Paramjit Ahluwalia

Call: 2002

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Described as an ‘outstanding junior,’ and as a ‘new talent, rising star,’ Paramjit Ahluwalia has a high profile practice in Criminal Appeals and represents in cases of homicides, human trafficking, modern slavery, immigration offences, sexual offences and firearms.

Paramjit is experienced in complex and sensitive cases often involving vulnerable defendants. She is deeply committed to ensuring the very best representation for all her clients and effective pragmatic advocacy. She is a contributing author to the chapter on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in the lead Criminal Practitioner’s text ‘Blackstone’s Criminal Practice’ as well as ‘Women who kill, Criminal law and Domestic Abuse’ and her published article on reforms relating to Domestic Abuse law have been referenced in the House of Lords.

Homicide cases and attempted murder

Paramjit’s work involves representation in high profile murder cases both at first instance, as well as advising as fresh counsel on appellate cases. She has been sole junior in successful attempted murder cases.

Paramjit has acted in homicides involving issues of domestic abuse and coercive control as well as gang related offences and firearms. She often represents in cases concerning psychiatric vulnerabilities and complex pathology issues. Paramjit is a contributing author to a chapter in ‘Women who kill, Criminal law and Domestic Abuse’ published in 2023. Her work on cases on domestic homicide trials have included R v Emma Jayne Magson and R v Farieissia Martin.

Criminal Appeals

Paramjit has a high profile practice in Criminal Appeals reported in the national news:  ( and She has been described in a Court of Appeal judgments as providing ‘expert assistance’ in a County Lines exploitation appeal and has successfully represented individuals coerced into criminal offending (such as an individual subjected to sex work, conviction quashed despite being over 15 years old in R v O [2019] EWCA Crim 1389). Paramjit regularly advises in cases involving fresh evidence, such as Psychiatric, expert medical evidence and pathology. Paramjit has made successful applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission for referral of convictions (such as 6 separate convictions for a youth client in Feb 2022 –

The Observer in 2019 described Paramjit as being a ‘new talent, rising star’ for her work ‘representing society’s most vulnerable, fighting human trafficking, modern day slavery and immigration crime.’ Her published article through the Criminal Bar Association on duress and section 45 Modern Slavery Act 2015 was referenced in a House of Lords debate on proposed amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill.

Paramjit is the contributing author to the chapter on Modern Slavery and Immigration Offences in the leading Criminal Practitioner Text, Blackstone’s Criminal Practice. She has been a speaker at the Justice Colloquium on Coercive Control at De Montfort University and on updates relating to Article 4 to the Criminal Law Review conference.

Paramjit has been leading junior counsel against silk counsel in both high profile modern slavery cases, as well as in Appellate work and first instance work.

Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and s45 Modern Slavery Act defence

Paramjit has a significant ground breaking practice concerning Human Trafficking, Modern Slavery, County Lines, and section 45 Modern Slavery Act 2015 Defences. She conducts leading junior work in multi-handed trials and has done so even before the 2015 legislation came into force (Acquittal secured for Defendant in 2013 multi handed exploitation case –

In addition to being the contributing author to the chapter on Modern Slavery and Immigration Offences in Blackstone’s Criminal Practice, she is a contributing author to chapters on criminal court process, special measures and criminal appeal process in Bloomsbury Professional ‘Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Law and Practice’ 2020.  She has provided updates on the Nationality and Borders Act 2022 (Blackstone’s Briefing, Autumn 2022) and updates on how AAD and others [2022] EWCA Crim 106 applies in practice (Crimeline).

She has been a speaker at seminars and workshops, including internationally at the ECPAT Conference in Paris to judges and lawyers from 7 European Countries- on ‘Trafficking for Criminal Exploitation,’ as well as a speaker at the Judicial College on Modern Slavery updates in 2022 and Oct 2023 and with the Criminal Bar Association on Human Trafficking in 2022.

Advisory work

Paramjit has provided advisory work in relation to Disclosure Barring Services, VRR’s and illegal working legislation, in addition to the advising of charities (e.g. Class Acts- examining modern slavery legislation across the UK).

Paramjit has spoken at conferences particularly on issues of Modern Slavery, duress, coercive control and domestic abuse including:

  • 2022- Human Trafficking – Criminal Bar Association members.
  • 2022- speaker at seminar to Criminal Cases Review Commission on coercive control issues in appeals.
  • 2021- Speaker – criminal law module -Open University – reform of duress
  • 2020 – Speaker at Justice Colloquium on Coercive Control at De Montfort University
  • 2019- Criminal Law Review conference – updates Article 4.
  • 2019- LAPG conference

Paramjit was previously a trustee of the charity ‘Women In Prison’ and is on the advisory board for the charity ‘APPEAL.’ Post Bar school Paramjit worked with AMICUS and a death row charity in the US specialising in appeals, and post qualification worked with a charity Immigration Advisory Service working on Immigration appeals in Birmingham and London.

What the directories say

Paramjit is an outstanding junior. She combines excellent organisational skills with good judgement, hard work and commitment.
Legal 500


BA Jurisprudence (Oxon)

Professional Memberships

Criminal Bar Association
Member of Social Mobility Committee – CBA


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