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All Go In Grimsby

Written by admin
July 9th, 2018

It is fair to say that the gender balance of our Grimsby and Scunthorpe Magistrates’ Court operation has changed somewhat. At the start of the year we benefitted from the considerable experience of Kate Fairburn and Rachel Hunter, who were soon augmented by the arrival of the young and enthusiastic Rachel Pomer.

One offer of a job as Senior Crown Prosecutor with no overtime commitments, another offer to be a Magistrates’ Court Legal Advisor, again without overtime, and an offer to be a Fee-Earning Manager elsewhere, saw all three lured to pastures new.

The inestimable Sunny Dinser was left holding an ever growing fort, with the support of Tarryn Guest and various part time colleagues.

It is with some considerable delight that we are now able to announce the arrival of new and quite inspirational replacements.

Nigel Sloane has joined us from Roy Forman’s in Grimsby. With many years’ experience locally and further afield, Nigel is a skilled operator in the Crown Court, the Magistrates’ Court and when giving Police Station advice. He has been joined by Mark Luckett from our Derby Office, he is going to be assisting in Grimsby at least for the next five or six months. Our new hot recruit Torrel Hector is the final new team member. Torrel has shown himself to be as hungry and vigorous as anyone we have recruited for some years. Setting out his stall in Scunthorpe and Grimsby gives him a change to prove that he is indeed the real deal.

Much credit needs to go to Mark who, at a time when things looked bleak on the recruitment front, made a generous and unbelievably accommodating offer to divide his time between Derby and Grimsby and was something that we would never have dared ask, but equally something for which we are enormously grateful.

Time will tell how the new team form in the ever changing Humberside market, but early signs are more than good and we wish them all the best.


Written by Sian Hall
December 4th, 2017

In recent weeks Doncaster police seem to have largely given up on the old practice of interviewing detainees in the custody suites. A quick note in a policeman’s notebook or an interview on camera in the back of a police car seem to be sufficing.

Rather than arresting people, the police are warning them to attend the police station for the sort of informal chat that might see them on their way to the Crown Court before they know it.

This sort of informal interviewing, coupled with an apparently casual approach to questioning, that can have dire consequences, is something to look out for.

If you find that there is an officer wanting to ask you questions please remember that somebody from The Johnson Partnership is constantly available. Whether the police are proposing to interview you at your home, at a neighbourhood police station, or in the back of a police car, you are still entitled to have somebody present and we would recommend that you do.

Please contact our Doncaster office as a matter of urgency if you find yourself in this position on (01302) 360606.


Written by Sian Hall
November 26th, 2017

I wouldn’t want to create the impression that Mansfield is a sleepy town with not much happening. I wouldn’t want to create the impression that Mansfield has an under-worked police station.  Nevertheless, the throughput of work is generally steady and can be handled by one member of the firm moving steadily from job to job.

From time to time of course, particularly when we are or have been the 24 hour duty solicitor for Mansfield, it can be necessary for a couple of people to deal with interviews in tandem to make sure that everybody is moved through the investigation process as quickly as possible.

Last Sunday, we were a little taken aback to find that our lead police station advisor was dealing with four matters, the backup with three and there was another matter requiring urgent attention. Rather than a sleepy Sunday in Mansfield we found ourselves with three people working flat out to try to clear clients out of the police station before their Yorkshire Puddings went cold.

What you are doing is unfair and unkind.


Written by Sian Hall
September 6th, 2017

As a number of the Partners at The Johnson Partnership approach the second half of their careers the issue of sabbaticals has raised its head.


A lengthy period of unpaid leave which allows the beneficiary to completely unwind and reconsider their position in the world is something that many value really highly. A sabbatical provides the opportunity to reset and start off in a new direction or simply reboot and go back to an existing post with new approaches, new thoughts, and new enthusiasm.


No specified period has been chosen, on the basis that each person availing themselves of the opportunity will have their own ideas about what they would like to do and how much time they would like to take off. Three months, four months, and even six months sabbaticals are actively being considered.


Interestingly, it is those who are towards the middle of their careers, rather than approaching the end who seem most keen to step back and consider what the next 20 or 25 years hold for them.


Any sabbatical inevitably puts extra demands on colleagues and assistants alike, but it also gives younger staff the chance to come forward and prove their worth and try out new ideas and ways of working.


