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Nadia Chbat

Year of call: 1996

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Nadia is a highly experienced defence criminal advocate with an extensive practice in London, and the South East. Her solicitors instruct her to handle a range of cases, most significantly is her expertise in sex offences, ranging from Rape, sexual assault, offences against children and offences which are said to have taken place many years ago. She regularly cross examines young and often vulnerable witnesses, with skill, and professionalism. Nadia handles multiple evidential issues regularly in such cases.

Nadia defends high level crime, such as Drug Trafficking, Murder and Attempted Murder, Grievous Bodily Harm, and Robbery, Child Cruelty, and Fraud. She has been Leading Junior counsel in a variety of cases, as well as Leading Junior to Queens Counsel.

Her ability to handle difficult clients as well as witnesses has attracted respect from her colleagues as well as the judiciary. Many judges have commented on her impressive handling of cross examination in difficult and challenging cases. Her closing speeches and the drawing up of the entire defence case impresses her professional and lay clients, time and time again. The demand for solicitors to secure her as an advocate is competitive and she is regularly instructed in the very early stages, after charge, before even a court hearing has been fixed. 

Nadia is the advocate who will use all her skill and experience and forensic analysis to secure an acquittal. Tackling often the most unusual cases, such as the sleepwalker, accused of sexual assault of a young girl in her own home, who travelled over three miles on foot asleep, or the defendant accused of Rape by a complainant who was “too drunk to remember”, or the defendant harassed by the police over years and years, accused of threatening to shoot a police officer. All successfully found not guilty, despite the challenges involved.

Nadia is one of the few advocates who has cross examined her own profession. Involved in a case where the incident took place in a court room, Nadia cross examined a Judge, a Silk (Q.C), a senior Barrister, police officers, a court clerk and security staff, as all were eye witnesses to the alleged offences.  Before she had even made her closing speech, the jury sent a note to the judge expressing their desire to return not guilty verdicts. 

Education & Qualifications:

Sheffield Hallam University 1991-1993 LLB 2:1

Inns of Court School of Law 1995 Very Competent

Called to the Bar 1996

Professional Courses:

Serious Sexual Offences

Criminal Justice Act 2003

Sexual Offences Act 2003

Proceeds of Crime 2002

Subscription to Criminal Law Week (weekly update digest of cases)

In addition Nadia has prepared and delivered a number of lectures on a wide range of topics, to both chambers and her instructing solicitors.

Professional Memberships:

Criminal Bar Association

Thames Valley Bar Mess