Practice Summary

Vida accepts instructions in all of Chambers' practice areas and has a particular interest in Inquests and Inquiries, Public Law and Local Government. Vida has expertise in Education law and has represented clients in the First Tier (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Tribunal, Governing Board Hearings and Independent Appeals Panel. Vida is currently instructed as Junior Counsel on the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

 

Prior to joining Chambers, Vida was at leading criminal set and represented clients in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal both as led junior and in her own right. She is adept at dealing with legally complex cases and cases involving the analysis of complex documentation. She has impressed judges with her advocacy and has been commended for her ability to "'cross examine in a pleasant yet commanding way" and deliver a 'first class closing speech". In 2019, Vida was awarded the Rising Star UK Diversity Legal Award, which recognises exceptional lawyers at the beginning of their career who stand out both in terms of strong legal, business and clients skills. Vida is also committed to Pro Bono work. She previously volunteered with FRU, representing clients in the Social Security Tribunal. She is currently a volunteer for Advocate and in this capacity has successfully negotiated settlement agreements in claim of unfair dismissal and disability discrimination. Vida is also the founder of Inspiring Youth Achievement, registered charity in UK and Ghana, which aims to encourage, support and inspire young people to achieve their ambitions. She is a Patron for Bruce Grove Youth Club in Tottenham. Awards: 2019 Rising Star Award (Chambers), UK Diversity Legal Award 2016 Shelford Scholarship, Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn 2012 Hardwicke Entrance Award, Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn 2011 Sir Henry Barber Scholarship, University of Birmingham Education: Bar Professional Training Course (Very Competent) University of Birmingham, LLB Law (First Class)

 

Reported Cases: R v Thomas [2019] EWCA Crim 1958 - Successfully appealed against the appellant’s conviction for doing acts tending and intending to pervert the course of justice on the grounds that as a result of the judge’s interventions and his ruling on bad character, the appellant did not have a fair trial. The Court of Appeal quashed the appellant’s conviction and refused to order a retrial. ​R v Assaf [2019] EWCA Crim 1057 - Instructed as junior counsel for James Roden, led by Jeremy Dein QC. Successful appeal against sentence for three counts of conspiracy to evade the prohibition on the importation of a controlled drug, two counts of conspiracy to evade the prohibition on exportation of controlled drugs, namely Class A drugs, and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and Conspiracy to supply Class B drugs. The appellant’s sentence of 12 years was reduced to 9 years 4months. ​R v Morgan [2020] EWCA Crim 1198 - Successfully renewed application for leave to appeal the sentence of the appellant imposed following a guilty plea to an offence of assisting drugs offences contrary to the Serious Crime Act 2007 s.45. The defendant and his co-conspirators were involved in dealing drugs on the dark web. The defendant’s sentence was reduced from 7 years 2 months to 5years 7months.

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