HARSHA RUPASINGHE

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Solicitor (Partner)

AREAS OF PRACTICE 

Harsha Rupasinghe is a Partner at Lloyds PR Solicitors and has been acting as a prominent legal practitioner. He represents the firm’s new and existing client base throughout the entire criminal litigation process, starting off with at the Police Station and the Magistrates’ Court, where he actively represents a variety of clients. He has acted for individuals, corporate bodies and governments and has represented clients that have or are being investigated and prosecuted by one or more enforcement agencies. Such agencies include Interpol, the United States Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), the National Crime Agency (“NCA”), the Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”),  Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”), the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), the Crown Prosecution Service (“CPS”) and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (“MHRA”).

He is first rate lawyer that fights ferociously for those that have been charged with any criminal offence such as murder, kidnap and rape. He has extensive experience in complex economic crime matters including in fraud, asset restraint, cash forfeiture, confiscation and civil recovery and also provides advice to clients on money laundering, bribery and corruption. In addition, Harsha has a successful record of resisting extradition requests and has advised on international investigations involving extraditions to and from the United States of America, Sri Lanka and Azerbaijan.

Not only is he a versatile lawyer with a wealth of legal experience on his side but Harsha is also an incredibly hardworking individual that has experienced life itself, meaning that he can truly relate to and connect with people from all walks of life. Whilst he founded the fast-growing Lloyds PR Solicitors, he has always kept his feet on the ground and is unbelievably streetwise and savvy when it pertains to what his clients are facing and he can appreciate the fear and concern that they are enduring as a result of the proceedings against them. He never lets his clients feel alone and he takes a proactive approach in supporting and advising them and this is because he does everything possible to ensure that they have the best defence available to them.

Harsha has an ability to make clients immediately feel at ease because of his infectious energy and spirit which thereby allows his clients to confide and trust him with the most important thing to them: their lives. His attention to detail and incredible memory allows him to remember even the smallest detail concerning a client’s matter and means that he is always prepared to defend and protect his clients throughout the criminal litigation process. He is never taken back or surprised by the approach taken by any enforcement agency as he is a strategic master-planner and an excellent tactician that has experience of representing clients on cutting-edge, notorious and high-profile cases over the last few years.

 

DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS

LEGAL 500 (2016) 

Harsha is an “extremely intelligent solicitor” that offers a “first class service” and leads a “stand out practice.

 

LEGAL 500 (2015)

Harsha’s client care is described as ‘remarkable'.

 

LEGAL 500 (2014)

Harsha is recognised for his ‘sharp tactical awareness in pre-trial litigation when dealing with the prosecution’.

 

LEGAL 500 (2013)

Harsha is noted as a “very sharp” lawyer.

 

THE LEGAL 500 (2012)

Harsha is identified as being “very experienced”.

 

LEGAL EXPERT DIRECTORY

Harsha is featured as an expert in criminal litigation.

 

NOTABLE CASES

Harsha has led the defence in the following cases:

FRAUD, INSIDER DEALING, MONEY LAUNDERING, BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION

  • Operation Laith, Croydon Crown Court

Represented a defendant in a £44 million cyber-fraud investigated by the FBI in the United States and prosecuted in the United Kingdom by the CPS

  • R v Subramaniam, Blackfriars Crown Court - Read More

Represented a defendant in a £430 million global fraud investigation spanning 22 countries, led by the United States Secret Service, FBI and SOCA (the forerunner to the NCA) and prosecuted in the United Kingdom by the CPS. 

  • Operation Prelacy, Southwark Crown Court

Represented a defendant in a £200 million fraud investigated by SOCA (the forerunner to the NCA).

  • Operation Viking

Represented a defendant in a £150 million fraud investigated by HMRC.

  • Operation Civilian, Southwark Crown Court

Represented a defendant in a  £137 million fraud investigated by HMRC and prosecuted by the CPS

  • Operation Veneer, Southwark Crown Court  - Read More

Represented a defendant in a £150 million fraud investigated and prosecuted by HMRC.   

  • Operation Enderby 2, Central Criminal Court (on going)

Representing the first defendant of sixteen in a multi-million pound money laundering case concerning the United Kingdom and Hong Kong that is being investigated by the NCA.

