I joined Hodge Jones and Allen in 2014. I was admitted as a solicitor in 2009 after training at a respected Tottenham firm. From the beginning of my career, I have represented those accused of the most serious offences such as murder, rape and fraud to less serious, but equally as important theft, assault and drugs offences.
I am part of the protest team at HJA. My experience in this area means that I am able to provide specialist advice in this complex area. I am passionate about challenging prosecution evidence, preparing legal submissions and arguing human rights grounds in relation to the right to protest. I have represented defendants who have been charged with offences arising out of Brixton anti-gentrification protests, Aylesbury Estate and anti-arms fair demonstrations, all of which have resulted in acquittals.
I have a particular interest in squatting cases. I have secured the acquittal of defendants charged with squatting in residential premises where I have successfully argued that the premises were not, in fact, residential. I also have expertise in breach of dispersal notice, public order act cases and assaults on police.
I take a pro-active approach to my cases. I regularly prepare legal arguments that often result in the prosecution offering no evidence, discontinuing charges or offering an out of court disposal in the alternative to prosecution.
I am a recommended lawyer by Netpol (Network for Police Monitoring).
- University of West of England – LPC – distinction
- University of West of England – LLB (Law) – 2:1
- Hodge Jones and Allen 2014 – present
- Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP – Assistant Solicitor – 2010 – 2014
- Wilson Solicitors LLP – 2006 – 2010 – Trained and remained as solicitor after qualification
- R v IA and others  All defendants acquitted of obstructing a highway after it was argued that they were acting to prevent criminal offences of illegal arms sales and war crimes
- R v MM and another  Case dismissed at half time after successful submission of “no case to answer” in relation to the premises being “residential”.
- R v MS and others  Acquittal of 3 defendants accused of squatting in a residential premises after two day trial and legal submissions in relation to the legal definition of “residential”. http://www.squatter.org.uk/2014/11/four-more-s144-defendants-walk-free/
- R v AA  Multi – handed conspiracy to supply class B drugs resulting in discharge of Jury due to successful arguments in relation to deficiencies in prosecution evidence.
- R v GZ  Represented Lithuanian male accused of murder of a friend in a drunken fight.
- R v TF  Acquittal of male accused of eight offences including violent disorder after being identified by police as being part of the widespread disorder of August 2011.
- R v CT  Successful representations to prosecution to offer no evidence in relation to a vulnerable 18 year old girl accused of firearm offences.
- R v KT  Represented adult male with learning difficulties and HIV for matters relating to sexual activity with two separate underage complainants. Acquitted in both trials.
- Petrou, R v  Finding of dangerousness quashed in Court of Appeal and sentence for ABH reduced after defendant advised by previous solicitors that he had no grounds to appeal.
In my spare time I enjoy cooking, last minute holidays and playing tennis.