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About Somaya Cheraitia

Since graduating, Somaya has gained extensive experience within the Criminal Justice System. Her career began working with the Prisoners’ Family and Friends Service in Woolwich Crown Court, working closely with Witness Services and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Somaya, then went on to work within Thames Magistrates Court as a Court Administrator serving four boroughs – Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. As Court Administrator and Court Usher, she worked between Thames Magistrates Court and Stratford Magistrates Court dealing mostly with adult trials, first appearances, breach matters and closed court youth cases.

Prior to joining Hodge Jones & Allen in April 2021, Somaya had previously gained 3 and a half years combined Paralegal experience, working within two well established Legal 100 busy London firms, both of which specialising in Criminal Litigation. Somaya handled her own supervised case load of first appearances at court, breach matters and trial files. This involved complex magistrates court matters, fraud, assault, drug offences and general crime.

"Solicitor, Mr Michael Ackah, and Paralegal, Ms Somaya Cheraitia, who assisted me, are extremely professional, have integrity, and are competent at their vocation. Thank you very much once again."

Somaya has gained a high level of knowledge, skills, experience and practice within the area of Criminal Litigation which will equip her with additional knowledge to put into practice in her everyday duties. Somaya has built a loyal client base going above and beyond to ensure every individual receives a bespoke, dedicated, professional service.


  • Currently doing her Masters in Law with Birkbeck University.
  • Graduated with BA Honours in Criminology and Criminal Law with University of West London, Ealing Law school.
  • Received a Certificate of Higher Education in Criminal Law and Criminology from London South Bank University.
Further Reading Criminal Defence
Falsely Accused Of Crime
Financial Crime and Regulatory
General Crime