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Senghin Kong

Call 2008

Practice Profile

Senghin has developed an impressive criminal practice encompassing both prosecution and privately funded defence instructions. He is especially valued for his consummate dedication and responsiveness. He is a barrister to whom other barristers turn in cases involving complex or novel points of law.

Senghin’s current instructions include the defence of the solicitor charged in the prosecution arising from the Hillsborough Stadium disaster of 1989. (Led by Jonathan Goldberg QC)

Senghin recently represented former Royal Marine Sergeant Blackman ("Marine A") at his successful appeal against conviction where murder was reduced to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility. This was the conclusion of nearly two years of work, funded by a Daily Mail campaign and promoted by Frederick Forsyth and Richard Drax MP amongst others. (Led by Jonathan Goldberg QC and Jeffrey Israel)

Senghin was appointed to the SFO Prosecution “B” Panel in 2017 and has been a Grade 3 CPS Panel Advocate since 2014. Senghin is responsible for IT in chambers and his ability to add value in his professional work through his proficiency in IT has been noted frequently. In appropriate cases, Senghin may accept instructions directly from members of the public, without the need for a solicitor. 

Reported Cases:

  • R v Blackman [2017] EWCA Crim 190 – successful appeal against conviction for murder based on fresh evidence of diminished responsibility
  • R v S [2016] EWCA Crim 1908 – successful appeal against conviction for rape based on inadequate hearsay direction       
  • R v Anwar [2016] 4 WLR 127 – successful interlocutory appeal against a ruling that there was no case to answer on counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent


  • SFO Prosecution “B” Panel (2017)
  • CPS Advocate Panel at Grade 3 (2014)


  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association


  • BVC
  • CPE
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics, M.A. (Oxon), Balliol College

Recent Cases

  • R v. B [Wood Green] 2017

    Money Laundering over £200,000 in cash


    Senghin Kong prosecuted B for possession of criminal property following the seizure of over £200,000 in cash during the course of a joint National Crime Agency / Metropolitan Police operation. Instructed by CPS London.

  • R v. S [Chelmsford] 2016

    Cyber Crime

    Senghin Kong represented a defendant charged with Cyber Crime offences following a lengthy investigation involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Crime Agency and the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit. The Crown’s case was that the defendant had bought and used the “Blackshades” Remote Access Tool but also sold Distributed Denial of Service (“DDoS”) tools on hundreds of occasions in the course of a sophisticated commercial operation. The case involved highly technical forensic computer evidence and complex financial analysis of a multitude of bank accounts and Paypal accounts which were said to be used to launder criminal proceeds through an international network of “mules”. Following negotiation with the Crown, the defendant tendered acceptable pleas to half the counts on the indictment, on an agreed basis. This, combined with mitigation, resulted in a suspended sentence. Instructed by Sternberg Reed Solicitors

  • R v. E & ors [Croydon] 2016

    Knife fight in Croydon

    Senghin Kong prosecuted 6 defendants charged with having offensive weapons including knives and a taser, who had a very public fight in the middle of a road near West Croydon Station. The trial involved cross-examination of a facial mapping expert called by one of the defendants who was later convicted. Instructed by CPS London.

  • R v. O [Croydon] 2016

    NCA Drugs Operation

    Senghin Kong instructed to prosecute the last defendant charged in a substantial NCA drugs operation. The case involved complex cell site and telephone evidence. Instructed by CPS Organised Crime Division.

  • R v. A & anr [Inner London] 2016

    Aggravated Burglary and Sexual Assault

    Senghin Kong represented a defendant charged with the aggravated burglary of a house occupied by an elderly husband and wife, during which the wife was sexually assaulted at knifepoint. The case involved cross-examination of the prosecution cell site expert and legal argument as to the admissibility of a defence statement during the prosecution case. Instructed by Thomas Boyd Whyte.

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Notable Cases

  • R v Alexander Blackman [Court Martial Appeal Court] 2017

    Murder reduced to manslaughter following CCRC reference and second appeal

    Jeffrey Israel and Senghin Kong led by Jonathan Goldberg QC and instructed under the Bar Direct Access scheme, represented former Royal Marine Sergeant Alexander Blackman (also known as “Marine A”) who succeeded after a long campaign for justice in having his conviction for murder reduced to manslaughter by diminished responsibility. The campaign was led by the renowned author Frederick Forsyth and the Daily Mail, and supported by thousands of members of the public.

