Abimbola Johnson

Called 2011

Abimbola Johnson


Winner of the 2018 Diversity Legal Awards Rising Star (Chambers) category and a finalist in the 2018 Black British Business Awards, Abimbola’s practice focusses on serious crime, professional discipline and inquiry work. She often appears in serious and complex cases co-defending with and being prosecuted by far more senior members of the Bar.

Abimbola is a persuasive advocate with a keen eye for detail and a tenacious approach to legal argument. She has a passion for representing young and vulnerable defendants.

Abimbola’s practice encompasses all areas of criminal law. Recent trial instructions include:

A multi-handed conspiracy to supply cocaine and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence;
A multi-handed money laundering in which her client was accused of personally laundering over a million pounds;
A multi-handed s.18 representing a youth accused, with others, of stabbing another youth multiple times;
A multi-handed conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to wound with intent and false imprisonment trial in which her client had been found to be unfit to plead and proceeded on an actus reus basis
A multi-handed rape, sexual assault and indecent images trial and
A conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and to commit fraud


Abimbola defends in all healthcare tribunals and is regularly instructed by the Royal College of Nursing to represent nurses and midwives in the NMC. Recent instructions include:
Representing a former district nurse in a lengthy multi-handed hearing in which she and her colleagues were accused of creating and running a substandard practice contributing to a patient’s eventual limb amputation.
Representing a nurse accused of mistakenly believing her patient was not for resuscitation after missing the handover at the beginning of her shift. The majority of the case was successfully dismissed at half-time following written and oral submissions and a thorough review of hours of CCTV;
Representing a nurse accused of forging professional references for himself and colleagues to assist with job applications. This was admitted and a short suspension given following thorough submissions on sanction.
Representing a nurse with a conviction for a dishonesty offence who had also failed to declare it to the council. This was admitted and a short suspension given.

Inquiry Work

Instructed as part of the team on the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry. Instructed by the Department of Health, overseen by Tom Kark QC.
In 2018-2019, Abimbola was instructed as part of the Aftermath Team in the Grenfell Public Inquiry and she is currently instructed as part of the evidence review team in the Dame Linda Dobbs Inquiry

Associated Work

  • Recorded revision lectures for the College of Law re: Serious Crime Prevention Orders
  • Current contributor to Lexis Nexis PSL Corporate crime project.
  • Current contributor to Thomson Reuters Practical Law tool on Crown Court processes.

Professional Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Howard League for Penal Reform
  • British Association of Sport and Law
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; and
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Southern Eastern Circuit

Education and Awards

  • 2018 Diversity Legal Awards Rising Star (Chambers)
  • 2018 Black British Business Award Finalist
  • 2013 Criminal Bar Association Award, First Prize
  • 2011 BPTC, BPP Law School
  • 2011 Outstanding Contribution to Pro Bono Work, BPP Law School
  • 2011 Inner Temple Major Exhibitioner
  • 2011 Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award
  • 2009 Jurisprudence BA (Hons), University of Oxford