  • Operation Yuletide, Southwark Crown Court (on going) - Read More

Representing a defendant in a €100 million fraud concerning a large multinational company where funds were laundered through Malta, Spain, Lichtenstein, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Cyprus and Sri Lanka.

  • R v Operation Daniel , Southwark Crown Court (on going)

Representing a defendant in a £12 million pharmaceutical fraud case investigated and prosecuted by the MHRA.

  • Operation Laith, Croydon Crown Court

Represented a defendant in a £44 million cyber-fraud investigated by the FBI in the United States and prosecuted in the United Kingdom by the CPS.

  • R v Zaidi and Abbas , Kingston Crown Cour

Represented a defendant in a multi-million pound global conspiracy to distribute counterfeit pharmaceuticals prosecuted by the MHRA.

  • R v RasooL, Manchester Crown Court

Represented a defendant in a large-scale conspiracy to defraud Apple’s iTunes.

  • R v Arachi, Southwark Crown Court

Represented a defendant in a £69 million money laundering case prosecuted by HMRC - scale immigration fraud.

  • Operation Dorper, Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant in a SOCA (the forerunner to the NCA) investigation into a Trojan virus cybercrime sent via job adverts on Gumtree.

  • Operation Heartsease, Southwark Crown Court  

Represented a defendant alleged to have conspired with a group to fake his kidnap and blackmail his father for $1,000,000.00 in gold bullion.

  • R v Moorcroft, Southwark Crown Court 

Represented a defendant that was alleged to have defrauded a bank to secure a £1.2 million loan against a property not belonging to them.

  • Operation Tarlac, Leicester Crown Court

Representing a defendant that is charged with conspiring to defraud and launder money which is estimated to be in excess of £12 million.

  • Operation Blackstone/Enstone, Southwark Crown Court 

Representing a defendant that is involved in a large-scale fraud and money laundering investigation with cash values over £100 million. 

  • Operation Arylide, Southwark Crown Court

Representing a client that is charged with money laundering, forgery and regulatory offences dating back to 2014 in respect to a money services’ business.

  • Operation Susumo, Southwark Crown Court

Represented a defendant that is charged with money laundering and regulatory offences in respect to three separate money exchange bureaus; the value of the money allegedly laundered was in the range of multi-million-pound transaction figures.

  • Zahid Hafeez (Operation Cassius), Harrow Crown Court

Represented a client that was charged with providing services to overseas students to fraudulently meet requirements to obtain visas to remain in the UK.

  • R v Christie Barlas, Southwark Crown Court

Representing a client who is charged with money laundering and fraud by false representation that allegedly occurred between 2009 – 2014 and resulted in a large number of victims.

  • R v Govoreanu, Southwark Crown Court

Represented a client that was charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation worth a total value of over £2 million.

  • Operation Paramatta, Southwark Crown Court

Represented the lead defendant that was alleged to have conspired with others to commit a theft where vulnerable victims were convinced over the phone to hand over money to an organised criminal group.

 

CONFISCATION, CIVIL RECOVERY, RESTRAINT ORDERS, CASH SEIZURE AND FORFEITURE  

  • Operation Veneer, Southwark Crown Court (on going)

Represented a defendant in a £150 million fraud that was investigated and prosecuted by HMRC; now representing the defendant in respect to their confiscation and cash forfeiture proceedings.

  • Operation Prelacy, Southwark Crown Court (on going)  

Representing a defendant in respect to their confiscation and restraint order proceedings where the benefit figure is in excess of £192 million (second largest).

  • R v GBT, Canterbury Crown Court (on going)

Representing the wife of a Nigerian Prince accused of immigration fraud. The benefit figure is in excess of £4.7 million.

  • R v Chambers, Winchester Crown Court (on going)

Representing a defendant in their confiscation proceedings arising from a conspiracy to import Class A drugs.

  • R v B, Harrow Crown Court (on going)

Representing a defendant in a £18m VAT fraud involving over 20 companies.

  • R v S, Harrow Crown Court

Represented a defendant in respect to their confiscation proceedings arising from a three-year conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

  • R v Z, Kingston Crown Court

Represented a defendant in respect to their confiscation proceedings arising from a conspiracy to assist illegal immigration from Iran by creating fraudulent documentation.

  • R v B, St Albans Crown Court

Represented a defendant in respect to their confiscation proceedings arising from a VAT fraud concerning five companies.

