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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.

SHOUTING INTO THE VOID

Written by admin
September 6th, 2018

As more and more HCAs plough their trade in the Crown Court it is apparent that the scope for feedback is relatively limited.

Historically, judges have been able to pass comment, both favourable or otherwise, on the performance and progress of advocates in the hope that those comments will prove useful to the advocate and in time to the court.

The means of transmission of information has either been through the Clerk to Chambers or, perhaps through the Head of Chambers.  Many judges have either come from the Chambers in question or had close links with members of Chambers during their careers at the Bar.

Unfortunately, no clear channel exists for the sort of feedback, that can be oh so helpful, to reach the ears of HCAs.  The only circumstances in which judges make contact with HCAs seem to be where there has been a problem and they are asking for a written explanation as to how it has occurred.

The establishment of some sort of forum, in each area, be it formal or informal, to facilitate the feeding back of worthwhile comments is something from which many HCAs might benefit.

The appointment of more HCA judges may mean that this process is put in place sooner rather than later.  There are of course a great many judges, who have had successful careers at the Bar, who would be only too willing to involve themselves in such a process, were it to be readily available.

NOTHING MEEK ABOUT THE NEW FORCE IN CHESTERFIELD

Written by Sian Hall
February 1st, 2018

On 15th January 2018, after almost ten years with the firm, Karl Meakin stepped out on his own account in the Magistrates’ Court.  An experienced prison lawyer, Karl is now strengthening the team of Chesterfield advocates comprised of Bob Sowter, Kirsty Sargent, and the inestimable John Wilford.

Karl will also be continuing to carrying on preparation and advocacy work for the Prison Law Team throughout the country.

The Chesterfield advocates are ably backed up by Richard Pell, Lucy Hooper, Yasmin James-Birch, and Lynda Gilbert.

With John’s added qualities as a regulatory specialist, the team has not only depth but considerable breadth.

Bob Sowter brings with him not only massive expertise in terms of adult and youth crime, but also a history of work carried out on behalf of the road haulage sector, which has ably equipped him to deal with a broader than average range of road traffic and vehicle related issues.

The remarkable Kirsty Sargent is the beating heart of the team, an excellent advocate and a superb organiser and administrator.

Karl could hardly be joining a finer group of lawyers who should ease him to greatness at an early stage.

A NEW STAR RISING IN THE EAST

Written by Sian Hall
August 22nd, 2017

 

At our Annual Partners’ Meeting Donna Pursglove from our Mansfield office was nominated as a potential Partner to be voted on by the Equity Partners in August of this year.

We are delighted to announce that on 2nd August 2017 all eight Equity Partners offered up a resounding “Yes” to the question “Would you like Donna Pursglove to be a Partner in the firm?”

 

Hardworking, caring, well-organised, thorough, humane, and supportive Donna Pursglove is an exceptional recruit to the Partnership. A skilled lawyer and tactician, Donna knows every possible twist and turn of Magistrates’ Court life.

 

As well-loved in the police stations as she is at court, Donna is a special favourite of everyone involved in the North Notts Criminal Justice and Criminal Investigation systems.

 

Much loved by colleagues and Partners alike, we can’t wait for Donna to join us for our September Partners’ Meeting but there is some fear and trepidation about the speech that she is likely to make about us all at her first Annual Partners’ Meeting next summer.

ANDREW SWABY “THE BIG MAN” COMES TO JOHNSONS

Written by Sian Hall
July 17th, 2017

In July we are delighted to announce that we will be welcoming Andrew Swaby to The Johnson Partnership. A giant of both the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts, Andrew is here to lend added presence to our advocacy team.

 

A man who is as happy at Shepcote Lane Police Station as he is in the Court of Appeal, Andrew will be joining our Sheffield office team at 620 Attercliffe Road.

 

As one of the best known advocates in Sheffield, we suspect that Andrew will bring with him his own Pied Piper following. We hope that Andrew and all who come with him will approve of the change and feel happy as part of a brand new scene.

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