Leading junior in crime (Northern circuit) 2015: Utilises pre-trial protocols on disclosure effectively to the benefit of clients.

UK Legal 500 2015

An extremely able defence practitioner

UK Legal 500 2014

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 and 2011

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

Instructing solicitor


Nina is the Deputy Head of Chambers at Garden Court North.



Nina 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.


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:

  • Operation Roderigo (2015) Teesside Crown Court - An investigation into the combined activities of OCGs from the NW and NE relating to conspiracies to supply cocaine and to manufacture and supply amphetamine in quantities that were "off the scale".
  • Operation Tungsten (2015) Manchester Crown Court - A successful application to dismiss the case against a defendant alleged to be sourcing drugs outside the jurisdiction for importation by a NW OCG.
  • Operation Weld (2015) Birmingham Crown Court - In this case, Nina represented a defendant who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine between members of 3 OCGs operating in the NE, the NW and  the Midlands. She successfully challenged the prosecution assertion that her client played a leading role for the purposes of sentence, and he was sentenced as a significant role player maintaining full credit.
  • Operation Cabri (2014) Conspiracy to supply Class A drugs by a Liverpool OCG.
  • R v Garvey [2015] (Criminal Court of Appeal) - sentence reduced where defendant's serious health problems further exacerbated by delays in proceedings.
  • R v Curran [2015] (Leeds Crown Court) – former teacher; historic allegations of assault and indecent assault  - prosecution case withdrawn after submissions from counsel.  Led Matthew Stanbury (instructed by Paula Porter of Thompsons Solicitors) media coverage.  
  • R v Anthony Ellis (2014) Murder conviction quashed and replaced with manslaughter conviction following re-trial.
  • 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 (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)  described as " a conscientious, capable and committed defender". UK Legal 500 2010 edition

Leading junior in crime (2007)  described as "conscientious and ahead of the game".   UK Legal 500 2007


6/1/14 Speaking at a rally in Manchester protesting against Criminal Legal Aid cuts 

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




BA (Comb Hons) English & Theatre Studies (1982)
BVC – Outstanding / Certificate of Honour (1993)