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

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Sally Howard

Consultant

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Ian Hudson

Consultant

John Howard

Consultant

 

 

 

Trainee Solicitors

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Louise Berry

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 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.

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.

 

Notable Cases

HSE v G - Representing an employee of a £1.7 bn turnover energy company, charged with breaches of s.7 HASAWA after a sub-station explosion.

HSE v B - Representing an employee of 30 plus employee family business, investigated for breaches of s.7 HASAWA and Working at Height Directive 2005, following a 6 metre fall.

HSE v C & Y - Representing two employees of a £2.3 bn tunrover facilities management company, investigated for alleged breaches of s 7 HASAWA following a fatal bollard collapse.

Local Authority v M, D, B, & F - Representing four senior employees of £400m turnover automotive business for alleged breaches of s.2 HASAWA 1974 and Working at Height Directive 2005

R v R - Representing an employee of educational institution, charged with Gross Negligence Manslaughter, after fatal accident in nursery school.

R v C - Representing motorist charged with Death by Careless Driving.

R v S - Representing company director charged with Causing Serious Injury by Dangerous Driving.

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).

Just like all the solicitors in the firm, Liam is qualified as a Court and Police Station Duty Solicitor.  Liam 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.

Notable Cases

R v D / R v H – Representing two defendants in two separate cases where allegations of rape were made. Cases involved disclosure issues over social media / text messages. In both cases, the messages were used as evidence and the clients were acquitted.

R v S and W – Representing two defendants accused of theft from employer – case involved the examination of a number of documentary pieces of evidence which showed that the prosecution case was contradictory. The case was dropped by the CPS upon the service of this evidence.

R v K – Representing defendant involved in large drugs conspiracy involving a number of other defendants, police surveillance evidence and forensic examinations.

R v O – Representing defendant accused of arson with intent.  The case involved the examination of contradictory witness accounts and timings. Case was dropped by the prosecution upon representations.

R v O – Representing defendant accused of high value fraud / money laundering with large amounts of money passing through her account. Work undertaken to verify her defence in terms of evidence presented to the Court. The matter was then dropped by the prosecution.

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.

 

Notable Cases

R v P -  Representing motorist charged with Death by Careless Driving after road traffic collision involving client's car and the victim's motorbike when client turning across bus lane on busy London road. Client acquitted after trial.

R v B - Representing individual charged with conspiring to import, produce and deal class A drugs over the dark web. Contested confiscation proceedings concerning a proposed benefit figure of approximately £1 million of cryptocurrency (Bitcoin).

R v E – Representing individual charged with public order offences and offences against the police. Successful application for prosecution to be stayed on the grounds of an abuse of process.

R v B – Representing individual charged with multiple allegations of Rape. All charges dismissed following representations regarding telephone evidence identified by the Defence.  

 

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.

 

Notable Cases

R. v M - Arson with intent to endanger life. Fire set in block of flats. Defendant with serious mental health issues.

R. v S - Possession with intent to supply class A drugs by university student at music festival. Drugs purchased off the Dark web. Sentencing guidelines suggested immediate custody avoided with community sentence.

R.v T - Romanian national charged with rape.No evidence offered when prosecution disclose detrimental material on day of trial.

R.v W and S - Two of a group of youths charged with causing over £28000.00 of damage to heritage steam railway. Sentenced to community penalties.

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.

 

Notable Cases

R.v R - Murder of sisters partner in frenzied knife attack. Acquitted of murder and manslaughter.

R. V W - Defendant both identified and linked with DNA to night time dwelling house burglary. Acquitted following trial.

R. v B - Defendant charged with carrying offensive weapon. Knuckle duster in court premises. Acquitted following trial.

R. v P - Defendant charged with significant conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Charges dropped after fitness to plead arguments

Ian Hudson

Ian Hudson recently has joined our firm as a Consultant and has specialised in criminal defence for over 30 years, qualifying as a Duty Solicitor in 1992 and as a Solicitor Advocate in 1996.

 

As a Higher Court Advocate, he covers the whole spectrum of criminal law, including murder, attempted murder, all types of Road Traffic Act cases, including Death by Dangerous Driving as Advocate at the Crown Court. He regularly appears in the Crown Court for GBH with intent and wounding cases, fraud, money laundering, theft, supply of Class A, B and C drugs (acting for the ‘top dog’ right down to the defendant who owns the safe house), DSS fraud, sexual offences, possession of offensive weapons, robbery and bladed articles.

 

Ian is a tenacious Advocate and will provide you with first class representation to get you the best result.  If you deny the charge, he will effectively challenge the prosecution and police case in every detail. He has the knowledge and expertise to advise how to present your case for the best outcome.

Notable cases

R v L  - Juvenile charged with Murder. Guilty verdict returned after a two week trial. Dealt with sentence as the sole Advocate. Lenient sentence of 9 years handed down.

R v G -  Adult male charged with Murder. CPS accepted a plea to "one punch" Manslaughter and client received 12 months custody.

R v W  - Adult female charged with Attempt Murder of her Father-in-Law by poison. Client had a Mental Disorder at the relevant time. Guilty plea entered. After calling two Psychiatric Experts for the Defence, the client received a s37/41 non-custodial Hospital Order Disposal.

R v R  - Adult male charged with Attempt Murder by fire. After negotiations, the CPS offered no evidence. Client pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of Attempt s18 GBH.

R v M  - GBH - Adult male OAP charged with GBH in a nightclub. Acquitted after trial.

R v N  - Adult male charged with production of over 500 plants cannabis with a street value of over 20k. CPS offered no evidence on the basis the client was a victim of human trafficking.

R v H  - Adult male charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine to undercover police officers in various brothels. Acquitted after Trial.

R v S  - Adult male charged with conspiracy to supply over 5 Kg of cocaine with a street value of over 200k. Early guilty plea entered on the basis of non- leading or significant role. Suspended sentence handed down.

R v M  - Adult male on Trial charged with robbery of a vulnerable 84 year old man. Submission of "no case to answer" on the basis of mistaken identity accepted by Judge. Not guilty verdict, upon direction, returned.

R v S -  Adult male charged with Aggravated Burglary armed with two knives entering victims home. Client had a mental disorder and had been provoked by the victim. Sentencing Guidelines Category 2 applied, with a starting point of 6 years. However, after psychiatric evidence and relevant mitigation a suspended sentence was handed down.

R v L - Juvenile Male jointly charged with male adult with two counts of knife robbery. Client had a mental disorder. After mitigation and psychiatric evidence, a Youth Referral Order was imposed, whilst the adult received a custodial sentence of over 6 years.

R v H   - 13 million money laundering conspiracy in an under police operation. Client found guilty after a 7 week trial

R v R   - Male juvenile charged with rape and strangulation with wire after a forced entry to victims home. Dangerous provisions applied. CPS lodged an A.G.Reference on the basis that the sentence the Crown Court Judge was "unduly lenient". Successfully opposed in the Court of Appeal in relation to the custodial element which remained the same.

R v T  - Male adult charged with 100s of Category A  sexual images of children. Early guilty plea entered. Client avoided custody by way of a suspended sentence.

 

Louise Berry

Louise joined the firm in July 2018 after successful gaining a distinction in the Legal Practice Course.

She has over 10 years legal experience, working in a variety of areas but her focus has always been criminal defence. She has won awards for her client care skills and is passionate and dedicated to her clients.

Louise is an Accredited Police Station Representatives and has experience of advising on a whole range of cases including assault, sexual offences, theft, burglary and drug offences. She takes part in the firm's on call rota and covers police stations throughout North Yorkshire.

 

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.

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