Jo Sidhu was born and raised in Southall and attended local state schools. He graduated from the University of Oxford in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and thereafter obtained a MSc(Econ) in the Politics of the World Economy at the London School of Economics.
Before becoming a barrister he worked as a senior researcher for the BBC, a policy advisor for a local authority, a tutor in economics and as a voluntary caseworker for Southall Monitoring Group. He was an elected Labour Councillor with the London Borough of Ealing and served as the Chair of his old primary school governing body for over 20 years.
Called to the Bar in 1993 he took silk in 2012. He is a leading specialist in criminal law with particular expertise in terrorism cases, homicides, and conspiracies involving frauds, robberies and drugs trafficking. He is a Bencher and lead advocacy trainer for Lincoln’s Inn and an experienced international advocacy teacher for the Inns of Court College of Advocacy.
The elected President of the Society of Asian Lawyers in 2013-2016 he also serves as the Chair of the Equality & Diversity Committee of the Bar Council, is a member of the Criminal Bar Association, and a pupil supervisor. He regularly broadcasts on both television and radio and is a renowned speaker at legal conferences and universities in the UK.