Avirup Chaudhuri

Avirup Chaudhuri is a long standing member of chambers with extensive experience of conducting cases involving serious crime, sometimes instructed by the prosecution but mainly for the defence.

He is regularly instructed for the defence in cases, often multi-handed, involving allegations of serious violence, importing and supplying controlled drugs, armed robbery, sexual offences, money laundering, duty evasion and fraud on individuals and larger bodies including the National Health Service, financial institutions and insurance companies (“crash for cash”).

He also receives instructions from the Crown Prosecution Service. Notably he prosecuted, at first instance and on appeal to the Queen’s Bench Division, cases arising from a demonstration against an army parade in Luton which led to the formation of the English Defence League.

He is a member of the Criminal Bar Association and the South Eastern Circuit.  

He is a Bengali speaker.

Notable Cases

R v S (Wood Green)– junior in attempted murder. Shooting of a drug dealer in the course of trying to steal his “stash”.

R v Hancox and Duffy (Snaresbrook) junior in large scale conspiracy to print counterfeit currency at first instance and in the Court of Appeal. This is a leading case on Serious Crime Prevention Orders.

R v N and others (Ipswich)duty evasion (cigarette smuggling)

R v C and others (Southwark) – defending NHS manager on “ghost employee” fraud

R v R and others (Teesside) –defending licensed conveyancer/legal executive in mortgage fraud

R v W and others (Kingston) – main defendant in cash in transit robbery

R v A and others (CCC) – defending “inside man” in armed robbery

R v RK and others (CCC) - principal defendant in s.18/kidnap/false imprisonment/firearms case arising from drugs debt

R v C and others (Croydon) – kidnap/false imprisonment

R v S and others (Maidstone) – conspiracy to import cocaine in massive quantities from South America. Co-defendant became assisting witness for Crown.   

R v G (Reading) - alleged rape by serving soldier.

R v K (Luton) – lead counsel in historic sexual abuse case


  • LL.B (Hons) London


  • Bengali

Professional Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association