About Freya Colvin
Freya qualified as a criminal defence solicitor in 2016 having successfully completed her training with the firm. In 2018 she became a qualified Crown Court advocate.
Freya dedicates her time representing individuals accused of a breadth of criminal matters from driving and public order offences to serious assaults and drug offences. She regularly appears on behalf of clients in the Magistrates’ Court for first appearances and sentencings and conducts her own advocacy at summary trials. She also advocates in the Crown Court at bail applications, plea hearing and sentencings. Freya is a member of the Youth Team at Hodge Jones & Allen and works tirelessly to ensure young people are diverted away from the criminal justice system wherever possible.
Whilst at Hodge Jones & Allen, Freya has developed a particular interest in defending protest cases which raise important legal and public issues and she was one of the trial advocates for members of the Black Lives Matter organisation following their protest at Heathrow Airport.
During her time working as a trainee in the firm’s Civil Liberties team, building her understanding of civil actions against the police gave her additional knowledge of police powers which she regularly uses in preparation of criminal cases, particularly those involving assaults against police constables.
Other clients Freya represents include people facing committal proceedings in the County Courts following breaches of Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions. She has successfully vacated guilty pleas and discharged Restraining Orders and Sexual Harm Prevention Orders.
Freya takes great pride in her work for both privately and legal aid funded cases and commits herself to strong case preparation.
- Possession of firearm – R v W – successfully argued that exceptional circumstances applied to a conviction of possession of a firearm where the mandatory minimum sentence is five years custody. Defendant received two and half years custody.
- Fraud – R v C – successfully argued that it was not in the public interest to prosecute a vulnerable woman for benefit fraud amounting to £56,000. Following lengthy representations, the Crown offered no evidence just before trial.
- Conspiracy to commit GBH – R v H – represented a man in a multi-handed conspiracy to commit GBH on a minor.
- Cultivating cannabis – R v TD – successfully vacated guilty pleas to two charges of cultivation of cannabis and argued that the Modern Slavery Act defence applied to a young Vietnamese boy who was trafficked to the UK and forced to work in a cannabis factory. All charges were eventually dropped by the CPS.
- “The help and support I received from Hodge Jones & Allen was fantastic. Freya Colvin, my solicitor, was extremely thorough, and always on hand to answer any query, either via email or phone. I would definitely recommend them to anyone else if they are requiring legal assistance.”
- “Excellent service.. extremely professional.”
- “He [the client] asked me to pass on his thanks to Ms Colvin for all her hard work in marshalling the supporting evidence. I should like to add my own thanks to Ms Colvin for that work. In the event, the evidence obtained in support of mitigation made all the difference.” David Rhodes, Doughty Street Chambers
- “Have used Hodge Jones & Allen a couple of times now. Excellent service, superb, just a big thanks to Freya Colvin and Caroline Collins. Very helpful and understanding of the situation. Many thanks, Mick”
- “I received a professional service with constant contact throughout my experience from all the staff at HJA. My solicitor Freya Colvin was extremely informative, approachable and prepared. I received exactly the correct advice required to get the best possible result. I am very thankful to HJA and to Freya for handling my case.”
- “You were absolutely amazing today! All the arguments you put forward were relevant and compelling. You were also so good with building rapport with the judge throughout the trial. I was very proud to have you representing me! It was great to watch you in action. Thank you for all the work during this case as well.”
- “‘Thank you very much [for] assisting me’ and the service was ‘excellent’. ” Ubah Ahmed
Career & Education
- Solicitor, Hodge Jones & Allen, 2016 – present
- Trainee Solicitor, Hodge Jones & Allen, 2014 – 2016
- Police Station Accreditation, 2015
Prior to Freya’s legal career, she worked at a number of organisations including Amnesty International, Comic Relief and the Department for International Development, all of which motivated her to build a career in criminal justice.
- Higher Courts Advocate, 2018
- Duty Solicitor Accreditation, 2017
- Legal Practice Course (Distinction), BPP Law School, 2012 – 2013
- Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction), BPP Law School, 2011 – 2012
- 2:1 BA (Hons) in Politics and Spanish, University of Leeds, 2005 – 2009
Memberships & Appointments
- The Young Fraud Lawyers Association
- Young Legal Aid Lawyers
- The Solicitors’ Association of Higher Courts Advocates (SAHCA)
- Youth PR actioner’s Association
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