Posts Tagged ‘ Grimsby criminal solicitors ’


CLOSENESS IS TOO COSY FOR COMFORT

Written by admin
March 15th, 2019

The arrival of a new super custody suite for South Humberside throws up all the usual questions for the Defence solicitors in the area. Traditionally, Defence solicitors in South Humberside are based either in Scunthorpe or Grimsby. Strictly speaking, the new custody suite is not in the centre of either of these two population centres.

Obviously, there is the possibility for new offices to be opened close to the new custody suite, but as ever, this begs the question of whether an office close to a police station really does bring the expected return.

How many people leave the police station and decide the first place that they want to go rather than home, the pub, their drug dealer or McDonald’s is actually their solicitor. How many people arrive at the police station under their own steam only to think at the last minute “Oh that’s what I forgot! A solicitor!” Those arriving in custody having been transported by the police tend to arrive at the rear of police stations and do not pass the open arms of the Defence solicitors whose offices have been invitingly opened nearby. Even those who are driven to the front of the station are unlikely to take in the subtleties of the names of particular firms.

Inevitably then, it seems likely that The Johnson Partnership will not be opening a new office near to South Humberside’s new custody centre.

In recent times, a small rank of well-established Defence firms have opened in the proximity of Derby’s St Mary’s Wharf custody suite. One of our competitors, when relocating within Chesterfield city centre, decided that an office, cheek by jowel with the town’s police station, was a good investment. Within our area, only the wise folk of Sheffield seem to have decided that relocating to the unlovely, unprepossessing, inconvenient and unwelcoming area of the new Shepcote Lane custody suite would be a poor idea.

Discussions with clients show that they tend to be suspicious of many Defence solicitors who are seen as part of the establishment. The Duty Solicitor Scheme has, from time to time, fallen into disrepute, because clients have believed that duty solicitors were “police solicitors”. To do anything to bolster this idea of cosiness seems to be, if not commercial suicide, certainly a serious commercial illness which might result in some haemorrhaging of clients.

Whether it be Nottingham, Derby, Chesterfield, Mansfield, Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster, Scunthorpe, Grimsby or Lincoln, The Johnson Partnership are pleased to assert our independence, whether it be from police officers, prisons, the Youth Offending Team, the probation service, Judges, prosecutors, or whosoever else may be part of our system.

All Go In Grimsby

Written by admin
July 9th, 2018

It is fair to say that the gender balance of our Grimsby and Scunthorpe Magistrates’ Court operation has changed somewhat. At the start of the year we benefitted from the considerable experience of Kate Fairburn and Rachel Hunter, who were soon augmented by the arrival of the young and enthusiastic Rachel Pomer.

One offer of a job as Senior Crown Prosecutor with no overtime commitments, another offer to be a Magistrates’ Court Legal Advisor, again without overtime, and an offer to be a Fee-Earning Manager elsewhere, saw all three lured to pastures new.

The inestimable Sunny Dinser was left holding an ever growing fort, with the support of Tarryn Guest and various part time colleagues.

It is with some considerable delight that we are now able to announce the arrival of new and quite inspirational replacements.

Nigel Sloane has joined us from Roy Forman’s in Grimsby. With many years’ experience locally and further afield, Nigel is a skilled operator in the Crown Court, the Magistrates’ Court and when giving Police Station advice. He has been joined by Mark Luckett from our Derby Office, he is going to be assisting in Grimsby at least for the next five or six months. Our new hot recruit Torrel Hector is the final new team member. Torrel has shown himself to be as hungry and vigorous as anyone we have recruited for some years. Setting out his stall in Scunthorpe and Grimsby gives him a change to prove that he is indeed the real deal.

Much credit needs to go to Mark who, at a time when things looked bleak on the recruitment front, made a generous and unbelievably accommodating offer to divide his time between Derby and Grimsby and was something that we would never have dared ask, but equally something for which we are enormously grateful.

Time will tell how the new team form in the ever changing Humberside market, but early signs are more than good and we wish them all the best.

A TALE OF TWO RACHELS!

