Kiera Oluwunmi

Call: 2019

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Kiera joined Three Raymond Buildings following successful completion of her pupillage.  She is developing a practice across Chambers’ main areas of expertise, with a particular interest in crime, financial crime, licensing and regulatory work.

Legal Expertise

Crime overview

Kiera has prosecuted and defended in cases involving a range of offences including assault, battery, theft, possession of offensive weapons, public disorder offences, motoring offences and drugs offences. She has advanced successful special reasons and exceptional hardship arguments in the magistrates’ court.

Kiera has experience dealing with vulnerable defendants and witnesses. Kiera has made representations on fitness to plead and stand trial which have led to proceedings being discontinued where the defendants had complex mental health conditions.

Licensing / regulatory overview

Kiera has appeared for the Metropolitan Police Service in licensing matters, including an application to revoke a Premises Licence following the serious sexual assault of child.

Kiera regularly appears for Transport for London in licensing appeals and prosecutions in the magistrates’ courts.

Civil Preventative Orders overview

Kiera is frequently instructed by the Metropolitan Police Service both to advise on and appear in applications for civil preventative orders, including Closure Orders and Sexual Harm Prevention Orders. Kiera also regularly appears on behalf of the National Probation Service in breach proceedings in the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts.

Financial Crime / POCA overview

Kiera has appeared for the Metropolitan Police Service in forfeiture hearings and appeals in both the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court, including a successful application to forfeit £20,000 in cash seized by police at an airport.

Kiera has also successfully secured Account Freezing Orders against multiple respondents in heavily contested hearings.

During pupillage, Kiera assisted in advisory work for the National Crime Agency and the Financial Conduct Authority on complex Fraud Act 2006 offences.

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Bar Professional Training Course (Very Competent)
University of Law, LLM in Bar Practice (Distinction)
Queen’s University Belfast, LLB Law with Politics (Upper Second-Class Honours)

Scholarships/Prizes

Major Scholarship (Inner Temple, 2018)
Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award (Inner Temple, 2018)
Finalist, LSE-LGBT Featherstone Moot (February 2019)
1st place, BPTC Advocacy Allocation Moot, University of Law (September 2018)
Quarter-finalist, Essex Court Mooting Competition (2016/17)
Winner, UKLSA National Mooting Competition (2015/16)
Winner, QUB Open Moot (March 2016)
Winner and Best Individual Mooter, QUB Novice Moot (November 2015)

During pupillage, Kiera assisted in drafting submissions for an inquest on the effect of the decision in R (Morahan) v HM Coroner for West London [2021] EWHC 1603 and when an enhanced investigative duty under Article 2 ECHR arises automatically, where the deceased had a known history of drug abuse and was an involuntary psychiatric patient.

Kiera also produced a research note on the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement and the landscape of post-Brexit Mutual Legal Assistance, particularly in relation to EIOs, EAWs and the Schengen Information System.

Before coming to the Bar, Kiera was a Parliamentary Assistant for a member of the House of Lords. During this time, she helped to set up a think tank on immigration reform, submitted questions on the rise in hate crime against East Asians as a result of Covid, and the availability of British passports for Hong Kong citizens. Kiera has also completed numerous international internships, including at a national labour union in Washington D.C and a legal aid centre for asylum-seekers in Sofia, Bulgaria where she developed ‘Know Your Rights’ guides to immigration procedures and US labour law.

Kiera also volunteers with her local church, in particular with the homeless community and vulnerable women. Kiera has participated in numerous leadership programmes with a focus on cross-community relations in Northern Ireland, including the Washington Ireland Programme and the Ulster Project. Whilst at university, Kiera taught debating skills to schoolchildren from Protestant and Catholic communities in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Professional Memberships

Criminal Bar Association
Young Fraud Lawyers Association