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  • Rai Gill

Meet the Team: Rai

I joined Hallinans as a paralegal in January 2023. Before this, I worked predominantly in civil law, but soon made the decision to move into criminal law for a more exciting, engaging, and eclectic career.

I assist at every stage of the litigation process in a wide range of cases across the spectrum of general and serious crime, from traffic offences and common assault, right up to complex fraud and rape. I regularly attend upon clients at magistrates’ courts and the Crown Court, along with at conferences in our office and at prisons across the South-East.

I originally studied Classics at University College London before completing a Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP University. I was subsequently called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn after finishing the BPTC (with LLM).

In addition to my criminal work, I currently volunteer as an advocate for the Free Representation Unit, through which I represent clients in the Social Entitlement Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal. The FRU is an organisation that seeks to expand access to justice and provides legal representation to the public who would otherwise have to represent themselves. Access to justice continues to be of significant interest to me particularly as criminal law is so heavily reliant on the Legal Aid system.

Aside from law, I am keen musician playing the piano, saxophone, and organ. I have had the opportunity in the past to perform in numerous concerts including at the British Museum, the Royal Albert Hall, various churches, and for the BBC. I also enjoy reading history, philosophy, and any and all literature from the classical period (a residue of my original degree). My chief historical interests are in the Napoleonic era and 19th century British history.

As a former president of a political society at UCL, I continue to be interested in developments in politics, particularly in changes to the legal system and general outlook towards the how our systems operate.


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