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Ronnie Manek

Partner and Barrister & Head of Crown Court Advocacy
020 8299 6000

Ronnie is committed to ensuring that people have a voice in the justice system. He is a very experienced advocate with substantial experience of dealing with cases of sensitivity and complexity for over 15 years.

Ronnie specialises in Criminal Defence work (in the widest sense). His criminal work involves the range of serious offences, in particular homicide, serious sexual or violent offending, Drugs & Firearms, serious organised and/or complex crime and crimes which occur in the prison environment and ‘Baby Shaking’ cases.

His experience over the years has also given him a highly useful grounding in subjects relevant to conducting complex white collar fraud trials. His ability to explain complex matters clearly and simply are of particular value in this area.

His criminal defence work has become specialised with vulnerable individuals, usually in cases of complexity or sensitivity requiring experienced and precise advocacy and forensic skills.

He has particular expertise in cases involving vulnerable people, particularly clients (or complainants). He has substantial experience in cases which involved mentally disordered individuals, individuals with learning difficulty or individuals who need particularly sensitive care, for example very young clients or witnesses. He is an approved Pupil Supervisor who has attended the Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Course, which is a compulsory requirement for advocates who conduct cases involving children, for example, child abuse, sexual abuse involving children and young defendants.

Ronnie is engaged in many cases which require an understanding and testing of the evidence of experts, in particular pathologists, forensic experts, scientific or medical experts and psychiatrists. His experience in complex money laundering, fraud, drugs , firearms and murder conspiracies had enabled him to dissect forensic material with a fine toothed comb and summarise the real issues that require scrutiny.

Ronnie is an accomplished trial advocate. He is not afraid of hard work or challenging cases and is often instructed in large multi-handed cases, particular where emotions may run high. He has been involved in a number of high profile trials and, as such, is used to dealing with cases which attract a good deal of publicity. Recently, Ronnie featured in a ‘Baby Shaking’ Channel 5 documentary in one of his real life cases. He also appeared on BBC1 Panorama documentary on joint enterprise murder “guilt by association” involving a defendant he represented in a 9 week trial at the Old Bailey.


Date Offence Length Client Leading/Led/junior Alone Court Outcome
February 2021 Conspiracy to transfer firearms 6 weeks NJ Leading Junior Woolwich Crown Court Impending
January 2021 Importation of 3 separate class A drugs 4 weeks AR Junior Alone Canterbury CC Impending
December 2020 Firearms with intent to cause fear of violence 1 week JN Junior Alone Canterbury CC Impending
November 2021 Murder 4 weeks SO’R Led Junior Central Criminal Court impending
October 2020 Murder 2 weeks NZ Led Junior Central Criminal Court impending
July 2020 Attempted Murder 2 weeks JJ Led Junior Maidstone CC Acquitted by reason of insanity
February 2020 Conspiracy to supply class A drugs 8 weeks MU Leading Junior Woolwich CC Acquitted
January 2020 Conspiracy to produced and supply class A drugs 2 weeks AG Leading Junior Southwark CC Convicted (after G plea)
January 2020 Historical Rape 2 weeks LL Led Junior Inner London CC Hung jury (retrial)
November 2019 Murder 3 weeks WT Led Junior CCC Convicted
October 2019 Murder 3 weeks RDW Led Junior Snaresbrook CC Convicted
September 2019 Firearms with intent 2 weeks DJ Junior alone Inner London CC Acquitted
August 2019 Murder x 2 of twin children No trial/plea accepted SF Led Junior CCC Acquitted murder/G Manslaughter
April 2019 Murder 9 weeks KF Led Junior CCC Acquitted
February 2019 GBH with intent 1 week LH Junior Alone Maidstone CC Acquitted
January 2019 Conspiracy to supply class A drugs & Conspiracy to commit GBH with intent Cracked trial SA Leading Junior Snaresbrook CC Acquitted (plea to lesser offence)
October 2018 Attempted Murder Cracked trial AA Junior Alone Snarebrook CC Pleaded guilty to lesser offence
September 2018 Violent Disorder 2 weeks CO Junior Alone Maidstone CC Acquitted
May 2018 Conspiracy to Kidnap, blackmail and falsely imprison 5 weeks NFH Junior Alone Southwark CC Convicted
March 2018 Conspiracy to import/supply class A drugs 6 weeks MC Leading Junior Southwark CC Acquitted
February 2018 Death by Careless Driving 2 weeks TA Junior Alone Woolwich CC Acquitted
January 2018 Money laundering 3 weeks SH Junior Alone Lewes CC Convicted
August 2017 Firearms 1 week DRF Junior Alone Inner London CC Acquitted
July 2017 Firearms with intent 1 week SG Junior Alone Woolwich CC Acquitted
July 2017 Murder 3 weeks MI Led Junior Woolwich CC Convicted
June 2017 Conspiracy to defraud the CSSC sports council  – identity Fraud 6 week trial Pleaded guilty (received a suspended sentence)
May 2017 Conspiracy to Kidnap, blackmail and falsely imprison 6 weeks CB Junior Alone Inner London CC Acquitted
May 2017 Murder 2 weeks DH Led Junior Maidstone CC Acquitted
April 2017 Firearms & Drugs 1 week GH Junior Alone Woolwich CC Convicted
February 2017 Harassment (archbishop harassing daughter & ex-wife (high profile  – private 1 week JB Junior Alone Woolwich CC Convicted
January 2017 Conspiracy to Acquire Criminal Property (Money laundering 8 weeks CH Junior Alone Woolwich CC Convicted
October 2016 Conspiracy to Steal 4 weeks JG Leading Junior Inner London CC Convicted
September 2016 Kidnap/Blackmail/GBH 4 weeks SD Junior alone Maidstone CC Acquitted
July 2016 GBH with intent (baby shaking) 4 weeks KK Led Junior Blackfriars CC Convicted
May 2016 Conspiracy to supply and manufacture firearms 3 weeks BB Junior Alone Woolwich CC Convicted
February 2016 Possession of Explosives (army soldier) 1 week RB Junior Alone Croydon CC Acquitted
February 2016 Murder 2 weeks TS Led Junior Canterbury CC Convicted
September 2015 Attempted Murder (shooting) 3 weeks OP Junior Alone Woolwich CC Acquitted
August 2015 Conspiracy to defraud the Secretary of State (ATW fraud) 6 weeks TJ Junior Alone Croydon CC Acquitted
March 2015 Conspiracy to kidnap/blackmail/GBH 6 weeks NB Junior Alone CCC Acquitted (in part)
January 2015 Firearms with Intent 6 weeks PO Junior Alone Croydon CC Acquitted
October 2014 Murder 6 weeks AL Led Junior CCC Convicted (pleaded guilty during trial)
June 2014 Attempted Murder 1 week CH Junior Alone Inner London CC Acquitted
February 2014 Manslaughter (baby-shaking) Cracked trial KK Led Junior CCC Convicted  – Pleaded guilty
November 2013 – January 2014 Conspiracy to defraud/Mis-conduct in Public Office (housing benefit fraud) 12 weeks MB Junior Alone Woolwich CC Convicted (pleaded guilty during trial)
May 2013 Conspiracy to defraud (wine investment fraud) 8 weeks PD Led Junior Southwark CC Acquitted
October 2011 Murder 6 weeks QA Led Junior CCC Acquitted
January 2011 Murder 9 weeks JA Led Junior CCC Convicted

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