  • R v C, Harrow Crown Court

Represented a defendant in respect to their confiscation proceedings arising from a multi-jurisdictional supply of drugs.

  • R v I, Guildford Crown Court

Represented a defendant in respect to their confiscation proceedings arising from a conspiracy to cultivate cannabis on an industrial scale.

  • R v S, Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant in respect to their confiscation proceedings arising from a series of armed robberies across East London.

  • R v A, Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant in respect to their confiscation proceedings arising from a serious of armed robberies across London.

  • R v Wang, Bristol Crown Court

Represented a defendant in respect to their confiscation and cash forfeiture proceedings following the allegation of Proceeds of Crime Act (“POCA”) offences.

 

HOMICIDE

  • R v Prashad Sothilingham (Operation Lightpill), Central Criminal Court

Representing a client who was one of eight that was charged with one count of murder, four counts of attempted murder and one count of violent disorder.

  • R v Tommy Roome (Operation Marldon), Central Criminal Court

Representing a client who is one of three that is charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder.

  • R v Jahmico Trott (Operation Maidenwell), Central Criminal Court

Represented a client that had been charged with one count of murder by allegedly carrying out a shooting using a Skorpian machine gun.

  • R v Jermaine Reid (Operation Lington), Central Criminal Court

Represented a client that was charged with one count of murder and two counts of possession with intent to supply and defended the client as such that he was acquitted of murder but convicted of manslaughter on a joint basis after a three-week trial.

  • R v Gavin Allen (Operation Jengan), Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant that was acquitted of the murder of a victim that sustained six gunshot wounds inside a nightclub.

  • R v Ata Hassen (Operation Kappacorner), Central Criminal Court

Represented a client that was acquitted of murder and convicted of manslaughter.

  • R v Jewel Uddin (Operation Pipette), Central Criminal Court

Represented a client that was charged with causing and allowing the death of a vulnerable adult, who was a family member.

  • Operation Laira, Central Criminal Court

Represented a client that was charged with the murder of his wife within the family home.

  • R v Milan Sutherland (Operation Leweston), Central Criminal Court

Represented a client that had been charged with conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm with intent and was linked to a murder.

  • R v Perry (Operation Yena), Central Criminal Court

Represented a client that was charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

  • R v Moore-Martin, Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with two robberies and an attempted robbery, and possession of a firearm.

  • R v Miah, Central Criminal Court

Represented the defendant in a murder case that became a landmark ruling in baby shaking murder prosecutions.

  • R v Anantharaja, Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant in a gangland murder case.

  • R v Lubango, Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant in a murder that was caused by stabbing.

  • R v Pham, Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with murder.

  • R v Dhaqane, Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with murder.

  • R v Reis Relvas, Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with murder.

  • R v Singh, Central Criminal Court 

Represented a defendant that was charged with murder and that in the context of it being an honour killing.

  • R v Bucknor, Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with murder that was caused by shooting and then subsequently driving away.

  • R v Jachimowicz, St Albans Crown Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with murder whereby it was alleged that he had killed his father and buried the body in the garden.

  • R v Baboi, Birmingham Crown Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with murder.

  • R v Akanbi (a youth), Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with murder.

  • R v Kuci, Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with conspiracy to murder; an attack was allegedly carried out by throwing acid in a so-called honour-based revenge.

  • R v Shafique, Sheffield Crown Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with conspiracy to murder.

  • R v Mclnerney, Woolwich Crown Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with the attempted murder of a police officer.

  • R v McInerney, Reading Crown Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with attempted murder.

  • R v Simmons, St Albans Crown Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with the attempted murder.

  • R v Sultana, St Albans Crown Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice in relation to a murder (the “thumb from the sky” case).

  • R v Darwood, Snaresbrook Crown Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

  • R v Bordenue, St Albans Crown Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

  • R v Kasai, Wood Green Crown Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

  • Operation Geneview, Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with the murder of a youth by stabbing.

  • Operation Homebush, Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with murdering a twenty-one-year-old university student during a street fight between two groups.

 

TERRORISM

  • Operation Iridescent, Southwark Crown Court - Read More

Represented a defendant in respect to a multinational counter-terrorism investigation into the supply/sale of a drug called khat across Europe and North America; the proceeds of which were alleged to have funded a terrorist organisation in Somalia called Al-Shabaab

 

SLAVERY, PROSTITUTION, HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND FACILITATION OFFENCES

  • Operation Netwing, Luton Crown Court - Read More

Represented a defendant in respect to a slavery conspiracy investigated by the Hertfordshire Police’s Major Crime Unit and prosecuted by the CPS.

