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Kaya graduated from University Centre Peterborough in 2015 with an honours degree in Criminology. Prior to graduating, Kaya started working at Hegarty Solicitors as a Trainee Legal Secretary in the Family Law Department for 11 months before moving to the Criminal Department which is her preferred area of law. Kaya continued to work as a Legal Secretary in the Criminal department for 13 months before officially becoming a Legal Assistant in June 2017.

As a Legal Assistant, Kaya can undertake a variety of tasks such as legal research, drafting letters and taking witness statements. She often attends the Crown Court to assist Counsel and support the clients. Kaya makes Legal Aid applications on behalf of clients and can deal with complex Legal Aid issues. She is progressing towards having her own files and is supervised by Martin Newton and Julie Murtagh.

Kaya has had conduct of a range of Prison Law cases, one of which involved a lifer’s first pre-tariff Parole Board review. On all cases, she has undertaken the necessary preparation for proceedings before the Parole Board including making representations, instructing specialist barristers and ensuring that the clients’ needs were met at a high standard.

Kaya is currently working towards becoming a Chartered Legal Executive specialising in Criminal Litigation. She is a CILEX (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) Law School student and hopes to have completed the various stages of her training within 5 years. She plans to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate which will give her the equivalent level of qualification as a Solicitor.

Kaya thoroughly enjoys her job and exudes a real passion for Criminal Defence. She will ensure that any task she completes is done with precision. At university, she won the Course Academic Award for Criminology and has always shown a great interest in social issues and injustices.

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