Shenaiya Kharegat

Areas of Expertise


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

Public Access Qualified



Shenaiya enjoys a busy practice with a focus on criminal defence and family law, accepting instructions in all areas. She has particular expertise with violent offences, sexual offences and fact-finding hearings. With a practice in both family and crime, she is very capable of advising clients in cases where these fields overlap. Shenaiya accepts a variety of instructions and is actively seeking to expand her practice in court martial, mental health law, regulatory proceedings, and prosecution.

Shenaiya is a passionate advocate who is frequently commended by judges for her skills in cross-examination, her quick thinking and her command of the case. She is dedicated to each case and is known for excellent client care, especially towards those with vulnerabilities.

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. After this, Shenaiya joined the Business Crime and Investigations team at Practical Law (Thomson Reuters).


Notable Cases

  • Successfully defended all allegations in a fact-finding hearing that involved allegations of rape, sexual assault and child abuse
  • Instructed in county lines Class A drug dealing cases involving phone downloads, ANPR, and NRM referrals for modern slavery
  • Successfully opposed an application to commit a client who persistently breached multiple child arrangements orders by withholding contact for a year
  • Instructed in a home invasion group robbery involving sexual assaults at knifepoint
  • Made a 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 offences and failing to surrender
  • Legal research on contempt of court proceedings for an attempted £2.5m fraud against the NHS
  • Legal research on a novel area of law surrounding the importation, production and sale of CBD oil and cannabis seeds


Education and Scholarships

Wolfson Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn, 2018

Kalisher Trust Scholar, 2018

BPTC, University of Law, Bloomsbury, 2017

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

LLB (Hons.), University of Warwick, 2015


Professional Memberships

Lincoln’s Inn

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. 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. Since lockdown she has qualified as an open water scuba diver and has taken up knitting. 

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