Nneka Akudolu Becomes Queen’s Counsel

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Nneka, one of the outstanding barristers at 2 Hare Court, Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC made the Queen’s Counsel (QC) list in England and Wales.

With 19 years experience in Criminal law, Nneka is a highly respected jury advocate whose practice encompasses all areas of serious crime.  She has particular experience working with vulnerable defendants and witnesses and those charged with historic allegations of a sexual nature.

Nneka Akudolu is a Grade 4 prosecutor and is on the approved list to prosecute rape and serious sexual offences.

Speaking with African Voice, Nneka Akudolu said, “I am absolutely thrilled that my application for QC has been successful. I hope that by seeing my name on that list today, it inspires others to believe that they too can achieve this amazing appointment.”

Lord Chancellor & Justice Secretary, Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP said: “I’m delighted today to announce this year’s QC awards.

I want to congratulate all recipients of this title on their forthcoming appointments and awards. The award of QC is highly sought after, and the expertise and eminence of this year’s pool is testament to the excellence of our world-leading legal sector.”

Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of 101 barristers and solicitors as new Queen’s Counsel (QC) in England and Wales. The title of QC is awarded to those who have demonstrated particular skill and expertise in the conduct of advocacy.

Her Majesty has also approved the appointment of 8 new Honorary Queen’s Counsel (QC Honoris Causa). Honorary QCs are awarded to those who have made a major contribution to the law of England and Wales, outside practice in the courts.

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The Lord Chancellor will preside over the appointment ceremony at Westminster Hall on 21 March 2022, where he will formally bestow the title of QC upon the successful applicants and award the honorary QCs.

Nneka is a highly respected jury advocate whose practice encompasses all areas of serious crime.  She has particular experience working with vulnerable defendants and witnesses and those charged with historic allegations of a sexual nature. Nneka is a Grade 4 prosecutor and is on the approved list to prosecute rape and serious sexual offences.

Nneka is a personable and approachable advocate whose ability to understand the facts of a case quickly and effectively enable her to grasp the issues with ease.  Her practice continues to grow at a pace, in the last year she has appeared as junior alone for the defence in a case of murder and has appeared as leading counsel in a case involving multiple counts of rape and serious sexual assaults against multiple complainants.

Away from the Crown Court, Nneka has a keen interest in Military Law and has enjoyed a wealth of experience representing members of the armed forces and their dependents in Court Martial proceedings here and overseas.  Her military work covers a wide range of offences including serious violence and rape.

Nneka has extensive experience in prosecuting and defending regulatory offenses such as breaches of Health & Safety and Trading Standards Legislation.  She also receives instructions to defend police officers accused of breaching standards of professional behaviour and facing misconduct proceedings.

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