Ayanna specialises in Crime, Regulatory & Professional Discipline, and Offshore and International law.
A compelling advocate, Ayanna is well-liked by clients, who often comment on her personable nature, which puts them at ease throughout the challenging court or tribunal process. The same quality has caused her to be well-respected by colleagues, who appreciate her direct and straightforward approach.
Ayanna came to the Bar after practising as an attorney-at-law in Grenada for five years, where she gained a reputation as a fearless and respected advocate, often instructed in cases involving novel areas of law. She twice served as Secretary of the Grenada Bar Association and was appointed to sit on the General Legal Council, the Bar regulatory body. In 2014, Ayanna was featured in “Grenada 40”, a profile of 40 rising stars under the age of 40, and regularly featured on local television and radio programmes as a ‘legal expert’.
Ayanna studied the prestigious Double Maîtrise programme at King’s College London, graduating with an LLB in English and French Law and a maîtrise en droit from Université de Paris 1: Panthéon-Sorbonne. She is fluent in French.
A Lord Justice Holker scholar, Ayanna is an active member of Gray’s Inn, and regularly assists with advocacy training and judging moots.
Ayanna is also qualified as a Direct Access barrister and is willing to accept instructions on this basis in suitable cases.
Ayanna has experience in a wide range of criminal matters, with a particular interest in serious and organised crime. She has developed a particular expertise in representing young and vulnerable defendants and is regularly instructed to represent clients suffering with serious mental illnesses, or those for whom the trial experience is particularly challenging.
She is a Grade 2 CPS Prosecutor.
R v Conway & Ors (Op Broadbill) (2019). Led prosecution junior in a large-scale conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs trial, with a total of 11 defendants charged. The case involved the consideration of in excess of ten thousand pages of evidence.
R v T (2019). Defended at trial a client charged with rape. The client had already pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child and sexual communications with a child. He received a 5 year total sentence after conviction.
R v Sotiropoulos (2019). Achieved a sentence of 2 years and 9 months for a client who had pleaded guilty to maintaining a highly sophisticated fraud, valued at in excess of £1million, for a number of years.
R v G (2018). Client was charged with a violent robbery and false imprisonment, as part of a joint enterprise. His co-defendant had already pleaded guilty. The client accepted he was present throughout the robbery and false imprisonment but denied taking part. The jury returned a unanimous not guilty verdict.
R v V (2018). Secured a unanimous acquittal for a client charged with the rape of a 15-year old girl. The client accepted having met the girl on the day in question but denied raping her.
R v JW (2018). JW was charged with s.18 GBH with intent and accepted having been involved in a fight with the complainant but stated that he had left the fight prior to the complainant being stabbed in the back. JW was identified as the stabber by a witness. The jury deliberated for three days before acquitting JW of the s.18 offence and finding him guilty of the lesser offence of s.20 wounding, by a majority verdict.
R v E (2018). E was charged with s.18 GBH with intent and accused of having stabbed his adult daughter. E had a lengthy history of violent offending, all of which was put before the jury. E stated that the complainant’s stab wounds were self-inflicted. E was unanimously acquitted in less than an hour.
Ayanna has considerable experience of professional discipline law, in particular with healthcare regulators. This experience was honed during a 12-month secondment to the Nursing and Midwifery Council where she gained experience in every type of substantive and non-substantive hearing, including applications for restoration to the Register and registration appeals.
She is now regularly instructed to appear before the NMC, the General Medical Council and the Health and Care Professions Council, both as a case presenter and defending registrants, and has developed expertise in cases alleging sexual misconduct.
Since returning to the UK, Ayanna has sought to build upon her formative experiences in the Eastern Caribbean and remains a member of the respective Bar associations. Her experience extends to defending in multi-handed murders, complex fraud and money laundering and sexual offences, in addition to a wide-ranging civil litigation practice. She has frequently been instructed in cases involving novel areas of law and cases giving rise to constitutional law issues, in particular actions brought against the Government of Grenada.
This autumn, she is due to present a paper at the OECS Regional Law Conference.
Ayanna also receives instructions from advocates in the Isle of Man in relation to regulatory and domestic criminal matters.
2018 – ongoing. Ayanna is presently instructed by a well-established institution on the Isle of Man in relation to money laundering and regulatory issues.
R v EM, 2014. Landmark action brought seeking declaratory relief on the basis that the law prohibiting ‘unnatural connexion’ (section 431 of the Grenadian Criminal Code) contravenes a number of fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution. The case was pursued with the support of the UK-based Human Dignity Trust and required evidence to be obtained from witnesses throughout the Caribbean, including a number of experts in the field.
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