She combines excellent legal knowledge with incisive legal analysis and fearless advocacy.

Overview

Nina is the Deputy Head of Garden Court North Chambers and was appointed QC in March 2019. She is a senior criminal defence practitioner of considerable experience and as a newly appointed QC Nina will continue to practice in the area of criminal defence.

As a junior she was regularly instructed as in the most serious of cases, particularly those cases involving allegations of murder, manslaughter, drug trafficking, money laundering, serious fraud, computer misuse, allegations of serious violence (including child cruelty), sexual and Mental Capacity Act offences. She has extensive Court of Appeal and CCRC experience and has also been instructed in the Supreme Court. Her cases frequently involve complex evidence of the use of ‘cutting-edge’ technology and sophisticated anti-surveillance techniques by OCGs. She also has extensive experience in cases involving vulnerable witnesses and defendants involving issues of mental health or capacity, often in combination with concurrent Family Court or Court of Protection proceedings.

Nina has specialist expertise in dealing with linked criminal and Family Court/Court of Protection proceedings, including those involving Hague Convention proceedings (international child abduction).

Nina is frequently briefed to defend education and health care professionals in cases alleging violence, sexual assault, negligence and cruelty.

Nina worked as a professional theatre administrator in London and was an active member of the Greater London Council’s first Community Arts Committee prior to the abolishment of the GLC. She later qualified for the Bar, obtaining an Outstanding classification and receiving the ICSL Certificate of Honour. She joined Chambers in 2008 after 15 years as a busy criminal barrister in London. She is a committed campaigner for animal as well as human rights.

Criminal defence and appeals

Nina’s busy criminal defence practice in the Crown Court reflects her commitment to representing defendants considered ‘vulnerable’. In addition, a large proportion of her cases relate to criminal prosecutions where defendants are also party to linked concurrent proceedings in the Family Court or Court of Protection and she regularly lectures and writes about the complexity of cross-disclosure between these vastly different jurisdictions.

Nina has also published written articles on the subject of vulnerable witnesses and defendants and has been interviewed on Woman’s Hour.

Notable cases

R v Curtis (2019) Defending one of two brothers tried for the murder of a woman in Birkenhead.

R v Warmington (2019) “Operation Leopard” :  Represented a defendant acquitted of conspiracy to murder after the trial of alleged members of a Salford Organised Crime Group. Members of “The A Team” were prosecuted for several retaliatory shootings connected to the murder of Paul Massey in 2015.

R v Taylor (2019) : A nurse tried for neglect and perverting the course of justice was acquitted during her trial. This “whistleblower” case related to the death of a psychiatric hospital inpatient. The Prosecution was eventually discontinued as a result of multiple disclosure failures and the defence use of late-disclosed material in cross examination at trial.

R v McGrath (2019) : Represented a female employee at HMP Garth prosecuted for misconduct and conspiracy to supply drugs to prisoners.

R v Boyle (2019) : Defendant unanimously acquitted of the intentional wounding of his estranged wife’s new partner.

Publications and seminars

  • Criminal Law Friendly Society Conference 2016;
  • Criminal Law Friendly Society Conference 2015;
  • Criminal Law Friendly Society Conference 2014;
  • 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;
  • 6/1/14 Speaking at a rally in Manchester protesting against Criminal Legal Aid cuts; and
  • 3/5/11 Advocacy: How to Handle Vulnerable Witnesses – LexisNexis Current Awareness.

Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association Justice
  • Howard League for Penal Reform; and
  • Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare.

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Recommendations

Defends some of the most significant matters in the Crown Court and also has a busy practice in the appellate courts. She is regularly instructed for the defence in cases concerning murder, national drug supply, serious sexual offences and child cruelty. She also represents professionals including lecturers and teachers accused of abusive behaviour. "She is amazing - very hard-working and a tenacious advocate." Recent work: Acted in R v Hughes, which concerned the alleged activities of a large organised crime group in Liverpool who traded in huge quantities of class A and class B drugs. Chambers and Partners 2019
She combines excellent legal knowledge with incisive legal analysis and fearless advocacy.The UK Legal 500 2019
Defends some of the most significant matters in the Crown Court and also has a busy practice in the appeals courts. Regularly instructed for the defence in cases concerning murder, national drug supply, serious sexual offences and child cruelty. Also represents professionals including lecturers and teachers accused of abusive behaviour. Strengths: "She takes an extremely robust and thorough approach." "She is an eloquent and experienced advocate." Recent work: Acted in R v Adams, a case concerning an alleged planned assassination.Chambers and Partners 2018
An excellent barrister.The UK Legal 500 2017
Considerable experience defending in Court of Appeal cases.The UK Legal 500 2016
Utilises pre-trial protocols on disclosure effectively to the benefit of clients.The UK Legal 500 2015
An extremely able defence practitioner.The UK Legal 500 2014
...focuses on human rights and civil liberties cases.The UK Legal 500 2012
Recommended as a criminal practitioner whose "preparation work is most comprehensive". The UK Legal 500 2011
... a conscientious, capable and committed defender.The UK Legal 500 2010
...conscientious and ahead of the game.The UK Legal 500 2007
Nina Grahame is a charismatic and persuasive advocate whose success in court comes from a profound understanding of the law, rigorous preparation and a commitment to the welfare of every client.Nicky Hall, Clifford Johnson Solicitors
Hardworking, robust and conscientious; Nina's quality of preparation and delivery is of the highest quality. The ‘go to' to counsel for all serious criminal matters. Helen White, Howells Solicitors

 

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