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 vice 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.
Ms Hockin was called to the Bar in 2023 after completing her articles at a boutique full-service firm, in Ottawa, focusing on family law, criminal law, and civil litigation.
Ms Hockin received her law degree from the University of Ottawa in 2022. While in law school Ms Hockin volunteered with Innocence Canada and worked at the Legal Aid Clinic Community Education Division.
Prior to attending law school, Ms Hockin completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph (with Honours) with a double major in Political Science and Criminal Justice and Public Policy.
Ms Hockin has experience appearing in the Ontario Court of Justice as well as drafting legal documents. Ms Hockin understands that being involved in the Court system can be stressful, and costly, and takes pride in making her clients as comfortable as possible throughout the process.
Ms Hockin is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the County of Carleton Law Association, Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa, and the Criminal Lawyers Association.
When Ms Hockin is not at the office you can often find her spending time with friends, family, and her dog. She also enjoys spending time in the great outdoors and a good novel.
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 in child protection where she has successfully represented parents, extended family members, foster parents, adoptive parents and children (on behalf of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer). Ms. Naik has assisted the Court in her role as Amicus Curie in complex child protection litigation. She has also had the opportunity to appear as counsel for Intervenors, Canadian Civil Liberties Association in the Ontario Court of Appeal relating to the privacy rights of caregivers and children involved with child welfare agencies. In family law matters she assists clients in cases involving decision making, parenting time (formerly, custody and access), restraining orders, separation agreements, adoption, and other related matters. Ms. Naik’s experience extends to advising and representing clients in appeal proceedings.
As an Adoption Licensee Ms. Naik works with both birth parents and prospective adoptive parents toward making their adoption journeys a success. You can obtain more information about the process by connecting with her via email.
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 of 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.
In 2015, Ms. Naik received the Carleton County Law Association Regional Senior Justice Award for making an outstanding contribution to the commu nity and the legal profession.
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 a past 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.