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Manoj is an extremely experienced senior counsel who appears in complex Crown Court cases involving murder, serious fraud, money laundering, drug offences and allegations of serious violence.

Manoj was called to the bar in 2001 and practiced at 1 Mitre Court Buildings, the chambers of Lord Gifford QC, before joining Lloyds PR Solicitors in May 2009 and becoming a partner shortly thereafter, in 2010.

A “first class legal brain”, as per Legal 500, Manoj oversees the advocacy department and is responsible for the day-to-day running, growth and development of the firm. Under Manoj’s leadership, Lloyds PR has become one of the largest legal aid firms in the United Kingdom and has diverted the firm towards a modern way of working, investing in IT and tech solutions that specifically address the greatest issues facing those working in the legal sector today. It is therefore no surprise that he has previously advised the BBC on issues such as the admissibility of evidence.

Manoj has appeared as defence counsel in high profile investigations brought by international and domestic agencies including Interpol, the US Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the National Crime Agency, the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue and Customs, the Financial Conduct Authority and the various branches of the Crown Prosecution Service.

Notably, Manoj appeared as Junior Counsel in the reported case of R v Bucknor, a landmark ruling concerning the correct approach to the admissibility of evidence from social networking sites.

Notable cases include: Homicide: R v A, Central Criminal Courts (Murder) stabbing in a bookmaker in South London; R v SA, Central Criminal Court (Murder) stabbing in the streets; R v D, Central Criminal Court (Murder) stabbing; R v P, Central Criminal Court (Murder) victim was kidnapped and tortured to death by a drugs gang; R v S, Central Criminal Court (Murder) honour killing; R v J, St Albans Crown Court (murder) defendant accused of killing father and burying body in garden. Acquitted of murder and manslaughter; R v F, Birmingham Crown Court (murder); R v A, Cambridge Crown Court (murder); R v K, Central Criminal Court (conspiracy to murder) attack carried out by throwing acid in an honour-based revenged attack. Fraud: Operation CIVILIAN: £137m fraud investigation by HMRC. Operation Veneer (£150m fraud investigation being prosecution by HMRC). R v A, multi-million pound global conspiracy to distribute counterfeit pharmaceuticals. One of the largest MHRA prosecutions and a very high cost case; R v G, fraud involving over a million pounds of counterfeit designer clothes; R v G, ‘boiler room’ fraud. Involved the dishonest sale of company shares to UK investors by an offshore brokerage. Extent of fraud – £4,000,000; R v S, (cyber fraud) multi-million pound fraud carried out worldwide through notorious ‘dark market’ website. Joint investigation by SOCA, FBI and US Secret Service; R v A (money laundering) £69,000,000 money laundering through money-exchange bureau; R v M, Croydon Crown Court (cyber fraud) £44,000,000 banking fraud. Investigated by FBI and SOCA. Very high cost case.




Trained Chambers of Lord Gifford QC, 1 Mitre Court Buildings, Temple, London; qualified 2001; partner 2010. Following his call to the Bar in 2001, Manoj practiced at the independent bar where he was a tenant at 1 Mitre Court Buildings, Chambers of Lord Gifford QC.



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London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general

Lloyds PR Solicitors acts in complex criminal cases at the highest levels. The department operates with multiple specialist teams, so as to provide both breadth and depth at all levels, from the police station upwards. Harsha Rupasinghe and solicitor Mohsin Ariff lead the serious and complex crime team, which manages high-value and multijurisdictional matters, including fraud, drugs conspiracies, and terrorism. Prasad Palihawadana heads the Police Sation and Magistrates’ Court departments, while Manoj Rupasinghe  manages advocacy needs, and provides strategic oversight of the firm’s cases. Solicitor Ieva Giedraityte has expertise in extradition, and defends a varied range of cases. Solicitor Natasha Patel is also noted.