Barrister Maryam Syed

Maryam Syed

Year of call: 1993  

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“Tenacious advocate, who is a force to be reckoned with; good with defendants making them feel at ease in the most difficult of situations.”

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Overview


Maryam Syed is a highly regarded criminal and family practitioner heavily experienced in dealing with serious complex and high profile cases, with a keen interest in International Human Rights Law.

From defending in the Jill Dando Murder at the Old Bailey to prosecuting a RAF Squadron Leader for sexual abuse of boys, to defending a UKIP Councillor in fraud Maryam has dealt with a wealth of complex serious and notorious cases.

Often instructed prior to charge she advises in often highly complicated and distressing matters and is asked to direct the shape of an investigation or defence-the marshalling of evidence then acting at trial.

She has particular expertise in complex serious sexual abuse cases, rape and historic matters often spanning decades.

Maryam is a Grade 4 Prosecutor on both the Rape and Serious Crime Panel Lists

In family she deals with children and allegations of physical and sexual abuse in care proceedings, private law and fact finding.

Maryam has a fearless reputation and is lauded for her ability to talk to and persuade whoever her audience be whether Judge or jury. She is often asked to deal with cases of extreme sensitivity and represent those who are vulnerable or have physical or mental health difficulties.

She regularly commentates both in the written media and on television.

Maryam is fluent in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi and is often called on to deal with allegations of religious and racially motivated crimes.

She is direct access qualified and able to accept instructions directly from lay clients.

Child & Family

Child & Family


Maryam is an experienced family practitioner with emphasis on children. She has acted for both Local Authorities and represented parents and grandparents and other Respondents.

Maryam’s care and adoption work includes cases for mentally disordered clients, for those with learning difficulties and where factitious illness has featured.

In private law again she has a great deal of experience in protracted custody and contact disputes where domestic violence and abuse of the child or wife/mother are alleged.

Experienced in all other Children Act matters, her caseload is also multi-jurisdictional with knowledge on cases in Pakistan.

Her vast experience in dealing with the Criminal side of Serious Child Abuse means she has a special knowledge of NAI and sexual abuse, and where there are allegations of serious multiple sexual abuse by family members.

Again she is experienced with dealing with the particular cultural and religious issues that often arise in proceedings.

She has been instructed in the Crown Court on behalf of Social Services in relation to sensitive disclosure issues in criminal rape/child sex trials.

Maryam is often instructed in relation to Fact Finding Hearings on child sexual abuse and domestic violence.

Memberships


  • FLBA

Child & Family Cases


  • Re W: Initially in public care proceedings then in private custody and contact – representing father in the High Court-mother was found to be dosing child with unnecessary medication and presenting her to hospital – eventually a Supervision order in father’s favour was made.
Financial Crime

Financial Crime


Local Authority, Benefit or Bank fraud, Maryam has acted in numerous cases of fraud, money laundering and restraint and confiscation matters, often with a multi-jurisdictional element.

Financial Crime Cases


  • R v A & Others (2014): Sole Prosecution Counsel – The Defendants had targeted elderly victims with a scam letter from Hong Kong Banks proclaiming a fake inheritance then sought large sums to buy special ink remover and equipment to recover the money. The proceeds were then laundered through a number of accounts, the police mounted a video sting operation to make arrests.
Crime

Crime


From defending in the Jill Dando Murder to prosecuting a RAF Squadron Leader for sexual abuse of boys, to defending a UKIP Councilor in fraud Maryam has dealt with a wealth of complex serious and notorious cases.

Often instructed prior to charge she advises in often highly complicated and distressing matters and is asked to direct the shape of an investigation or defence-the marshalling of evidence then acting at trial.

She regularly represents those charged with organised crime, drugs, gang violence, firearms and Operation Trident cases.

Maryam has defended and prosecuted footballers, teachers, soldiers and politicians and others from all walks of life.

Noted for her meticulous preparation and robust representation she works tirelessly to ensure all stones are turned and that a client is left feeling fully included and their concerns heard and appropriately dealt with.

