Called to the Bar in 2015
Practice Area: Crime, Family
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’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.
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 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).
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)
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)
Twanieka is a contributor to Chambers' blog and has written articles on legal topics including, do we still need jury trials?