Called to the Bar in 2021, Kitan is an enthusiastic, analytical and driven advocate. Specialising in Crime she has a sustained interest, and experience in, criminal justice, social welfare, access to justice and Civil Liberties & Human Rights.
During her first six, Kitan observed hearings across the spectrum of general and serious crime in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts as well as the Court of Appeal.
She has assisted her supervisors, and other members of chambers, in preparing chronologies and collating evidence for review. Kitan has honed her legal drafting skills by producing grounds of appeal, an advice on a victim’s right to review, agreed facts, skeleton arguments and sentencing notes for trial.
Kitan has also undertaken legal research and produced detailed briefs on many topics including aspects of international criminal law, admissibility of gang evidence and drill music, and character evidence.
Prior to pupillage, Kitan gained a wealth of experience across the legal and third sector in varied areas of law and practice.
As a paralegal at Simpson Millar, she drafted letters before claim for judicial reviews, took instructions and liaised with tribunals and local authorities. She worked on cases involving special educational needs, disability discrimination, exclusions, admissions and family reunification in the education and community care department.
Kitan also worked as a paralegal at Birds Solicitors where she gained experience across all areas of prison law in their busy department. She drafted representations to prisons and the parole board regarding client’s recalls, recategorisations and parole hearings. She was also responsible for taking instructions for independent adjudications and parole hearings via telephone, video links and prison visits.
As a legal Intern at the human rights organisation JUSTICE, Kitan analysed and commented on possible recommendations for law and policy reform. She engaged with various stakeholders including judges, academics, legal practitioners, campaigners, and grassroots organisations. She provided legal research and analysis to the Preventing Digital Exclusion from Online Justice, Innovations in Personally-Delivered Advice and Mental Health and Fair Trial Reports.
Kitan was a Youth Advocacy Worker for BLAM UK where she was responsible for managing the school exclusions project, supporting parents and carers of Black children and young people challenging unlawful exclusions. She also provided training to schools and local authorities on incorporating anti-racist practices and diversifying the curriculum. Kitan was invited to present to community groups and appear on a podcast about racism in the education system.
Kitan has a strong commitment to voluntary and pro-bono work. She has volunteered for APPEAL, Citizens Advice, Support Through Court, Howard League for Penal Reform, and Mind where she developed excellent client care skills and experience in working with vulnerable individuals.
- Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law
- Criminal Justice LLM, Queen Mary, University of London
- Law LLB (Hons), University of Birmingham
- Harmsworth Scholarship, Middle Temple
- Blackstone Entrance Exhibition Award, Middle Temple
- LLM Scholarship, The Kalisher Trust
- Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research Internship Award, Birmingham Law School
- Young Legal Aid Lawyers
- Haldane Society
- Women in Criminal Law
- Bar Human Rights Committee
- Legal Sector Workers Union
- ‘IWD 2022: We need less talk and more action’, Bar Council blog, 2022, with Zoë Chapman
- ‘Handbook equips us to support those who stand up to the state’, 2020, Socialist Lawyer
- ‘Measures on domestic abuse must go further’, Socialist Lawyer, 2020
- ‘The impact of Covid-19 on female practitioners’, Women in Criminal Law
- Spanish – intermediate
- Yoruba – beginner
- French – beginner