Archive for the ‘ Fraud ’ Category


Written by admin
December 21st, 2019

At The Johnson Partnership we have a well experienced and highly skilled team of people ready to help with Proceeds of Crime Act applications.

Many firms are used to dealing with criminal cases from the police station to sentence.  Many fewer firms have any idea how to prepare for the sorts of applications that can follow on a guilty plea or a conviction that go way beyond sentence.

Many defendants now find that the announcement of a prison term or a community penalty does not mean that their case is at an end.  It is not just a question of serving their time or attending the appointments, the court will often have laid down a timetable to look into the extent to which someone has profited from crime and the assets that they have available that may be seized by way of redress.

Nicola Hornby, a time-served Equity Partner, heads up a team of solicitors and paralegals who are well-versed in the areas of financial crime and fraud, but who devote substantial percentages of their working lives to helping clients defend their positions against Proceeds of Crime Act applications.

Sian Barber and the excellent and highly experienced Jenny Bordley make up the core of the team who can draw on help from both the Fraud and Crown Court Litigator departments when necessary.

In-house Counsel Jimmy Beck has been involved in some of the foremost Proceeds of Crime cases before the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal.  Nicola and Jenny are both HCAs and so it is possible to avoid the disconnect that can come from trying to pass on lots of detailed and skilfully researched information to independent Counsel at short notice.

Whether the original case is being dealt with by ourselves or another firm, we are always happy to accept instructions from those facing the perils of a Proceeds of Crime Act application.


Written by admin
September 11th, 2018

Over the last three years the increase in fraud based on banking transactions has soared.  It is always hard to know whether this is a result of better investigation or a genuine increase in the number of offences being committed.

As well as the usual run of clients accused of identity thefts and fraudulent banking business, there has been a definite increase in the number of banking employees suspected of and charged with offences committed in the course of their employment.

Many police forces have expanded their own fraud investigation teams, but it seems that it is the banks themselves who are responsible for providing material for the basis of prosecutions to the police and to the CPS.

A number of banks seem to have taken the view that successful prosecutions of fraudulent staff heightens rather than reduces confidence of current or potential customers.  It is also thought to be a good way of discouraging those who might be tempted to take a similar route.

Still, proving offences of this kind remains as difficult as ever.  Every organisation thinks that it has a wonderful and secure system of trading, but few seem to. Not only have we been successful in securing acquittals in cases where the Crown believe that their evidence was water tight, we have also been able to dissuade the Crown from making positive charging decisions against suspects where the evidence is neither cogent nor probative in spite of banks and financial institutions attempting to exert significant pressure on the Crown.

If you find yourself under suspicion of investigation it is worth getting us involved at an early stage before a prosecution starts to gain momentum.  Ring our Fraud Department on (0115) 958 9978 and ask to speak to Nicola, Aaron, Jenny, Leyona, or Jo.


Written by Sian Hall
October 17th, 2017

After years of hard endeavour in The Johnson Partnership’s White Collar Department, we are sorry to announce the departure of Charlotte Cullen who is heading for an offshore haven.


A rising talent within the firm, who just commenced a training contract with The Johnson Partnership, Charlotte Cullen has been head-hunted to work for a firm of civil and criminal fraud specialists based in Jersey. A great package of incentives and excellent prospects mean that no-one could stand in Charlotte’s way.  We wish her all the best and mourn her passing.


As well as an excellent trainee, Charlotte was rapidly becoming the firm’s social secretary, a role which is now vacant. Her tour de force was the organisation of the recent 70th birthday celebrations for in-house Counsel Jimmy Beck, from whom Charlotte confesses she has learned a great deal about law and libation.


Good luck Charlotte, we’ll miss you!



Written by Sian Hall
August 31st, 2017

It gives us genuine and unalloyed pleasure to announce that Charlotte Cullen is The Johnson Partnership’s newest trainee solicitor.


Charlotte started with us on 9th September 2013 after a three month trip to Thailand which still remains veiled in mystery.  Recruited as a member of the Business Defence and Fraud Team, Charlotte has always remained loyal to White Collar Crime and paper-heavy cases.


