Year Of CallYear of call: 2013
Naakesha accepts instructions in all aspects of public and private children law and ancillary relief.
Public Law Children
In care proceedings, Naakesha has represented parents, the Local Authority and guardians at hearings at all stages of proceedings. Naakesha recently represented a Local Authority in which threshold was limited to allegations of sexual abuse by one parent. Naakesha is used to cross examining experts in all fields and is confident in doing so.
Recently, Naakesha has received instructions to appear in the High Court: regularly this is in cases that have jurisdictional issues. Most recently, Naakesha was instructed to represent a parent responding to an application by a Local Authority for a Female Genital Mutilation Protection Order. The unique aspect in this case was that the LA’s primary evidence had been withheld and the court, early on, sanctioned ongoing non-disclosure. Naakesha was instructed to appear in the High Court and successfully argued for disclosure of the pertinent evidence.
Naakesha regularly represents parties accused of causing non-accidental injuries: through careful and thorough preparation Naakesha is able to identify the strengths of the most difficult cases and to give parents straight forward advice in a simple and understandable manner.
Private Law Children
Naakesha advises and acts for parents and other family members in all types of private law children work, including Child Arrangements Orders, Prohibited Steps Orders, cases involving disputes over jurisdiction and fact find hearings, often involving allegations of serious domestic violence and sexual abuse. Naakesha regularly advises and represents those making enforcement applications.
Naakesha is building an extensive practice in ancillary relief and is well recognised as having outstanding negotiation and communication skills, enabling her to often reach favourable settlements, early on.
Naakesha is happy to receive instructions direct from members of the public under the Direct Public Access Scheme.
Naakesha has used her experience of the Criminal and Family Law jurisdictions to undertake Applications by West Yorkshire Police in which disclosure between the two jurisdictions has been sought.
Naakesha regularly appears in the Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth Courts where she prosecutes and defends.
Naakesha has represented Defendants in the Crown and Youth Courts in serious matters, including armed robbery, and understands the need to give robust advice from the earliest opportunity. Recently, Naakesha has represented a number of youths accused of serious sexual offences. Naakesha has an acute awareness of the need for thorough case analysis, including disclosure requests. Naakesha was recently instructed in a case in which, following the preparation of a thorough defence case statement which raised requests for extensive disclosure, several charges of rape and sexual assault were dropped shortly prior to the trial of a 15-year old boy.
Naakesha was recently instructed as a disclosure junior, led by Nicolas Campbell QC. This has provided Naakesha with a thorough working knowledge of the disclosure regime.
Naakesha spent her pupillage under the supervision of Matthew Bean, gaining significant experience in serious fraud and sex cases.
Naakesha has been instructed by West Yorkshire Police on numerous matters. Most recently, Naakesha was instructed to obtain a Forced Marriage Protection Order, this being the first time that such an Application had been issued by WYP. Naakesha is familiar with and confident in dealing with Gang Injunction Orders, Dog Destruction Orders and other prohibitory Orders. Additionally, Naakesha regularly represents the police on appeals brought in relation to firearms.
Naakesha has been instructed in disclosure applications of a complex nature, emergency applications and to provide advice in civil proceedings issued against the Force.
Naakesha’s knowledge of the civil, family and criminal jurisdictions provides her with an excellent foundation upon which to provide practical and realistic advice in matters that overlap two or more of the jurisdictions.
Naakesha accepts instructions in all areas of civil law, however has particular experience in personal injury. Naakesha regularly appears on the fast and multi-tracks and is accustomed to cross examining medical experts.
Naakesha has extensive experience in drafting and providing advice at all stages of proceedings, from the issuing of proceedings to pre-trial review.
During pupillage, Naakesha spent time with Roxanne Frantzis, KBW Chambers’ Head of Immigration Law. Since joining Chambers as a tenant, Naakesha has represented asylum/immigration claimants/applicants and appellants; Naakesha uses her skills with vulnerable witnesses to ensure that the best evidence is obtained in difficult and challenging circumstances.
BPTC – Nottingham Law School – Very Competent (awarded the St Mary’s Chambers Award in the family exam).
University of Hull – LLB Law with German Law and Language – First Class
Lord Justice Holker Scholar (Awarded by Gray’s Inn)
Ann Felicity Goddard Scholar (Awarded by Gray’s Inn)
Feren’s Scholar (Awarded by The University of Hull: 2008, 2009 and 2011)