Mr Sailesh Mehta > Red Lion Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Red Lion Chambers
Red Lion Chambers


Sailesh has defended and prosecuted in some of the most serious, complex and law-defining cases in the last 25 years. Law Directories have cited him as “a real heavyweight”, “a charismatic advocate” and “a leader in his field”. 

Sailesh’s areas of practice include serious crime (murder, kidnap, people smuggling); large-scale fraud and corruption; regulatory (health & safety, environmental and fire); terrorism (his recent case is the authority for sentencing terrorism cases).  His cases frequently attract media attention.

He routinely advises large companies, their directors and regulatory authorities at national level, often when there have been fatalities or major pollution incidents.  He has prosecuted a number of the largest companies in Europe (Thames Water, Siemens, Balfour Beatty, Biffa) in relation to environmental and health & safety offences.  He has recently clarified and defined the law relating to international pollution. His pro-bono work includes representation for the HS2 Protestors.


Called 1986 (Lincolns Inn); Recorder of the Crown Court.


Editorial Board Member of “Mithani: Directors’ Disqualification”.


Bar Human Rights Committee (founding member)

Society of Asian Lawyers (founding member)

Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association (HSLA)

Elected Member of the Bar Council (2010 -2013)

Criminal Bar Association Executive Committee (2010 – 2013)

Chair of the Trustees of the BLD Foundation (2015-2016)

Trustee of Civitas Maxima (United Kingdom) Trust (2017) a UK charity which assists victims of torture, war crimes and crimes against humanity by gathering evidence which will assist in bringing the perpetrators of such crimes to justice.


Manchester University

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Sailesh MehtaRed Lion ChambersOne of the most intelligent barristers in the field of environmental law.

London Bar > Health and safety

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Sailesh MehtaRed Lion Chambers‘He is dignified and unassuming, yet lethal in court’.