Zarreen Alam-Cheetham

Call 2017

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Zarreen was called to the Bar in 2017. She became a tenant of Exchange Chambers in January 2023 following the successful completion of her common law pupillage. She has been briefed to appear and advise on behalf of the prosecution and defence, in a broad range of matters including:

  • Drug offences
  • Assault and other violent offences
  • Football Banning Orders
  • Youth matters
  • Dishonesty offences
  • Criminal damage
  • Breaches of court orders
  • Sex cases

Zarreen also accepts instructions in motoring and vehicle crime, and has made successful arguments for Exceptional Hardship on behalf of clients facing disqualification for driving offences.

During her first six months of pupillage, Zarreen observed and provided assistance on a wide range of criminal cases, including drugs conspiracies, robbery, section 18 assault, voyeurism and child cruelty. She also has experience in appellate work having been instructed and assisted in appeals in the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal.

Zarreen has developed a reputation as a hardworking, personable and confident advocate.

Prior to her pupillage, Zarreen worked for a nationwide advocacy agency as their Advocacy Standards Manager. She was also the head of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Appeals team. Prior to that role she worked as a County Court Advocate whereby she appeared in County Courts across the UK. She acted for the Claimant and Defendant in Small Claims Track trials and a wide range of interlocutory hearings. Zarreen also drafted Advices on Quantum. She also volunteered at a Legal Aid centre in Accra, Ghana.

Zarreen is passionate about access to the Bar as well as diversity within the profession and speaks at events which promote such values.


R v Singh

Zarreen secured an acquittal with a unanimous verdict for a defendant charged with three counts of sexual assault.

R v BK

Zarreen secured a 9 month referral order for her 15 year old client who was charged with a multi-handed robbery.