Neena is a Partner in Keoghs crime and regulatory team. Being one of the founding members of team, Neena enjoys an excellent reputation as being a leading practitioner in defending complex Motor prosecutions and Health and Safety offences. Neena leads the national Criminal Motor Defence team at Keoghs.
Neena is known for representing corporate and individual clients in relation to investigations conducted by the Police, HSE, Local Councils, Trading Standards and the CPS. She also acts for clients who have been subject to allegations of Corporate Manslaughter or individual gross negligence manslaughter.
Neena represents clients at PACE interviews in relation to all manner of road traffic offences, ranging from minor road traffic offences to causing death by dangerous driving, allegations of manslaughter, GBH/ABH as well as allegations involving breach of Firearms Legislation involving corporate clients. She also represents clients at Safeguarding meetings where there allegations of abuse within the Care Sector. Neena is quick in understanding developing issues. Significant reported cases include R-v- Diggles -acquittal based on a sudden unintended acceleration; R-v- BL – causing death by dangerous driving discontinued and consideration of Smart Motorways; R –v- Mawson Contractors – gross negligence manslaughter discontinued).
Neena is recognised for her tenacious approach with regulators whilst being empathetic to lay clients. Neena is regularly invited by insurers and large organisations to provide training in relation to PACE interviews and investigations by the HSE / CQC.
Neena has previously been ranked by Chambers:
Chambers & Partners: "Neena Sharma is an excellent health and safety lawyer with fantastic legal knowledge," which includes experience handling civil and criminal investigations. Sources say she is "very forward-thinking in her work and knows how to put forward a strategy," as well as noting that she "can put people at ease even in the most difficult cases."
Legal 500: Neena Sharma has exceptional experience in serious driving cases - she is one of the best around for driving offences".
2019: Neena Sharma maintains a crime and regulatory practice, focused on prosecutions relating to motor crime. She acts for both corporations and individuals in police and HSE investigations. Sources note her “excellent client manner.”
2013: Clients said that Neena is "very knowledgeable and interacts well with the barristers." …”Another praised her pragmatism and sense of humour.”
2012: ‘one to watch’.
Latest Insights by Neena Sharma
Client Alerts 28/01/2020
Keoghs Partner Neena Sharma represented BL through a difficult police investigation following an incident on a smart motorway which resulted in a tragic death.
In a rather unusual set of circumstances and believed to be the first such prosecution, Duncan Lawrence, a consultant at a London care home was sentenced to four months imprisonment on 30 October 2019.
Client Alerts 10/09/2018
On the 5th September 2018, the Court of Appeal handed down an important judgment concerning the issue of litigation privilege.
Whirlpool case helps cast light on sentencing fines for ‘very large’ organisations, but Court of Appeal decision unlikely to stem flow of hefty fines.
We take a look at a recent high profile case involving a collision between a cyclist and pedestrian which resulted in the cyclist being convicted of causing serious injury by wanton and furious driving under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.
Client Alerts 15/05/2017
Our latest client alert takes a look at potential changes to document privilege following a case brought by the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) against Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd. (ENRC).