Nikita is an experienced and passionate criminal advocate. She has substantial experience representing defendants across a wide spectrum of offences; including violent and sexual offences.
Nikita is particularly experienced at representing defendants suffering from mental health concerns and advising upon fitness to plead procedures.
Nikita is also experienced at representing inmates in proceedings before the parole board. A recent example included securing the re-release of a prisoner recalled on licence despite a number of allegations and adjudications for violent behaviour whilst recalled.
R v MD (Harrow Crown Court)
Assault occasioning Grievous Bodily Harm with intent
Nikita acted as junior alone to represent a defendant acquitted of a serious machete attack.
R v RC (Snaresbrook Crown Court)
Inciting a child family member to commit sexual activity
Nikita represented a defendant with severe mental health concerns who, it had been alleged, incited sexual activity with his niece. The defendant was found unfit to plead and Nikita represented him at the fact finding hearing in which she cross-examined the very young complainant and other family members. The most serious charge was dismissed following a successful half time submission.
R v TT (Reading Crown Court)
Nikita represented a defendant charged with burglary in which there was CCTV footage of the burglary from which a police officer had identified the defendant. A voir dire was conducted in which Nikita cross-examined the investigating officers.
Nikita successfully argued to exclude the identification evidence for gross breaches of the PACE code of conduct by the police and further persuaded the court to exclude the CCTV footage under Section 78. The prosecution were obliged to offer no evidence.
R v HC (Kingston Crown Court)
Nikita represented a defendant charged with exposing himself to a 2 year old girl and her mother whilst making suggestive remarks to the child. Following a three day trial, the jury acquitted the defendant in 40 minutes.