Having swept all before her in terms of exams and accreditations, Charlotte also can boast a rare distinction of having been robbed by and rescued by a Johnson client in the course of the same evening.


We are sure that Leicester City’s Championship winning season was all down to Charlotte’s enthusiastic support and so we decided the time had come for us to back a winner.

Good luck Charlotte, although frankly we doubt that you will need it.


Written by Will Bolam
May 19th, 2017

We have had time to reflect recently on how important bars have been to The Johnson Partnership. Our original business planning took place in several licensed bars. As the years have gone by we have spent increasing amounts of time in coffee bars. Much of our workplace endeavour is designed to move people from one side of some bars to the other.

Nevertheless, we never thought that we would become heavily involved in helping a stream of young people get their first foothold at the Bar as pupil barristers.

In times gone by, Vicky Sheppard-Jones moved from our Crown Court Department to become a successful pupil and tenant at Carmelite Chambers in London. In more recent times, James Olphert successfully found pupillage with the Crown Prosecution Service having worked with us for a relatively short period of time.

Helen Towers has worked with us both as an employee and a freelance police station advisor, and we are delighted to say that she is to start pupillage at Dere Street Chambers later this year.

The highly regarded Rebecca Coleman worked with us at The Johnson Partnership for about 2 ½ years, assisting in the Crown Court Department and advising in police stations. Rebecca is now a successful second six pupil at No 1 High Pavement Chambers in Nottingham.

We have received the brilliant news that Anthony Pettengell, a former valued member of the firm’s Business Defence and Fraud Department, has succeeded in his search for pupillage and is to join Fountain Chambers in Middlesbrough.

Our most recent success story centres around Rebecca Da Silva, who after a little over seven months with The Johnson Partnership has secured pupillage at Citadel Chambers in Birmingham, starting April 2018.

By offering day to day contact with members of the Bar, as well as solicitor HCAs, we have tried to ensure that all our would-be pupils are in the strongest possible position when it comes to making applications to Chambers. Opportunities for advocacy before judges in chambers and tribunals ensure that staff do not lose the skills that they have developed while mooting and during the BPTC. Familiarity with Crown Court documentation also means that at interview our staff are able to talk on an intensely practical level to the interviewing panels.

All in all, whilst it may not assist in our staff retention statistics, we are delighted to have been able to help some marvellous young talent along the way.



Written by Will Bolam
May 2nd, 2017

Well, it’s happened! The Lincoln office is finally open for business. Phone lines installed. Desks erected. Filing cabinets primed and ready for action.

It is hard to express just how exciting it is to start a new office from scratch. The last time that The Johnson Partnership opened an office that wasn’t linked to an existing practice was July 1st 1990 when we first opened as a firm.

Taking us back to those early days of counting up how many police station cases we have dealt with and court appearances we have attended by week. Horrible disappointments of case-less days and the wild excitement of having to bring in more people to cope with the sudden influx are almost too much to bear.

The unbridled enthusiasm of Vicki Clayton and her team is a joy to behold. There can be no group of legal professionals who are as desperately dedicated to providing a class client service as The Johnson Partnership Lincoln squad.

The desire to make something work both from scratch is undoubtedly one of the most powerful drivers in any service industry.

With help available from the Grimsby, Scunthorpe, Mansfield, and Nottingham offices the Lincoln team know there is a massive reservoir of help at hand as well as a big crowd waiting to cheer their success.


Written by Will Bolam
September 22nd, 2016

The arrival in the ranks of assistant solicitors at The Johnson Partnership of Devon Broome has brought a fresh injection of enthusiastic youth to our Nottingham Magistrates’ Court team as well as to the prison law department.

Having agreed to stay with the firm on qualification, Devon is to split her time between prison law and blue collar work.

Over the past four years Devon has built up a real expertise in representing detainees at adjudications and before the Parole Board. She is persuasive both as a written and oral advocate on behalf of her many prison law clients.

Since June, Devon has been demonstrating the same skill on a daily basis in the Magistrates’ Courts of the East Midlands. When asked about her time as a trainee, she said “it’s amazing how much you can absorb when you are working alongside people who are in the Magistrates’ Court day in and day out”.

