Sasha Wass has over 33 years’ experience at the Criminal Bar. She has both defended and prosecuted in numerous cases of complex fraud, international money laundering, murder and serious sexual misconduct. She has a particular interest in cases where scientific and medical evidence is disputed, such as allegations of “Shaken Baby Syndrome” and unexplained deaths in infants. She has successfully defended cases involving medical malpractice. Recent notable cases include the prosecution of children’s entertainer, Rolf Harris; rogue trader Kweku Adoboli, responsible for largest British banking fraud $2.3bn; the ex-Nigerian State Governor, James Ibori and associates; serial killer, Rosemary West and financier, Roger Levitt.
Clever and ice coolThe Times
With her experience as judge, prosecutor and defender, Ms Wass has the expertise and ability to use her understanding of all dimensions of the criminal process to enable her to present cases effectively to a jury. Ms Wass is known for her attention to detail and relentless cross-examination on behalf of her clients. Her photographic memory allows her to work swiftly and efficiently through large amounts of material. She is admired for her ability to master her brief and to isolate and identify the essence of her client’s case. She is recognised as being a fearless opponent. Sasha Wass has been recommended as a leader in the field of Crime in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.
St Helena Abuse Inquiry
The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr Philip Hammond, has announced that Sasha Wass QC will lead the St Helena Child Abuse Inquiry. These allegations involve claims in the British Overseas Territory of St Helena relating to child abuse, police corruption and incompetence and a conspiracy by the St Helena Government, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department of International Developments to cover these up.
- Serious Fraud Office Panel (2013)
- Recorder at the Central Criminal Court (2008)
- Elected Bencher of Gray’s Inn (2003)
- Queen’s Counsel (2000)
- Recorder of the Crown Court (1997)
- Authorised to try Serious Sex Cases since 2004
- Called to the Bar in both Gibraltar and the Cayman Islands
University of Liverpool, LLB (Hons), Law.