Sonal Dashani
  • She is articulate, concise and tenacious.

    Chambers UK 2024, Financial Crime

  • Sonal is meticulous in her case preparation and a formidable opponent.

    Chambers UK 2024, Financial Crime

  • She is really good at seeing the overall picture, knowing where the client is working to and being clear on the staging posts to get there.

    Chambers UK 2024, Financial Crime

  • She is really involved and completely on top of it all.

    Chambers UK 2024, Financial Crime

  • Sonal has excellent client care skills and a good tactical brain.

    Chambers UK 2024, Financial Crime

  • She works very hard on cases and is an excellent advocate.

    Chambers UK 2024, Financial Crime

  • Sonal's dedication, preparation and attention to detail set her apart from many of her peers.

    Legal 500 2024, Fraud: Crime

  • She is very easy to work with and likes to be involved in cases from the outset to ensure that she is fully appraised of all the issues. 

    Legal 500 2024, Fraud: Crime

  • Her advocacy is exemplary and she manages to achieve results where you would not expect them - she is extremely brave, articulate and tenacious in her advocacy.

    Legal 500 2024, Fraud: Crime

  • Sonal has an amazing rapport with clients. She is so easy to work with and her written work is so precise, as is her manner in court.

    Chambers UK 2023, Financial Crime

  • Sonal is an exceptional fraud barrister. Her advocacy is measured, persuasive and highly-effective. Judges and juries instinctively trust her.

    Legal 500 2023, Fraud: Crime

  • She has a really amazing rapport with solicitors and clients. Her written work is always precise, succinct and easy to follow.

    Chambers UK 2022

  • Sonal is a polished and composed advocate who is loved by judges and juries.

    Legal 500 2022, Fraud Crime 

  • A very smooth operator. She is focused, detailed and approachable. 

    Chambers UK 2021

  • Sonal is excellent at mastering the facts of a case within a short timeframe.

    Legal 500 2021

  • Her rigorous analytical ability mean she is skilfully able to distil the core facts of complex fraud cases and both rationally analyse the salient facts and apply them to the task at hand.

    Legal 500 2021

  • She is adept at multi-tasking and has no difficulty at all in providing speedy, practical and decisive advice. Her written legal arguments are thorough, persuasive and eloquent.

    Legal 500 2021

  • A smooth cross-examiner.

    Legal 500 2020

  • Ranked as a Leader in Fraud: Crime in the Legal 500

    Legal 500 2020

Called 2002

Sonal Dashani


Sonal is regularly instructed in a wide range of criminal defence work. Her current practice includes serious and complex frauds.

Sonal has extensive experience of appellate proceedings, acting on behalf of both appellant and the respondent.

She is a fearless advocate who is known for her meticulous preparation of cases. She is renowned for her client care and her ability to deal with vulnerable clients particularly through the use of intermediaries.

Sonal specialises in serious and complex fraud cases . She has substantial experience in money laundering, confiscation and enforcement proceedings and is well adept at handling cases involving large volumes of material.

As a result of her confiscation experience, she is regularly asked to assist the asset recovery unit set up in the Caribbean to train local judges and magistrates on confiscation proceedings and asset recovery.

Sonal can be instructed via the Direct Access scheme.


  • Apportionment in Confiscation Proceedings - the tide turns in the defendant's favour. An article on the impact of the Supreme Court judgment in the case of R v Ahmad & Others [2014] UKSC 36

Professional Associations

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Member of the Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Female Fraud Forum
  • South Eastern Circuit


  • LLB (Hons) Brunel University