Twanieka is a busy junior practicing in Criminal and Family Law. Twanieka became a tenant in Chambers in September 2019 after the successful completion of a common law pupillage in Chambers.
Twanieka is also a part-time Guest Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire teaching in English Legal System and Research.
Twanieka’s Criminal Law practice is largely in defending at all levels, with particular emphasis in youth, vulnerable clients, drugs and knife-crime offences.
In addition to her general Criminal Law practice Twanieka frequently represents clients in road traffic and driving offences throughout the UK.
In her Family Law practice she frequently represents Local Authorities and parents in public law matters such as care, supervision, special guardianship and family assistance matters.
In addition, Twanieka has represented both applicants and respondents in private children matters including applications for child arrangement (including residence), parental responsibility, prohibited steps, occupation and non-molestation orders.
Prior to joining Chambers, Twanieka gained several years’ experience working as a paralegal, police station accredited representative and legal consultant at Tuckers Solicitors (Legal 500), LLM Solicitors, and Judge and Priestley Solicitors (Legal 500).
In addition, in 2014 Twanieka founded a pro-bono organisation in Lambeth named 'Lawyers in the Soup Kitchen', and qualified as an Attorney-at-Law in the Commonwealth Caribbean island of Jamaica.
In 2020, Twanieka was named by the Women in Law awards as Rising Star - Legal Services Innovator of the Year.
Twanieka is passionate about encouraging those from socially disadvantaged backgrounds to get into law, for women already in pursuit of a legal career to progress and is a member of chambers Equality, Diversity and Wellbeing Committee.
R v AJ (2020) Murder, led junior.
R v RT (2020) Failing to notify for SHPO (acquitted)
R v JS (2019) Robbery/ Possession of Bladed Article (acquitted)
R v SS (2019) Possession with intent to supply Class A drugs – (acquitted).
R v ER (2019) Murder, led junior.
Cases (Driving/ Road Traffic)
R v YB (2020) Carried in a motor vehicle TWOC (acquitted)
R v AM (2019) – Permitting another to use a motor vehicle without insurance (acquitted).
R v KS (2019) – Failing to provide specimen/ driving whilst unfit through drugs (acquitted).
R v JH (2019) Failure to stop/ report an accident/ driving without due care and attention (acquitted).
"I would like to extend particular thanks to both counsel in this case for different reasons. Firstly, Ms Alcindor, who represents the father: She appeared by way of video link as a consequence of the onset of COVID symptoms on Friday of last week. Despite obviously suffering from these symptoms, she battled through the hearing which, save for a few technical difficulties, which were nothing to do with her, went as smoothly as it could have done. Her professionalism and devotion to her client's cause is an example to all"
- DDJ Private Children Proceedings
Attorney-at-Law, Jamaica (2020)
Certificate of Legal Education, Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica (2017)
BPTC - (Very Competent), BPP Holborn (2015)
LLM E-Commerce- (Distinction), University of Hertfordshire (2012)
LLB (Hons), University of Hertfordshire (2010)
Rising Star - Legal Services Innovator, Women in Law Awards (2020)
Cecile Yahuda Prize, The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (2018)
Geoffrey Veal Prize, The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (2018)
Significant Contribution to pro-bono award, BPP Holborn, (2013)
Judges award for excellence, University of Hertfordshire (2012)
Major Exhibition award, The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (2012)
Duke of Edinburgh Award, The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (2012)