I have always been interested in criminal law and representing others. My practice includes health and safety, environmental issues, product liability, road traffic cases and general criminal work. I have expertise in road transport cases having prosecuted for VOSA (now the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) for nine years and have worked on a myriad of diverse cases - from the successful defence of the Chairman of a FTSE250, regularly acting for a FTSE250 company facing health & Safety allegations, multiple inquests for drivers, companies, managers and employees and acting for companies and individuals in high-profile fraud matters. I represent a wide range of clients, from large global companies to individuals and seek to leave no stone unturned in their defence. I was described by two leading Queen’s Counsel as a first class solicitor who is exceptionally hardworking and determined in the pursuit of client’s interests.
I graduated in 1994 with LLB from University of Birmingham, passed Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Trent University with merit in 1995 and trained with Zermanski & Partners in Leeds before qualifying in 1997 and practising immediately after. I then spent three entertaining years as a specialist magistrates court advocate; gaining valuable experience in the cut and thrust of criminal defence before working with a criminal practice in Leeds and then moving to Shulmans LLP where I launched, developed and led the firm’s first regulatory practice. I left in 2011 to become self-employed as a solicitor consultant for an Oxfordshire firm before finally finding Legal Studio.
Before joining Legal Studio I had a lengthy commute which was becoming untenable. I was frustrated with the lack of support, lack of interest in my work area from the bigger firms and also with law firm management as a whole. I came to Legal Studio because it has all the advantages of the self employed flexible working model but without all the previous issues. I have full flexible working, there’s so much less bureaucracy and I have the freedom to be the lawyer I want coupled with much higher earnings alongside.
I am married with three daughters, and in my spare time I enjoy listening to music, going to the gym, war history, hill walking, and on a more serious note, campaigning on human rights issues, especially the death penalty as well as actively running The North Eastern Regulatory Lawyers (NERL) group for regulatory Counsel and Solicitors which I also founded.
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