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Rhona has been a criminal solicitor for nearly twenty years specialising in complex cases at leading criminal defence and human rights firms Hickman & Rose and Bindmans LLP.
Rhona specialises in complex murder cases, extradition work, serious fraud including allegations of off-shore money laundering, charges arising out of political campaigns, representing and advising journalists, and terrorism-related matters.
She is also experienced in cases with a mental health component, or where defendants are particularly vulnerable because of their age, mental state, or for some other reason. Rhona regularly receives referrals from journalists, other lawyers and criminal justice experts.
Rhona has travelled to Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland to gather evidence for cases.
Here’s what people say:
"absolutely fantastic and incredibly committed." Chambers UK 2017
"obviously brilliant" receives praise for her legal aid work and experience in appellate proceedings. Sources report: "She is a bright and innovative solicitor who is very good on psychiatric and psychological issues. She is very good on the analysis of cases, finding things that other people would not." Chambers UK 2016
"exceptionally bright and very charismatic". Chambers UK 2015
“Sources describe Rhona Friedman as “absolutely fantastic,” and state that “her understanding of not just criminal law but of the context – the way police work, the way in which organised crime works – is just phenomenal.” She acts in serious criminal cases, from miscarriages of justice to homicides.” Chambers UK 2014
R v S - successfully defended young man accused of shooting a teenager in Camden
R v M - client acquitted of gang related murder in Tottenham High Road
R v P - historic family allegation brought to a halt during trial after expert evidence of a false confession
R v M - successful defence of community activist and rights campaigner accused of fraud
R v McKnight - successful defence of businessman accused of attempted murder
R v Hamza - successful defence of well-known engineer and social reformer accused of plotting to kill high ranking Egyptian engineers
R v A - attempted murder acquittal of teenager accused of revenge attack in East London
R v E - hospital order for woman accused of attempted murder of family member
Rhona was named Times Lawyer of the Week for representing Samantha Orobator whose release from death row in Laos was secured by the legal charity Reprieve.
Rhona is a committee member of the London Criminal Courts’ Solicitors Association and is a co-founder of the campaigning organisation Justice Alliance.