Raj Veja established the firm in 1997. Raj specialises in Criminal defence work and has over 22 years of experience in Criminal Litigation. He is a Higher Court advocate with full rights of audience in the Crown Court, a specialist fraud supervisor and a Duty Solicitor. Raj has extensive trial and case preparation experience and has represented clients facing the full range of criminal allegations including Murder, High Value Fraud, Money Laundering, Sexual offences and the largest Drugs Case in British History. Raj has a proactive and forceful approach to ensure his client’s interests are protected. He has conducted defence enquiries personally, at great risk sometimes, including abroad in Jamaica, New York and assisted in the enquiries in South Africa, Spain, India and Belgium.
Gita qualified as a Legal Executive in 2002 and has a considerable amount of knowledge and expertise in criminal litigation work. Gita now focuses on management and day to day running of the firm. Gita is directly responsible to the Partnership for initiating, implementing and monitoring achievement of the firm’s strategic, professional and financial goals. Gita is passionate in helping those who most need it, which is obvious in her commitment to clients and the staff at Veja & Co
Kumen comes from a background where he obtained the Bachelor of Arts (In Law) and Bachelor of Law (LLB) degrees from the University of Durban-Westville, South Africa. He went onto to complete his Legal Practice Course at the University Of Natal, South Africa and a two year training programme, before he was admitted to the Roll of the High Court of South Africa in 1998. He relocated to the United Kingdom where he was admitted as a Solicitor in 2007. He currently works for Veja and Co in the Litigation department with a caseload predominantly involving personal injury work. He has conduct of matters involving claims for RTA, medical negligence, employer liability, slips / trips, product liability, etc. He also has experience in criminal, family and employment law matters.
Mandeep having obtained a Law (LLB) Degree from King’s College London joined the firm in 2007, as a trainee solicitor. He successfully completed his two year training contract and qualified as a solicitor. He now specializes in Family Law and has considerable experience in Care proceedings, Children matters, Divorce, Domestic Abuse and Financial Relief upon divorce matters. He attends court regularly as an advocate and undertakes both private and legally aided matters.
Priya has numerous years of experience working within Criminal Defence. She regularly attends Police Station Interviews, Magistrates’ Courts and Crown Courts, for clients nationwide. Priya has extensive knowledge and experience in representing clients who face the most serious allegations such as Rape, Multi Million Pound Money Laundering Conspiracies, Fraud, VAT Evasion and Complex Drug importation. She is an exceptionally hardworking and profoundly committed Solicitor, who provides superlative client care to all her clients in cases all around the United Kingdom.
Cases of Note
R v K – Inner London Crown Court Priya was instructed to represent a Holistic healer acquitted of serious sexual offence charges on the first day of Trial.
R v M – Kingston Crown Court Instructed in a conspiracy using Money Exchange Bureaus to launder in excess of £78 million.
R v P – Southwark Crown Court Instructed in a multi handed case, gaining acquittal in a case where over £10 million had been laundered via three comapnies.
R v B – Southwark Crown Court Priya was instructed in a harrowing case where young child with disabilities, was raped and sexually assaulted multiple times, over a period of three weeks whilst under the care of a family friend.
R v S – Southwark Crown Court Priya was instructed to represent a Defendant who was part of one of Britain’s largest cyber crimes helping secure a suspended sentence of two years.
R v H – Bradford Crown Court Priya was instructed as Defence Solicitor for a Defendant involved in nationwide transportation and supply of Class A and Class B drugs nationwide.
R v S – Manchester Crown Court Priya was the instructed Solicitor in a case of conspiracy to supply Class A worth over £1 million.
Priya has extensive experience in general and high profile criminal defence work as well as Specialist Fraud panel cases. She has acted as an Advocate in a number of Crown Court trials and has extensive experience in all ranges of Criminal defence work ranging from less serious offences to more serious offences such as murder, White collar crime(DTI,SFO,HMRC), large scale benefit fraud, confiscation, extradition, firearm offences, rape, drug importation, money laundering and multi handed high cost cases. She has in particular dealt with cases involving an international element and has attended other jurisdictions in order to secure evidence. She has conducted a vast amount of research in complex areas of law, preparation and advocacy in such cases. She has acted as leading Junior and led junior Advocate in large and complex cases involving fraud, money laundering and conspiracies of different kinds.
Priya’s appellate practice involves preparation of appeals including drafting grounds of appeal against conviction and sentence to the Court of Appeal. Priya has prepared many cases where foreign nationals have been accused of importing drugs from South Africa, South America, the West Indies, Africa and other countries. She has practical knowledge of the operational techniques and practices deployed by customs in this field. She is also familiar with the complex rules and procedures surrounding Witness Protection Units (WPU) and law enforcement debriefing procedures. She is also a Criminal Law supervisor and has extensive experience in contracting, taxation and has advocated at Cost committee hearings in relation to prior authorities and costing.
Rabeea joined Veja & Co in 2011, having successfully completed her Law Degree and the Legal Practice Course from the University of Westminster. She works as part of the Litigation team as well as managing her own caseload of Road Traffic Accident Claims. Her role encompasses working on various complex litigated cases ranging from Road Traffic Accident, Employers Liability, Clinical negligence and Public Liability Claims.
Kevin attended the University of Wales, Swansea were he attained an honours degree in Law (LLB) gaining knowledge in many areas of the subject including Discrimination, Human Rights, Criminal, Tort and Maritime Law. After leaving University he undertook a career in retail management, where he obtained extensive and exceptional customer service skills, Kevin joined the Personal Injury Department of Veja & Co Solicitors in 2011 and has worked through the ranks to become Practice Manger. His duties include fee earning work in the Criminal Department, where as a Qualified Lawyer, he assists on case including Sexual Offences and cases involving vulnerable clients. Kevin has acquired an extensive knowledge of Criminal Billing, which he continually seeks to improve.
Cases of Note
R v O – (Criminal Case) Kevin assisted on a case gaining a technical discontinuance, where the Defendant is alleged to have failed to supply a specimen.
Costs Matter – Kevin assisted in a case referred to the Single Costs Judge where it was successfully argued that a Trial had started on the basis of Legal Argument without the Jury empanelled.
H and Others V Groupama – (Personal Injury) Kevin was instructed as principal fee earner on a multi person Road Traffic Accident securing total damages in excess of fifty thousand pounds (£50, 000).
Shanaz joined Veja and Co Solicitors in 2013 after successfully obtaining a degree in Politics and Contemporary History (BSc). Shanaz converted and completed her LPC at BPP Law School in Holborn. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2017. Shanaz has expert knowledge of Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Civil Litigation having also dealt with Bankruptcy and insolvency cases.
Harvinder graduated from DeMontfort University with a BA in Law in 2009 and completed the Legal Practice Course in 2014 at DeMontfort Law School. Harvinder has 3 years of legal experience working in immigration, crime and family law.
He assists in the preparation of Magistrates’ and Crown Court matters in addition to dealing with all Police Station files.
Currently, Harvinder is undertaking the Police Station Representatives Accreditation Scheme and will be qualifying as a Solicitor in August 2018.
Tharani is a Paralegal in the personal injury department. She graduated with a first class honours degree in Law from Middlesex University. Tharani is assisting on numerous complex litigation and personal injury cases. She also works independently on her own case load.