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Minka Braun

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Minka Braun
Legal 500 UK Awards 2015: Winner
"She defends in murder, modern slavery and firearms cases."

Legal 500, 2019

"One of the most eloquent crime juniors and a silk in the making."

Legal 500

Practice

Minka is a highly sought-after and successful criminal defence barrister. She is frequently instructed in multi-handed cases alleging the full spectrum of serious offences including terrorism, murder, fraud, rape, kidnapping and large-scale drug supply and importation.

“She defends in murder, modern slavery and firearms cases.”
Legal 500 2019

One of the most eloquent crime juniors and a silk in the making.”
Legal 500 2017

“Extremely thorough, conscientious, able and hardworking.”
Legal 500 2016

Significant cases

Homicide

R v Austin
Murder case in which the deceased was struck by a vehicle in the course of a dispute over drugs. At the request of the QC leading, conducted cross-examination of all eye witnesses and wrote and delivered the closing speech.

R v Nixon
An acquittal was secured in this manslaughter case where the deceased, after having been struck to the ground by the defendant, was run over by a passing car. The case involved careful and sensitive analysis of causation and raised issues of novus actus.

R v Edrich
Spousal murder case involved complex issues relating to fitness to plead.

R v Ramirez & Others
‘Brandy bottle murder’ case in which a drug barons punished a street dealer for his perceived disloyalty.

Kidnapping & False Imprisonment

R v Bryan & Others
Acquittals were secured in a case involving kidnapping, false imprisonment and grievous bodily harm (GBH) by the branding of young girls with a steam iron. Acquittals followed careful consideration of the limitations of joint enterprise.

R v Ngwendema & Others
Multi-handed conspiracy to kidnap and falsely imprison the 14-year-old brother of a rival gang member.

Firearms

R v Mohammed & Others
Acquittals secured on all counts relating to the possession of an ‘arsenal’ of weapons and firearms. The case involved analysis of and cross-examination in relation to fingerprint quality and placement.

R v Baffoe & Another
Possession of firearms with intent to endanger life trial involved meticulous analysis of the limitations of seemingly ‘incontrovertible’ DNA evidence.

R v Rhys & Others
Acquittal secured in a trial alleging possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Organised Violence

R v Mohammed & Others
Represented the first of four brothers accused, and subsequently acquitted, of GBH. It was alleged that the brothers had avenged their father’s honour outside their mosque. 

R v Cregan & Others
Counsel for first of 28 defendants alleged to be anti-fascist activists involved in organised violence against neo-fascists attending a far-right music event. 

R v Stevens & Others
Secured from the jury their only acquittal in a complex, nine-handed GBH trial.

R v Larman & Others
A successful submission of no case to answer was made in this five-handed GBH trial.

Drugs Offences

R v Rogers & Another
Acquittal secured for a serving British soldier alleged to have imported more than 30 kilograms of cannabis into the UK whilst on leave. The trial involved a cut-throat defence with a fellow serving soldier suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder following deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. 

R v Jojart
Acquittals were secured in a case alleging conspiracy to import a large quantity of Class B drugs.

R v Head & Another
Acquittals were secured in a cut-throat trial case alleging the importation of a large quantity of pure cocaine.

R v Brown
Acquittal secured in case alleging the large-scale importation of cannabis.

R v Masson
Case related to the importation of more than 130 kilograms of cannabis imported into the country in a grand piano. 

Fraud

R v Jean-Jacques
& Others
The only acquittal following a trial for the ‘inside man’ at the bank in a sophisticated £1 million KVM fraud trial. 

R v Hezekiah & Others
Trial involved a sophisticated credit card fraud valued at in excess of £2 million. 

R v Brogan & Another
Leading counsel for the first defendant in an elaborate benefit fraud case. The case involved a five-day fitness to plead hearing relating to the defendant’s serious mental impairment.

R v Maughan & Others
Counsel for the first of five defendants facing allegations of conspiracy to launder the proceeds of crime. Acquittals secured on all counts.

Sexual Offences

R v Nangpal & Others
Acquittals were secured on each count in a high-profile, 12-week trial alleging the gang grooming of two young complainants over the course of a decade.

R v Scaife
Allegation of rape against step-father resulted in acquittals on each count.

R v Reames
Allegations of rape against husband resulted in acquittals on each count.

R v Khan
Allegations of marital rape necessitated careful and sensitive analysis of Sharia law. Acquittals were secured on each count.

R v Barry
A submission of no case to answer was upheld in a trial alleging historic rape.

R v Allen
Historic allegations of indecency against children and more recent allegations of possession of indecent computer images resulted in acquittals on all counts in all three trials.

R v Squires
The cross-examination of a seven-year-old child with mental health difficulties was necessary in this case which alleged serious indecency against children. Sentence was halved on the subsequent appeal. 

R v Hylton
Allegations of sexual assault were made against a defendant who was profoundly deaf and without speech. The use of a deaf cultural expert, along with legal arguments relating to the accommodation necessary to secure a fair trial for this defendant ensured he was acquitted on all counts.

Drugs Offences

R v Mansaram
Acquittals secured on each count in a trial involving the production of a massive quantity of crack cocaine. The case involved considerable surveillance and scientific evidence. 

R v Rogers & Another
Acquittal secured for a serving British soldier alleged to have imported more than 30 kilograms of cannabis into the UK whilst on leave. The trial involved a cut-throat defence with a fellow serving soldier suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder following deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. 

R v Jojart
Acquittals were secured in a case alleging conspiracy to import a large quantity of Class B drugs.

R v Head & Another
Acquittals were secured in a cut-throat trial case alleging the importation of a large quantity of pure cocaine.

R v Brown
Acquittal secured in case alleging the large-scale importation of cannabis.

R v Masson
Case related to the importation of more than 130 kilograms of cannabis imported into the country in a grand piano.

Other Offences

R v Muhid & Others
Junior counsel for one of eight defendants in ‘Al-Qaeda fundraising’ trial. The case involved careful analysis of speeches made by defendants in a mosque, along with consideration of the permitted parameters of free speech and the right to manifest religious belief. 

R v Pun and Others
Junior counsel in lengthy trial alleging a conspiracy to facilitate the breach of immigration law.

R v Torto
Junior counsel in the ‘bogus college case’ involving a sophisticated people-smuggling ring. 

R v Winter
Case of causing death by dangerous driving with multiple fatalities required analysis of numerous technical expert reports. 

R v Leo
An allegation of arson with intent to endanger life was made against a severely mentally disordered defendant. An acquittal was secured following trial. 

Court of Appeal Cases

R v Tullett [2011] EWCA Crim 2803
The terms of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) were too wide and draconian in prohibiting unsupervised contact with children where there was no evidence of any predisposition towards contact offences with children. 

R v Uhegbu [2011] EWCA Crim 2737
Successfully argued that conviction was unsafe due to inconsistent verdicts. 

R v Guest [2011] EWCA Crim 1542
Appeal against prohibitions contained within a SOPO allowed. 

R v Nwadinobi [2009] EWCA Crim 1006
The Court of Appeal upheld the submission that a direction must be given that time spent in custody should count toward sentence, unless the court forms the opinion (on the basis of material before it) that it is just in all the circumstances not to give such a direction. 

Other information

Minka is an Advanced Advocacy trainer for the Inner Temple. She judges advocacy competitions and is the editor of the Inner Temple Yearbook.

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