All in all, the sabbatical seems an entirely sound way of moving forward. Within the firm we are truly fortunate to have sufficient supervisors already qualified to be able to allow for a seamless transition.


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 Sian Hall
August 28th, 2017

All of our staff who regularly work around the Sheffield Magistrates’ Court seem likely to be caught up in the government’s new flexible court pilot starting in September.


The proposals will see the Sheffield Magistrates’ Court opening for business at 08:00am and sitting until 6:30pm.


There has been a lot of focus on the effect this will have on the personal lives of court clerks, ushers, prosecutors, Defence solicitors, and those appearing before the court as witnesses or defendants.


Many firms fear that there will be difficulties in staffing courts at unusual times because of the contracts of employment enjoyed by well-respected, trusted, and time-served employees.


In a recent offer of employment we have been pleased to confirm to a new member of staff that their start time can be put back to enable a small child to be delivered to school. These sorts of arrangements that are borne out of practicality and common decency are now likely to result in the onus for covering out of hours courts falling on partners or potentially self-employed contractors.


In other firms we have heard that open conflict is breaking out between solicitors who are and who are not able to vary their working days to cover the court pilot.


All of these changes stem from nothing more than a desire by the Ministry of Justice to be seen to be keeping the use of their buildings and the systems within them under constant review. Nowhere, outside of the Ministry, has there ever been any pressure from anyone at all for the piloted changes to be introduced.  If the pilot is to come, it may be short-lived and ill-fated.


Written by Sian Hall
August 25th, 2017

It must be well over 20 years since a Johnson’s team triumphed in the Young Solicitors’ Five-a-Side tournament to the consternation of all. I say this, not least, because our team featured both Mr Soughton and Mr Saunders, neither of whom can even remember what it felt like to be a young solicitor.


In 2017 the baton has at last been passed to an equally bold and forthright band of Johnson’s athletes.


The Johnson Partnership women’s cricket team have recently raced to a respectful second place in the Prosecco Cricket League.


Iona (call me Geoff) Thomson, Shannon (make that Eddie) Barlow, Sarah (my name’s Derek) Underwood, Rebecca (make that Aravinda) Da Silva, Charlotte (Fraud! How do you mean Fraud!) Cullen, Jaki (Lead on) MacDuff and Emma (Daughter of that Lancashire League itinerant and wicketkeeper Stuart the Cat) Coverley are the component parts of a well-oiled fizz-driven machine.


With the recent explosion in women’s sport, we assume it is only a matter of time before they win the Grey Goose Women’s Rugby Sevens and put in a solid performance in the Pinot Grigio Winter League.


The lethal combination of alcohol and sport seems guaranteed to ensure a full turn out whatever the weather and whatever the competition.


Congratulations all on beating those naughty people from Keyworth!




Written by Sian Hall
August 22nd, 2017


At our Annual Partners’ Meeting Donna Pursglove from our Mansfield office was nominated as a potential Partner to be voted on by the Equity Partners in August of this year.

We are delighted to announce that on 2nd August 2017 all eight Equity Partners offered up a resounding “Yes” to the question “Would you like Donna Pursglove to be a Partner in the firm?”


Hardworking, caring, well-organised, thorough, humane, and supportive Donna Pursglove is an exceptional recruit to the Partnership. A skilled lawyer and tactician, Donna knows every possible twist and turn of Magistrates’ Court life.


As well-loved in the police stations as she is at court, Donna is a special favourite of everyone involved in the North Notts Criminal Justice and Criminal Investigation systems.


Much loved by colleagues and Partners alike, we can’t wait for Donna to join us for our September Partners’ Meeting but there is some fear and trepidation about the speech that she is likely to make about us all at her first Annual Partners’ Meeting next summer.


Written by Sian Hall
July 17th, 2017

In July we are delighted to announce that we will be welcoming Andrew Swaby to The Johnson Partnership. A giant of both the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts, Andrew is here to lend added presence to our advocacy team.


A man who is as happy at Shepcote Lane Police Station as he is in the Court of Appeal, Andrew will be joining our Sheffield office team at 620 Attercliffe Road.


As one of the best known advocates in Sheffield, we suspect that Andrew will bring with him his own Pied Piper following. We hope that Andrew and all who come with him will approve of the change and feel happy as part of a brand new 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.

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