I was admitted as a solicitor in 1992, originally dealing with all aspects of high street practice but soon discovered a passion for criminal defence work which to date has not diminished.
Whilst I deal with all aspects of criminal defence work, from attending police stations, advocacy in the Magistrate’s Court and preparation of summary and Crown Court trials, I have specialised in the more serious and complex cases over the last ten to fifteen years. Often these have included multi-defendant cases, such as conspiracies to murder, to defraud, to money launder, to commit armed robberies and to rob. I also represent clients facing serious sexual assault allegations, including historic sexual offences, some of which have been multi-defendant cases, rape, incitement to sexual activity and possession of indecent images. I have dealt with numerous single defendant cases, including murder, large scale frauds, kidnap, drugs cases and robbery. Many of these cases by their nature have been lengthy and complex at trial and, as a result of undertaking this work over the years, I am accredited as a VHCC Supervisor, authorised by the Legal Aid Agency to undertake and supervise complex cases.
Whilst I enjoy getting my teeth into a complex, interesting case, I still enjoy dealing with less serious cases for clients who deserve representation by someone who can be there through all the processes of their case, from arrest and interview to trial.
I have established a faithful client base over many years who frequently refer new clients to me. This, I believe, is due to my friendly, approachable and professional manner and always striving to ensure the best outcomes for all my clients, whether privately or publicly funded.
- 1989 – 1990 Chancery Lane College of Law
- 1985 -1988 North London Polytechnic LLB (Hon)
- 2015 – present Hodge Jones & Allen
- 2014 – 2015 Brady Eastwood Pierce & Stewart – Assistant Solicitor, VHCC supervisor
- 2010 – 2014 Mackesys – Assistant Solicitor & Supervisor, VHCC supervisor
- 1990 – 2010 J B Wheatley – Training contract, assistant solicitor and Equity Partner.
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- R v N – Croydon Crown Court – Successful defence in Operation Trident prosecution of a man accused of a serious stabbing.
- R v I – Croydon Crown Court – Successful defence of a young woman alleged to have been in possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life in a Trident Operation prosecution.
- R v A & T – Norwich Crown Court – Successful defence of two defendants in multi-handed conspiracy to defraud. Boiler-room fraud involving land banking in UK and abroad.
- R v A – Central Criminal Court – Successful defence of defendant who was one of eight from a prestigious London school charged with attempted murder, possession of firearms and GBH.
- R v H – Croydon Crown Court – Successful defence for a defendant in a multi-handed historic sexual offence case. This defendant was the only one to gain an acquittal after a seven week trial.
- R v V – Bristol Crown Court – Successful defence of defendant, one of ten charged with conspiracy to murder. Allegations of simultaneous “gang land” shootings in Bristol and Croydon involving “turf wars” relating to drugs.
- R v S – Ipswich Crown Court – Successful defence of client, one of a number charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs. He pleaded guilty to a very minor role in supplying drugs and was the only defendant to be acquitted of charges of GBH and robbery of the undercover police officer deployed in the case.
- R v S – Croydon Crown Court – Successful defence of two brothers charged with historic allegations of sexual abuse and rape on siblings. Case of note given the lengthy time span between allegations and charge which was in excess of 35 years.
- R v W – Woolwich Crown Court – Successful defence of man charged within the Millwall Riots under Operation Zampa. One of only a few defendants to be acquitted in numerous cases brought.
- R v W – Woolwich Crown Court – Conspiracy to rob and armed robberies. One of first cases where the anonymising of both witnesses and jurors took place due to the serious allegations and concerns over witness and jury interference.
- R v G – Inner London Crown Court – Successful defence of defendant charged with attempted murder with others in respect revenge shooting between rival gangs.
- R v O – Central Criminal Court – Case where the defendant killed her partner and concealed his body for several days in a wheelie bin. Defendant had mental health issues and complex defence issues were raised including loss of control and battered wives’ syndrome.
- R v H – Central Criminal Court – Gang related grievous bodily harm. Allegation that members of the ‘Black Mafia’ gang broke into a private residence during a party to avenge a perceived slight apparently made by one of the attendees. This defendant was the only defendant to be acquitted.
- P – Portsmouth Crown Court – Blackmail, false imprisonment and assault. One of five defendants, the Crown alleged that the defendants were a group involved in large scale drug dealing and had attempted to recover perceived debts through violent means. This defendant was the only defendant to be acquitted.
- R v SS – St Albans Crown Court – Robbery, one of six defendants involved an allegation by the Crown of a campaign of robberies committed mainly against Argos stores across the South of England.