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Criminal Defence Solicitors Hull

Our Hull office is based at 55 Whitefriargate in the old HSBC building close to ample and realistically priced parking in the King William House multi-story. The flexible office space is close to both Magistrates and Crown Courts. The main custody suite at Clough Road is 10 minutes away by car but we also provide advice and assistance for people being questioned at police stations far and wide including Beverley, Hornsea, Withernsea, Bridlington, Hessle and Osbourne Street.  


Our Hull team is comprised of Robin Smith, the most experienced advocate regularly in the Hull Magistrates Court as well as Emma Bradley, a former Partner of Powell Spencer and Partners in London, who brings a wealth of expertise, but especially in the field of Youth Justice.  


Robin has developed a niche practice which sees him travel to Magistrates courts throughout the region representing motorists who need to argue against disqualification on the basis of exceptional hardship and those who want to avoid points on their licence and are able to argue there are special reasons for non-endorsement. 


Our Hull team have a history of dealing with work of the most serious kind, as well as run of the mill magistrates court matters.  


Because of its location, our Hull operation is used to dealing with all sorts of offences arising from the work of Her Majesty’s Customs and the Border Force Agency. People trafficking, importation of controlled substances and avoidance of duty offences are meat and drink to the Hull team.  


We regularly welcome clients from Hull, Bransholme, Howden, Hessle, Beverley, Goole, Hornsea, Withernsea, Bridlington and Selby. 



At The Johnson Partnership we have an experienced team of prison lawyers who have represented and advised detainees in custody in Hull over the last twenty years. 

Euan Edwards, Alastair Young, Jessica Rogers, Shannon Barlow, Sian Hall and Kendall Newbold make up our current team who are available to liaise with detainees throughout the country.

The majority of the work that the department is involved with is the representation of clients facing prison adjudications, Parole Board hearings, applications by lifer prisoners for release or re-categorisation and of course the negotiation of licence conditions.  As well as this, on a private basis we are able to help with representations about re-categorisation, health concerns, diet, property and location.  In addition to the standard issues that affect prisoners on a day to day basis, we can also help with judicial reviews where there has been a perverse finding and all other remedies have been exhausted.

Criminal Solicitors Hull


The Johnson Partnership provide advice and assistance to defend clients being investigated or prosecuted in connection with matters of fraud, financial irregularity, issues arising out of someone’s position as a director and many other matters of complex business crime.  

The department is headed up by Nicola Hornby and Aaron Watson-Weinberg, both of whom have substantial experience in this field.  They are backed up by a team of solicitors and paralegals including Sian Barber and Andrea Cowie.  

The department has members who specialise in assisting clients who are subject to Proceeds of Crime investigations.  This team will also help clients who have been made subject to a Proceeds of Crime Order who now find that applications are being made for new assets to be forfeited, even though the Order was made many years ago.  

Prosecutions by BEIS, HMRC, Trading Standards Departments, FACT, DEFRA, the Health & Safety Executive, and a vast range of other supervisory and prosecuting authorities are dealt with by our specialist team.

In addition, clients facing proceedings before their regulatory bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the SRA, the GMC, etc., are able to call on the assistance of the department along with one of our most experienced Partners Mr John Wilford.  As well as members of the medical profession, we have assisted teachers, pharmacists, vets, local government officers, police officers and many more besides who have had problems with their regulatory bodies. 

We can also help with representations in person or in writing to help with disciplinary proceedings brought by sporting bodies such as the FA, the RFU, the ABA, and the Boxing Board of Control.

Legal aid may well be available for much of the department’s work, but where a matter is not within the scope of the Legal Aid Scheme, we are always happy to negotiate up front fees at a competitive rate.  


At The Johnson Partnership we have a vast team of qualified and experienced police station advisors in Hull.  Our aim is to always try and ensure the case is closed as soon as possible and ideally without having to go to court.  

Whether you have just been arrested and taken to the police station or whether the police have asked you to attend an interview as a volunteer, we have someone on standby to help.  We aim to obtain as much information as possible from the police before discussing the inquiry with you and advising how the interview should be approached.  


If you have been charged and bailed to go to court in Hull or received a postal requisition – something that many of us would know as a summons – we can help!  In less serious cases, such as motoring prosecutions, it may be that the most cost-effective way is to deal with matters by making written representations to the court.  In many other cases it will be necessary for a solicitor to appear in person to make sure that you get the best outcome.  

If either you, or somebody close to you, has been arrested by the police and held for court, we can have expert advocacy assistance available at short notice to try and ensure firstly that you are granted bail and secondly that the case proceeds to the best possible outcome in the shortest possible time.  

As well as representation in the Magistrates’ Court, we have our own in-house team of Higher Courts Advocates and barristers to provide a seamless service from the police station to the Court of Appeal.  In addition we have our own in-house advocates that have a range of handpicked Counsel from Chambers throughout the country, who we regularly instruct on behalf of our clients where specialist help is required. Our friends at Castle Gate Chambers, High Pavement Chambers, King Charles House/Garden Square Chambers, Bedford Row, Bank House, St John’s Buildings, and Exchange Chambers have worked with the firm over many years.


We strive to make sure that you have the right solicitor for your needs.  If you need to be seen quickly, we can often arrange same-day appointments.  If you prefer to be dealt with by male or female representation, we would be happy to oblige.  We have a number of colleagues who speak European and African languages, as well as various languages and dialects from the Indian subcontinent.  If you need to be seen at an unusual time to fit in with your daily commitments, or you would prefer to be visited either at home or at work or in hospital, we can make the necessary arrangements.  Just let us know your needs and we will try to accommodate!

The Johnson Partnership are one of the largest Criminal Defence solicitors in the country.  Centred in the Midlands and North we still represent clients in police stations and courts throughout the country.  The use of video technology has made long distance representation a common feature of everyday life. 

We currently have cases before courts in places as far away as Truro, Cardiff, Canterbury, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Norwich, Liverpool, Newcastle upon Tyne, Stoke, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester, Southampton, Ipswich, Oxford, Cambridge, Peterborough, Bradford, and Hull. Wherever you are, feel free to make contact either by telephone or through our website for a face-to-face meeting, a video consultation or a telephone chat.  

The Johnson Partnership Solicitors Derby

4th Floor, Suite 3

55 Whitefriargate



Tel:  01482 251 951 – 24 hrs

Opening hours:

Mon – Fri:  9:00am – 5:30pm (Open 24 hours for police station advice)


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