The speed, skill and understanding with which Devon’s approach to her new challenges is a testimony to her own ability and how successful the firm’s shared works based policy has been. By listening to the experiences of others and asking questions along the way, Devon was able to make the most of her Magistrates’ Court training seat. Some early complex sentencing hearings might have been expected to challenge most new recruits, but Devon took them in her stride.

We have all been swept along by Devon’s whirlwind personality and look forward to watching her blow the opposition away.

A recent audit of The Johnson Partnerships work showed that the vast majority of the firm’s clients benefit in some way from legal aid.

In spite of reductions in the scope of work covered by legal aid and reductions in the number of people who are eligible for legal aid, the scheme still helps a great many people.

The Johnson Partnership have an absolute commitment to legal aid. From our Senior Partners to our newest recruits, all our staff are involved in providing a high quality service to all our legal aid clients, although a number will also carry out work on a privately paid and indeed pro-bono basis.

We are happy to provide non-means tested legal aid cover for all The Johnson Partnership clients in police stations throughout England and Wales. From our own offices we are happy to provide legal aid solicitors for Nottinghamshire, legal aid solicitors for Derbyshire, legal aid solicitors for South Yorkshire, legal aid solicitors for Humberside, legal aid solicitors for Leicestershire, legal aid solicitors for Lincolnshire, legal aid solicitors for West Yorkshire, and legal aid solicitors for Staffordshire.  On many occasions our solicitors and clerks will also be happy to travel throughout the length and breadth of the country to look after both existing and new clients where the case demands and where undue delay can be avoided.

As far as criminal fee earners are concerned, we have the highest number of legal aid solicitors in Nottingham, the highest number of legal aid solicitors in Mansfield, the highest number of legal aid solicitors in Derby, and the highest number of legal aid solicitors in Chesterfield available to look after the firm’s clients, be it at court, at the police station, in long term custody, or wherever the case requires.

With a range of full and part time staff, The Johnson Partnership can provide a comprehensive service for those requiring legal aid solicitors in South Yorkshire, whether they be at Sheffield or Doncaster Crown Courts, Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley or Doncaster Magistrates’ Courts or at police stations in Sheffield, Ecclesfield, Barnsley, Rotherham, or Doncaster. Our South Yorkshire legal aid solicitors are able to reach out to clients detained at police stations in West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, and across the Pennines.  From the offices of The Johnson Partnership Solicitors Doncaster and The Johnson Partnership Solicitors Barnsley we are well placed to reach courts and police stations throughout the area.

The Johnson Partnership Criminal Solicitors Scunthorpe office is located close to the police station and the Magistrates’ Court. From this base we provide legal aid solicitors for Scunthorpe and Humberside.  Full and part time staff enable us to provide a flexible service for clients requiring a legal aid solicitor in Scunthorpe, a legal aid solicitor in Grimsby, a legal aid solicitor in Goole, a legal aid solicitor in Hull, a legal aid solicitor in Beverley, and all of the smaller communities in between.


Written by Editor
December 15th, 2015

In the early 1990’s Derbyshire boasted many Magistrates’ Courts. As well as Derby, which had two courthouses, there were also Magistrates’ Courts in Ilkeston, Alfreton, Ashbourne, Belper, Matlock, Bakewell, Chesterfield, Buxon, Renishaw, and Glossop.  By 2013, courts were only being held in Derby, Chesterfield, and on a relatively limited basis in Buxton.

Inevitably, a number of Derbyshire clients requiring the service of Derbyshire criminal solicitors have found obtaining the services of a Derbyshire criminal solicitor more and more problematic.

Many of The Johnson Partnership Solicitors Derby and The Johnson Partnership Solicitors Chesterfield clients have grown used to timing their appointments to fit in with other occasions when they will be in either city or town centre. Bearing in mind the limited resources of many of our clients, we at The Johnson Partnership Solicitors understand the importance of reaching out to clients in their own homes and communities.

