Founded by Damien Morrison in 2002, the practice has evolved into a nationally respected specialist criminal practice.

 

The firm has long-standing connections with larger corporate law firms, and is frequently asked to advise and represent clients when a specialist service cannot be offered, or on conflicts of interest.  We act for private clients throughout the UK and Isle of Man, and also internationally.    We represent the insured of the biggest domestic and international insurers, not only for road traffic offences, but for every conceivable offence from gross negligence manslaughter, to fraud, to sexual offences.  

We have a General Criminal Contract, and can offer representation under the Legal Aid Scheme to those that qualify.

Our lawyers are always contactable, every hour of every day, and you will speak to a solicitor, with a minimum of five years specialist experience.

 

Partners

Solicitors

Adam Henry

Solicitor

Consultants

Sally Howard

Consultant

John Howard

Consultant

 

 

 

Trainee Solicitors

Martin Townend

Trainee Solicitor

Damien Morrison

Damien Morrison is a partner in the firm, and has specialised in criminal, regulatory and road traffic matters since he qualified as a solicitor in 1994.

Damien has experience of representing suspects facing a wide range of criminal allegations from terrorism and gangland shooting to fatal road traffic offences.  He has expertise in Courts Martial at home and abroad, and an interest in Road Haulage Association work, through his membership of the RHA.  He also undertakes work relating to shotgun and firearms licensing, and is a member of BASC.

He heads up the team providing specialist advice and representation for Road Traffic Offences, and undertakes regulatory work, being a member of IOSH, and the Health and Safety Lawyers Association.  He has long-standing links with the very best regulatory solicitors firms and barristers' chambers, and has extensive experience of referral work.

Just like all the solicitors in the firm, Damien is qualified as a Court and Police Station Duty Solicitor.  Damien takes part in the firm’s on call rota, representing suspects in the Police Station 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, to ensure that the best outcome possible is achieved from the outset of each case.  He can deal with matters from the police station to the Crown Court and Courts of Appeal, and regularly practises as a Higher Court Advocate.

Liam Hassan

Liam qualified as a solicitor in 2005, and has been with the firm since early 2007.

He is a Duty Solicitor, both at the police station and in the Magistrates Court., and has a wide experience in dealing with cases, including rape, murder, arson, serious assaults, and fraud cases.

 Liam specialises in dealing with Youth Court matters and road traffic law, but has wide experience in a number of cases and matters including sexual offences, domestic violence, assaults and public order matters and fraud cases (including white collar crime).

He is a Higher Courts Advocate, regularly representing clients in the Crown Court.

Adam Henry

Adam qualified in 2011 and has recently joined the firm after practising in London. He is a Criminal Duty Solicitor with vast experience of the management of large serious criminal cases including murder, firearms offences, serious assaults, rape and serious sexual offences, drugs offences, fraud, burglary, theft and motoring offences from the initial arrest of clients and representation at the Police Station, through all stages of a case to subsequent trial.

Adam has significant experience of advocacy in the Magistrates Court, and a particular interest in representing retailers accused of offences.

Sally Howard

Sally Howard qualified in 1987, and is a court and police station Duty Solicitor, as well as having a large and loyal following, won over the years by her reputation for meticulous preparation and attention to detail.

Sally has experience in all aspects of magistrates court work, and has covered everything from murder, to minor public order, and particular expertise in judicial review work, and- successfully challenging CPS decisions to prosecute.

She volunteers as general adviser for York CAB, with special interests welfare benefits and immigration, and she is a member of both Justice and the Legal Action Group.

John Howard

John Howard qualified in 1985, and has since then practised exclusively in criminal law, both as a Duty Solicitor and as a Higher Court Advocate.

He has extensive experience in all aspects of criminal defence work, acting in the Strangeways prison riots.  He has acted for Doctors, Psychiatrists and Teachers accused of serious sexual assaults, and is an expert in fraud cases, including dealing with the Ritz Hotel fraud.

His amenable manner endears him to judges, magistrates, and clients most of all, as he is a steadying influence at times of great stress.

He is the Criminal Representative on the Committee of the Yorkshire Law Society, and currently Under Sheriff of the City of York

Djamilla Hitchins

Djamilla qualified as a solicitor in 2004. She has extensive experience in immigration and asylum law, particularly in EEA, family and human rights applications. She has also represented many clients in the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal. Djamilla is accredited by the Law Society Immigration Advisors Accreditation Scheme at level 2 and is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association.

Djamilla is committed to providing the best quality advice to her clients and understands that getting these applications right will greatly affect their lives and the lives of their families.

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Martin Townend

Martin has been employed within the Criminal Justice System for over 30 years, which has provided him with a wealth of experience.

This experience includes both advocacy within the Magistrates Court and representation at the Police Station. Martin will seek to provide the best advice available and has done so for clients facing allegations of drug importation, serious assaults, dishonesty, sexual and road traffic offences.

 


Open Positions


Higher Courts Advocate

We are looking to recruit a HCA or  in-house counsel to undertake trial work.

 

 

Qualifications

  • Applicants will have established a reputation for effective advocacy with and without a jury, and have acquired a thorough working knowledge of the rules of evidence.
  • Applicants will have significant experience either prosecuting or defending.
  •  Applicants will be able to conduct jury trials in more serious and onerous prosecutions including fraud (non special casework cases), serious assaults (Section 18), driving offences involving death, child abuse and trials involving child victims and witnesses, rape and indecency cases, and video-link cases.

Duty Solicitor

We are always on the look out for quality advocates that are able to fit in with the team, and who can work remotely.

 

Qualifications

  • Applicants will have a track record of casework involving serious indictable offences, as well as either way offences.
  • Applicants will be effective advocates with recent history of representing clients at trial in the Magistrates Court.  Plea only advocates need not apply.
  • Applicants will have significant experience of representing clients at a police station, and either currently be on a Duty Solicitor Scheme, or be eligible for CRM12 submission.

We are looking for a trainee who is hard-working and committed to crime and regulatory work, and who has the ability to get on with clients and colleagues.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Applicants should have either passed, or be due to complete their LPC in 2017.
  • Applicants will have a trach record showing an interest in criminal, regulatory, or immigration law.
  • Applicants will need to have a driving licence.

Trainee Solicitor

 

 

 


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