210-185 Somerset St. W.
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0J2
Phone (613) 701 1256
Fax (613) 800 4684

AN OTTAWA-BASED LAW FIRM DEDICATED TO PROVIDING QUALITY ADVICE AND REPRESENTATION IN CRIMINAL, CHILD PROTECTION AND FAMILY LAW

PRACTICE AREAS

  • CRIMINAL DEFENCE
    • We defend clients charged with any offence under federal or provincial statute, including the Criminal Code of Canada, Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, National Defence Act, Provincial Offences Act, and the Highway Traffic Act 
    • We protect our client’s rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which often results in the exclusion of evidence that has been illegally obtained by the police
    • We provide representation at bail hearings, pre-trial proceedings, trials, sentencing hearings and appeals 
    • We have experience representing clients who choose to have their matter proceed through the Mental Health Court, Drug Treatment Court, Indigenous Peoples Court 
  • YOUTH CRIMINAL JUSTICE
    • We defend Young Persons charged with offences under the Criminal Code of Canada, Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Provincial Offences Act, and Highway Traffic Act  
    • We ensure that special rights accorded to young persons in the Youth Criminal Justice Act are respected
  • VICTIM & WITNESS ADVOCACY
    • We represent victims and witnesses in criminal proceedings to ensure that their rights are independently protected, and defend the confidentiality of their personal records 
    • We provide independent legal advice to witnesses summoned to testify at trials
  • CHILD PROTECTION
    • We represent clients involved with Children’s Aid Societies from the time of first contact with an Agency all the way through to file closure
    • We provide advice to clients who are working voluntarily with Children’s Aid Societies, including advice on Family Safety Network Meetings, Voluntary Service Agreements and Temporary Care Agreements
    • We represent clients in all court proceedings involving Children’s Aid Societies, including Applications for Supervision Orders, Interim Care Orders (formerly Society Wardship) and Extended Care Orders (formerly Crown Wardship) 
    • We represent clients in specialised Secure Treatment proceedings where a Children’s Aid Society or caregiver is seeking to have a child or youth placed in Secure Treatment 
    • We represent clients in Openness proceedings to ensure meaningful ongoing contact between our clients and a child, where that child is the subject of adoption proceedings
    • We represent clients in Proceedings before the Child and Family Services Review Board in challenging decisions made by Children’s Aid Societies
    • We represent family and community members who wish to present a plan to have a child placed in their care 
    • We represent foster parents who wish to have their voice heard in protection proceedings or in disputes with a Children’s Aid Society, where an Application to the Child and Family Services Board is required
    • We provide advisory services, policy development and training to organizations working with children and youth, such as school boards, foster parent associations, adoption agencies, group homes, community and sporting associations 
  • REPRESENTATION OF INDIGENOUS CLIENTS
    • We ensure that special rights and considerations accorded to Indigenous Peoples are respected in criminal and child welfare matters
    • We have experience representing clients who choose to have criminal matters proceed through the Indigenous Peoples Court
    • We have experience advising Bands and community based Indigenous organizations in their interactions with Children’s Aid Societies
    • We brought a Charter challenge to the definition of Indian and Native Person in Ontario’s child welfare law, as it failed to include all Indigenous Peoples
  • SECTION 3 COUNSEL
    • We represent clients pursuant to appointment as Section 3 counsel under the Substitute Decisions Act
  • FAMILY LAW
    • We represent clients on a broad range of family law issues including custody, access, child support and spousal support 
    • We provide advice and representation in matters where partner violence is a concern requiring the urgent commencement of proceedings
    • We provide advice and representation in non-litigation aspects of family law, including drafting and finalization of separation agreements 
    • We represent clients in private adoption matters 
  • REPRESENTING CHILDREN
    • We are able represent children as Agent for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL) in family and child welfare matters
    • We provide Independent Legal Advice to children prior to finalization of adoption 
    • We represent children who wish to terminate their status as a Crown Ward 
  • PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS
    • We represent and advise professionals in connection with complaints, investigations, disciplinary and quasi-criminal proceedings taken against them by their regulating bodies or under statute 
  • ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
    • We represent clients in Mediations, Family Group Conferences and Circles of Care in family and child protection matters 
    • We represent clients in non-judicial settlement conferences facilitated by Legal Aid Ontario
    • We provide independent legal advice for kin or non-parties who participate in various types of alternative dispute resolution
    • We advocate for restorative justice solutions for clients in criminal matters who are interested in participating in the Collaborative Justice Program
  • APPEALS
    • We have experience arguing appeals in criminal, disciplinary and child welfare matters 
    • We review trial decisions and jury charges for errors of law or fact and advise clients on likelihood of success on appeal
    • We draft thoroughly researched, comprehensive and persuasive facta for our clients and other counsel who may seek external assistance 

TEAM

  • Kristen Robins

    Kristen Robins is a founding partner of Robins Naik LLP. She practices in the areas of criminal defence and child protection law.

