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Angelica Rokad

Call: 2014

 Overview

Angelica joined Chambers in October 2018 following the successful completion of her pupillage under Gordon Menzies, Simon Taylor and Christopher Badger.

Prior to joining Six Pump Court, Angelica worked as a litigation paralegal at Mischon de Reya and Charles Russell Speechlys for one year. She also has experience working as a County Court advocate, appearing in over sixty applications, possession and Stage 3 disposal hearings across London and the South Eastern Circuits.

 

Education

Law, University of Southampton (Upper Second Class)

Masters of Law (Public Law), University College London (Distinction)

Bar Professional Training Course, Kaplan Law School (Very Competent)

 

Awards

Harmsworth Scholarship, Middle Temple Inn

Shortlisted entry, The Law Society’s “Graham Turner Human Rights Essay Competition 2015”

 

Appointments

CPS Level 1 Advocate Panel 2016-2020 (London and South-Eastern Circuits)

 

Practice

 

Criminal Law

Angelica spent five months of her pupillage with Simon Taylor observing trials where the offences included manslaughter and kidnapping.

Angelica regularly appears in the Magistrates’ Court undertaking trials and in the Crown Court, prosecuting and defending committals for sentence and appeals against conviction.

Notable examples of Angelica’s work include:

R v Snowdon (Medway Magistrates’ Court)

Secured an acquittal for a Defendant charged with four counts of assault by beating, where the Prosecution evidence included two independent witnesses. The Magistrates’ acquitted on the basis of inconsistencies outlined during cross-examination.

Kent Police v Grant (Folkestone Magistrates’ Court)

Successfully obtained a final closure order of a premises, following a police operation to respond to antisocial behaviour linked to county line drug supply.
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During her second-six pupillage, Angelica was instructed to defend an application for a Violent Offender Order, an application to renew a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and prosecute in an application for a Notification Order.

 

Civil Law

M v V (Cambridge County Court)

Successfully represented an applicant who sought an ex-parte interim civil injunction pursuant to the Protection of Harassment Act 1997, later upheld on the return date. Upon breach of the final injunction being proven, the respondent was duly imprisoned. Angelica was also asked to draft the particulars of claim and finalise the orders sought.

Lights v Persons Unknown

During pupillage, Angelica provided written advice in a proposed claim which involved a claim for trespass and aggravated damages.

Angelica has experience of representing clients, both Claimant and Defendant, in small claim and fast track cases and has appeared in Police (Property) Act cases for actions concerning the recovery of property seized during the course of a criminal investigation.

 

Environmental/Planning Work

Angelica spent three months of her pupillage observing a variety of environmental matters, both prosecution and defence, with Christopher Badger. During that time, she produced a first draft skeleton argument for the purpose of confiscation proceedings following convictions for operating an unlawful waste disposal facility.

Angelica prosecutes lists for London Borough Authorities which include first appearances and trials, where the offences have included fly-tipping and breach of planning enforcement notices.

Angelica provided advice (on a pro bono basis) to the Environmental Law Foundation, where the issues related to: bias at a planning Inquiry, building on contaminated land; failed remediation and a large scale urban housing development.

 

Publications

“The ambit of procedural fairness in closed material proceedings: Rahmutullah v Ministry of Defence [2017] EWHC 547 (QB) and K (and Others) v Secretary of State for Defence [2017] EWHC 830 (Admin)”, Civil Justice Quarterly, 2017

“Appeal by witness: substantive and procedural landmines, breach of convention rights and the unusual case of Re W (A Child) (Care Proceedings: Non Party Appeal) [2016] EWCA Civ 1140”, Civil Justice Quarterly, 2018

 

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