Posts Tagged ‘ Mansfield criminal solicitors ’


During to Coronavirus epidemic, our Mansfield office will be staffed by Chris Perry and Donna Pursglove with extra help from Andy Bostock. 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.

Chris, Donna and Andy 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 (01623) 427575.

LITTLE BYE LITTLE

Written by admin
August 27th, 2019

It is with some regret that we find ourselves having to say farewell to Michael Little.  Michael Little has been one of our Mansfield Magistrates’ Court solicitors team for a number of very happy years.

Arriving with many years’ experience in the Sutton in Ashfield area, and a substantial following, Michael has always been a popular and well-liked member of the Mansfield team.

Well-renowned in the police stations of North and South Nottinghamshire and a great favourite of all Mansfield Magistrates’ Court, Michael is now to ply his trade with the Crown Prosecution Service.

Her Majesty’s gain is The Johnson Partnership’s loss, but we wish Michael well in all he does, so long as it’s not prosecuting our clients!!!

A SUNDAY LUNCHTIME THREESOME IN MANSFIELD

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.

WRAGG’S TO RICHES

Written by Sian Hall
November 21st, 2017

As of the start of October Yvonne Wragg is mainly to be found at our burgeoning Sheffield office.

 

Having long served and loyal enthusiastic clientele in the Mansfield area, Yvonne is now to take on a new challenge at one of the largest urban Magistrates’ Courts in the country.

 

Joining up with Maz Sharif, Kevin O’Donovan, the gloriously efficient Pari Seeley and the new rejuvenated Sarah Staniland, Yvonne will be a hard-working, well-versed and enthusiastic addition to the Magistrates’ Court team.

 

Having spent more than ten years with The Johnson Partnership in Nottingham and Mansfield, Yvonne’s skills and personality should go a long way to ensure that any newcomers to the firm, be they clients or colleagues, rapidly feel at home.

 

In particular, Yvonne is looking forward to working in closer proximity to our high quality Higher Rights team. When it comes to knowledge about Sheffield people, places and courts, there can be no better teacher than the inestimable and highly regarded Andrew Swaby.

THE LAWFULNESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER

Written by Sian Hall
November 7th, 2017

The recent success of our Derby office’s Mark Luckett in completing the Boston Marathon in 3 hours and 13 minutes has caused us to reflect on the ever present link between law and long distance running.

 

There is no doubting that the stamina and endurance called for in seeing a difficult case to its end is matched by the competitive persistence required of a successful distantness athlete.

 

For many, however, the long hours spent in training provide the perfect antidote to a hard day in the office. Over the years a number of our solicitors and Partners have either relaxed, or taken time to get their thoughts in order when pounding the streets of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and South Yorkshire.

 

As well as Mark, perhaps our best and most noteworthy performer was our sadly missed Partner David Graham, who could knock out half marathons in substantially less than an hour and a half. Jo Chadd is a successful conqueror of the London Marathon.  Emma Coverley regularly disappears to both road and fell running events throughout the North and Midlands.  In a slight bizarre but truly historical event Sean O’Brien, Dan Church, and Richard Davies then of our Doncaster office completed the Sheffield half marathon of 2014 which had officially been called off due to a lack of water; all survived and have their medals to prove it!

 

One of our hardest working runners in every sense must be the Mansfield office’s Chris Perry, who has completed more distance events than anyone else in the firm on courses far and near. Based on the edge of the Peak District, Chris is well placed to clock up some good looking miles whilst leaving Mansfield Magistrates’ Court at the back of the pack.

 

Good luck to all, including Sean O’Brien in this year’s Snowdonia Marathon and Emma Coverley and Digby Johnson in the 13 mile festive Turkey Trot around the Vale of Belvoir.

 

FAREWELL TO FIRM FRIENDS

Written by Will Bolam
May 8th, 2017

The 2017 Criminal Contract has brought with it many changes and demands. Some of the principle changes have been centred around the qualifications required from and the demands made of duty solicitors.

Attending at least twelve police stations, at least twelve Magistrates’ Court hearings, and another twelve attendances that can be made up at police stations, Magistrates’ Court appearance or Crown Court appearances, has upped the ante somewhat for would-be duty solicitors. The solicitors have to work on legal aid contract work for a minimum of 14 hours every week, is something that has also given many pause for thought.

The fact that these 14 hours have to be carried out from the office at which the solicitor is, is something that has been a further challenged. The obligation for solicitors to accept and attend police station cases on four of their assigned duty slots around the year is something which should present no problem, but again something which seems to have caused consternation.

A number of our oldest and finest former colleagues have simply decided that the new regulations are too demanding. Rather than attempting the impossible, eleven former colleagues have decided to bow out gracefully before the start of the April rota.

