HARSHA RUPASINGHE

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Solicitor (Partner)

AREAS OF PRACTICE 

Harsha Rupasinghe is a Partner at Lloyds PR Solicitors and a prominent legal practitioner. He represents the firm’s client base throughout the entire criminal litigation process, starting off with at the Police Station and the Magistrates’ Court, where he represents clients in the crucial early stages of litigation. He has acted for individuals, corporate bodies and governments in high-profile cases including investigations conducted by 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”).

Harsha fights ferociously for those that have been charged with serious criminal offences such as murder, kidnap and rape. He has extensive experience in cutting-edge economic crime matters including fraud, asset restraint, cash forfeiture, confiscation and civil recovery and advises clients on money laundering, bribery and corruption. In addition, Harsha has a successful record of resisting extradition requests, particularly 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 and relatable individual. He is savvy, streetwise and understands the various pressures clients are under, not just legally but economically and socially. He appreciates the fear and concern a client endures throughout legal proceedings. He takes a proactive approach in supporting and advising them in order to ensure that they have the best defence available to them.

Harsha has an infectious energy that puts clients at ease when having privileged conversations about very sensitive matters. Clients are reassured by his attention to minute detail and impressive memory – his is always armed to defend his clients throughout the criminal litigation process. They trust him with their lives, and he never lets them down. An expert tactician, he has yet to be taken aback by any enforcement agency’s strategic master-plan.

 

DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS

LEGAL 500 (2017)

‘Great tactician’

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 recognized 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

  • R v Milka, 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 Subramanian, 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. 

  • R v Elkurd, Operation Prelacy, Southwark Crown Court

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

  • Operation Viking, Southwark Crown Court

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

  • R v Kumarathas, Operation Civilian, Southwark Crown Court

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

  • R v Sriskantharajah, Operation Veneer, Southwark Crown Court  - Read More

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

  • R v Kasim, Operation Enderby 2 (Phase 1), Central Criminal Court

Representing the first defendant of sixteen in a money laundering case concerning the United Kingdom and Hong Kong that is being investigated by the NCA.  The CPS alledged that the group was involved in laundereing in excess of £30 million.

  • R v Mohan, Operation Enderby 2 (Phase 2), Central Criminal Court

Representing the first defendant of sixteen in the second trial involved money laundering case concerning the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. The case was  investigated by the NCA. This was the second phase of the case. The cps alledged that group was involved in laundereing well over £30 million.

  • R v Nobre, Operation Yuletide, Southwark Crown Court - Read More

Represented 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. The defendant managed to divert 100 Million using  a UK solictors  account.

  • Rv Operation Lime stone

Representing a defendant,  a director of a company in relation to a case concerning laundering money for Albanian drugs cartels. The total amount laundered in excess of £100 million.  (on going investigation)

  • Operation Daniel , Southwark Crown Court

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

  • R v Zaidi and Abbas, Kingston Crown Court

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 Arachchi, Southwark Crown Court

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

  • R v Akinlabi, 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 also referred to as the Harrods Fraud.

  • R v Mashru, 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 alleged to have defrauded a bank to secure a £1.2 million loan against a high value central london property.

  • R v Khoda, Operation Tarlac, Leicester Crown Court

Representing a defendant charged with conspiring to defraud and launder money which is estimated to be in excess of £12 million. The victims were government organisations such as the NHS. In excess of 10 separate conspiracies were identified with over 17 defendants.

  • R v Khan & Others, Operation Enstone, ( on going Invetigation )

Representing a defendant that is involved in a large-scale fraud and money laundering investigation with cash values over £200 million. The comoany is inve

  • 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 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. Covert recordings were heavily relied on by the prosecution. The company alledged to have  launderd ober  £60 million.

  • R  v  Hafeez, Operation Cassius, Harrow Crown Court

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

  • R v Balasingham, Southwark Crown Court

Represented a defendant who was charged with money laundering and fraud by false representation that allegedly occurred between 2009 – 2014 and resulted in a large number of victims. The case involved bank fraud and transfering money from accounts. The totall loss to the UK clearing banks estimated to be aproximately £16 million. 

  • Operation Paramatta, Southwark Crown Court

Represented the lead defendant 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.

  • R v Bala, Canterbury Crown Court

Represented the partner of a Nigerian Prince accused of immigration fraud. The alledged fraud was in excess of £86 million.

  • R v Chambers, Winchester Crown Court

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

  • Rv Operation Lime Stone

Representing the senior director of a company alledged to have involved in Laundering money for Drug cartels in UK by using his MSB. The case is investigated by the HMRC . The comoany is alledged to have laundered over 120 million.

