Ami has joined chambers as a probationary tenant from the employed Bar and practices exclusively in family law.
Ami has a natural interest in domestic proceedings and chose to study family law as part of the Bar Professional Training Course whilst at University. She wishes to focus her practice in this area and will be welcoming instructions both in private and public law.
Having worked as Counsel in the private sector, Ami has appeared in contested trials involving allegations of misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duties and breach of contract on behalf of both Claimant and Respondent. She has also appeared in contested matters in the Employment Tribunal.
Until January 2020, Ami appeared in the Magistrates, Youth Court and Crown Court whilst employed as a Crown Prosecutor with the CPS, whom she joined as a pupil in November 2017. Known for her sensitive handling of cases, Ami was often instructed to prosecute cases involving allegations of domestic abuse. She also successfully secured convictions after trial in a knife-point robbery which involved cross-examining young witnesses, a sexual assault trial and a 4-day benefit fraud trial involving complex disclosure issues.
Ami was often complimented for her persuasive court room advocacy and presentation of cases from colleagues and members of the judiciary alike. She has been described as:
“A breath of fresh air in what can sometimes be a rather stuffy legal environment”.
“Organised and efficient.”
“Sound reasoning and an incisive appreciation of the overall picture.”
“Always meticulously prepared and ready to give her best in court.”
Prior to commencing pupillage, Ami worked with the Witness Service and Victim Support where she was trusted with full responsibility for delivering a pre-trial outreach service across the North East. Ami managed her own complex-caseload and provided advice and support to police, social services and service users including victims of sexual abuse, trafficking and children as young as 4 years old. Ami also secured first of its kind funding from Durham Police and Crime Commissioner to ensure the provision of advocacy services to those with mental health problems and she was commissioned to provide the force with a set of support standards and service recommendations.
In May 2015, Ami was presented with an award by HRH Princess Anne to recognise her contribution to the justice system.
Memberships / Professional Qualifications:
The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
Bar Professional Training Course, Northumbria University (2014) – Very Competent
MLaw, University of Northumbria (2014) – Upper Second Class