Summary

 

Nina was called to the Bar in 2007 and practised as a Solicitor-Advocate in the City before joining chambers in August 2015. Nina has a commercial and chancery practice with a particular focus on property, contractual disputes, insolvency, probate, wills and trusts and additionally, employment matters.

Nina is often instructed at the beginning stages of litigation to provide advice or to draft pleadings in her areas of practice. Nina is also available to attend mediations.

As well as a successful paper practice, Nina is a strong and passionate advocate, having gained extensive advocacy experience in the early years of her career when she attended Court on a daily basis as a solicitor’s agent. Nina’s years of experience now serve her well before the High Court, County Court and Tribunals. Nina is quick thinking and will always fight her client’s corner.  Nina has advised and represented clients in relation to small claims, fast track and multi-track matters and is very familiar with attending interim applications under the CPR, including summary judgment applications, applications to strike out and applications for relief from sanctions.

Nina prides herself on being approachable and providing clients with a first class service, seeing her role as working in a team with her instructing Solicitor and/or client to achieve the desired outcome. Her experience as both a Solicitor and Barrister enables her to understand the tactics of litigation and she is able to take a commercial view of cases to provide clients with sensible, practical advice at all stages of litigation.
 

Practice Areas

 

Property
Nina is accustomed to dealing with landlord and tenant disputes involving both private and registered social landlords.  She has extensive experience of possession claims, matters relating to deposit protection and anti-social behaviour.  Nina is also instructed in relation to disrepair claims, applications for forfeiture and service charge disputes involving leasehold premises.

With regards Commercial Landlord and Tenant disputes, Nina is instructed on issues such as dilapidations and damages claims, forfeiture and surrender, rent reviews and claims for new tenancies under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. 

Nina is able to advise on matters in relation to boundary disputes, easements, restrictive covenants and rights of way.

Nina has acted for well-known high-street lenders and specialist lenders in mortgage possession proceedings and mortgage disputes concerned with fraud, misrepresentation, undue influence and sell to rent back agreements.  Nina also has experience of acting for LPA Receivers and has acted successfully in the Crown Court on behalf of a major bank in an application to vary a restraint order.

Nina has experience in relation to enforcement proceedings in relation to land including applications for charging orders and orders for sale.

Trusts and Equity
Nina has a particular interest in contested probate and Inheritance Act claims and has experience of applications under TOLATA.

Nina is able to advise on will drafting and review.

Employment
Nina has developed an employment law practice at Chambers and has experience of matters involving unfair dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination, TUPE and unlawful deduction of wages.

Nina has also advised recruitment agencies and drafted contracts for their customers.

Insolvency
Nina attends personal and commercial insolvency matters in the High Court and County Courts and is well versed in proceedings for winding up petitions and related applications, such as applications for vesting orders and applications for validation orders.

Contract & Consumer Credit
Nina is instructed in numerous contractual disputes on behalf of consumers businesses and individuals and has experience of arguments in relation to misrepresentation and fraud. Nina has been instructed on an array of Consumer Credit Act cases including issues concerning debt and asset recovery, second charge lending, invoice finance, default notices, assignment of debt and unfair relationships.

Education

 

BVC (Very Competent) - Nottingham Law School

 

LLB Law (2:1) - Nottingham Trent University

Testimonials

 

“Nina is very approachable and always eager to follow up on the progress of the case out of own initiative. Nina is very friendly and respectable.  I am impressed with the quality of her work and willingness to go the extra mile.” Karolina Natkaniec, Solicitor at Duncan Lewis

“I have used Nina on a variety of commercial disputes and will continue to instruct Nina whenever I can. Nina is hard working and always gives thoughtful, pragmatic and sound advice. She is very personable and has excellent client care both with solicitors and lay clients. I highly recommend Nina.”

Imogen Duck, Solicitor at Baines Wilson LLP

“As a small business owner, being told by the landlord of a commercial property that we needed to produce a lease for him to sign was unexpected and daunting. I didn’t know where to start. Nina guided me through the process with a calm and sensible approach, answering all my questions in a way that made sense to me. I am so pleased to have had her support on this and would highly recommend working with Nina.”

Campbell Cole Ltd, Direct Access Client

"She demonstrated excellent work standard and her advice was professional and honest. We took this into the account and we believe, it was the best choice....No one plans to be in court room in front of the judge but if you are there you need a person who will represent you in best possible way...I strongly recommend Nina Roberts."

R Szwarc, Direct Access Client
 

 

Associations

 

The Honourable Society of Middle Temple

Chancery Bar Association

London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association

Skills & Interest

When not in Chambers, Nina is either running around after her toddler or at a yoga class to de-stress!

Notable Cases

Landlord & Tenant / Property

•    Advising and drafting pleadings in relation to unregistered land and title problems, including adverse possession arguments.

•    Drafting Particulars of Claim in a claim against the seller of a property for not declaring the existence of Japanese knotweed.

•    Obtaining possession and judgment on behalf of the owner a property following a 3 day multi track trial involving claims that the Claimant had agreed to transfer the property to the Defendant.

•    Drafting grounds of appeal and skeleton argument securing permission to appeal where decision was based on Judge’s discretion.


Insolvency

•    Successfully securing dismissal of a petition brought by a firm of Solicitors against a company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands. Nina persuaded the Court not to exercise its discretion to wind up the foreign company when considering the test in Banco Nacional de Cuba v Cosmos Trading Corp [2000] B.C.C. 910.

•    Successfully acting for a number of Applicants seeking vesting orders where a company with a large portfolio of properties had gone into liquidation.

•    Appearing in the High Court on an appeal involving s.271(3) Insolvency Act 1986 where the Court considered whether there had been a reasonable prospect of the petition debt being paid in full within a reasonable time and whether an offer had been unreasonably refused.


Trusts and Equity

•    Advising on and drafting the claim in respect of a claim for a vesting order of monies transferred to the Bona Vacantia Department of the Treasury Solicitor. 

•    Advising on claims and successfully representing Claimants in claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.

•    Advising potential beneficiaries in a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Families and Dependants) Act 1975.

Employment

•    Successfully arguing that the employment tribunal should not extend the time for bringing a discrimination claim.

•    Appearing for the Respondent at a preliminary hearing in relation to a claim for discrimination which resulted in the Claimant withdrawing their claim at the hearing. 

•    Obtaining judgment in full for a corporate employer against a former employee for repayment of training fees which required arguments on the correct interpretation of the terms of a Policy.

Contract

•    Successfully representing a Claimant seeking to enforce a french judgment in circumstances where the Defendant challenged the validity of the french judgment and its registration in the High Court.

•    Successfully obtaining summary judgment where defence argued misrepresentation in an oral agreement.

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