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Written by admin
December 12th, 2019

We have an opportunity in our Advocacy Department for either Junior Counsel or an aspiring HCA who would like to try working with The Johnson Partnership in-house.

The successful candidate would be able to work primarily either in the Nottingham, Derby, Lincoln, Grimsby, or Sheffield Crown Courts, according to their own location and preference.

A short term contract based on maternity cover could easily be extended for a successful and promising candidate.

Working in-house means freedom from the political rambling of Barristers’ Chambers as well as guaranteed holidays with pay and sickness and maternity entitlements.  It would incorporate however freedom rather than the strictures of a 9:00am to 5:30pm working day.


Written by admin
August 13th, 2019

It is now 10 years since the sad and early death of our Partner David Graham.  David was a lyrical and persuasive advocate who everyone loved to hear.  He encouraged and supported younger staff who were struggling to find their feet and a consummate manager at both our Nottingham and Derby offices.

Those of us who were lucky enough to work with David regularly talk of him with immense fondness.  There are more stories about David than anyone else who has ever worked with us and the telling of those stories always results in gales of laughter.  Inevitably, we always speculate as to things he might have done or said as new challenges come our way.

Rest in peace David, ten years on you’re still much missed.


Written by admin
September 6th, 2018

As more and more HCAs plough their trade in the Crown Court it is apparent that the scope for feedback is relatively limited.

Historically, judges have been able to pass comment, both favourable or otherwise, on the performance and progress of advocates in the hope that those comments will prove useful to the advocate and in time to the court.

The means of transmission of information has either been through the Clerk to Chambers or, perhaps through the Head of Chambers.  Many judges have either come from the Chambers in question or had close links with members of Chambers during their careers at the Bar.

Unfortunately, no clear channel exists for the sort of feedback, that can be oh so helpful, to reach the ears of HCAs.  The only circumstances in which judges make contact with HCAs seem to be where there has been a problem and they are asking for a written explanation as to how it has occurred.

The establishment of some sort of forum, in each area, be it formal or informal, to facilitate the feeding back of worthwhile comments is something from which many HCAs might benefit.

The appointment of more HCA judges may mean that this process is put in place sooner rather than later.  There are of course a great many judges, who have had successful careers at the Bar, who would be only too willing to involve themselves in such a process, were it to be readily available.


Written by Sian Hall
February 13th, 2018

We are delighted to welcome Sarah Brown to our Sheffield office. A skilled advocate in both the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court, Sarah has kindly agreed to augment our Sheffield office two days each week, whilst continuing to teach law and practice at Sheffield College.

The combination of practical fee-earning work and the understanding that comes with the need to impart knowledge to others, will benefit both the firm and Sarah’s students alike.

We are looking forward to the benefits that are bound to come from bringing somebody on board who has a wealth of experience and an independent and critical eye. Inevitably, benefits will not just flow to students and to members of staff, there is bound to be a real dividend for our growing Sheffield client base.


Written by Sian Hall
February 1st, 2018

On 15th January 2018, after almost ten years with the firm, Karl Meakin stepped out on his own account in the Magistrates’ Court.  An experienced prison lawyer, Karl is now strengthening the team of Chesterfield advocates comprised of Bob Sowter, Kirsty Sargent, and the inestimable John Wilford.

Karl will also be continuing to carrying on preparation and advocacy work for the Prison Law Team throughout the country.

The Chesterfield advocates are ably backed up by Richard Pell, Lucy Hooper, Yasmin James-Birch, and Lynda Gilbert.

With John’s added qualities as a regulatory specialist, the team has not only depth but considerable breadth.

Bob Sowter brings with him not only massive expertise in terms of adult and youth crime, but also a history of work carried out on behalf of the road haulage sector, which has ably equipped him to deal with a broader than average range of road traffic and vehicle related issues.

The remarkable Kirsty Sargent is the beating heart of the team, an excellent advocate and a superb organiser and administrator.

Karl could hardly be joining a finer group of lawyers who should ease him to greatness at an early stage.


Written by Sian Hall
November 14th, 2017

Perhaps the hardest working Magistrates’ Court advocate in The Johnson Partnership is proving that 50 is the new 30. Tim Williamson, who has been with us since our rescue of the old Northern Briefs practice in November 2013, turned 50 at the start of October.


Tim’s encyclopaedic knowledge of Doncaster courts and clients means he is the go to guy whenever a new advocate is looking for some important background on a local lass or lad.


Tim’s work rate remains absolutely astounding, in spite of him moving into his sixth decade. In and out of office hours Tim is a force to be reckoned with and we wish him many happy returns and best wishes for many years to come.

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