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Susanta has undertaken work for professionals


in most industries, those in the public eye, and for business owners with the risk of reputational damage. Sometimes a case can require extensive and heavy research, particularly when dealing with what becomes a miscarriage of justice, and he has fought tooth and nail to make matters right for his clients. T is was brought into focus very early on in his career when assessing a high-profi le case involving a contract killing, referred to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), and later sitting in on an appeal that changed the law in respect of insolvency proceedings before the Privy Council of the House of Lords. SKB Legal is vastly experienced in dealing with


serious off ences such as arson, murder and other grave crimes but this is not an exhaustive list. T e team are also profi cient in dealing with more arcane charges like explosive substances, proceedings brought by the RSPCA, and others where careful analysis is required in complex fi nancial crimes. “Currently, matters such as furlough fraud and


fraudulent applications for coronavirus support schemes are coming to the fore, as are an increase in cases of domestic violence and abuse, as people have been shielding and staying indoors,” he explained. Susanta began his career at a fi rm which was


a stone’s throw from the Old Bailey and the Royal Courts of Justice and worked for two senior black lawyers. T at was when he realised the challenges they faced in running their business. “It was a dose of reality for me to see what people


from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds were often up against and how important it was to drive


the legal profession towards greater diversity and inclusivity. Not only does it make a diff erence to the talented professionals we encourage, but it also impacts the people we try to help. “Most people’s perception of a senior lawyer is Caucasian, middle-


aged and probably male. If you are a young, black or from some other minority ethnic group, and accused of a crime, you’re not always going to feel like the people trying to help you are on your wavelength. We need to change that.” T is was a common thread during a recent interview he did with


the newly appointed President of the Law Society of England & Wales, I. Stephanie Boyce, who said: “We want to be able to drive the change we want to see.” Susanta is also passionate about developing young minds entering


the legal world. “If we can encourage young lawyers through their journeys and help


them gain the confi dence they need to succeed, I feel that benefi ts the profession along with humanity at large,” he said. “Don’t just trust appearances, is what I say. And to give hope when


none exists is what we live by at SKB Legal.” Susanta Banerjee is an experienced duty solicitor with Higher


Rights of Audience, which allows him to practice in the Crown and Appellate courts as a Solicitor Advocate throughout England and Wales. A Member of the Fraud Lawyers Association, he was recognised in the Legal 500 as a ‘bright, clear-sighted, personable professional’. Susanta regularly provides ad hoc advice to voluntary organisations,


including through a community radio segment in London and other regions, off ering advice on Court enforcement and fi nancial orders. Inclusivity is close to Susanta’s heart and he is a committee member of the Ethnic Minority Lawyer’s Division of the Law Society. Susanta also has a special interest in mentoring junior lawyers and bringing about change in the legal profession.


Find out more about SKB Legal on 0203 973 5773, email info@skblegal.co.uk or visit the website www.skblegal.co.uk


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