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I joined Venters in July 2012 having trained and worked at two leading criminal firms in London.
I also spent some time working as a consultant for an international city firm prior to joining the firm.
I head up the criminal department at Venters and I specialise in business crime, regulatory enforcement & compliance and serious & general crime. I defend prosecutions brought by the Serious Fraud Office, Crown Prosecution Service and HM Revenue & Customs.
I advise post conviction/sentence on potential grounds and merits of appeal. I also provide advice and assistance to witnesses who have been asked to provide a statement or have received a request to attend court to give evidence.
I provide specialist police station advice as well as advice to clients in relation to interviews conducted by other prosecution agencies. I have a wealth of experience and success in making representations to the CPS, or relevant prosecuting agency, that charges should not be brought.
I run a pro bono free criminal advice clinic at Venters for individuals to “pop in” with any criminal law issue.
What drew you to law?
I think I can say with certainty that I lead with my heart rather than my head. To me, law has always been about criminal defence, evidence, court & police station procedures and helping those facing the worse types of allegations. I have had experience of both criminal legal aid and privately funded criminal cases and have realized that criminal law should only be undertaken by those with a passion for it.
This is one of the reasons we started the free advice clinic – to enable individuals to still get excellent criminal legal advice and access to justice on the high street.
What do you offer clients?
I can offer clients over 10 years experience in the criminal law field. I have dealt with most criminal offences from murder, manslaughter, sexual offences, drug trafficking, harassment, firearms, various degrees of assault to motoring offences.
I respect the definition of “client care” and I leave no stone unturned for my clients. I consider individual strategies for each case I deal with and I don’t simply follow a set path. Rather, I take every client’s personal circumstances into account and I am always looking two steps ahead.
What do you do when you are not lawyering?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and try to take every opportunity to celebrate special occasions.
I am also an avid cyclist and have completed the London to Brighton bike ride on a number of occasions. I also cycled Edinburgh to London as a slightly more ambitious week’s cycling holiday.
I also enjoy writing and plan to be an author of both adult fiction and children’s books in the future.
Can you sum yourself up in 5 words?
Brave, Loyal, Kind, Determined, Fun.