Leila-Zoe Mezoughi

Called 2019

Leila-Zoe Mezoughi

Barrister

Leila’s practice involves work across all areas of criminal defence. She has particular experience in fraud, confiscation proceedings, football banning orders, regulatory law (including representing individuals and companies), motoring offences, public disorder and protest cases.

Before her decision to practice in criminal defence, Leila gained experience in international arbitrations, with experience of a wide range of arbitral institutions including the HKIAC, ICC, JCAA, LCIA, LMAA, UNCITRAL and SIAC (ad hoc). During this time, she gained a detailed insight into several large-scale shipping, international trade, shareholder and joint venture arbitration disputes heard at the IDRC, London.

Upon completion of the BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) Leila obtained considerable experience in complex fraud matters at Legal 500 firms, including representing traders in SFO, FCA and US Department of Justice investigations into alleged manipulation of LIBOR, FOREX and EURIBOR rate and in the representation of politicians facing extradition proceedings, which involved resisting complex and high profile extradition requests from the Russian government. In addition to this, she was responsible for researching the UK’s contribution to Equality Now (An international human rights organisation dedicated to action for the civil, political, economic and social rights of girls and women) and IBA’s research project into international laws against sexual violence. This was presented to the UN with a view to implementing best practice guidelines for sexual violence across all UN member states.

During her pupillage, Leila trained alongside Nicola Howard QC gaining experience in complex, multi-handed frauds, specifically a four-month boiler room fraud at Southwark Crown Court and an 11-handed conspiracy to defraud at Snaresbrook Crown Court. Through this exposure, Leila is able to formulate well-reasoned arguments in complex matters having been instructed at short notice. She is well versed in assimilating voluminous information and honing in on the key facts which has been demonstrated throughout her successful cases and is often described as 'tenacious and robust'.

Leila co-authored the academic textbook, ‘Mothering Justice’. This book on how organisational innovations in the criminal justice sector could improve the lives of vulnerable women was endorsed by Lord David Rambotham and is presently used by major UK universities as part of their criminology undergraduate curriculum.

Qualifications/Awards

  • BPTC – City Law school – VC
  • Future Lawyer excellence award – City Law School
  • Gerard Maye Legal award – University of Brighton
  • LLB Law with Business – University of Brighton – First Class Honours