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January 7th, 2020

If the Three Kings were starting out on their journey from the East in December 2019 they have a bit of a conundrum.  There wouldn’t just be one new star rising but two.  At The Johnson Partnership we are delighted to see both Helen Brough and Shannon Barlow burst onto the duty solicitor scene at the first time of trying.

Helen Brough qualified in March, having been with the firm for almost twenty years.  In July, she was closely followed by Shannon Barlow who was originally part of the firm’s mentoring scheme with Nottingham Trent University.  Shannon worked her way up from an admin role in the Crown Court Department, to the position of senior litigator, before branching out as a Magistrates’ Court and Prison Law advocate.

Both Shannon and Helen are products of the firm’s ongoing programme of internal recruitment, promotion, and advancement.  We could not be happier to see them both make the grade and cross the finishing line hand in hand.

Both Helen and Shannon are a credit to the firm and living proof of what can be achieved by sustained commitment and sheer hard graft.

Good luck to you both!


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January 3rd, 2020

Getting people together out of work to spend time in one another’s company isn’t always the most straightforward of matters.  Continuing education, meals out, a free bar have all worked to some extent, but after a while the attraction seems to fade.

Theo Addae, who manages our Derby office and our Trainee Solicitor programme, has recently put together a series of social events based around sport.

Football competitions, a rounder’s match, and a netball tournament have seen large numbers of people come together to play in or support departmental or office teams before inevitably adjourning to quench their thirst.

Teams made up of colleagues, as well as interdepartmental teams, have meant that people have got to know one another in a new way, even though they are from offices as far away as Lincoln, Chesterfield, Mansfield, Sheffield and Grimsby.

Whether the offices’ swimming gala will attract quite such enthusiastic crowds of participants is debatable, some of us suggested this might be more of a comedy event!!!!


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December 28th, 2019

We are enormously proud to welcome among our ranks Miss Lauren Fisher!  Lauren is a well-respected solicitor and Higher Rights Advocate, who gained substantial experience with John Barker Solicitors of Grimsby and VHS Fletchers Solicitors of Nottingham.

In the autumn of this year, Lauren’s desire to return to her home town of Grimsby and a new vacancy in The Johnson Partnership’s Higher Courts Advocates team proved entirely fortuitous.

Lauren has now been at our Grimsby and Scunthorpe offices for some time, although we are delighted to say she is still making regular appearances in both South Yorkshire and the East Midlands.

A friendly personable professional, Lauren is certainly making waves out east and many old friends and clients have been ecstatic to see her back in town.

Although Lauren will undoubtedly be trawling for new clients, she is too good to need to fish for compliments.  It is lovely having her on board and we have no hesitation in fastening our colours to the mast and declaring her our new mate.


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December 16th, 2019

The Johnson Partnership are enormously proud to announce the appointment of Emma Coverley as a Deputy District Judge.

Having started out as a paralegal with The Johnson Partnership, Emma trained, qualified and became a Partner with us, before taking her own career to a new and different level.

Emma follows in the illustrious footsteps of Gerald Chalk, who left the Partnership to become the long term and highly respected District Judge for Cumbria.  A number of us still see Gerald on a regular basis and while we delight in his success, we still can’t help reflecting on how big a loss he has been to us all.

Emma’s appointment is all the more remarkable in that it finds her officiating in the civil jurisdiction, rather than the criminal.  The role is a challenging and demanding one, but sees Emma able to bring to bear a good level of knowledge and a well-balanced and analytical mind on the problems and difficulties that beset litigants on a daily basis.

Assigned to the Midlands circuit, Emma has so far been called upon to deputise in Lincoln, Nottingham, Stoke, Birmingham and Nuneaton.  Who knows what geographical delights the New Year holds?

Many congratulations Emma, we wish you all the best and hope you won’t judge us too harshly!


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December 15th, 2019

Chris Saunders, the firm’s Finance Partner and COFA, has recently recruited the newest in a long line of personal assistants.  As Sian Hall speeds towards qualification her hot seat has been taken by Cassidy Drury.

Working as an assistant to one of the Equity Partners undoubtedly gives a unique and unrivalled opportunity to get to know about the workings of the firm from the inside.  It also calls of course for an ability to work closely with a particular individual while acting as that person’s ambassador to the rest of the world.

