University in Canberra.

In 2013, Aparna cross-qualified and was called to the Bar of England and Wales. Her practice in England and Wales has focused on serious fraud and high profile crime. She is regularly instructed by both prosecution and defence in the Crown Court, in cases involving violence, burglary, robbery, fraud, theft, motor vehicle offences, and sexual offences. Aparna is also instructed in healthcare disciplinary and regulatory work, and has recently appeared in the Health and Care Professional Council, Nursing & Midwifery Council, and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Additionally, Aparna has undertaken junior work in several murder trials at the Old Bailey. She has worked extensively on the prosecution of Rolf Harris (historic sex offences), confiscation proceedings following large-scale money laundering convictions, and one of the very few cases of corporate manslaughter brought in the UK (Mobile Sweepers Ltd).

Aparna has security clearance. She is frequently instructed in confidential and sensitive matters involving public interest immunity and legal professional privilege.

Aparna is a registered public access practitioner, with particular experience in fare evasion cases. Members of the public can instruct her directly.

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Aparna Rao
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Specialist Areas

  • Murder and Manslaughter
  • Drug Offences
  • Theft and Dishonesty
  • Business Crime & Financial Services
  • Serious Sexual Offences
  • Driving Offences
  • Fare Evasion



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