Samreen Akhtar – Barrister

I am a barrister specialising in crime and currently practise on the North Eastern Circuit. I am instructed on a wide range of criminal law matters including sexual offences, violent offences and drugs. 


I was the youngest barrister on the Midlands Circuit at the time that I completed my pupillage but a desire to move closer to home meant that I relocated to West Yorkshire.


This year, I was appointed as a Social Mobility Advocate by the Bar Council and featured in the Asian Express newspaper due to this role. I am also a part of the North Eastern Circuit’s “Diversity Outreach Programme” and hope that my role as a Bradford City Champion will enable me to inspire, support and guide those wishing to pursue a career at the Bar.

Sectors worked in and routes taken:


Law degree at the University of Huddersfield – 2006-2009

Bar Vocational Course at BPP Law School, Leeds – 2009-2010 

LLM in Professional Legal Practice – 2012-2013

Pupillage with the Crown Prosecution Service – 2015-2016 

What I would like to get involved in

Inspirational talk

Mentoring / Coaching young people

Visits to my place of work

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