It was with relish and delight that Lucy Hooper accepted the applause of the audience at her graduation dinner.

Having regaled her audience with tales that went back to her earliest schoolgirl visits to the office, Lucy was able to spread mirth and mayhem with her recollections of the madness of the Chesterfield office.

If Lucy’s recollections went back some way, they were nothing compared to those of John Wilford, who in his introduction of Lucy, was able to make reference to her arrival in the maternity suite.

There you go, at The Johnson Partnership it’s a cradle to grave experience.

Anyone who feared that Broughie’s career might be taking a back seat after an exhausting maternity leave, was put well and truly in their place when Helen entertained the assembled company for almost half an hour at her entertainment party.

Drawing on stories and memories that went back almost twenty years, Helen showed just how much she is part of the past as well as the present and future of The Johnson Partnership.

It was lovely to be reminded of people who haven’t darkened our door for many a year and great to see Helen on truly sparkling form.

Not just a solicitor but a duty solicitor, Helen has recently returned to our expert White Collar Team having gained very necessary and very worthwhile Magistrates’ Court experience with our friends of The Johnson Partnership Solicitors Mansfield office.

Can you believe it!? 30 years ago today a rag tag bunch of vagabonds and their hangers on left Truman and Appleby to start out on their own special journey. Of the 10 people who walked through the door on the first morning four remain, even though one is currently on sabbatical. Bill, Chris and Digby remain as partners but they have been joined by the fourth first day member Emma Eardley who on the 1st July 1990 was our office junior.

Friends have come and gone over the years and we are grateful to them one and all. So many people have helped to make the Johnson Partnership the firm it is today!

Over the years we have fought shy of parties and celebrations always coming up with a reason not to do it. We solemnly promise that when COVID-19 is a thing of the past we will have the biggest party this firm has ever seen and everyone who has ever darkened our door will be welcome.

Here is to the next 30!

As Benn Robinson stepped up to make his qualification speech, neither he nor the Partner welcoming him were short of material. It was really a question of what could and maybe should be left out, rather than whether there was enough to say.

With tales of his early days with the firm, a car without a reverse gear, and long nights in the Call Centre, Benn was able to keep everybody entertained whilst bearing the odd blush or two.

If this is the level of advocacy the Crown Court can expect from Benn, they will have to get used to providing for a packed public gallery.

The Johnson Partnership are delighted to welcome Bianca Brasoveanu as a newly qualified solicitor. Having studied not only for a degree but also a Master’s and the LPC in a foreign language, Bianca has now completed a challenging training contract and swept aside the obstacles of the Professional Skills Course.

Having grown up in Italy and being born in Romania, Bianca brings a world of experience and a live cultural diversity to The Johnson Partnership. As well as speaking a number of languages fluently, Bianca has a superb understanding of legal concepts and a desire to become an advocate in both the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.   Throughout her training contract, wherever possible Bianca has been keen to make bail applications before the Crown Court as well as helping draft written representations and skeleton arguments. She is truly an asset to the firm, and we welcome her with open arms.

For many years the Johnson Partnership have had a team of lawyers spread across all of our 11 offices who specialise, amongst other things, in dealing with football related matters.

Running on the pitch, throwing items from the stands, and chanting offences are all covered by the 1991 Football (Offences) Act. Riot, violent disorder, affray, breaches of the peace, weapons offences, and breaches of football banning orders are all matters which give rise to prosecutions more or less frequently.

It is important to note, particularly during the current spate of matches being played behind closed doors that many offences that might attract a football banning order and indeed far more swinging penalties can be committed well away from the football ground.

The use of police spotters and the wide availability of CCTV can mean that fans are arrested long after a match has been completed. The matters for which they are being arrested might have occurred at a transport hub, a bar, a shopping centre, or just on a public street. A common tactic of the police is to warn fans to attend for a voluntary interview often in the hope they will not have a lawyer with them. The interview will be under caution and it is just as relevant as a interview carried out when somebody is under arrest.

It is vital for all fans to know whether they are in custody or been asked to attend as a volunteer they can have someone with them free of charge. Our solicitors have attended football related interviews in places as far apart as London and Carlisle, Sunderland and Bournemouth. We are happy to attend in person so that we can provide continuity of service throughout any investigation or prosecution.

As far as football banning orders are concerned our team are experts in avoiding, discharging, and contesting breaches of banning orders of all sorts.

Wherever you are asked to attend for an interview or in order to answer a summons or in relation to a charge you can rely upon a Johnsons solicitor being with you home or away.

During the Corona epidemic our Lincoln office will remain staffed. We are available to advise on a 24 hour basis and we are available to attend the police stations either personally or by video link as well as at Magistrates’ Courts both locally and nationally.

Vicki Clayton and Kerry Close are staffing the office personally and will be able to respond to enquiries with speed and alacrity except of course when they are involved in court hearings or police station interviews. Please contact us on (01522) 306189.

During to Coronavirus epidemic, our Sheffield office will be staffed by Yvonne Wragg and Nick Rozee. We are available to advise on a 24 hour basis and we are available to attend the police stations either personally or by video link as well as at Magistrates’ Courts both locally and nationally.

Yvonne and Nick are staffing the office personally and will be able to respond to enquiries with speed and alacrity except of course when they are involved in court hearings or police station interviews. Please contact us on (0114) 261 1555.

The absence of a court in the holy city of Scunthorpe hasn’t meant that it has been ignored by The Johnson Partnership even in the dark days of the Coronavirus.

Sunny Dhinsa, Lauren Fisher and Lynsey Theaker can all be contacted on the usual office number. They will all be available to offer help, advice and assistance. Representation at court and at the police station is available to all, as and when it is required in the usual way.

Please don’t think that the people of Scunthorpe have been forgotten in a difficult time. We know that the police and courts are still working and you can rely on The Johnson Partnership to be there to assist.

 During to Coronavirus epidemic, our Grimsby office will be staffed by Sunny Dhinsa and Lauren Fisher. We are available to advise on a 24 hour basis and we are available to attend the police stations either personally or by video link as well as at Magistrates’ Courts both locally and nationally.

Sunny and Lauren are staffing the office personally and will be able to respond to enquiries with speed and alacrity except of course when they are involved in court hearings or police station interviews. Please contact us on (01472) 809860.

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