UK Legal 500 2012
UK Legal 500 2010 & 2011
Instructing solicitor 2008
UK Legal 500 2007
Nina is the Deputy Head of Chambers at Garden Court North.
She is a criminal defence practitioner of considerable experience, instructed as leading and junior counsel in cases involving allegations of murder, manslaughter, drugs (manufacture, importation and supply) serious fraud, computer misuse and cases involving allegations of serious violence (including child cruelty) and sexual impropriety. She has extensive Court of Appeal and CCRC experience and has also been instructed as junior counsel in the Supreme Court.
Nina has extensive experience and specialist expertise in cases where the complex issues relating to linked criminal and family court proceedings arise, including those which concern Hague Convention proceedings (international child abduction).
Nina has a particular interest in issues arising from the prosecution and detention of young people and those with learning or mental health difficulties or otherwise seen as vulnerable.
Nina is frequently briefed to defend where criminal allegations arise in the course of a defendant’s professional life, including instructions from solicitors retained by unions and professional associations to defend their members. She has defended numerous teaching and health care professionals in cases alleging violence, sexual assault, negligence and cruelty.
Nina has defended a number of individuals accused of computer misuse, whether motivated by financial, political or idealogical aims. Examples include cases relating to the notorious “Darkmarket” website and the prosecution of computer activist members of ‘Anonymous’.
Nina is also regularly asked to teach and lecture professionals and students on a variety of topics.
Recent criminal cases have included:
Leading junior in crime: Northern (2012) "... focuses on human rights and civil liberties cases" UK Legal 500 2012 edition more
Leading junior in crime : Northern (2011) is recommended as a criminal practitioner whose â??preparation work is most comprehensiveâ?? UK Legal 500 2011 edition more
Leading junior in crime : Northern (2010) described as " a conscientious, capable and committed defender". UK Legal 500 2010 edition more
Leading junior in crime (2007) described as " conscientious and ahead of the game" UK Legal 500 2007 edition.
Has undertaken specialist training in the use of intermediaries for witnesses in criminal trials.
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