Posts Tagged ‘ Trials ’


THE MATHS ADD UP FOR LOONY LISTING

Written by Sian Hall
March 27th, 2018

Few can truly doubt the integrity of Crown Court Listing Departments throughout the country. Certainly, Crown Courts in Nottingham, Sheffield, Derby, Lincoln, and Grimsby all bear the hallmarks of hardworking teams of people with a good understanding trying to do their best for everyone.

Nevertheless, the fact that listing is a problem is something that cannot be doubted. This week, on one day, the firm had six trials, all removed from the list at less than 48 hours’ notice. There was undoubtedly good reason for this. The courts in which the cases were due to be heard were busy indeed throughout the rest of the week. With one exception, all of the cases went off to new trial dates in August.

In spite of howls of derision from the profession, the MOJ have stoically refused to do anything about the problem. There is scope to agree to further judge sitting days! There is scope to designate empty Magistrates’ Court facilities as temporary Crown Courts. Sadly, both of the above require extra funding.

It is not just that extra funding hits the MOJ’s current budget. In reality, there is a twofold gain for the Ministry. By not spending money on judges and extra courtrooms, they avoid unintended and unexpected expense. By ensuring that cases are adjourned for a period of four to five months equally ensure that the bills to be submitted by advocates and litigators for those matters fall into the next financial year. Indeed, there is also the third potential benefit of complainants or defendants losing the will to fight, or cases being side-tracked by new charges or new proceedings, which can lead to extra savings as trials fail to take place at all.

There can be no doubt whatsoever that delay and adjournments are the sole brothers and sisters of a financially hamstrung Ministry of Justice.

DAN CHURCH SCOOPS THE POOL

Written by Sian Hall
February 5th, 2018

For the second time in less than two years Dan Church returns to the East Midlands after a long stint on the West Coast.

In 2016 Dan was successful in securing an acquittal for a young lady charged with conspiracy to supply several kilos of controlled drugs. The case lasted for about six weeks and saw Dan make the acquaintance of a number of local hoteliers during his extended stay.

Between October 2017 and January 2018 Dan returned to his former stamping ground, this time as Junior, to the ever excellent Adrian Langdale from 7 Bedford Row.

With a considerable mountain of evidence to climb, many sceptics felt that the Langdale/Church team would come second. In fact, the two advocates, ably supported by arch litigator Rebecca Da Silva, returned home with first prize: an acquittal and considerable praise from the Trial Judge.

After an earlier six weeks and a more recent stay of twelve weeks, our only fear is that next time he heads to Liverpool we will not see Dan for six months.

Fantastic work by all concerned in the face of apparently overwhelming odds.

SHAZIA PARVEEN ON THE SCENE

Written by Sian Hall
July 11th, 2017

We are delighted to announce that from July 2017 Shazia Parveen is to join us at our Sheffield office. Situated in the John Banner Business Centre at 620 Attercliffe Road, Shazia will be well-positioned between Sheffield Magistrates’ Court and Shepcote Lane Police Station.

 

For many years Shazia Parveen has been the queen of Howells Criminal team. We count ourselves particularly lucky that she has agreed to transfer her allegiances and release her flat in our own Sheffield realm.

 

Shazia is well-renowned for her work both in police stations and at the Magistrates’ Court. Bail hearings, sentencing hearings, trials, Youth Court proceedings and all the rest of the daily fare of Magistrates’ Court life are meat and drink to Shazia.

 

We look forward to welcoming Shazia among us and hope that she is going to feel as positive about her new home as we do.

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.

NEW PARTNER – REBECCA MEADOWS

Written by Will Bolam
September 16th, 2016

Outstanding in her field! We are delighted to announce that as of 1 July, The Johnson Partnership have a new salaried partner. Rebecca Meadows, who has been with the firm for over 15 years as a paralegal, trainee and assistant solicitor, has now agreed to join us as a new partner.

Rebecca is a specialist Magistrates’ Court advocate of the highest calibre. Heading up the firm’s trials unit, Rebecca has been responsible for overseeing many of the contested matters handled by the Nottingham office.

With a long history in the firm’s Crown Court section, Rebecca still remains involved with serious and more complex cases, specialising in allegations of infant death and child injury.

Above all else, Rebecca is a fun loving, cheerful force of nature and makes the office a better place to be. Those long drawn out Monday night partners’ meetings should be a great deal easier to bear!

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