Advice on Sexual Offences
Have you been accused of a sexual offence and caught up in the criminal justice system?
As a Solicitor Advocate, Duty Solicitor and Accredited Police Station Representative, I can advise and represent you at every stage throughout the criminal justice system.
I have represented clients charged with all kinds of serious sexual offences.
I pride myself on my client care, sensitivity and approachability; and my calm, confident and pragmatic approach whether appearing in the Police Station, Youth Court, Magistrates' Court, Crown Court or Court of Appeal.
I am utterly committed to the principles of Legal Aid and access to justice for all.
Advice at the Police Station
I have clocked up well over a thousand police station attendances; and was personally commended by a peer reviewer for my "tireless efforts in going the extra mile" in obtaining cautions for my clients.
As well as police interviews I also have considerable experience of Military, NHS, DWP and Trading Standards interviews conducted under PACE.
Advocacy at Court
I am an experienced advocate, familiar with advising and representing clients from an Early First Hearing at the Magistrates' Court, through to Crown Court Trials and (if necessary) Sentencing and Appeal Hearings.
Since other solicitors have previously represented many of my clients before they changed representation to me, I am extremely familiar with the procedure for transferring representation and plea vacation (changing a guilty plea to not guilty).
Litigation and Case Preparation
I was personally commended in open Court for my "competence, diligence and efficiency" in case preparation by His Honour Judge Gratwicke.
I personally oversee all my casework, including: taking instructions directly from my client; taking and drafting proofs of evidence and witness statements; briefing trusted barristers; obtaining reports from expert witness in forensic IT, medicine and psychiatry; viewing evidence and unused materials; corresponding with clients, barristers, experts, the police, court and prosecution; and drafting legal arguments.
Written Legal Argument
I draft all my own written arguments for submission in Court, including:
Abuse of Process – Arguing that something is "so unfair and wrong that
the court should not allow a prosecutor to proceed".
Dismissal – Arguing that the prosecution evidence is so weak that there is no case to answer.
Nullity – Arguing that the proceedings are invalid, as the prosecution have failed to comply with a statutory requirement.
I am experienced in advancing my clients' best interests in the face of adverse decisions through recourse to the process of judicial review. For example:
Charging Decisions – Challenging the legal basis upon which police have charged clients with criminal offences.
Bail Conditions – Challenging the legality of bail conditions imposed by the Police or the Courts.
Court Decisions – Challenging judicial decisions over jurisdictional issues.
I am familiar with conducting appeals in the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal; as well as drafting submissions for clients to the Criminal Case Review Commission and the European Court of Human Rights.
Specialist Litigation Experience
I also have experience in representing clients prosecuted by regulatory agencies such as the Health and Safety Executive, Department of Work and Pensions and Trading Standards.