UK Legal 500 2015
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 (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.
Law Society / LAPG / LAG Legal Aid Still Available Leaflet
CCMS Resources page
Now on Twitter
GCN to host INQUEST Conference and fundraising quiz 16.6.16
Mark George QC speaking at YLAL North meeting 15.6.16
20/5/16 Joe Markus shortlisted for LALY Legal Aid Newcomer Award
GCN Criminal Law update May 2016
26/4/16 Truth Justice Accountability | Hillsborough 22 Families Press Conference
26/4/16 A landmark day in legal history - Hillsborough Inquests
11/4/16 Recompense for the wrongfully convicted (Nealon and Hallam test cases)
22/3/16 Supreme Court grants permission in Kiarie
18/3/16 Not guilty verdict for Chetham violin teacher
4/3/16 GCN wins Barristers' Chambers of the Year at MLA 2016
29/2/16 Permission to appeal in relation to adult dependent relative rule
17/3/16 GCN launches new Appeals and Miscarriages of Justice Team
18/2/16 Considering Jogee: Joint Enterprise, Retrospective Effect and Fresh Appeals - Mark George QC and Matt Stanbury
11/2/16 CART-style JR of Upper Tribunal succeeds
9/2/16 Appeal allowed in "police officer on jury" case after CCRC referral
8/2/16 Permission granted in best interests (grandchild) immigration appeal
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 present PLP "How to JR"
Matt Stanbury presents "JR for criminal practitioners"
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
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 writes in
15/12/15 Gary Willock on delay in obtaining Legal Aid
12/12/15 Extension of Workers Registration Scheme 2009 Appeal now listed for Feb 2017
11/12/15 Court of Appeal quashes extended sentence
1/12/14 Zimran Samuel on FGM at Family Law Conference
23/11/15 Sentence reduced (serious health problems and delays)
12/11/15 GCN Housing Bulletin: disrepair and injunctions
3/11/15 Chambers UK Bar Guide ranks GCN in Band 1
Tom Royston speaking at CPAG seminar
30/10/15 Transgender prisoners
26/10/15 Successful out of time sentence appeal
Anti-Slavery Day event
30/9/15 Acquittal in Operation Pallial
28/9/15 Immigration FTT recognizes appellant as Victim of Trafficking (VOT)
24/9/15 Immigration FTT relies on Trafficking JR
17/9/15 Legal 500: Counsel "easy to work with and quickly engage"; Clerks "consistently very helpful"
11/9/15 FGM Protection Order to safeguard 13 year old taken to Sudan
9/9/15 Ben McCormack Court of Protection talk for YLAL North
22/7/15 Zimran Samuel obtains 2nd ever FGM Protection Order
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
Kate Stone chairs PLP "Private Law for Public Law Practitioners"
4/6/15 Art 8 defences for Canal and River Trust
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 Lucy Mair on trafficking JR (Free Movement)
13/5/15 Abuse of process argument succeeds
Pete Weatherby QC
at Haldane "Child Sex Abuse Inquiry" Lecture
Pete Weatherby QC at Prisoners' Advice Service panel discussion
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 EHRC Panel of Counsel
26/2/15 S222 injunction to restrain begging in Leeds City Centre
16/2/15 Extension of Workers Registration Scheme was unlawful
13/2/15 Rory O'Ryan appointed as Deputy Upper Tribunal Judge
27/1/15 Permission granted in homelessness affordability appeal
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 Landmark Supreme Court decision on ISP Prisoners
5/12/14 UT decision on Bereavement Benefits and telephone marriage
13/11/14 Permission to appeal granted in benefits case
10/10/14 Pete Weatherby QC wins Legal 500 Regional Silk Award 2014
9/10/14 Zimran Samuel wins Family Law Junior Barrister 2014
" in Legal 500 2014
Wednesday 15 June 2016 >>
YLAL North meeting : Hillsborough Inquests, Orgreave and on-going battles in public law
Thursday 16th June 2016 >>
INQUEST Annual Northern Conference and Quiz: Funding, Inquest Practice and Procedure, and Post-inquest Remedies
Garden Court North Chambers 3rd Floor, Blackfriars House, Parsonage, Manchester, M3 2JA