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Alex Chapman

Alex Chapman | Solicitor

achapman@hja.net 020 7874 8384

I joined Hodge Jones & Allen in 2017 because I had heard of the firm’s reputation for fighting for justice and going the extra mile for their clients.

I am new to London, having qualified as a solicitor at a firm in my hometown Nottingham in 2014 and working for three years representing clients across the East Midlands. I have worked on a number of serious criminal cases which, of note, include murder, infanticide, major drugs conspiracies, serious fraud and terrorism.

Since qualification, however, I have concentrated my time predominantly on providing quality advice and assistance at police stations and appearing on a daily basis in the Magistrates’ Court. I have worked hard on gaining a strong reputation as an advocate, securing a high acquittal rate when it comes to trials as well as notable results when dealing with sentences and bail applications.

I pride myself on being able to deal with any type of criminal offence during pre and post charge stages, and understand the value of early and appropriate advice and preparation. I am aware that being a suspect or defendant can be a daunting and overwhelming experience, and I pride myself on my attention to client care, seeking to allay any worries while being mindful of giving practical and realistic advice. I feel that this ensures that the best possible outcome is reached in each and every case.

I have featured on BBC Radio One and NME in connection with my work and I regularly give presentations to students at local schools and universities.
In my spare time I enjoy sport and live music. I have an annual cycle of spending the football season watching Nottingham Forest and then recovering from the trauma by attending Glastonbury Festival.

Education

  • LPC, Nottingham Law School 2011-2012
  • LLB, University of the West of England, Bristol 2008-2011

Career

  • Joined HJA 2017
  • Admitted as a solicitor 2014
  • VHS Fletchers, Nottingham 2012-2017

Noteable Cases

  • R v B Murder. Mother accused of murdering her infant child. She was an extremely vulnerable individual and a high level of care was required throughout numerous police interviews.
  • R v G Murder. A case of an extremely violent murder involving a sustained hammer attack involving many injuries. Client acquitted of murder and convicted of manslaughter.
  • R v S Murder. Mother accused of murdering her infant child. There was a suspicion raised that the death had been caused by shaking. After several interviews and representations the police decided that the death was not suspicious and my client was released without charge.
  • R v S Drugs Conspiracy. One of eight arrested by the National Crime Agency for conspiracy to import 168kg of cocaine and 340kg of amphetamines into the UK. After several days of questioning, the client was the only person to be refused charge.
  • R v M Fraud in Breach of Trust. A financial advisor was accused of defrauding several clients. A detailed defence statement prompted further investigation and the fraud charges were discontinued by the CPS.
  • R v H Benefit Fraud. The client was accused of a lengthy and substantial benefit fraud. After trial at the Magistrates’ Court he was acquitted of all charges.
  • R v T Domestic Assault. The client was a vulnerable person accused of assaulting his partner. Both parties had difficulties with mental health and the trial required a high level of care. He was acquitted by the Magistrates after trial.
  • R v R Prison Offence. The client was a prison officer accused of conveying articles out of the prison without authorisation. After a guilty plea and careful mitigation he was given an absolute discharge by the Magistrates.
  • R v K Excess Alcohol. A police officer gave evidence identifying my client as the driver of a vehicle. He said that he was “1000% sure” that his identification was correct. I challenged this during cross-examination and the Magistrates returned a not-guilty verdict.

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