Nova Murray

Senior Litigator

Lexcel Accredited solicitors london

Nova joined Murrays Partnership Solicitors in 2014 as the Senior Litigator.

With many years experience practising criminal law she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to every case she is instructed in.

She has worked at other equally high ranking firms before taking up her position at this dynamic practice.

Personable and dedicated, Nova is able to build a strong rapport with all of her clients from the very outset. She believes that every client’s case is as important as the next one no matter what the allegation and she works tirelessly to ensure that no stone is left unturned to ensure that their case is presented to its full potential. She also brings sensitivity to her work whilst maintaining a professional manner, as criminal allegations can leave clients scared and confused. She is able to explain their case to them in layman’s terms.

Astute and knowledgeable Nova has successfully defended clients in a large number of notable and high profile cases and has travelled the country where necessary to ensure that they receive her full attention and professional representation. Due to the care and dedication she shows clients both return to her and refer other work to her.

As well as undertaking legal aid work Nova also represents privately paying clients who do not qualify for legal aid, but provides the same diligence to both regardless of their financial status.

Whilst Nova regularly deals with serious fraud cases including MTIC, Mortgage and boiler room frauds she has also had many major successes across many other areas of criminal law in matters as diverse as infanticide to War Crimes and Extradition.

[ Nova Murray ]

Senior Litigator

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Notable career cases include:

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R v. LS (Baby Shaking)

In 1998 Nova was involved with the case of LS at the Central Criminal Court, the Australian nanny accused of the murder of a 6 month old baby she had care of as a nanny by shaking her when she thought she was choking. Her plea of not guilty to murder was accepted by the crown and the court and she entered plea to manslaughter on the basis that her actions mounted to gross negligence. She had an IQ of 81 well below the average of 100 due to not having been diagnosed as lacking a thyroid causing her lack the mental capacity to properly assist the ward in her care and as such was unable to as the judge remarked to “think flexibly particularly in emergencies or perceived emergencies”.

She was sentenced to a term of 15 months imprisonment suspended for 2 years and was allowed to return to Australia.

R v. DF (Court Martial – War Crimes)

In 2006 Nova represented DF a private in the army who had been based in Iraq in 2003. He along with other soldiers of various ranks were accused of mistreatment of a number of Iraqi detainees by holding them in detention for a number of hours beating them and keeping them in stress positions.

Submissions were made at the close of the Prosecution case in relation to the soldiers and their commanding officer Colonel Mendonca which were successful and he was cleared of the charge of inhumane treatment following a 6 month court martial hearing in Wiltshire.

R v. C - Central Criminal Court ( Murder )

This matter was a spin off from the case of Daniel Morgan the private investigator who was murdered in a car park with an axe nearly 30 years ago.

Several defendants were charged and part of the evidence relied on against one of them was from a lady who alleged she had been his mistress and had witnessed him commit other murders and serious assaults.

She also alleged that she had been attacked by this defendant and another whilst in a park and warned off giving evidence in the matter. The defendants were subsequently charged with ABH and witness intimidation.

The case against both defendants was dropped as she was found to not be credible having been Psychiatrically assessed in relation to the murder.

R v. E - Central Criminal Court ( Phone Hacking )

Nova was also part of the team involved in the News of the World Op Weeting case at the Central Criminal Court representing Edmonson a former editor of the NoTW who was charged with hacking the voicemails of high profile celebrities.

R v. SB - Central Criminal Court ( Murder )

Nova was part of a team who represented the Defendant – SB in the case of R v. SB Central Criminal Court accused of the murder of Gordon Semple a police officer who it is alleged was killed by him and dismembered.

“I cannot recommend Nova highly enough. She epitomises the firm’s approach of placing the client at the centre of everything they do. She is at home in all areas of serious crime and complex fraud and in complex cases her thorough preparation is second to none. Her straightforward and pragmatic advice is just what clients want”

– Colin Aylott QC –

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