As ever, we maintain our firm commitment to seeing clients in their own homes, but we understand that this is not always convenient or appropriate. By networking with other firms of solicitors, many of whom do not provide a criminal service, as well as local libraries and local businesses, we have been able to create a network of mutually convenient neutral locations at which clients can be seen.

Accordingly, The Johnson Partnership Criminal Solicitors Alfreton clients, Ilkeston clients, Long Eaton clients, Matlock clients, Ashbourne clients, Bakewell clients, Buxton clients, Glossop clients, Dronfield clients, Swadlincote clients, Spondon clients, can all be seen on their own doorsteps albeit that the solicitors that they see will be more regularly based on The Johnson Partnership’s Derby or The Johnson Partnership’s Chesterfield offices.

In addition to having a broad range of solicitors available for all of the county’s courts, we also have police station advisors on hand within easy reach of St Mary’s Wharf Police Station, Ripley Police Station, Chesterfield Police Station, and Buxton Police Station. We are happy to attend clients who are being interviewed at home in their own houses, which we aim to do without delay or inconvenience.

Those clients who find difficulty in meeting the cost of travel to court are welcome to contact either The Johnson Partnership Chesterfield or The Johnson Partnership Derby office in order to discuss the possibility of special travel arrangements being made to helping getting to and from court. Whilst it is not going to be possible to help everybody make difficult journeys, where we can help, we will be pleased to do just that.  As you know, we aim to offer a comprehensive service to all of our East Midlands based clients to ensure that where East Midlands criminal defence solicitors are concerned, The Johnson Partnership remains the number one East Midlands criminal solicitors firm.

Since the early 90’s successive governments have slashed the number of Magistrates’ Courts. Indeed, under the current administration we have even seen Doncaster’s Crown Court all but mothballed.

As courts have closed, so many solicitors have stopped providing a service for criminal clients in smaller towns and suburbs. Criminal solicitors have tended to centre around the courts that are left.

Until recently, Nottinghamshire has had three Magistrates’ Courts in Worksop, Mansfield, and Nottingham. However as of  October 2014 the Crown Prosecution Service ceased to prosecute cases at the Worksop courthouse.  This leaves only Nottingham and Mansfield courts in a county that once had additional courthouses in Bingham, Newark, Retford, and Southwell.

In an attempt to ensure that we avoid the problem of advice deserts, The Johnson Partnership Solicitors’ aim, wherever possible, is to provide a service for clients in their own areas.

The Johnson Partnership’s Mansfield office still aims to reach out to clients in Worksop, Retford and the surrounding areas to ensure that the government’s cuts do not mean that court users have to suffer.

Our commitment to seeing clients at home or at mutually convenient neutral venues means that The Johnson Partnership will still remain criminal solicitors for the people of Worksop and Retford who will now have to travel into Mansfield to attend court. Arrangements with other local firms mean that office space will be available for us to see The Johnson Partnership Worksop and The Johnson Partnership Retford clients on their own doorsteps.

By dint of having a number of members of staff resident in or close to Newark, The Johnson Partnership’s Newark clients can also guarantee that they will have somebody immediately on hand if they are to be questioned by the police at the Newark custody suite. Anyone needing to see a Johnson Partnership solicitor between the police station and court can make appropriate arrangements to be seen either at the offices of Payne & Gamage Solicitors or at their own homes.

Where The Johnson Partnership solicitors at Worksop, The Johnson Partnership Solicitors at Retford, The Johnson Partnership Solicitors at Newark, The Johnson Partnership Solicitors at Sutton in Ashfield, The Johnson Partnership Solicitors at Kirkby in Ashfield, or The Johnson Partnership Solicitors at Hucknall clients are having difficulty in attending court, they, along with clients based in smaller towns within the county, are welcome to contact the office the day before their court appearance to see whether appropriate travel arrangements can be made to help them make the extended journey to either Nottingham Crown Court, Nottingham Magistrates’ Court, or Mansfield Magistrates’ Court.

By providing an outreach service for clients living around Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands, we aim to ensure that problems of access and travel are kept to a minimum for The Johnson Partnership Solicitors Nottinghamshire clients.

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