  • R v B, Harrow Crown Court

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

  • R v S, Harrow Crown Court

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

 

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.

 

HOMICIDE

  • R v Garang (Operation ), Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant charged with the murder of a 23 year old in the Woodgreen area. This was alleged to be a revenge attack stemming from a  previous financial transaction.

  • R v 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.(on going case)

  • R v 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.(on going case)

  • R v 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. ( on going case)

  • R v 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 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. The defendant was arrested in Jameica and extradited to UK to stand trial.

  • R v Hansen (Operation Kappacorner), Central Criminal Court

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

  • R v 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. The defemdant was acquitted of muder.

  • R v Mazikana (Operation Laira), Central Criminal Court

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

  • R v 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 Miah, Central Criminal Court

Represented the defendant in a murder case that became a landmark ruling in baby shaking murder prosecutions. The defendant was aquited of murder.

  • R v Anantharaja, Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant in a Tamil gangland murder and attempted murder case.

  • R v Lubango, Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant in a murder that was caused by stabbing. The client alledged to have serious involvement with south London gangs.

  • R v Pham, Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant charged with murder.  The prosecution aledged that defendant was a prominent vietnamies gang member and was involved in managing number of canabis farms in South London area. The defendant was aquited of murder

  • R v Dhaqane, Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant charged with murder. The prosecutein aledged that defendant was aprominant member of a somalian gang in north London. He was described during the trial as the main suspect of the murder.  The defendant was aquited of murder.

  • R v Reis Relvas, Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant charged with murder. The defendant was known as a gang leader and prosecuteion aledged that attacke was pre planned by the defendant.

  • R v Singh, Central Criminal Court 

Represented a defendant charged with murder. This was prosecuted as a honour based crime. The defendant was alleged to have been contracted to carry out the killing.  

  • R v Bucknor, Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant charged with murder caused by shooting and then subsequently driving away. The prosecution alledged that defendant  was a prominent member of a gang in south London.

  • R v Jachimowicz, St Albans Crown Court

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

  • R v Baboi, Birmingham Crown Court

Represented a defendant charged with murder.

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

Represented a defendant charged with murder. This was a gang related case where the incident happened in broad daylight at a bookmakers on Old Kent Road. The defendant was aquited of muder.

  • R v  Kuci, Central Criminal Court

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

  • 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 charged with the attempted murder of a police officer.

  • R v McInerney, Reading Crown Court

Represented a defendant charged with attempted murder.

  • R v Simmons, St Albans Crown Court

Represented a defendant charged with attempted murder.

  • R v Sultana, St Albans Crown Court

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

  • R v Dawood, Snaresbrook Crown Court

Represented a defendant charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

  • R v Bordenue, St Albans Crown Court

Represented a defendant charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

  • R v Kasai, Wood Green Crown Court

Represented a defendant charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

  • Operation Geneview, Central Criminal Court

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

  • Operation Homebush, Central Criminal Court

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

 

TERRORISM

  • Operation Osmoregulation, Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant charged with an offence of conspiracy to supply a Firearm to the main defendant who was alleged to be preparing the commission of Terrorism Offences. This was one of several foiled plots by the Counter Terrorism Squad in 2017.

  • Operation Bagonda, Central Criminal Court

Represented a youth alleged to disemminating Terrorist Material via youtube and other social media channels.

  • 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 of a slavery conspiracy investigated by the Hertfordshire Police’s Major Crime Unit and prosecuted by the CPS.

  • R v Wang , Norwich Crown Court

Represented a defendant who was charged with conspiracy to commit prostitution related offences. The defendant was aledged to have led a group involved in traficing young women for prostitution.

  • R v Sabova, Guildhall Middlesex Crown Court

Represented a defendant who was charged with being involved in a human trafficking and prostitution conspiracy. The defendant was alledged to have mananaged brothals for Albanian gang. The number of victims were caged and used as prostitues.

  • 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.

  • R v Zarifi, (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. This case involves well over 50 victims according to the CPS. (on going case)

  • R v Zarei, (Operation Dryad), Chelmsford Crown Court

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 Perry (Operation Yena), Central Criminal Court

Represented a defendant 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 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 charged with being involved in a £40 million-armed robbery at the Graff Diamond jeweller. This was described as the largest Diamond Heist in UK.

  • R v Toomist, 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. 

  • Rv Cuni – Blackfries Crown court

Represented the lead defendant  in relation to importation of Class A  drugs into UK by using a Bently. The crown aledged that Bantley was said to have brought drugs 34 times each time in excess of 60 KG of high purity class A 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