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Naomi Nelson-Cofie

Career background

Called to the Bar in 2008. Thereafter practiced in Accra, Ghana, having been called to the Ghana Bar in 2010. Her main areas of practice were crime, family, matrimonial matters, property law and land disputes. Representing clients at all levels of proceedings during trial and ancillary applications. Has provided specialist advice on all matters relating to Ghanaian divorce law.

Returned to UK practice, joining Citadel as a tenant in 2016.

Practice details

Represents clients at all stages of proceedings in the Crown and Appellant Courts. Regularly undertakes work across the full ambit of criminal practice, in particular offences of serious violence, drugs and dishonesty.

Has undertaken training in dealing with Vulnerable Witnesses.

Experienced in dealing with POCA proceedings and making and resisting Restraint Applications.

Notable and Reported cases:

R v C

Appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning the sentence for defrauding  a vulnerable man. The case became an authority as to the dangers of judges double counting vulnerability when assessing culpability and harm.

[2018] EWCA Crim 1713, [2018] 7 WLUK 384, [2019] 1 Cr. App. r. (S.) 7.

R v T

Successful appeal against sentence before the Court of Appeal. In delivering the Court’s Judgement, Sir Robin Spencer observed that the Court “found force” in Miss Nelson-Cofie’s submissions which he described as cogent. Mr Justice Spencer went on to comment that the Court had found Miss Nelson-Cofie’s written grounds “absolutely excellent”.

 R v D

Acquittal for armed robber

During the trial at Mold Crown Court, the prosecution alleged that the defendant had used weapons to threaten the complainants at a remote house in Welshpool in 2015. DNA and cell site evidence were also features of the Crown’s case.

R v B

Represented one of several defendants in a two-week public nuisance trial, the only defendant acquitted at the conclusion of the trial.

R v K

Represented a defendant on a charge of assault (there had been 3 attempts at trial), acquitted by the Jury. Successfully argued a S78 application to exclude the ABE evidence of a young witness on the basis of the passage of time.

R v N

Prosecuted a litigant in person during a 4 day trial on a charge of assault, including preliminary issues as to jurisdiction: convicted.

R v J

Prosecuted a defendant who had stabbed his partner in her head, and bit her nose: convicted

Experienced in dealing with a range of immigration and asylum matters at both First Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal. These have included Article 8 claims, claims for asylum, spousal and dependant application appeals.

Written or oral advice can be provided at all stages of claims and applications.

Further information

A member of the Ghana Bar and Ghana Bar Association. Therefore, is able to accept instructions and advise in cases concerning Ghanaian Law and can represent clients and companies in the Ghana Courts and tribunals.

Undertakes and conducts training of new detectives for Northamptonshire Constabulary in building case files and preparing for cross-examination.

Direct Access

Accredited by the Bar Council and in suitable cases is happy to accept instructions direct from members of the public. Please see the Direct Access section of this website for further information.

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