Angelica Rokad

Call: 2014

 Overview

Angelica is a barrister at Six Pump Court with a broad common law practice. She undertakes advisory and litigation work in courts and tribunals for a range of clients, including Government departments, local authorities and global and national companies in the FTSE 100.

Angelica joined Chambers in 2018 following successful completion of her pupillage. Prior to the Bar, Angelica worked as a paralegal at Mischon de Reya and Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. She also has experience working as a County Court advocate, appearing in over sixty civil applications, possession and Stage 3 disposal hearings across London and the South Eastern Circuits.

Having studied law, Angelica was awarded a distinction in her postgraduate law degree. Now in practice, Angelica lectures to students studying the Planning and Property Law module at her former University, University College London. She speaks conversational Spanish and is embarking on learning Italian.

 

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)

 

Angelica delivers training for planning officers, providing them with practical advice when giving evidence at inquiries, most recently speaking at the Royal Town Planning Institute and for students at UCL.

 

Employment Law

Angelica has a growing employment practice and has been instructed to represent and both Claimants and Respondents both in the Employment Tribunals and in the Employment Appeal Tribunal. She also has experience of employment crossover disputes, recently appearing as sole Counsel in the High Court in relation to a claim for injunctive relief following a claim issued against former employees relating to breach of restrictive covenants.

She has experience of multi-day breach of contract, unfair dismissal, and discrimination claims – the latter of which she has a particular interest in, having volunteered for the Free Representation Unit (FRU) as an Employment Tribunal Representative. During her time with FRU, Angelica appeared at full contested hearings on behalf of individuals without access to legal representation.

Notable cases include:

A Director v A Director

  • Acted for the successful Claimant in establishing employment status following a breakdown of a personal relationship between the parties.

JP v A University

  • Instructed by the successful Claimant on a multi-day unfair dismissal claim against a UK University.

AM v An Academy

  • Acted for the successful Claimant on a multi-day claim, involving a gross misconduct dismissal, where the allegation concerned hitting a child;
  • Following cross-examination, the Tribunal unanimously concluded that the Claimant did not carry out the act in question and her claim for wrongful dismissal succeeded.
  • A news report on the case can be found here

GD v A Care Home

  • Instructed for the Respondent in a claim involving dismissal of an employee for gross misconduct, following a death in a care home;
  • Successfully defended the substantive unfair dismissal claim and persuaded Tribunal to apply a 60% Polkey reduction, following a finding of procedurally unfair dismissal.

LB v A News Corporation

  • Instructed to draft Grounds of Complaint on behalf of a Claimant who sought to claim unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and unlawful deduction of wages against an international news broadcasting corporation and a celebrity news presenter.

DR v TC 

  • Acted for the successful Claimant in a full-day preliminary hearing where the issue included failure to issue within time, despite an admission from the Claimant that he was in receipt of legal advice on the topic.

MM v W 

  • Instructed on behalf of the successful Claimant who sought to resist a claim of litigation privilege over emails which had been obtained in breach of his employer’s internet policy but which directly discussed his ‘exit’ from the company.

A Costs Hearing 

  • Instructed on behalf of the Respondent employer seeking an award of wasted costs against the Claimant or her solicitors following strike out of her claim at Preliminary Hearing.

 

Environmental/Planning

Angelica has experience of planning law and has been instructed as sole Counsel to represent parties at inquiry-level as well as draft Pre-Action Protocol Letters and grounds of appeal in respect of planning judicial review claims in the High Court.

Angelica receives regular instructions to prosecute cases on behalf of local authorities, which include first appearances, full trials and sentencing hearings, in the Crown and Magistrates’ Court.

She has appeared in Court in relation to cases involving: residential fly-tipping; breach of planning enforcement notices; unauthorised works to listed buildings, protecting rights to “quiet enjoyment” of land and appealing abatement notices.

In addition, she also has a busy paperwork practice and has advised a range of individuals in relation to: GDPR rights; prior approval; pre-application discussions; “fall back”; curtilage and the extent of a listed building; purchase notices; common land; listed buildings and frequently provides advice for individuals seeking to judicially review decisions to grant permission.

Notable cases include:

Christ Hospital Planning Inquiry (current instruction)

  • Junior to Anne Williams concerning the development of a major sports facility.

Burfield Lakes Planning Inquiry

  • Junior to William Upton QC acting on behalf of the Environment Agency (an interested party) at a multi-day planning inquiry in relation to a large scale development sought in a high flood risk zone.

S v LBB (Harrow Crown Court)

  • Prosecuted a four-day breach of planning enforcement trial – subsequently obtained a guilty verdict and a fine of £24,000;

S v LBN (Barkingside Magistrates’ Court)

  • Instructed at sentencing hearing, following a guilty plea – subsequently obtained a fine of over £10,000;

Opinion (LB v Local Authority)

  • Advised on the merits of challenging a large scale residential development which had been included in Local Plans, amidst significant controversy.
  • The Land sought to be appropriated for the development is currently subject to an Act of Parliament protecting its use as pleasure grounds for the benefit of the public.

 

Civil Law

Angelica has experience of representing clients, both Claimant and Defendant, in small, fast and multi-track cases, case management hearings and appeals.

Notable examples of Angelica’s work include:

LB v RVA (Central London County Court)

  • Instructed on behalf of the Respondent, Lili Baston, and successfully resisted Appellant’s application to appeal judgment of the County Court;
  • Click here for news coverage of the case.

M v EW Ltd Co (Milton Keynes County Court)

  • Successfully set aside a judgment obtained in default, which had been escalated to the High Court for enforcement.
  • The application was a complex one given that the Claimant sought to rely on the production of fraudulent documents by the Defendant, which was, in part, accepted by the Judge determining the matter.
  • Angelica also secured a favourable costs order following the hearing.

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.

 

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

Angelica is currently instructed by a Local Authority to prosecute in a multi-day trial involving unlawful eviction and harassment of tenants in the Crown Court.

Notable examples of Angelica’s work include:

RSPCA v Davies

R v C (Canterbury Crown Court)

  • Advised client to appeal against a sentence of a 12 month DTO for multiple offences on the grounds that the Youth Court imposed an excessive sentence, in light of the mitigating factors which were present;
  • On appeal, the Court were persuaded to impose a YRO ISSP instead of a custodial sentence, with immediate effect;
  • A link to the case can be found here

R v S (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.
  • See press report

R v Dabner (Canterbury Crown Court)

 

Publications

Editor, Atkin’s Court Forms, Town And County Planning ACF (Volume 37(1) Issue)

“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

 

Public Access Scheme

Angelica Rokad is qualified to accept direct instructions from members of the public under the Public Access Scheme.

Information about the Public Access Scheme and how it works can be found on our Public Access page.

Certain specific Public Access services are subject to price and service transparency regulatory requirements. By clicking the link below you will be directed to the required information for those specific categories of work in respect of which Angelica accepts instructions.

Employment Tribunal Cases (advice and representation for employers and employees)

 

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