    The new legal team submitted a 100-page report to the CCRC in December 2015. A year later the CCRC referred the case back to the Court Martial Appeal Court who swiftly quashed the conviction for murder and imposed a sentence for manslaughter which would allow for the former sergeant’s almost immediate release. Outside Court after the sentencing hearing on 28 March 2017, the wife of Marine A, Mrs Claire Blackman said: 

    “We are overjoyed at the judges’ decision to significantly reduce Al’s sentence, such that he can be released imminently. This is the moment that we have all been fighting hard for. It is hard to believe that this day is finally here. There are so many people we must thank for getting us here. They include of course our brilliant legal team, Jonathan Goldberg QC, Jeffrey Israel and Senghin Kong, thank you all. They also include the fabulous Frederick Forsyth and the wonderful Richard Drax MP, both of whom have fought tirelessly in support of Al.” 

    Mrs Blackman later added:

    “Jeffrey consistently offered us calm, considered and professional advice. His patience knows no limits. His knowledge and observation skills meant that he was always open and honest - never promising anything he couldn't deliver. And he certainly delivered.”

    “What Senghin doesn't know about the law and its application isn't worth knowing. His knowledge and attention to detail is incredible and yet his approach was always to help us clearly understand and explore solutions. Everyone needs a Senghin on their team.”

    To read more about this case please use the links below:

    Daily Mail report on the sentencing (28 March 2017)

    Telegraph report on the sentencing (28 March 2017)

    The sentencing remarks (28 March 2017)

    Daily Mail report on the conviction being quashed (15 March 2017)

    Guardian report on the conviction being quashed (15 March 2017)

    The appeal judgment (15 March 2017)

    Joshua Rozenberg’s commentary in anticipation of the appeal hearing (5 February 2017)

    Daily Mail Campaign for Justice page

  • R v S [Court of Appeal] 2017

    Appeal against Rape Conviction

    Senghin Kong led by Jonathan Goldberg QC represented S at his appeal against conviction for rape and other offences against his ex-wife. The prosecution case depended on the hearsay evidence of the ex-wife who had sent a number of letters from Israel, some of which stated that her initial complaint to the police was false or inaccurate. Fulford LJ allowed the appeal on the basis that the trial judge’s direction had been inadequate in circumstances where the complainant had given two contradictory accounts. Instructed by Sonn McMillan Walker.

  • R v. Anwar & ors [C.C.C.] 2016

    Attempted Murder

    Catherine Farrelly leading Senghin Kong in this prosecution of 6 defendants on charges including attempted murder, possession of a firearm with intent to commit robbery and conspiracy to rob. At the close of the prosecution case the learned Judge upheld submissions of no case to answer on the charges of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to commit robbery. As a result the prosecution appealed this at an expedited hearing. The Court of Appeal allowed the prosecution appeal and the trial continued on all charges. Leveson LJ gave the judgment of the court reported here. The 6 defendants were eventually convicted of possession of a firearm with intent to commit robbery and conspiracy to rob. The case involved complex cell site evidence and legal argument. Guardian report here.

  • R v. F & ors [Canterbury] 2013

    Conspiracy to assist Unlawful Immigration

    Mark Dacey led Senghin Kong defending an accounts manager at a security company. The defendant was charged with two counts of conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration. The allegation was that the company was receiving refugee passports unlawfully issued by a corrupt Home Office official. The defendant was acquitted of one of the counts at the close of the prosecution case following a successful submission of no case to answer, and acquitted of the other by the jury after a 3 month trial. Instructed by Thomas Boyd Whyte Solicitors.

  • R v. B & ors [Harrow] 2013

    Bogus college immigration fraud

    Jonathan Higgs QC led Jonathan Polnay and Senghin Kong prosecuting three defendants involved in running a bogus college for conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration. The defendants were convicted after a 3 month trial. The case involved complex legal argument in relation to Griffiths-type conspiracies and substantial disputed evidence from forensic accountants. Senghin Kong was instructed to prosecute the resulting 3 day confiscation hearing without a leader, against three QCs and juniors. Instructed by CPS Central Fraud Group.