  • R v W, Norwich Crown Court

Represented a defendant who was charged with conspiracy to commit prostitution related offences.

  • R v S, Guildhall Middlesex Crown Court

Represented a defendant who was charged with being involved in a human trafficking and prostitution conspiracy.

  • Operation Sendal, Croydon Crown Court

Represented a defendant that faced a SOCA (the forerunner to the NCA) investigation in relation to the facilitation of non-EU migrant’s illegal in to UK and across Europe.

  • Operation Curfew, Kingston Crown Court

Represented a defendant that faced a SOCA (the forerunner to the NCA) investigation in relation to the facilitation of non-EU migrant’s illegal in to UK and across Europe.

  • Operation Gesticulate, Kingston Crown Court

Represented a defendant that faced a SOCA investigation in relation to the facilitation of illegal immigrants.

  • Operation Veerde, Isleworth Crown Court - Read More

Represented a defendant who was alleged to have been involved in the trafficking of vulnerable young females from Czech Republic for sexual exploitation and sham marriages in the United Kingdom.

  • Operation Fort, Birmingham Crown Court 

Representing a number of defendants in a case of modern slavery which includes over eighty victims that have been trafficked across Europe from disadvantaged areas and into the United Kingdom.

  • R v Hussein Zarei (Operation Dryad),

Represented a defendant that was charged with multiple sexual offences including rape of a minor.

  • Operation Rakuyou, Southwark Crown Court

Represented the lead defendant that was involved in the trafficking of females, mostly Romanian, into the United Kingdom for the purpose of sexually exploiting them. 

 

ROBBERY

  • R v S, Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with being involved in a series of armed robberies across East London.

  • R v Beyene, Woolwich Crown Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with being involved in a £40 million-armed robbery at the Graff Diamond jeweller.

  • R v T&L, Leeds Crown Court

Represented a defendant that was extradited from Estonia for a number of high value jewellery robberies in the Leeds area. 

  • R v S, Wood Green Crown Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with committing an armed robbery of high value goods.

  • R v Sarik, Leeds Crown Court

Representing a defendant that was charged with committing the robbery of a high value jeweller.

  • Operation Sanga, Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant that was a participant in a two-year campaign of armed robberies that was subsequently investigated by the Flying Squad.

 

DRUGS

  • R v DJ, Southwark Crown Court

Representing a defendant in a £12 million pharmaceutical fraud case investigated and prosecuted by the MHRA.

  • Operation Opaque & Rome, Central Criminal Court - Read More

Representing a defendant in a £150 million drug conspiracy investigated by SOCA (the forerunner to the NCA) and Dutch authorities and prosecuted by the CPS.

  • R v Biles, Blackfriars Crown Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with conspiring to supply Class A drugs.

  • R v Tereziu, Ipswich Crown Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with importing Class A drugs. 

  • R v Nash, Kingston Crown Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with importing Class A drugs. 

  • R v Hussain, St Albans Crown Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with importing Class A drugs. 

  • R v George, Cambridge Crown Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with importing Class A drugs. 

  • R v Ali, Manchester Crown Court

Represented a defendant in high profile conspiracy to supply drugs case.

  • R v Green, Birmingham Crown Court

Represented a defendant in a conspiracy to supply Class A drugs case.

  • R v Kavenar, Canterbury Crown Court

Represented a defendant that was charged with importing 2500 kilograms of Class B drugs.

  • R v A Buddi, Birmingham Crown Court

Represented a defendant, who was a Hungarian national and lorry driver, in a £8.5 million-pound importation of cigarettes case that was prosecuted by HMRC.

  • Operation Aflow

Represented a defendant that was charged with conspiring to import Class A drugs.

  • R v Mungrah (Operation Pulex), Kingston Crown Court

Representing a defendant that is charged with conspiring to import Class A and Class B drugs. 

 

MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS

  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association
  • Amnesty International
  • Liberty
  • Justice
  • Sri Lankan Lawyers Association

 

CONTACT DETAILS

M : 0795 684 5769

T  : 0208 963 1050

F  : 0208 963 1975

E : harsha@lloydspr.com