Written by Sian Hall
January 30th, 2018

Clients contacting our Scunthorpe or Grimsby offices may well now face a new question: Would you like to speak to Rachel Hunter or Rachel Poma?”

Having long had the pleasure of the company of the experience, warm, caring, and ultimately capable Rachel Hunter, we now have a second Rachel in town.

In January we were fortunate enough to secure the services of Rachel Poma, nee Pullin. Rachel has previously worked on a qualified and non-qualified basis with at least two local firms, but we are delighted to say that she has agreed to join The Johnson Partnership, dividing her time between the Scunthorpe and Grimsby offices.

Rachel is an enthusiastic duty solicitor, with great ideas and a lovely court presence. We look forward to Rachel getting to know both us and our clients, as well as introducing us to many of her old friends and contacts. We count ourselves incredibly lucky to have secured Rachel’s services, in an area where there are relatively few enthusiastic, young and hardworking advocates.

YES, BUT WHAT ABOUT SKEGNESS?

Written by Sian Hall
December 7th, 2017

As well as the major courts and police stations served by each office, there is inevitably a penumbra of places that each office will serve. The Nottingham office will serve Grantham, Loughborough, Leicester, and many points south. The Derby office will serve Burton, Cannock, Tamworth and the like. Staff from Chesterfield will be seen at the Buxton custody suite or attending voluntary interviews in Bakewell or Matlock. The Sheffield office can cover Rotherham almost as easily as it can Sheffield. The Barnsley office reaches out to Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Wakefield and all of the other West Yorkshire towns including the super custody suite at Normanton Top. The Doncaster office covers Goole, Thorne, York, and beyond. Our Scunthorpe and Grimsby offices will jointly look after cases in Goole, Hull, Bridlington, etc. The Lincoln office will happily pull in work in Gainsborough, Sleaford, Boston, and so on. The Mansfield office regularly services work in Newark, Retford, Worksop, and Sutton in Ashfield. All offices then have their own immediate courts and police stations and many more besides.

The question however is which office will service Skegness? Every summer clients stream out to the east coast for sun, sea, sand, and soggy chips. Every weekend in spring and autumn there are dance raves and party events as well as the Butlins weekenders to attract the hordes. Throughout the year there are people visiting friends and relatives who have retired to the coast or simply stepped that way in order to “get away” from who knows what. The custody suite at Skegness is a regular reporter to the DSCC.

Whatever the day of the week, whatever the month of the year, whatever the time of day, the questions always arises Who is going to go to Skegness?”  The Lincoln office remains a laborious hour away. The staff at the Scunthorpe office claim that it would take them at least an hour and a half to get there. The Grimsby solicitors, perhaps geographically closest, swear blind that the roads are so bad that they cannot get there in under two hours. So then, the question perpetuates. Yet for 27 years, one way or another, in spite of its apparent unfeasibility, The Johnson Partnership have been looking after clients in Skegness, be they in the court or the police station, whatever the season and whatever the time.

Inevitably, our hearts go out to those members of staff who have completed their tasks in Skegness in the wee small hours. For them, there isn’t even the solace of a stick of last year’s rock or a soggy slab of cod.

CHECK US OUT

Written by Sian Hall
July 7th, 2017

In recent times the LAA have visited both of our new offices. Back in May our new Lincoln premises at Unit 3, Waterside, Lincoln was visited by the LAA to confirm that the premises existed, to confirm that they were properly staffed, and to confirm that they met all of the requirements of the 2017 Contract.

 

Towards the end of June they had the pleasure of visiting at 4th Floor, 86 Victoria Street in Grimsby. We are happy to say that on this occasion the offices were found to be properly staffed, open for business, and with private interviewing facilities at the ready.

 

Inevitably, the new 2017 Crime Contracts have meant that a large number of new premises are being hired out as solicitors’ offices. We are delighted to see that the LAA are taking a proactive approach to confirming whether they are indeed compliant with the requirements of the new regime.