She is particularly experienced in presenting and contesting complex expert evidence whether it be forensic, cell site and phone records or audio and visual or financial.

Her child abuse cases are routinely over decades in multiple locations with others, High Level Sex Offenders acting at trial but also in ancillary matters advising on the propriety of sex offender and restraining orders.

For a number of years Maryam has acted as Specialist Defence Counsel in prosecutions under the Obscene Publications and Video Recordings Acts.

She has extensive experience in Complex/Sensitive Third Party Disclosure and SOCPA agreements [testifying for the prosecution].

Her articles and comments in The Times, Lawyer, Solicitors Journal, Law Society Gazette and Barrister Magazine have dealt with judicial diversity, anonymity in rape trials, Operation Cotton and the effects of the legal aid cuts and recent high profile sex abuse cases such as Rolf Harris.

Maryam sits as a Recorder in the Crown Court.

Memberships


  • CBA

Crime Cases


  • R v Jordan Worth [2018] – As Sole Prosecution Counsel successful prosecution of young female defendant for controlling behaviour and s18 assaults on her boyfriend for which she received 7.5 years imprisonment.
  • R v Egbujor and Nwenwu [2017] – as Sole Prosecution Counsel successful prosecution of Bishop and Prophetess of London’s largest church – convicted of sexual assault on adult and child female parishioners during private prayer sessions. BBC and Martin Bashir broadcast a special report from court on day of sentence. Appeals against sentence dismissed [2018]
  • R v Muttitt [2017] – as Sole Prosecution Counsel successful prosecution of chemist delivery driver in his 70s convicted of sex attacks on two elderly and disabled women in West London.
  • R v Lewis [2017] – as Sole Prosecution Counsel successfully prosecuted accountant convicted of stealing more than £150K from celebrity clients.
  • R v Hughes John, Raeside & Ors [2014] EWCA Crim 416 – As Sole Prosecution Counsel. Gang Kidnap and Torture case. First Defendant was Former Member of Team GB Bobsleigh Team and Ambassador for the Princes Trust. Two Trials – all convicted, then successfully representing Crown before both Divisional Court-Court of Appeal in 2014. Case now cited in all CPS instruction briefs.
  • R v A and others [2014] – As Sole Prosecution Counsel. The Defendants had targeted elderly victims with a scam letter from Hong Kong Banks proclaiming a fake inheritance then sought large sums to buy special ink remover and equipment to recover the money. The proceeds were then laundered through a number of accounts, the police mounted a video sting operation to make arrests.
  • R v McGrath [2013] – As Sole Prosecution Counsel successful prosecution of RAF Squadron Leader for sexually assaulting young boys.
  • Operation Azerill [2013/14] – As Leading Defence Counsel, complex large drugs importing and dealing conspiracy in London against 5 Defendants.
  • Operation Felix [2013] – As Sole Prosecution Counsel successful prosecution of 4 Defendants for Barclays Bank ram raid and high value car theft conspiracies.
  • Operation Simba-Sole [2012] – As Sole Prosecution Counsel successful prosecution of 6 Russian Defendants involving a three police force operation for sophisticated Conspiracy to Burgle across several counties .
  • R v Urbartas [2010] – As Sole defence counsel, Wisbech “Mattress” Murder-defendant exonerated.
  • R v Lunn [2010] – As Sole Prosecution counsel, cellist with LSO – prosecuted for abuse of boys over 40 years in schools across England.
  • Operation Saltus [2009/10] –  As Leading Defence Counsel, Crimewatch Argos Robberies – only Defendant to be acquitted of the main conspiracy, then acting for 2 Defendants in successful appeals against sentence.
  • R v Barry George [2002] EWCA Crim 1923: The murder of BBC TV Presenter Jill Dando. Representing Barry George, from pre-arrest through trial at the Old Bailey and appeal and applications to the House of Lords and European Court assisting in CCRC submissions – Led by Michael Mansfield QC.

How to get in touch


For more information please contact our clerks by calling +44 (0) 20 7242 3555 or by email.

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Judicial Appointments


  • Recorder in Crown Court (2011)
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