UK Legal 500 2015
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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 (2015) "
Utilises pre-trial protocols on disclosure effectively to the benefit of clients
UK Legal 500 2015
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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5/2/16 Repeated acquittals in historic cases
3/2/16 Housing allocation scheme - discrimination challenge by Irish Traveller
27/1/16 Bedroom Tax victory (Rutherford)
GCN barristers presenting PLP "How to JR" in Manchester 1.3.16
Sheffield Law Society seminar: JR for criminal practitioners 18.2.16
25/1/16 SSHD failure to apply own policy to Victim of Trafficking
5/1/16 Important statelessness JR (Semeda)
5/1/16 GCN members elected to BHRC Exec Committee
GCN Criminal Law Update December 2015
18/12/15 GCN remains totally committed to first class representation through legal aid
17/12/15 Permission granted in trafficking JR
16/12/15 Natalie Wilkins reports on GCN Family Rights seminar series in
15/12/15 Gary Willock on caselaw re delay in obtaining Legal Aid and court deadlines
12/12/15 Appeal of decision that Extension of Workers Registration Scheme 2009 was unlawful now listed for Feb 2017
11/12/15 Court of Appeal quashes extended sentence and finding of dangerousness
1/12/14 Zimran Samuel speaks about FGM at Family Law Conference 2015
23/11/15 Sentence reduced (serious health problems and delays in proceedings)
12/11/15 GCN Housing Bulletin: serious disrepair and injunctions
3/11/15 Chambers UK Bar Guide ranks GCN in Band 1 for "Administrative and Public Law" and "Civil Liberties and Human Rights"
Tom Royston speaking at CPAG Genuine Prospects of Work seminar on 30.11.15
30/10/15 Transgender prisoners - Matt Stanbury on how the MoJ is disregarding its own policy
26/10/15 Successful out of time appeal in unlawful extended sentence
Anti-Slavery Day event: Current issues affecting victims of Trafficking 22.10.15
21/10/15 Vijay Jagadesham on proposed Prisoner Transfer Agreement with Jamaica
30/9/15 Acquittal in Operation Pallial (North Wales Enquiry) historic allegations case
28/9/15 Immigration FTT recognizes appellant as Victim of Trafficking (VOT)
24/9/15 Immigration FTT relies on Trafficking JR and grants asylum to VOT
17/9/15 Legal 500 recommends 2015; Counsel "easy to work with and quickly engage"; Clerks "consistently very helpful"
11/9/15 Zimran Samuel obtains FGM Protection Order to safeguard 13 year old taken to Sudan
9/9/15 Ben McCormack Court of Protection talk for YLAL North
24/8/15 "Bedroom tax" appeal dates set (Rutherford)
19/8/15 Mark George QC responds to HHJ Clayson Practice Note
Mark George QC Amicus US Death Penalty Training in Oct 2015
24//7/15 GCN crime team on direct action
22/7/15 Zimran Samuel obtains second ever FGM Protection Order
21/7/15 Baby boy's injuries caused by bone disorder not violence
14/7/15 GCN crime team support Rally to Save Criminal Legal Aid
30/6/15 GCN crime team "It's time we took action"
12/6/15 Mark George QC on IPCC Orgreave report
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
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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