Overview

Zara predominantly practices in the area of criminal law. She also accepts instructions in other areas which complement her criminal practice, including International Human Rights and International Criminal Law, Prison Law and Inquest work.  She is dedicated to ensuring equality and fairness within the criminal justice system.

Having completed pupillage during the COVID 19 pandemic, Zara joins Garden Court North Chambers as a tenant. Zara obtained "Outstanding" for her BPTC and finished top of both the full and part-time cohorts across a number of modules.  She is a Lord Denning Scholar at Lincoln's Inn.

Criminal defence & appeals

Prior to joining garden Court North Chambers, Zara obtained valuable criminal legal experience as a paralegal at a criminal legal aid firm. She is an Accredited Police Station Representative, having represented clients across the spectrum of criminal matters from fraud to murder.

Zara has already been involved in a wide range of work covering both the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court, including child sexual abuse and high level drug dealing. She has direct experience of cases involving allegations of drug dealing made against defendants believed to be victims of Modern Slavery and the related NRM procedure.

Her varied experience at all levels of the Criminal Justice System has enabled her to quickly develop rapport with her clients to achieve meaningful progress at each stage of the case ensuring the best outcome for her client.

Having often been involved with cases all the way through from the Police Station, Zara understands how vulnerable clients can often be and the necessity for robust legal advice from the outset of the case.

International human rights law

Zara spent 18 months in 2018 as an Associate with an International Justice Chambers in London. During her time with Chambers, she frequently drafted petitions to the United Nations Working Groups on Torture and Arbitrary Detentions and assisted in the drafting of amicus curae briefs to the International Criminal Court. Zara also spent time in Colombia gathering research to submit to the Special Jurisdiction for Peace.

Zara remains instructed by families in Dublin surrounding the discovery of the remains of 796 babies in a septic tank at a Mother a Baby Home, the “Tuam Babies Case.”

International criminal & humanitarian law

Zara spent 18 months in 2018 as an Associate with an International Justice Chambers in London. During her time with Chambers, she frequently drafted petitions to the United Nations Working Groups on Torture and Arbitrary Detentions and assisted in the drafting of amicus curae briefs to the International Criminal Court. Zara also spent time in Colombia gathering research to submit to the Special Jurisdiction for Peace.

Zara remains instructed by families in Dublin surrounding the discovery of the remains of 796 babies in a septic tank at a Mother a Baby Home, the “Tuam Babies Case.”

Notable Cases - Crime

R v W (2020) POCA proceedings regarding the difference between the difference between benefit and realisable assets. Negotiations with the Crown successfully reduced the deemed realisable assets.

R v B (2020) Possession with intent to supply Class A drugs representing a 20 year old female. There was evidence of grooming by one of the main dealers; this resulted in successful argument that the client fall into Category 4 lesser role and not Category 3 for the purposes of sentencing.

R v P (2020) 4 x Dwelling burglaries and 49 TIC offences.  Corrected the Crown’s assertion that the Defendant was a “third strike” burglar, therefore significantly reducing the starting point for sentence.

R v J (2020) Breach of SHPO concerning the same 15 year old complainant, together with 8 further breaches TIC’d whilst the Defendant was in a Young Offenders Institution.  Psychiatric and developmental problems were identified.

 

R v B (2020) Various sexual offences including inciting sexual activity with a child.  Successfully argued that the Defendant was not a Dangerous Offender and therefore should not be subject to an Extended Sentence.

 

R v T (2020) Dwelling burglary x 3.  After 3 bail applications and the Plea and Trial Preparation Hearing, successful submissions resulted in no evidence offered on all Counts.

R v B (2020) Trial concerning domestic ABH; successful submission of no case to answer resulted in acquittal.

R v B (2020) s.4A stalking trial and sexual abuse allegation.  Successfully argued that the criteria for s.4A were not met, client pleaded to lesser offence of s.2 harassment with no evidence offered regarding the sexual abuse.

R v A (2020) Breach of Civil Injunction.  Successfully argued that the terms of the Order had not been sufficiently explained to the Defendant.  Sentenced by way of an absolute discharge.

 

 

Notable Cases - International Human Rights

  • Wrote petitions and communications to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concerning British citizens in Iraq;
  • Assisted with the Article 2 Investigation submitted by Span concerning the death of Spanish priests in Rwanda during the genocide;
  • Wrote various chapters for the Amicus Curae Briefs submitted to the International Criminal Court concerning the Syrian conflict and the forced transfer of civilians across the Jordanian border;
  • Wrote various chapters for the report into the investigation of the death of former President Mohammed Morsi, who died whilst in State custody awaiting trial;
  • Travelled to Colombia October 2018 to assist in the preparation of Reports submitted to the Special Jurisdiction of Peace concerning the involvement of armed forces and other third parties during the armed conflict between the FARC-EP and the government.  Interviewed victims and carried out legal research concerning patterns of violence and specific criminal responsibilities;
  • Attended Westminster Magistrates’ Court to intervene in extradition hearings and successfully argued for the removal of INTERPOL red warnings against numerous clients;
  • Prepared written grounds of advice for judicial review against numerous prisons across the UK;
  • Assisted with an extradition case at the RCJ and drafted grounds of advice concerning the extradition of a British citizen to the United States of America for drug trafficking offences.

 

 

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