CONTINUOUS COVER FOR SCUNTHORPE

Written by Will Bolam
May 17th, 2017

With the combining of the Grimsby and Scunthorpe duty solicitor rotas, local solicitors have had a choice to make! It is not possible for a particular solicitor to be on the police station rotas for both Grimsby and Scunthorpe. All of the solicitors who are on either of these two rotas are eligible to appear as duty solicitor at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court, but they can only be on the rota as duty solicitor at the police station of their choice. The closure of the Scunthorpe custody suite for temporary refurbishment meant that many solicitors opted to be part of the Grimsby rota leaving Scunthorpe with relatively little cover.

Mindful of our longstanding commitment to the town of Scunthorpe The Johnson Partnership made a conscious decision to ensure that we still provided duty solicitor cover at Scunthorpe Police Station. At the moment, a third of the duty solicitors available to service clients in Scunthorpe come from our firm.

Those solicitors who assumed that the refurbishment of the custody suite could mean there was no work available for a duty solicitor in Scunthorpe have been proven wrong. The increase in voluntary interviews, for which duty solicitor services are still available, and the use of the police station for short stay prisoners and on bail backs has meant there is still a continuous flow of work to be looked after.

It will be interesting to see how many solicitors decide that they need to pay Scunthorpe the attention that it deserves when the new rota is published on 1st July 2017.

DMJ

YOU’RE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR LAST RESULT!

Written by Will Bolam
January 23rd, 2017

YOU’RE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR LAST RESULT

At The Johnson Partnership we have always fought shy of publicising particular results. Not only can it look immodest, but there’s always the risk that a client may be identified, a juror embarrassed or some sort of inappropriate comparison made. Whether it’s GBH in Grimsby, scuffling in Scunthorpe, liquoring in Lincoln, bestiality in Barnsley, drunkenness in Doncaster, shoplifting in Sheffield, child-molesting in Chesterfield, manslaughter in Mansfield, death by dangerous in Derby or night-time burglaries in Nottingham, there will always be somebody who can make more outlandish claims about the outcome.

Bearing all of the above in mind, we would just like to say that the start of 2017 has seen some truly exceptional results. Two week trials have collapsed with formal not guilty verdicts on the second day. Impossible looking Section 18 trials have resulted in fantastic acquittals and a case, rescued from a firm and Counsel who seemed to have comprehensively fallen out with their client, has resulted in a famous victory.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Elwick, Mr Church, Mr Stables, Mr Eckersley and Mr Langdale of Counsel for their efforts on behalf of our clients, as well as acknowledging the sterling work of the firm wide in-house advocacy team.

There are occasions when you have to stop and look at those around you and just feel very humble.

OH MY GOODNESS – WHAT THE DICKENS!

Written by Will Bolam
December 22nd, 2016

The King of Krowle!

At this festive season The Johnson Partnership are delighted to announce the recruitment of our own Dickens’ Solicitor! Chris Dickens has agreed to join us after a successful career as partner and freelance consultant for a number of local firms.

Over the years, Chris’ own firm boasted premises not only in Lincolnshire and South Humberside, but also in London.

A skilled and consummate advocate, Chris has had a lifetime of experience in the magistrates’ court and in recent years has plied his trade before the crown court bench.

We look forward to enduring Chris’ wit and wisdom and being able to draw on his substantial knowledge of the law and the local area

CHRISTMAS CALLING

Written by Will Bolam
December 20th, 2016

With the festive season close at hand courts inevitably turn to who exactly is going to be providing cover over the Christmas period.

Inevitably, as we have the last 26 years, the firm’s solicitors and clerks will be providing cover for Police Stations and Courts around the Christmas period. Rotas for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and North Lincolnshire have already been drawn up.

Thanks to our successful bid for the Criminal Defence Direct Call Centre, we find ourselves with the new, and slightly more complicated challenge of ensuring that we have call centre staff available for every minute of the Christmas period to offer advice to Police Station detainees who don’t qualify for assistance under the General Criminal Contract.

The inestimable Rosemary Holland has been responsible for preparing the 24 Hour Rota for Christmas and the New Year, which she seems to have resolved over a month ahead of time. We would like to offer special thanks to Rosemary for all her hard work and particular thanks to those who are going to be working on the emergency lines at CDD while Santa is doing his rounds.

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