Omar Majid

Year Of Call: 
2012

 

Career Background

Prior to pupillage :

  • worked as a county court advocate, conducting over 900 civil hearings before district and circuit judges, ranging from applications to small claims trials.   Hearings involved a range of areas of law, including landlord and tenant, insolvency, personal injury, and general contractual disputes
  • volunteered through the Amicus charity, and spent several months in Houston, Texas, working as an intern on pre-trial capital murder and death-row appeal cases

Prior to joining Citadel in 2016, completed pupillage at the CPS, and worked as a Crown Prosecutor.  

 

Practice details

Crime 

Instructed to prosecute and defend in a wide variety of criminal cases including trials in the Crown Court, Youth Court, and Magistrates’ Court, and has gained experience at appellate level in the Court of Appeal.  

Instructions encompass a range of offences including serious violence, robbery, drugs, firearms, dishonesty, road traffic and sexual offences : numerous cases have involved witnesses or defendants vulnerable by reason of age, learning difficulties, or mental health issues.   

Recent and notable defence instructions have included :

  • represented a fire officer charged with offences of domestic violence, his 25 year career in jeopardy, acquitted following trial  
  • instructed to represent one of a number of defendants, alleged involvement in large-scale fraud at a primary school
  • represented a pregnant mother coerced into conveying a package of drugs into prison, including successful appeal against sentence  (R v Severn [2018] EWCA Crim 1441)
  • represented a defendant charged with making threats to kill, acquitted at trial following successful challenge to the prosecution application to adduce hearsay evidence
  • appeared on behalf of a client unfit to be tried in the usual manner by reason of brain damage in a Crown Court trial of whether he 'did the acts alleged'  (sexual offences)
  • represented a youth in the Crown Court charged in a joint-enterprise armed robbery
  • represented four defendants, including a youth, in an affray involving weapons 

Defence instructions have also included road traffic matters involving arguments on 'special reasons' and 'exceptional hardship'.   

Prosecutes at Grade 2 level, Crown Court instructions have included a range of cases including offences of dishonesty, violence, firearms, and drugs.    Has also been instructed to prosecute on behalf of the Insolvency Service.     

Significant experience of POCA and asset recovery cases  (both prosecution and defence instructions), including section 22 applications.

 

Common Law and Regulatory

  • successfully represented a police officer in disciplinary proceedings, allegation of gross misconduct, the officer was able to retain his employment  
  • instructed on behalf of claimants and defendants in a variety of hearings in the county court, including applications, small claims, and cases on the multi-track.  Has experience of dealing with a wide variety of common law cases and is fully competent to accept instructions in such matters 

 

Awards

  • Lincoln’s Inn Sir Thomas More award 2011
  • Lincoln’s Inn Megarry Scholarship 2016
  • Winner of the Hammond Cup 2016 mock-trial and advocacy competition for junior lawyers