We would like to thank them for all their endeavours and their commitment to the firm over many years. All can rest assured that if the spirit moves them to re-dedicate themselves to criminal legal aid work, we would be delighted to have them back on board.

Thanks again and stay in touch one and all!

DMJ

YOU’RE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR LAST RESULT!

Written by Will Bolam
January 23rd, 2017

YOU’RE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR LAST RESULT

At The Johnson Partnership we have always fought shy of publicising particular results. Not only can it look immodest, but there’s always the risk that a client may be identified, a juror embarrassed or some sort of inappropriate comparison made. Whether it’s GBH in Grimsby, scuffling in Scunthorpe, liquoring in Lincoln, bestiality in Barnsley, drunkenness in Doncaster, shoplifting in Sheffield, child-molesting in Chesterfield, manslaughter in Mansfield, death by dangerous in Derby or night-time burglaries in Nottingham, there will always be somebody who can make more outlandish claims about the outcome.

Bearing all of the above in mind, we would just like to say that the start of 2017 has seen some truly exceptional results. Two week trials have collapsed with formal not guilty verdicts on the second day. Impossible looking Section 18 trials have resulted in fantastic acquittals and a case, rescued from a firm and Counsel who seemed to have comprehensively fallen out with their client, has resulted in a famous victory.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Elwick, Mr Church, Mr Stables, Mr Eckersley and Mr Langdale of Counsel for their efforts on behalf of our clients, as well as acknowledging the sterling work of the firm wide in-house advocacy team.

There are occasions when you have to stop and look at those around you and just feel very humble.

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.

Throughout the 1990’s and the early noughties our best advertising was always with Yellow Pages.  Our Nottingham office was marketed with as many as three adverts in one directory, all extolling various benefits of choosing The Johnson Partnership.  The adverts promised everything from solicitors carrying out home visits to guaranteed appointments with women solicitors as well as same day appointments, and all sorts of offers of appointments with solicitors who spoke Urdu, Punjabi, Spanish, German, French, Swedish, Dutch, etc, etc, etc.

Whenever we’ve opened a new office, it was generally on a tide of new Yellow Pages investment.  The Johnson Partnership Derby office opened with a full page advert proclaiming the benefits of a new Defence solicitors in town, promising help for everybody from motorists to murderers.

When our Mansfield office opened, we advertised not only in the Mansfield Yellow Pages but in the Yellow Pages for surrounding areas, confirming that we were indeed solicitors for Worksop, solicitors for Newark, and solicitors for Retford.  We could be visited at our Mansfield office and we would reach out from that office to all and sundry.

Inevitably, the new Chesterfield office was met with a fanfare of Yellow Pages advertising.  The presence of the new Chesterfield office was heralded in the Yellow Pages pushed through letterboxes not only in Chesterfield, but in Dronfield, Buxton, and even Sheffield.

Each September brought new excitement as we discovered exactly where our adverts were, how much bigger they were than our competitors, and how well they stood out.

It is incredible to think that in 2015 our Yellow Pages expenditure and indeed our Yellow Pages exposure will have been reduced to almost nothing.

Rather than employing teams of energetic healthy students to deliver books that Geoff Capes could not tear in half, the 2014 Yellow Pages barely makes a sound when it hits the mat.  Instead of its former majesty, the publication is A5 size and boasts a significant array of insurance adverts.

There is no doubting that as far as The Johnson Partnership is concerned, our advertising has gone in other directions.

Of course, we have fought hard to build up our internet presence.  Rather than buying sponsored adverts on Google’s front page, we have tried to ensure that we have a proper presence, based on our own website as close to the top of the Google index as we can make it.  We have been grateful to our friends at National Solicitors for the assistance that they have given in helping us promote our brand and we are still delighted to say that a good tranche of work comes to us through people enquiring of Yell.com.

People arrested and asking for The Johnson Partnership can now rest-assured that they will be receiving an even prompter service whatever the time of day or night.  The Johnson Partnership’s new Night Owl rota, covering the Nottingham, Derby, Chesterfield, Mansfield, Doncaster, Scunthorpe and Barnsley solicitors’ offices will ensure that double the number of people are on call throughout night times, weekends and Bank Holidays to advise clients in person wherever they are arrested.

In addition, clients required to answer police bail at anti-social times can rely on a police station advisor from The Johnson Partnership to be available come what may.

The Night Owl rota will be staffed by police station advisors, new solicitors and time-served duty solicitors alike.  However major or minor the matter you must feel free to ask for The Johnson Partnership.  Clients will be able to say to the police with confidence that Johnsons will be there in a jiffy!

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