Shenaiya Kharegat

Areas of Expertise:


Family (care proceedings, child arrangements orders, ancillary relief, non-molestation orders, prohibited steps orders, occupation orders)


Shenaiya enjoys a busy practice with a particular focus on criminal defence and family law, accepting instructions in all areas of both. She has particular expertise with violent offences, drugs offences, and sexual offences. She is actively seeking instructions to expand her practice in court martial, mental health law, regulatory proceedings, and prosecution.

Shenaiya is a passionate advocate known for her good relationships with clients, especially those with vulnerabilities. She is able to put clients at ease and is frequently complimented on her client care. She is a talented advocate with her quick thinking and her sharp her cross-examination. Judges comment on her thorough cross-examination and commend her strong command of the case.

Shenaiya’s criminal practice spans all aspects of criminal defence and she regularly appears before the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court. She has represented clients accused of drugs offences, sexual offences and violent assaults of varying severity.

Regarding family law, she has represented both parents and local authorities in private and public law cases. With a practice in both family and crime, she is very capable in advising clients in cases were these fields overlap.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Shenaiya completed an MPhil in Criminology where she researched links between biological markers and persistent offending. Through this she acquired unique knowledge about mental health and neurobiology, and how these impact on criminal behaviour. She is able to use this present the best case for the client, especially when it comes to cross-examining medical experts. She also put her Russian language skills into practice when she wrote a paper on the history and evolution of Russian protection rackets.

After this, Shenaiya joined the Business Crime and Investigations team in Practical Law (Thomson Reuters). She regularly reported on corporate convictions by HSE, ICO and the EA. In particular she wrote practice notes on criminal appeals and modern slavery. Since then she has put this knowledge to use when working on POCA proceedings. She is also frequently instructed in cases involving modern slavery and child exploitation.

Despite a strong grounding in crime and family, Shenaiya accepts instructions in a variety of practice areas. She has undertaken research on res judicata, contempt of court committal proceedings and the legality of custody time limits in terrorism cases. She has also conducted research on the legality of selling CBD products within the jurisdiction and the legal implications of importing similar products. Internationally, Shenaiya studied a law course at Brown University on the American legal system with a particular focus in stalking and video voyeurism. She has also spent time in Bombay High Court where she has sat in on both civil and criminal cases.

Recent instructions include:

  • County lines Class A drug dealing case involving phone downloads, ANPR, and an NRM referral for modern slavery
  • Fact-finding hearing involving multiple allegations of rape, sexual assault and child abuse
  • Private family law case involving the cross-examination of a psychiatrist about malingering in his diagnosis of depression and PTSD
  • Urgent application for an interim care order for the removal of a newborn baby
  • Legal research on contempt of court proceedings for an attempted £2.5million fraud against the NHS
  • Legal research on a novel area of law surrounding the production and sale of CBD oil and cannabis seeds
  • Successful Covid-19 bail application for a client accused of 9 breaches of a restraining order, with prosecution objections to bail including interference with witnesses, commission of further offencse and failing to surrender
  • 4 month referral order for a previously convicted youth charged with possession of a 10 inch blade
  • 3 month suspended sentence order for a client convicted of fraud by false misrepresentation, possession of a knife, and possession of Class B drugs
  • Successful acquittal for a youth charged with possession of a knife where the prosecution case was agreed
  • Successful submissions of no case to answer for multiple charges of assaulting a police officer

Education and Scholarships:

Wolfson Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn, 2018

Kalisher Trust Scholar, 2018

BPTC, University of Law, Bloomsbury, 2017

MPhil Criminology, University of Cambridge (Downing College), 2016

LLB (Hons.) Law, University of Warwick, 2015

Professional Memberships:

Lincoln’s Inn (called 2017)

Criminal Bar Association

Family Law Bar Association


Spanish (intermediate)

Russian (basic)


Shenaiya is an avid baker, spending much of her spare time challenging herself with new recipes and trying them out on members of chambers. She is a qualified black belt in karate and has represented her university in rifle shooting competitions. She also has a longstanding interest in psychology, criminology and history.



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