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Zeena accepts instructions in all areas of Criminal law and regularly appears for both the Crown and Defence solicitors in Crown Courts.

Zeena quickly rose to the position of Senior Crown Prosecutor before deciding to pursue a career at the self-employed bar.

Successfully prosecuted several crown court cases including possession of offensive weapons and GBH cases.

Zeena has experience of conducting trials on all tracks, she has represented both Claimants and Defendants in trials on liability and quantum, as well as in disposal hearings, applications, costs matters, and case management hearings.

She has provided written advice/opinions in personal injury and credit hire cases, including advice on quantum.

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Zeena Begum

Personal Injury, Commercial, Chancery / property Negligence & Criminal Specialist

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Zeena is proactive and takes a client focused approach and always maintains the highest level of commitment and enthusiasm when working on cases she is instructed in.

Zeena has experience of conducting trials on all tracks, she has represented both claimants and defendants in trials on liability and quantum, as well as in disposal hearings, applications, costs matter, and case management hearings. She has provided written advice/opinions in personal injury including advice on quantum.

Zeena has had to advice on amending pleadings and Schedules of Loss; most recently in McMasters v Martin Brower Ltd [2017] in which the pleading did not reflect what was set out in the witness statement. Zeena has also sought to apply to strike out cases when a party fails to attend, or documents are served extremely late. In Ward v Zurich insurance (2016) an application to strike out was successful when the claimant’s witness failed to attend, this was despite the claimant’s counsel seeking to adjourn the matter which was opposed.

Zeena has substantial experience in small and fast track cases and the fixed costs regime. In Earnest Young v Service Insurance [2017]. Zeena successfully represented the claimant and was awarded all the fixed costs as well as witness expenses. She has appeared in fast-track cases, where again she has been able argue points on fixed costs / disbursement under CPR 45. She has experience of QOCS cases and is aware the effects QOCS has for the defendant’s costs.

She is also familiar with fraudulent claims including staged accidents, phantom passengers and stooge vehicles. Zeena is aware of fundamental dishonesty and the effect on costs, including the automatic disqualification of QOCS.

In addition, Zeena has extensive experience in the assessment of general damages. She has provided written advice in respect of general damages, including infant settlement claims. She has given talks on special damages including loss of earnings and disadvantage on the labour market and how the Ogden tables apply.

Zeena is instructed in various credit hire matters arising out of road traffic accidents, dealing with issues such as hire periods, spot rates and recoverability of damages. Zeena has also provided written advice in multi-track cases on the use of intervention letters namely, Ampong v Kalule (2016) written advice on multi-track case where the question of intervention letters was sent before the claimant hired a vehicle through credit hire and thus failed to properly mitigate his loss.

In regard to commercial law, Zeena has a breath of expertise in both commercial law and contractual disputes. Zeena accepts instructions in all areas of contract law, Zeena’s recent instructions include Represented company in a case involving agency law, successfully settled a case for a Claimant against a national retailer for sale of a faulty item and acted for a claimant with a claim against a service provider and was approaching limitation.

Zeena is experienced in chancery law and in property cases, Zeena accepts instructions in all areas of chancery and property, recent instructions include acted for landlords in repossession hearings, Drafted pleadings for an employer’s liability action, represented claim in costs hearing case, successfully settled a multi-track case at court when it was obvious the witness would struggle in giving evidence and various more.

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Accreditations

Zeena previously worked at the Crown Prosecution Service having obtained one of only 15 pupillage places at a time when there were over 1200 applicants for those places.

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