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.
Christmas Opening Times 2014
Chambers closes for the Christmas Period at 6pm on Tuesday 23rd December 2014. A skeleton staff will operate between 10am - 2pm on 29th, 30th and 31st December 2014. Chambers re-opens at 9am on Friday 2nd January 2015.
Law Society / LAPG / LAG Legal Aid Still Available Leaflet
Now on Twitter @gcnchambers
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10/12/14 Pete Weatherby QC and Vijay Jagadesham in Landmark Supreme Court decision on ISP Prisoners
5/12/14 UT decision on Bereavement Benefits and telephone marriage
24/11/14 Natalie Wilkins "New immigration tribunal procedure rules" (Free Movement blog)
13/11/14 Permission to appeal granted in benefits case
12/11/14 Joseph Markus and Natalie Wilkins join chambers
11/11/14 Successful exceptional funding application
3/11/14 Chambers UK 2015 recommends GCN in Band 1
28/10/14 Inquest finds failures in prison mental health services
21/10/14 David Campion on UNISON JR of Employment Tribunal fees
GCN ASB training for Yorkshire Housing Law Practitioners on 6.11.14
10/10/14 Pete Weatherby QC wins Legal 500 Regional Silk Award
9/10/14 Zimran Samuel wins Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year Award
3/10/14 Clerks achieve "first class" recommendation in Legal 500 2014
26/9/14 Legal Aid, Labour and a 'manifesto for hope' (Justice Gap)
10/9/14 Mikhil Karnik joins GCN immigration team
28/8/14 Supreme Court challenge to Cat A prisoner's refusal of oral hearing
28/8/14 No Mad Laws Campaign
13/8/14 3-judge Upper Tribunal panel critical of LAA failure to grant Legal Aid
ECtHR ruling on prisoners votes
1/8/14 Clare Ashcroft on BBC Radio4 Woman's Hour
31/7/14 Murder conviction quashed at re-trial
30/7/14 Unlawful council tax reduction scheme judgment - implications for many low income council tax payers
22/7/14 Unlawful killing verdict in toddler inquest
21/7/14 "Bricks and mortar" interim accommodation
16/7/14 CART-type JR permission granted
16/7/14 Lucy Mair on Litigants in Person following legal aid cuts
10/7/14 Zimran Samuel expert evidence in Pakistan CG case
9/6/14 Vijay Jagadesham on students and veracity checks
19/5/14 Supreme Court hears IPP Article 5 challenge
24/4/14 GCN's Lucy Mair shortlisted for LALY award
24/4/14 David Campion awarded Master of Laws in Employment Law
28/3/2014 Angry GCN Members oppose CBA decision to discontinue protests against legal aid cuts
19/3/2014 Lucy Mair contributes to BHRC Report
17/3/2014 Zimran Samuel contributes to BHRC report
12/3/14 Kerry Smith Returns from maternity
11/3/14 GCN Sponsor Legal Justice Together: Call for Action
03/3/14 Scott v Pacific Mortgages in Supreme Court
28/2/14 Tom Royston on Bedroom Tax
20/2/14 Police Call Handler Unanimously Acquitted of Misconduct
02/01/2014 Criminal Barristers National Protest
19/12/2013 Breach of PSED in the provision of women’s approved premises
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3/12/2013 MoJ VHCC list clarification
28/11/2013 Employment status of a CoE priest
19/11/13 Leicester City Council v Shearer
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