    Ms. Robins received her LL.B. from the University of Ottawa in 2008. She also achieved a Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree, with Honours in Criminology in 2005. She is a member of the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa, the Criminal Lawyers Association, and the County of Carleton Law Association. Ms. Robins is a former president of the Ottawa Child Protection Defence Bar Association (2014 to 2017).

    Ms. Robins appears regularly before the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice, and has also appeared before the Divisional Court. Ms. Robins is an experienced advocate in Child Protection Court, and Criminal Court, including Youth Court, Mental Health Court, Indigenous Peoples’ Court, and Drug Treatment Court.

    Ms. Robins has successfully argued for the return of children to the care of their parents and has also secured alternative placements for children, when a return to their parents is not possible.  When children are adopted through child protection proceedings, Ms. Robins assists biological family members in securing contact, known as Openness, with those children following adoption.

    Ms. Robins also routinely represents adults and youth charged with a broad range of criminal offences. She has successfully defended clients charged with impaired driving, dangerous driving causing death, domestic assaults, robbery, sexual assault, and many others.

    In addition to having attended hundreds of court appearances on behalf of her clients, Ms. Robins has considerable experience assisting clients in achieving favourable outcomes via mediation and various other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

    Ms. Robins is a frequent lecturer to other lawyers on criminal and child protection law and related procedure. Ms. Robins also conducts speaking engagements in the community with a view to assisting individuals who are most affected by encounters with police and child welfare agencies.

    In addition to maintaining her own practice, Ms. Robins regularly mentors junior lawyers and law students with a demonstrated interest in criminal or child protection law.

    In 2017, Ms. Robins was awarded the inaugural Justice Heidi Levenson Polowin Award for excellence in child protection advocacy.

    kristen@rrnlegalteam.com

  • Natasha Chettiar

    Natasha Chettiar is an associate lawyer practicing in the areas of family law, child protection, and criminal defence.

    Prior to joining Robins Naik LLP, Ms. Chettiar practiced family law with a leading law firm in Ottawa. Ms. Chettiar has significant experience providing support and guidance to her clients on a wide variety of matters, including divorce and separation, child and spousal support, child relocation, property division, and cohabitation or marriage contracts.

    Ms. Chettiar appears regularly before the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice, and also regularly assists clients with out-of-court dispute resolution, such as mediation and arbitration. She is keenly aware of the stress and costs faced by clients in any kind of legal matter, and her guiding principle in every matter is to problem solve as thoughtfully and efficiently as possible. Ms. Chettiar prides herself in being thorough, hard-working, and compassionate.

    Ms. Chettiar obtained her law degree from the University of Ottawa in 2016, where she graduated Cum Laude and on the Dean’s Honour List. While in law school, Ms. Chettiar was the recipient of a competitive human rights grant and honed her ability to synthesize and simplify legal concepts through her work as a Constitutional Law teaching assistant.

    Ms. Chettiar is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the County of Carleton Law Association, and the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa. She is able to assist clients in both English and French.

    natasha@rrnlegalteam.com

  • Vasu Naik

    Vasu Naik is a founding partner of Robins Naik LLP. Ms. Naik practices in the areas of child protection and family law.

    Prior to founding Robins Naik LLP, Ms. Naik’s legal career, spanning two decades, has included serving as legal counsel with a child welfare agency, running a successful private practice, human rights litigation and many years of intellectual property rights litigation in various international jurisdictions.

    Ms. Naik appears regularly before the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice in child protection and family law matters, where she enjoys a reputation for meticulous attention to detail and commitment to excellence. Ms. Naik has successfully represented parents, extended family members, and children (on behalf of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer). In family law matters she assists clients in cases involving custody, access, restraining orders, separation agreements, and other related matters. Ms. Naik’s experience extends to advising and representing clients in appeal proceedings.

    Ms. Naik is a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa, where she teaches the Trial Advocacy course. She is also a regular presenter on child protection law within the Ottawa legal community and often speaks to groups that are impacted by or could benefit from an understanding of child welfare law.

    Ms. Naik serves on the board for the Community Legal Services Ottawa Clinic. She has done work for community-based Indigenous organizations, women’s shelters and grass root organizations serving marginalized communities in Ottawa. She has frequently provided pro-bono advice to particularly vulnerable clients, including those facing language barriers or seeking legal assistance through outreach programs.

    Ms. Naik received her B.A LL.B. (Hons.) in 1998 from the National Law School of India University, where she was selected for the Madhu Bhasin Nobel Student University Award for Legal Services. She received her LL.M. in Human Rights and Intellectual Property Law in 2003, from Lund University, Sweden. She was called to Bar in Ontario in 2010.

    Ms. Naik is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the County of Carleton Law Association. She is the current president of the Ottawa Child Protection Defence Bar Association

    Ms. Naik is able to assist clients in several South Asian languages including Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Tamil, Bengali, and Kannada. She also has a working knowledge of American Sign Language.

    In 2015, Ms. Naik received the Carleton County Law Association Regional Senior Justice Award for making an outstanding contribution to the community and the legal profession.

    vasu@rrnlegalteam.com

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