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Nina Grahame

Call Year: 1993
Qualifications: BA (Comb Hons) English & Theatre Studies (1982); BVC – Outstanding / Certificate of Honour (1993)
Areas of Practice: Criminal law
Tel: 0161 817 6377

"focuses on human rights and civil liberties cases"

UK Legal 500 2012

"...a conscientious, capable and committed defender." ...[whose] "preparation work is most comprehensive."

UK Legal 500 2010 & 2011

"...a first class advocate and takes time with the client to listen and fully understand the client's position..."

Instructing solicitor 2008

"conscientious and ahead of the game"

UK Legal 500 2007


Criminal law


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:

  • R v Anthony Ellis   (2014) Murder conviction quashed and replaced with manslaughter conviction following re-trial  news story
  • R v Smith   (2014).   The defendant police call handler was unanimously acquitted of misconduct in public office. 
  • R v Lattlay-Fottfoy  (2013). The prosecution for offences of rape and false imprisonment was eventually discontinued after documents from the Family Court were obtained revealing significant concerns about the credibility of the complainant.  Click here  for press coverage.
  • R V Burns  (2013) A prosecution for child cruelty was discontinued by the prosecution as a direct result of the disclosure of  Family Court documents in related proceedings.
  • R v Heatley  (2013). A “whistleblower” case in which a care worker was acquitted of cruelty to a number of elderly dementia sufferers resident in a North Wales Care Home.
  • R v Ashley Rhodes & ors  (2013) One of four defendants accused of distributed denial of service (DDoS) internet offences carried out by Anonymous “Hacktivists”.
  • R v Mitchell  (2012). The defendant, a professional boxer, was convicted of manslaughter but acquitted of the murder of a Leeds University student.
  • R v F  (2012) Leading junior for the first defendant in a large scale drugs conspiracy and money laundering case.
  • R v Robinson  (2012). A “whistleblower” case in which 2 care workers were prosecuted for cruelty to severely disabled residents of a care home.
  • R v Gnango  [2011] UKSC 59 - Supreme Court appeal by the prosecution following the judgment in the Court of Appeal in 2010 quashing Gnango's conviction for murder in the "crossfire shooting" case.
  • R v Clark  (2011) Deputy Commissioner of North Wales Police acquitted of fraudulent salary and overtime claims.
  • R v McHugh  (2010) A prosecution based on the activities of the notorious “Darkmarket” fraudsters.


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 " preparation work is most comprehensive"  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.

Articles, media comment and speaking engagements

  • 8/2/13 "Recent Statutory and Common Law Developments Relating to Criminal Culpability for Murder" - guest lecture for St Catharine's Law Society, Cambridge University
  • 3/5/11 Advocacy: How to Handle Vulnerable Witnesses - LexisNexis Current Awareness

Other activities

Has undertaken specialist training in the use of intermediaries for witnesses in criminal trials.

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Nina Grahame

Name: Nina Grahame
Call Year: 1993

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