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Aadhithya Anbahan

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(Year of Call 2015)

Joined Chambers: 2015

Qualifications:

2:1 - LLB hons Dunelm - Law, University of Durham (Trevelyan College) Very Competent - Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law (London, Bloomsbury)

Background:

Aadhithya is regularly instructed in an array of criminal proceedings including Defence work in the Crown, Magistrates and Youth Courts. She has a strong Crown Court practice, both appearing for Defendants and the Prosecution as a Grade 1 CPS Panel Advocate.

Recently, Aadhithya has been instructed to appear for the Defence in trials for s.20 Grievous Bodily Harm, Robbery, Burglary and Racially Aggravated Public Order matters. She is often able to secure favourable sentences for clients in cases including serious violence, dishonesty and drugs. She has succeeded in obtaining non-custodial disposals for clients in matters where the sentencing guidelines consider custody to be appropriative and even in situations where mandatory minimum terms apply under the 2nd and 3rd “strike” provisions.

Aadhithya is often instructed to prosecute breach proceedings, trials of issue, sentences and bail act matters on behalf of the CPS and the Probation Service. These offences range from fraud and dishonesty to child abduction and violence. She is noted for her methodical and analytical approach and is considered to be a fearless and forthright advocate, whether Prosecuting or Defending.

Aadhithya also enjoys a wide and varied regulatory practice, through which she has represented education boards, local authorities and the police in a range of hearings from closure orders and trading standards prosecutions to parole board hearings and tribunal matters. Aadhithya regularly appears in a range of regulatory matters before the Magistrates and Crown Court and is well-versed in the conduct, law and procedure of such cases.

Aadhithya is considered to be an eloquent, articulate and persuasive advocate with gravitas beyond her years. She is noted as having an approachable and highly likeable manner with clients, solicitors and judges alike. Those instructing her are willing to trust Aadhithya with cases well beyond her call due to her keen eye for detail, client care, impeccable conduct and preparation.

Aadhithya is keen to maintain and expand her practice and accepts instruction in all Criminal work commensurate with her call.

Notable Cases:

R v AW Unanimous acquittal for a Defendant who had committed Actual Bodily Harm by twice biting the store manager restraining her after she committed a theft, despite independent eye-witness evidence.

R v KN Jury acquitted after 20 minutes deliberation on a racially aggravated public order offence where the Crown had multiple witnesses.

R v RD Secured a non-custodial community order outside of the sentencing guidelines for a Defendant who pleaded guilty to robbery. The Defendant had numerous previous convictions for like offences, however, the offending was committed against a background of drug dependency.

R v DS A very favourable 21 months sentence for a Defendant with numerous previous convictions who had assaulted a security guard with a needle and infected him with hepatitis in the course of the assault.

R v JB Secured a suspended sentence for the Defendant, despite the offence being subject to the statutory minimum of 6 months custody for a “second strike” possession of a bladed article in a public place.

R v CO A suspended sentence for a Defendant convicted after trial of affray with a weapon, criminal damage and racially aggravated public disorder offences against police officers in the execution of their duty.

Further Information:

Prior to joining St Ives Chambers, Aadhithya spent six months working in the USA with the Jackson, Mississippi Office of Capital Post Conviction Counsel, investigating and providing legal services on final stage Death Penalty cases. During this time Aadhithya routinely met and conducted conferences with clients incarcerated on “death row”, interviewed a wide range of witnesses, professionals and jurors and investigated historic crimes. This was done alongside the general breadth of paralegal duties such as drafting notices of appeal, skeleton arguments and extensive legal research.

Aadhithya has particularly valuable experience dealing with vulnerable individuals and those with mental health concerns through time spent working in the NHS with the Greater Manchester CRISIS outreach and Mental Health Teams. During this time she operated the Mental Health Services help line and is familiar with psychiatric and psychological assessments of those with a wide range of mental health and learning difficulties.

Before commencing pupillage, Aadhithya was employed by the Civil Service as a Home Office Presenting Officer, representing the Secretary of State regularly in Asylum, Human Rights, EEA Regulations, general Immigration, Points-Based System, Entry Clearance and Visit Visa appeals at the First Tier AIT Tribunal.

Memberships:

The Midlands Circuit
The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
Young Barrister’s Committee
The Criminal Bar Association

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