Satpal Roth-Sharma joined Exchange Chambers in January 2022, previously at Cobden House in Manchester. She transferred to the Bar after many years in practice as a Solicitor, firstly in a high street legal aid crime practice and then moving on to become a senior Prosecutor and Higher Court Advocate at the Crown Prosecution service. Satpal also practiced as a Regulatory Solicitor at a large Yorkshire based law firm acting for many high-profile corporate clients including one of the large four supermarket chains. Satpal went on to run her own practice from 2010 onwards, specialising in regulatory crime. Her practice became a regional award-winning law firm and was branded as one of the market leaders in crime and regulatory.
Satpal was called to the bar in October 2019 and is a member of the Inner Temple. She is an established regulatory and criminal law practitioner with many years of experience of criminal law and procedure ranging from minor motoring and theft offences to working on large complex fraud matters.
Satpal has experience in dealing with a range of matters including:
- Health and Safety Law
- Environmental offences
- Trading Standards
- Licensing law
- Food Standards Agency
- Fire Safety Prosecutions
- Proceeds of crime and Money Laundering
- Modern slavery
- Armed robbery
- Sexual offences including Rape and historic abuse
- Serious assault
- Attempt murder
- Conspiracy to burgle
- Drug supply/ Conspiracies
- RSPCA prosecutions
- Local Authority prosecutions including breach of injunctions.
Satpal was admitted to the role of Solicitors in England and Wales in May 2003. She has appeared at many tribunals and court appointments, including the Crown Court as a Higher Court Advocate since 2007.
As a solicitor, Satpal acted on a wide breadth of matters from prosecuting for multiple prosecution agencies, including the Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency and Trading Standards to defending such matters in her role as a regulatory solicitor. Satpal regularly defends high value complex fraud matters and has experience in dealing with proceeds of crime hearings. As a Higher Court Advocate, Satpal has vast experience of both prosecution and defence matters.
When running her own practice, Satpal held some director roles at the Leeds Law Society and also chairs the small firms’ division at the Law Society. She was also recognised as a “rising star” at the Yorkshire Legal Awards in 2013 and also awarded “Woman’s Solicitor” of the Year at the Law Society in 2012. In 2018, she was short-listed at the Yorkshire Legal Awards for Yorkshire Regulatory Lawyer of the Year.
Satpal engages in many pro-bono projects and recently assisted on the Manchester Arena attacks compensation scheme for victims and their families on a pro-bono basis and also on the Hillsborough law campaign.
Satpal also accepts Direct Access work.
Away from Chambers Satpal is a keen runner, having completed many half and full marathons. She also enjoys live music concerts and playing the piano in her spare time. Satpal also likes to spend quality time with family and friends and enjoys involvement in a local Homeless Charity.