Having completed her pupillage in chambers, Nadia Silver took up tenancy in 2003.
Nadia has developed a specialist practice focusing on fraud and money laundering offences, and other complex offending, and in trading standards prosecutions. She has particular expertise in dealing with confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime Act. She is frequently instructed to deal with complex, multi-handed prosecutions, both as junior and leading counsel. She has recent experience of prosecuting cases of people trafficking under the Modern Slavery Act.
Nadia is regularly instructed in cases involving complex confiscation proceedings. In two recent cases she has been instructed post-conviction to deal specifically with complicated issues arising under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
During the recent Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, Nadia was instrumental in the formation of the Emergency Powers Group within the Criminal Team. She has published, advised and delivered training on the rapidly changing emergency legislation, in a criminal and regulatory context.
Prior to coming to the bar, Nadia worked for a time 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.
Appointments & Memberships
Nadia is a member of the Criminal Bar Association; and of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.
Fraud and Money Laundering
The prosecution of large-scale fraud and money laundering forms a substantial part of Nadia’s practice. Recent cases include:
Operation Discan (2019)
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.
Operation Candara (2018)
Instructed as leading counsel in the prosecution of a multi-handed conspiracy to defraud motor insurers, in which the conspirators staged a number of collisions, over a 12-month period, in order to make fraudulent claims of personal injury. The case resulted in the conviction of 10 conspirators following linked trials lasting three months. Losses to the insurance companies exceeded £250,000.
R v Ali (2018)
Shazad Ali was the first defendant in Operation Candara, responsible for orchestrating the conspiracy to defraud. Nadia was instructed in this linked prosecution for an offence of fraud by false representation, namely that Ali would provide complainants with the services of a barrister in their employment cases (services which were never provided but which cost the complainants several thousand pounds). The defendant unsuccessfully sought to argue that he was not fit to plead and ultimately entered Guilty pleas.
Operation Skipsea (2017)
Instructed as junior counsel in the prosecution of a multi-handed crash-for-cash fraud, in which the conspirators induced in excess of 41 road traffic collisions and thereafter made fraudulent and inflated claims for injury and damages.
R v Elliott (2016)
The prosecution of a fraud involving the sale of storage containers to which the defendant had no legal title, having rented them from a number of supply companies. The case involved total losses to the corporate complainants and members of the public in excess of £200,000.
Serious and Complex Crime
Nadia has acted as leading junior counsel in the prosecution of other forms of organized crime, including people trafficking and drugs conspiracies.
Operation Poetry (2020)
Nadia is leading junior counsel in a series of three linked prosecutions of different drug trafficking conspiracies in Northampton. Each arose from a single, highly resourced investigation which deployed undercover officers to investigate county lines conspiracies based in London and Birmingham and operating in Northampton. Each case involved the use of young and vulnerable individuals coerced into the operation. The cases are ongoing at the time of writing but have already resulted in the conviction and sentence of a number of defendants in each prosecution.
Operation Gilbeys (2019)
The prosecution of a number of individuals for offences under the Modern Slavery Act relating to the trafficking of women into the UK to work in the sex industry. The case involved the extradition of some defendants who had left the UK prior to the main enforcement.
Trading Standards and Regulatory
Nadia regularly prosecutes a wide range of offences for Local Authority Trading Standards Departments and for Fire Authorities. Recent cases include:
London Fire Commissioner v Patel (2020)
The prosecution of a company and its director for offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 for offences relating to its failure to take adequate safety measures in a hotel owned and run by the Defendant company.
London Fire Commissioner v Harper Stone Ltd (2020)
The prosecution under the 2005 Order following a fire at a block of flats managed by the defendant company. Both matters resulted in significant fines for the companies concerned.
Royal Borough of Greenwich v Poundstretcher (2019)
The Prosecution of a large corporation with branches across the UK for offences relating to the sale of knives to under aged purchasers. The Prosecution was part of an operation spanning a number of authorities in areas where knife crime involving young people was prevalent. The company was convicted following a trial, which resulted in a total fine of £55,000, plus the Local Authority’s costs.
Suffolk County Council v Green Homes Ltd (2019)
The Prosecution of a company, its director, and an employee for unfair trading offences and fraud in the sale of solar paneling systems to targeted elderly consumers. This was one of a number of such cases, featuring linked business and personnel, brought by the local authority in response to an entrenched, county-wide problem of rogue sales to vulnerable consumers.
Westminster County Council v Akhundzada and Others (2018)
The prosecution of a trader for the sale of a wide range of counterfeit goods from a central London retail establishment.
Suffolk County Council v Hayward (2018
The prosecution of a livestock farmer for a number of offences of animal cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act, and for offences of failing to properly dispose of the carcasses of cattle under the Animal By-Products Regulations 2013.
Leicestershire County Council v Kakamorad and Others (2018)
The Prosecution of a number of defendants connected with the sale of counterfeit and illicit tobacco from a retail premises in Loughborough, and in the case of one defendant for the large-scale warehousing of those goods.
Leicestershire County Council v Black (2016)
The prosecution of a farmer under s. 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and under the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995, involving the unauthorised slaughter of animals.
Northamptonshire County Council v Garcha (2016)
The prosecution of a letting agent for a variety of fraud and fraudulent trading offences connected to the operation of his business, and the protracted confiscation proceedings which followed.
Education and Qualifications
- 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.