Areas of Expertise

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.

 


Aadhithya completed her Pupillage at St Ives Chambers under the supervision of Timothy Bowe, Head of Pupillage, and saw a wide range of both public and private children work. She has also assisted senior members of chambers in a number of serious public law proceedings involving complex children matters.

Aadhithya is regularly instructed in both private and public family work. She appears for both Applicant’s and Respondent’s in matters relating to child arrangement and non-molestation orders. Aadhithya has been instructed by local authorities in relation to children act matters in EPO’s, ICO’s and contested final hearings.

Aadhithya is noted as being a careful and meticulous advocate who is thoroughly prepared for any hearing. She has an approachable and likeable manner which is well received by her clients, opponents and judges alike. Her previous expertise in immigration and asylum work and the NHS mental health services gives her an unique ability to understand the complex issues and disputes which often arise in family matters.

Aadhithya is keen to expand and progress her Family practice and looks forwards to receiving further instruction commensurate to her call.

Further information

Aadhithya has particularly valuable experience and sensitivity in 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 non-emergency help line and is familiar with psychiatric and psychological assessments of those with a wide range of mental health and learning difficulties.

Aadhithya was previously employed by the Civil Service as a Home Office Presenting Officer, representing the Secretary of State in asylum and immigration claims. Accordingly she is well versed in conducting proceedings through the assistance of interpreters.

Before commencing pupillage at 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 regularly appears in the full range of housing matters including possession, anti-social behaviour injunctions and breach proceedings before both District and Circuit Judges. Aadhithya is regularly instructed by landlords and is considered to be a trusted and highly competent junior barrister for her year of call.

Aadhithya’s approachable and likeable manner is often noted by clients and her persuasive abilities with opponents and the court is lauded. She is well able to appreciate and appropriately handle the subtleties and nuances of any case and is always highly prepared and organised in her approach. Aadhithya is considered a persuasive and eloquent advocate who acts fearlessly in promoting her client’s case and position.

Aadhithya has experience in working within the NHS Mental Health Services and her ability to fairly deal with those suffering from such conditions has been of great value to her conduct of housing cases. She treats all clients and opposing parties with respect and sensitivity and her manner in court reflects the same.

During Pupillage Aadhithya spent time under the supervision of Michelle Caney where she became well-versed in the full breadth of a housing practice.

Aadhithya looks forward to expanding her housing practice and accepts instructions in all Housing matters commensurate to her call.

Further information

Aadhithya was employed previously 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. She has a sound understanding of article 8 rights and the conduct of civil proceedings and trials.

Aadhithya has particularly valuable experience in 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 non-emergency 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 at 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 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 non-police 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 a meticulous advocate who acts in a timely and efficient fashion with regards to preparation. She is trusted by those instructing her for having complete command of her case and for her personable and likeable manner as noted by clients, solicitors and Judges. Aadhithya is considered as a persuasive and eloquent advocate who acts fearlessly in promoting her client’s case and position.

Aadhithya accepts instruction in all Regulatory matters commensurate with her call.

Further information

Aadhithya was previously 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.

Before commencing pupillage at 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.


Qualifications

2:1 – LLB hons Dunelm – Law, University of Durham (Trevelyan College)

Very Competent – Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law (London, Bloomsbury)

Awards/Scholarships

The Inns of Court Trust Pegasus Scholar 2017

Phillip C Jessup 1st Ranked team UK Preliminary Rounds

Phillip C Jessup 1st Ranked Applicant Memorial

Kay Leaving Exhibition

The Oliver Entwistle Prize for Academic Achievement

Membership

The Midlands Circuit

The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

Young Barrister’s Committee

The Criminal Bar Association

Further Information

A keen participant in Mooting and Mock Trial competitions over the years; Aadhithya ranked 1st with the Durham University team at the 2012 preliminary UK National Rounds of the Philip. C. Jessup International Moot Court.

Aadhithya is active as a moot court judge and regularly judges competitions such as the Oxford University Press moot competition national semi-final, the University of Law GDL mooting competitions and both oral and written components of the Phillip C Jessup International Moot.

Alongside other members of the St Ives Criminal Team, Aadhithya mentored the Thomas Telford School students participating in the National Mock Trial Competition who went on to win the Birmingham Regional Heats.

Aadhithya is the current pupil member of the Young Bar Committee.

Languages

Tamil (Native Speaker)

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