Practice Summary

Ramya joined 4-5 Grays Inn Square in March 2022 after over nine years practising in other leading Chambers. She specialises in inquest, professional discipline, inquiry, business crime and general public law. Over the years, Ramya has built a breadth of experience over a number of practice areas, which enables her to provide a well-rounded and thorough approach to her cases. The key driving force behind her work has always been client care; ensuring that she goes the extra mile to provide her clients with the best possible service.

Ramya regularly acts in professional discipline proceedings, including police disciplinary proceedings and those brought by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. She is happy to take instructions in relation to any regulator. Her wider experience defending and prosecuting in criminal cases has given her an advantage in being able to quickly adapt to either side of a professional discipline case

Ramya has a particular interest in cases involving the interests of those at their most vulnerable. As a result, during her time at the Bar, Ramya has built a strong practice in inquests, inquiry and professional discipline work, both as sole counsel and as junior counsel. Cases in which she has been instructed include:

  • acting as second junior counsel representing the family of Saskia Jones at the Fishmongers Hall Inquest;
  • junior junior counsel to the Undercover Policing Inquiry;
  • part of a team representing a Core Participant to the Grenfell Inquiry;
  • part of a team representing an Interested Person in the Hillsborough Inquest.

For nine years of her career, Ramya maintained a busy and successful practice in criminal law alongside her other practice areas. This has led her to:

  • working with the Serious Fraud Office,
  • working with a highly regarded law firm specialising in business crime; and
  • acting as sole and junior counsel in a number of serious criminal cases. Ramya therefore has particular expertise in serious criminal casework.

Ramya also sits as a Trustee of Justice Is Now, which is a charity working to improve the treatment of serious sexual offences in the education and legal systems. She is a member of the Bar Standards Board Taskforce on Religious Discrimination. She has a particular interest in issues involving all forms of discrimination: she spent seven years sitting on the West Midlands Hate Crime Panel, has written articles about hate crime and published a book on the topic of hate crime in 2020. In terms of her non-work life, Ramya has always enjoyed (trying) to learn languages. As a result she speaks French and Spanish to an Intermediate level, has dabbled in Dutch and Hindi and speaks her mother-tongue 'Kannada' to what she considers a decent level (depending who in her family you ask!). She enjoys taking her stress of the week out in spin, gym and boxing classes - or by spending time with her two little, unpredictable cats.

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