UK Legal 500 2014
UK Legal 500 2012
UK Legal 500 2010 and 2011
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. She also has experience of defending criminal prosecutions arising from the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
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
Nina has recently defended alleged members of OCGs in a number of large scale operations relating to the importation and supply of Class A drugs. These include :
Other recent cases include:
Leading junior in crime : Northern (2014)
An extremely able defence practitioner’.
UK Legal 500 2014 edition
Leading junior in crime: Northern (2012)
"...focuses on human rights and civil liberties cases"
UK Legal 500 2012 edition
Leading junior in crime : Northern (2011)
is recommended as a criminal practitioner whose
preparation work is most comprehensive"
UK Legal 500 2011 edition
Leading junior in crime : Northern (2010)
a conscientious, capable and committed defender"
. UK Legal 500 2010 edition more
Leading junior in crime (2007)
conscientious and ahead of the game"
UK Legal 500 2007
Has undertaken specialist training in the use of intermediaries for witnesses in criminal trials.
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24//7/15 GCN crime team remain committed to direct action
22/7/15 Zimran Samuel obtains second ever FGM Protection Order
21/7/15 "Bedroom tax" permission to appeal granted (Rutherford)
21/7/15 Baby boy's injuries caused by bone disorder not violence
Mark George QC to deliver Amicus US Death Penalty Training in Oct 2015
PLP JR North "The future of Rights in the UK" | 16.7.15 | Manchester
14/7/15 GCN crime team supporting Rally to Save Criminal Legal Aid TODAY
30/6/15 GCN crime team "It's time we took action"
12/6/15 Mark George QC on IPCC Orgreave report
11/6/15 GCN barristers' deep concern over latest MoJ criminal legal aid cuts
10/6/15 Kate Stone to chair PLP "Private Law for Public Law Practitioners" on 24.6.15
8/6/15 Nealon and Hallam: miscarriage of justice compensation claims dismissed
4/6/15 Is Canal and River Trust entitled to have same approach applied to Art 8 defences as landlords of social housing?
Tom Royston speaking at CPAG seminar "Localisation of Social Security" on 8.6.15
Lucy Mair speaking at "Contemporary Issues in Refugee Law" 7.7.15 (Lancaster)
28/5/15 Lucy Mair discusses Eve Ensler's "Avocado" human trafficking monologue
27/5/15 GCN supports action by Northern Ireland Bar
27/5/15 Lucy Mair on trafficking JR (Free Movement)
13/5/15 Abuse of process argument succeeds in prosecution under common law where statutory offence would also apply
Haldane "Child Sex Abuse Inquiry" Lecture panel feat. Pete Weatherby QC 21.5.15
Pete Weatherby QC speaking at Prisoners' Advice Service annual panel discussion 19.5.15
20/4/15 Matt Stanbury on Bad News for Good Character
20/3/15 Sex Offender Notification Reviews Guidance
4/3/15 Joe Markus appointed to Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel
26/2/15 S222 injunction to restrain begging in Leeds City Centre discharged by High Court
23/2/15 Prisoner adjudication decision quashed
16/2/15 Extension of Workers Registration Scheme was unlawful; EU workers
13/2/15 Rory O'Ryan appointed as Deputy Upper Tribunal Judge
5/2/15 Zimran Samuel contributes to "Now That You Know Say NO To FGM" short film
27/1/15 Permission granted in homelessness affordability appeal
19/1/15 Victor Nealon - refusal of compensation for miscarriage of justice
13/1/15 Kate Stone on Human Rights and Arms Trade Treaty
5/1/15 GCN move to Blackfriars House profiled in M.E.N
15/12/14 Gudanaviciene (exceptional funding)
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 JR of Employment Tribunal fees
10/10/14 Pete Weatherby QC wins Legal 500 Regional Silk Award 2014
9/10/14 Zimran Samuel wins Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year 2014
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26/9/14 Legal Aid, Labour and a 'manifesto for hope'
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Homelessness Vulnerability- The New Law (Shelter Training)
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PLP JR North 2015 : The Future of Rights in the UK
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Contemporary Issues in Refugee Law
Garden Court North Chambers 3rd Floor, Blackfriars House, Parsonage, Manchester, M3 2JA