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VICKI CLAYTON GOES FULL ON

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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.

TO CAPITA IT ALL OFF!

Written by admin
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.

NO MORE AA AT JP’S

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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.

LITTLE BYE LITTLE

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August 27th, 2019

It is with some regret that we find ourselves having to say farewell to Michael Little.  Michael Little has been one of our Mansfield Magistrates’ Court solicitors team for a number of very happy years.

Arriving with many years’ experience in the Sutton in Ashfield area, and a substantial following, Michael has always been a popular and well-liked member of the Mansfield team.

Well-renowned in the police stations of North and South Nottinghamshire and a great favourite of all Mansfield Magistrates’ Court, Michael is now to ply his trade with the Crown Prosecution Service.

Her Majesty’s gain is The Johnson Partnership’s loss, but we wish Michael well in all he does, so long as it’s not prosecuting our clients!!!

A GREAT MAN MUCH MISSED

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August 13th, 2019

It is now 10 years since the sad and early death of our Partner David Graham.  David was a lyrical and persuasive advocate who everyone loved to hear.  He encouraged and supported younger staff who were struggling to find their feet and a consummate manager at both our Nottingham and Derby offices.

Those of us who were lucky enough to work with David regularly talk of him with immense fondness.  There are more stories about David than anyone else who has ever worked with us and the telling of those stories always results in gales of laughter.  Inevitably, we always speculate as to things he might have done or said as new challenges come our way.

Rest in peace David, ten years on you’re still much missed.

LONG AND COOL, SMOOTH AND SOPHISTICATED!

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May 20th, 2019

The last time that The Johnson Partnership were joined by a fully-fledged, time-served, paid up member of the English Bar was back in 2002 when we were both honoured and amazed to be approached by Jimmy Beck of Counsel. Jimmy had enjoyed tenancy with chambers at South Square, Pump Court, Tudor Street, and finally with Mark King at Carmelite.

There can be no doubt that Jimmy’s recruitment has been a huge benefit to the firm during the past 17 years. He has been a constant source of both legal and tactical expertise, a recent example of which was a successful appeal against conviction before the Court of Appeal in a matter where Jimmy had not been Counsel instructed before the Crown Court.

In 2019 we are very flattered indeed to have been joined by Jasmine Kumar, who comes to the firm from King Charles House Chambers.

Jasmine’s sophisticated style, thorough preparation and persuasive presentation are an object lesson to us all.

As both a Trial and Plea advocate it will be great to have first call on Jasmine’s expertise. We hope that she will find a happy home with The Johnson Partnership and we look forward to a long, friendly and fruitful association with someone that we hold in the highest esteem.

GOOD MORNING MA’AM

Written by admin
April 7th, 2019

The Johnson Partnership are delighted to confirm the appointment of Emma Coverley as a Deputy District Judge in the Civil Division.

Emma joined us in 2001 as a clerk in the Magistrates’ Court Department. Since then she has qualified as a solicitor, worked in our Mansfield office, qualified as a Higher Rights Advocate and gone on to enjoy many notable victories in the Crown Courts of the East Midlands and South Yorkshire as well as in the Court of Appeal.

Emma has never wanted to stand still. Developing the firm’s Higher Rights Advocacy Department was an indication that she was somebody wanting to break new ground in a positive and sustainable way.

Her application to become a Deputy District Judge is an indication that she is someone who will always look for the next horizon and try to push herself further and further in terms of her knowledge of the law and practice.

We all wish you well Emma and hope that you enjoy as much success as our only other appointment to the Bench: District Judge Gerald Chalk who has judged the people of Cumbria with a gentle, fair and even hand for the past fifteen years.

A SECOND EVENSONG FOR THE CHURCH!

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April 5th, 2019

Yet again, we are sorry to have to announce the departure of Dan Church. Dan was one of our keenest and most successful young Higher Rights Advocates, who for the last two years has delivered a super service to our clients in Derby and beyond.

It would be wrong to think that Dan only worked in Derbyshire. During his most recent stint with us Dan has had some superb results, including a hard-fought victory after more than two months in Liverpool Crown Court.

In 2016 Dan left to have a short spell at the Bar with Bank House Chambers. We were delighted to have him return to us as the start of 2017, but regrettably the New Year has brought new challenges for Dan who will now be ensconced with the Crown Prosecution Service in the East Midlands.

Dan, we wish you well and want you to know that there is always an open door and a ready desk for you if you decide that our needs are more deserving than those of Her Majesty.

NONE SO TOUGH AS A BROUGH

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April 2nd, 2019

Little could give us greater pleasure that to welcome Helen Brough as a brand new solicitor with The Johnson Partnership.  This much anticipated qualification comes about eighteen years after we welcomed Helen as a brand new clerk.

Having gained considerable skills for many years, Helen decided that the time was right to push things to the next level.  Equipped with a history degree, Helen had to undertake courses part time whilst continuing to shoulder a particularly heavy caseload.

There is no saying when any individual will feel that their time has come to blossom.  For Helen that time is now and we are all delighted to be around to see it. 

The experience, skill and understanding that Helen has gathered over the last couple of decades mean that she will be one of the best placed and best qualified new solicitors ever to work for The Johnson Partnership. 

Helen, we are honoured to have you.

PHASED WITHDRAWAL

Written by admin
March 25th, 2019

Within the area of the country covered by The Johnson Partnership offices we have noticed an interesting if worrying phenomenon.

In the town of Buxton there used to be a thriving Magistrates’ Court and a custody suite which covered the entirety of the northwest of Derbyshire from Matlock to Glossop and from Hartington over to Baslow. This is a huge area of land and a good number of people in its radius.

In the second round of cuts, the Magistrates’ Court, which has long since served this thriving market town was closed. Work was transferred to Chesterfield stage by stage. Initially custody cases were transferred to Chesterfield and then there was a total closure leading to all matters being heard in a court over thirty miles away, with no train link between the two and a somewhat ponderous bus service.

The next step was for the custody suite to be downgraded. Increasingly, prisoners who were likely to be in custody for more than six hours, were being dealt with at Chesterfield rather than Buxton. Inevitably, it soon became a police station where a vast majority of interviewees were those attending on a voluntary basis.

The Duty Solicitor Scheme for Buxton has slowly been wound down. Solicitors have to choose their slots on either the Chesterfield or Stockport rotas.

We now therefore have a town with no court, no meaningful custody suite, no Duty Solicitor Scheme, and very very few solicitors serving that entire region.

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