Nadia has developed a specialist practice focusing on serious organised crime, homicide and serious violence, fraud and money laundering offences, and trading standards prosecutions.

Nadia is instructed by CPS Complex Casework Units, and the CPS Serious Economic, Organised Crime and International Directorate.

Having completed her pupillage in chambers, Nadia Silver took up tenancy in 2003. Prior to coming to the bar, Nadia worked for a firm of solicitors as a tribunal advocate, representing patients detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act. She has a continued interest in the prosecution and defence of mentally disordered defendants in the Criminal Justice System.

Nadia is a Grade 4 CPS Prosecutor. She is authorised to accept direct access instructions. She practices chiefly in London and on the Midlands Circuit.

Nadia is listed as a Leading Junior Tier 2 in the Legal 500; and in Band 3 in Chambers and Partners (Criminal Law, Midlands).

CPS Panel appointments

General Crime Level 4

Key cases & testimonials

R v Scrimshaw (2024) – Nadia was instructed as sole counsel in this prosecution of a defendant charged with the Attempted Murder of his ex-partner, and with the s. 18 Wounding of her father. CCTV evidence showed the defendant selecting the assault weapon – a Stanley knife – in the early hours of the morning, and then attending the victim’s address, where he attacked her as she left for work that day. The defendant was convicted following trial and sentenced to a 32 year extended sentence.

Operation Debating (2023 – ongoing) – Nadia is instructed as leading counsel, leading Samuel Skinner. The case arose from Operation Venetic, the NCA investigation into the use of the EncroChat encrypted messaging system by serious organised crime groups.

Operation Rockrose (2023) – Nadia was instructed as first junior in this multi-handed prosecution for Conspiracy to Murder, led by Simon Ash KC

Suffolk County Council v Wayne Parker (2022 – 2023) – Nadia was instructed from an early stage in this investigation into a farmer who fraudulently ran his livestock business over the course of 2 years, defrauding 24 complainants, whose losses amounted to half a million pounds..

R v Nindi (2021 – 2022) – This was an unusual manslaughter prosecution, in which the deceased had consented to a traditional Zimbabwean medical practice involving the consumption of tobacco powder, which led to her death.

Operation Discan (2019) – Nadia was instructed as Junior Counsel in a prosecution involving the activities of a Money Services Bureau in Leicester. The director of the business was convicted after trial of laundering over £11,000,000 in criminal property.

Nadia is a really good advocate with a calm presence in court. Chambers UK 2023
An outstanding advocate whose considered, robust and skilful courtroom manner is matched by her careful, considered and all-encompassing approach to the issues of the case outside of court, with an eye for detail and a tendency to consider issues that would not occur to other barristers. Legal 500 2022

Further information

Nadia graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA (First Class) in English Language and Literature in 1995; and a MA (Distinction) in Literature from Commonwealth Countries in 1996.

She undertook legal studies at City University, obtaining her CPE / Post Graduate Diploma in Law in 2000.

She completed the Bar Vocational Course at the College of Law in 2001 and was called by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple the same year.

She was the recipient of Middle Temple Benefactor’s Scholarships for both her CPE and BVC.


Criminal Bar Association

Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.