Those who have filled the role have often gone on to stardom within the firm.  Indeed in Chris’s own office, both Sarah Roberts and Helen Nicholson, two of our most impressive young solicitors, have both sat where Cassidy now sits.

We all wish Cassidy the best, and can’t help thinking she’s a braver woman that the rest of us put together!


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December 13th, 2019

At The Johnson Partnership we have never done things by halves, nor have we necessarily done them two by two.  On Monday of this week we were delighted to see five of our staff members graduate together from Nottingham Trent University’s LPC and Masters course.

Katie Coxhead, Katie Hodgkinson, Bianca Brasoveanu, Jessica Skelton and Sian Hall all held their heads high and accepted the plaudits of students and staff alike as they graduated at the end of a process that some of them thought would never end.  Coming from different parts of the world and different backgrounds the Fab 5 are united in their single achievement and desire to qualify as solicitors.

At The Johnson Partnership we have been delighted to play our own small part in easing them towards their own particular goals.


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December 12th, 2019

The Johnson Partnership could not be happier to announce the arrival of Euan Edwards among our Partnership ranks.

Euan first came to The Johnson Partnership as a sandwich course placement student from Nottingham Trent University.  Having completed his studies, he graduated with honours at the earliest opportunity and become police station accredited just as quickly, Euan made speedy progress through the Crown Court Litigator team towards a training contract.  As an enthusiastic young solicitor Euan has always combined an ongoing interest and enthusiasm for the Crown Court with real skill and aptitude in the fields of Magistrates’ Court advocacy and Prison Law advice.  At the same time Euan has continued to be our main point of contact for Nottingham Trent, supervising the firm’s mentoring scheme and coordinating with the NTU team to ensure our continuing presence at the NTU Law and Jobs fayres.

Devon and Euan were one of the first couples to meet at The Johnson Partnership and go on to be married, an event which saw Johnson’s staff both new and old coming together for a truly heart-warming celebration.

Euan’s enthusiasm and skill mean that he is undoubtedly an excellent recruit to the Partnership ranks and we look forward to him helping to move the firm not only into the next decade but the one beyond that as well.

Someone once said “If you cut Euan he will bleed Johnson Partnership”.  I really think they may have a point and I am not sure that we are truly worthy!




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September 18th, 2019

We are delighted to announce that Vicki Clayton, the Partner who has founded and inspired the firm’s Lincoln office, is now to be available to clients on a full time basis.

In recent years Vicki has worked four days a week, devoting the extra day to her young family.  We are delighted that Vicki will now be able to provide a full time continuous service for all of her clients, albeit she will always have the support of colleagues who have filled in for her over the months.

The firm’s canal side Lincoln office goes from strength to strength.  The firm is a constant presence in the Lincoln Magistrates’ Court and increasingly be called on to assist with cases with hearings over before the Boston magistrates.


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September 13th, 2019

For years now the DSCC has been run out of call centres in South Yorkshire.  Operations to the east of Sheffield started back in the last decade with staff employed by Ventura.  The contract then passed to Capita with many of the same staff continuing in-post.  As of August 2019 the DSCC will cease to be operated by Capita and will now move under the wing of HGS.  Hinduja Global Solutions will be running the DSCC out of premises in Chiswick and Preston.

We wish all at HGS the very best for the years to come but want to take this opportunity to thank our friends at Capita.  There are many familiar voices who, during the last five years, have joined us at breakfast, dinner and tea, in bed in the middle of the night, and occasionally, when things get really busy, in the shower!  We thank you all and wish all of you the very best for the future.


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August 30th, 2019

For some the letters AA will always conjure up memories of motorbiking repairmen who would salute whenever they saw a car with the Automobile Association badge.  For others AA will conjure up the mysterious world of the recovering alcoholic.  For those of us who have worked at or with the staff from The Johnson Partnership’s Barnsley office, AA will forever be Amanda Armitage.

Amanda Armitage first worked with our colleague Eric Bray over twenty years ago.  Eric took her under his wing and helped her to become one of the most respected Crown Court litigators in South Yorkshire.

Colleagues, Counsel, clients and friends have all spoken of Amanda’s sharp-eyed insight and down to earth practical skill.  No-one saw more clearly, no-one understood better.

We are sad to say that Amanda has decided to step away from the law to spend time with her family.  Our loss is their gain, but we could never begrudge the unquestionable delight of spending more time in the company of one of our favourite folk.

We wish you good luck in all that you do Amanda and hope you won’t forget us.

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