Kwaku Awuku-Asabre

Year of Call: 2015  


Overview


Kwaku has appeared both as single advocate and junior counsel in a wide variety of cases ranging from R v JA, murder trial to R v LA, an Environmental Agency (“EA”) prosecution in which the EA sought a benefit figure of £4.6m, to DP v AS, a matter in the Privy Council where the appellant sought to pierce the corporate veil to SF, a lengthy article 2 Coroner’s inquest.

Outside court Kwaku has undertaken disclosure work for the Government Legal Department in relation to both the Grenfell Tower and Cyprus Colonial Litigation disclosure projects.

Before pursuing a career in the law, Kwaku worked as a fixed income analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch dealing primarily with structured products in the UK banks space. Prior to commencing pupillage, Kwaku worked as a paralegal for Lambeth Council on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Prosecution


R v KT – Prosecution of possession of a bladed article trial. The defendant was convicted, the Crown’s principal witness at the time was under investigation for perversion of the course of justice.

Defence


R v JA – Murder trial. Junior Counsel for the first defendant where the second defendant ran a cut-throat defence. There was a substantial amount of unused material to review, substantial legal argument concerning bad character, identification and exclusion of evidence, in a trial involving 15 live civilian witnesses.

R v LA – Junior counsel representing a director of several companies in complex confiscation proceedings brought by the Environment Agency in which EA alleged that the corporate veil should be pierced, and that personal benefit was in excess of £4.6m. A settlement was successfully negotiated of the confiscation order with a benefit figure of £200,000 and an available amount also of £200,000.

R v AT – Aggravated burglary. Despite relevant previous convictions and comments by defendant leading to further convictions relied upon against him in trial, defendant acquitted of the charge.

R v PL – Joint enterprise knife point robbery involving a vulnerable witness for whom ground rules were required and appropriate questions vetted and put. Several attempts to rely upon the defendant’s bad character made and successfully resisted.

R v LS – Matter proceeded in absence of the defendant. Possession with intent to supply class B drugs. After police pursuit the defendant was found in the front passenger seat of a vehicle, the driver having made off, holding a bag containing what was said to be class B drugs and associated paraphernalia. LS was acquitted.

Road Traffic


Kwaku represents clients in driving matters on a frequent basis, in cases ranging from death by careless driving to speeding and use of a mobile phone whilst driving. In each matter he brings the attention to detail and nuanced approach necessary to be effective in this area of law.

R v JE – Death by careless driving in which JE collided fatally with a cyclist who was pregnant at the time. On a plea and full admission and remorse for the offence a suspended sentence was secured.

R v YC – An allegation of careless driving. Both YC and the complainant suffered life altering injuries including brain damage following a collision at night, neither party able to remember the incident at all.

R v NC – Successfully represented a former policeman seen by two officers allegedly using mobile phone whilst driving.

Appeals


DP v AS – Privy Council Appeal concerning piercing of the cooperate veil to allow a party to a contract concerning the rental of commercial property to trace liability to DP as opposed to the company operated by DP which DP held to be the tenant under contract.

R v JI – Crown court appeal concerning two robbery matters and one matter of joint enterprise knife point robbery. There had been numerous breaches of PACE Code D with regards to the obtaining, recording and disclosure of identification evidence in the Magistrates court, these breaches were dealt with by submission at appeal. Sentence varied at appeal from an 18-month Detention and Training Order to a 12-month Youth Rehabilitation Order with intensive supervision.

R v JT – Appeal involving 15 separate sets of offences committed across the course of a year. 8 month detention and training order given unlawfully in the Magistrates court.  An approach considering the correct approach to youth sentencing was set out in a skeleton argument and found favour with the court. On appeal the sentence was varied to 4 months Detention and Training Order.

Inquests


SF – Successful representation of a General Practitioner in a complex and lengthy article 2 jury inquest involving several police forces and NHS hospital trusts.

Regulatory


Since becoming a tenant in chambers Kwaku has acted for the NMC acting as a case presenter in a number of matters.

Kwaku has also built upon his understanding of financial regulation by undertaking a secondment with the Financial Conduct Authority.

Memberships


Howard League for Penal Reform
Young Fraud Lawyers Association

Qualifications


CPS Level 1
Lord Mansfield Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
BPTC: City Law School
GDL: City Law School
B.Sc. Economics and Philosophy, London School of Economics (2011)