I joined Hodge Jones & Allen in 2001, as a paralegal. I went on to qualify as a Legal Executive in 2003 and then as a solicitor in 2005. Following that I became a partner here in 2010.
I have a wide range of experience, from the Magistrates’ Court to the Crown Court. I obtained my higher rights as a solicitor in 2007, one of the first to do so. Since then I have conducted trials at the Crown Court, before a jury, on a regular basis. I represent my own clients and am often instructed by colleagues to represent their clients in the Crown Court.
In the time I have worked at this firm I have dealt with offences from one end of the spectrum to the other. I regularly appear at the Magistrates’ Court to represent those who are accused of motoring offences, where I have significant experience. In contrast, I also have a significant and well respected reputation for representing clients charged with offences of serious violence and high level fraud.
I have a long history of dealing with cases involving allegations of murder, rape and drugs related matters.
I have a particular interest in cases involving graffiti related allegations of criminal damage, having been involved in several large scale cases. A leading author on the subject has been in contact with me to assist him in writing a book on the subject.
I also have experience and an interest in Court Martials. I have dealt with hearings in Catterick, Germany and Colchester.
I am recommended in the Legal 500.
Legal Practice Course, 2004-2005
University of Westminster, 2001-2005
Hodge Jones & Allen, 2010 – present, Partner
Hodge Jones & Allen, 2008 – 2010, Associate
Hodge Jones & Allen, 2005 – 2008, Qualified solicitor
Hodge Jones & Allen, 2001 – 2005, Legal Executive
Beveridge Milton,1999 – 2001, Paralegal
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“He helped us all the way through the procedure, nothing was too much trouble.”
“He was always prepared to push hard to get me the best result.”
“Sean was great. He treated my case as if it was personal to him”
“Friendly, understanding and competent.”
R v P – A charge of conspiracy to cause criminal damage followed a spate of graffiti damage across London. This case included some of the most well known underground graffiti artists.
R v B – Professional man faced a serious allegation of sexual assault. If convicted he would be dismissed by his employer. It was alleged he had assaulted a junior member of staff.
R v R – Following a lengthy jury trial the defendant was acquitted of assaulting a former friend who had accused him of assault.
R v C – A large and complex case involving a string of brothels that were open in South London. They were advertised in the local press and test purchases were carried out by undercover police officers.
R v N – Due to an error on the part of the police Mr. N was incorrectly charged with the wrong driving offence. This was not picked up by the CPS or the court. In due course a written legal argument was submitted by me. It argued that this error contaminated the whole process and it could not be rectified. The court agreed and dismissed the case on this point.
R v H – H was accused of assaulting a police officer who attended his home address. The police had not complied with the proper procedure for entering a person’s home without a warrant. A written legal argument was submitted and the CPS accepted this undermined their case to such an extent that they offered no evidence and Mr. H was acquitted by the court.
I deliver lectures to students taking the Legal Practice Course at Westminster University. I have also played a role in quasi judging as part of the students overall formal assessment of their advocacy I also deliver a lecture quarterly for the Honourable Society of Middle Temple. This lecture is for junior barristers and covers their relationship with solicitors.
I have appeared on ITV’s Daybreak and BBC 2’s Newsnight to comment on issues relating to criminal law. I have also given interviews to both radio and newspaper journalists.
The controversial Psychoactive Substances Act received royal assent on 28 January 2016 and came into force on 26 May 2016. The Act, broadly speaking, criminalises the production and supply of 'psychoactive substances'. The purpose of this is largely to stop the spread of 'legal highs'. Whether or not it will achieve this remains to be seen, although the evidence so far is not promising.