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Abigail is a Duty Solicitor, an Accredited Police Station Representative and a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate specialising in criminal defence. She is based in our Leicester Office and covers a wide range of criminal offences at every stage of the proceedings, including Police interviews under caution and trial advocacy in the Magistrates Court.
I started my career in Law in 2011 having attained a first class law degree at the University of Derby. I quickly gained accreditation as a Police Station Representative.
Throughout the early years of my career I worked on a number of high profile Crown Court matters including drug importations, money laundering connected with terrorism and homicide. One of the first trials that I was involved with was at the Old Bailey involving a high profile theft. Whilst litigating Crown Court matters I had the benefit of working closely with experienced Barristers and Queens Counsel whom acted as mentors in the early years of my career. This was a fantastic opportunity to learn the art of advocacy and the rules of evidence. I continue to litigate matters in the Crown Court providing expert advice to client’s facing matters in the Crown Court.
In 2012 I gained accreditation as a Police Station Representative. I continue to provide advice and assistance to people detained at the Police Station. Most cases are won or lost at the Police Station and therefore, providing expert and well thought out advice at this stage is very important.
I qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate in 2018 and gained accreditation as a Duty Solicitor in 2019. Since then, I have been representing people in the Magistrates Court. Whilst I am based in the East Midlands I regularly appear in Magistrates Court in other areas of the Country. I have recently been recognised as one of the top 5 criminal lawyers on the Birmingham Circuit. https://kevsbest.co.uk/best-criminal-lawyers-birmingham/. I would describe my approach as robust and concise. I ensure that I always act in the best interests of my client’s to ensure that they get the best result. My professional approach means that I am well respected at Court and enjoy a good working relationship with other Professionals within the Court.
Since qualifying as an advocate I have represented clients in the Crown Court. I regularly represent clients during the committal for sentence process where the sentencing powers of the higher court are greater.
I also have experience representing client’s in motoring cases and have a very high success rate when presenting exceptional hardship cases ensuring that client’s retain their driving licences.
Working in the Criminal Department means that I represent some of the most vulnerable members in society. I have worked closely with the youth offending team and have developed a good working relationship with those in trying to steer youths away from the criminal justice system. Having worked with extremely vulnerable client’s I recognise that learning difficulties can make people vulnerable to exploitation.
Whilst some of the cases that I work on are legally complex, not all of them are. However I recognise that all cases are important to the client involved. I will always make sure that time and care is taken to ensure that client’s are updated at every step of their case.
The greatest satisfaction I can get from work is having a happy client at the end of their case.
R v R (Birmingham Crown Court)
I am currently involved in a case involving encro-chat. There has been a legal argument that has been heard in the Court of appeal ruling on the admissibility of evidence. Case centers around the possession of a firearm linked to shootings in Birmingham and drug importation.
R v M (Leicester Magistrates Court)
Possession of a bladed article in a public place – acquittal of a client charged with possession of a bladed article raising statutory defence.
R v D (Nottingham Magistrates Court)
Representation of a Deaf client detained in hospital under s41 of the Mental Health Act for assault ABH. Secured a conditional discharge by way of sentence for the vulnerable client.
R v C (Luton Crown Court)
Sentence of a defendant for being unlawfully at large. Client absconded from a Cat D prison. At large for a number of months. Representation at the Crown Court to sentence the client
R v C (Leicester Crown Court)
Successfully persuaded the Crown Court not to activate the suspended sentence for a client in breach for like offences.
R v A (Nottingham Magistrates Court)
Victim of domestic violence. Prosecution withdrew after robust representations made regarding the personal circumstances and background of the client made to the Crown Prosecution Service.
Police Station Representative
Head of Department
Head of Mental Health
Co-Head of Court of Protection
Health & Community Care, Court of Protection
Senior Associate Solicitor
Criminal Defence, Education
Head of Motoring
Criminal Defence, Motoring
Court Of Protection
Head of Child Care (Leicester)
Head of Crime (Nottingham)