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CLOSENESS IS TOO COSY FOR COMFORT

Written by admin
March 15th, 2019

The arrival of a new super custody suite for South Humberside throws up all the usual questions for the Defence solicitors in the area. Traditionally, Defence solicitors in South Humberside are based either in Scunthorpe or Grimsby. Strictly speaking, the new custody suite is not in the centre of either of these two population centres.

Obviously, there is the possibility for new offices to be opened close to the new custody suite, but as ever, this begs the question of whether an office close to a police station really does bring the expected return.

How many people leave the police station and decide the first place that they want to go rather than home, the pub, their drug dealer or McDonald’s is actually their solicitor. How many people arrive at the police station under their own steam only to think at the last minute “Oh that’s what I forgot! A solicitor!” Those arriving in custody having been transported by the police tend to arrive at the rear of police stations and do not pass the open arms of the Defence solicitors whose offices have been invitingly opened nearby. Even those who are driven to the front of the station are unlikely to take in the subtleties of the names of particular firms.

Inevitably then, it seems likely that The Johnson Partnership will not be opening a new office near to South Humberside’s new custody centre.

In recent times, a small rank of well-established Defence firms have opened in the proximity of Derby’s St Mary’s Wharf custody suite. One of our competitors, when relocating within Chesterfield city centre, decided that an office, cheek by jowel with the town’s police station, was a good investment. Within our area, only the wise folk of Sheffield seem to have decided that relocating to the unlovely, unprepossessing, inconvenient and unwelcoming area of the new Shepcote Lane custody suite would be a poor idea.

Discussions with clients show that they tend to be suspicious of many Defence solicitors who are seen as part of the establishment. The Duty Solicitor Scheme has, from time to time, fallen into disrepute, because clients have believed that duty solicitors were “police solicitors”. To do anything to bolster this idea of cosiness seems to be, if not commercial suicide, certainly a serious commercial illness which might result in some haemorrhaging of clients.

Whether it be Nottingham, Derby, Chesterfield, Mansfield, Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster, Scunthorpe, Grimsby or Lincoln, The Johnson Partnership are pleased to assert our independence, whether it be from police officers, prisons, the Youth Offending Team, the probation service, Judges, prosecutors, or whosoever else may be part of our system.

THE INS AND OUTS OF LEICESTER

Written by Sian Hall
March 15th, 2018

Isn’t it strange how some journeys are just “too much”. Geographically it may be exactly the same length as innumerable, comparable journeys, but one way or another they never work.

This particular predicament has been highlighted by us being offered the services of not one but two Leicester based solicitors who are looking to jump ship and move firm. Both solicitors are high quality candidates at different points in successful careers. With a Nottingham or Derby base, there could be no doubt that we would be delighted to avail ourselves of their services. Sadly, however, bitter experience shows that a life spent travelling between Leicester and Nottingham or Leicester and Derby tends to be a short one and not a particularly merry one.

Servicing police stations in Leicester never seems to be a problem. To reach into Leicester to attend a police station or at the Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court has never been a difficulty. Reaching out from Leicester to do a job based in Derby or Nottingham is something that has just never worked. Derby to Nottingham: yes! Nottingham to Derby: Yes! Nottingham to Lincoln (a longer journey): Yes! But Leicester to Nottingham or Leicester to Derby: just “No”.

A CUNNING SELECTION OF LEGAL LINGUISTS

Written by Will Bolam
October 19th, 2016

The Johnson Partnership are delighted to welcome Becky Da Silva to the firm. Becky is a recent BPTC graduate who has recently augmented our Crown Court team.

Becky is a fluent Portuguese speaker who grew up on the island of Jersey and has strong family links to Portugal and Madeira. Becky joins Monika Hoppe, who has recently qualified in the UK, having gained substantial experience in the Polish criminal justice system. The exceptionally talented Bianca Brasoveanu regularly provides specialist legal advice to our Romanian clients who struggle with English and have to deal with complexities involved in visiting police stations and courts.

When preparing a recent profile it became clear that within The Johnson Partnership there are lawyers speaking just under 20 languages with the fluency and proficiency to enable them to both translate and advise the client whatever their particular needs.

NEW BROOME SWEEPS CLEAN!

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.

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!

Recently,  The Johnson Partnership was named as the No: 1 Firm of criminal solicitors in Derby and Derbyshire.

Our Firm provides teams of specialist criminal solicitors in Derby and Chesterfield.  Centrally based expertise means that we are able to field prison law solicitors for Derby and Chesterfield based clients as well as having specialist fraud solicitors on hand to see clients in the North and South of Derbyshire.

We have been able to call on the trading standard law expertise of John Wilford who, whilst based at our Chesterfield premises, is delighted to advise clients with trading standard problems at either the Chesterfield or Derby office.  By employing a far ranging dedicated team of lawyers with expertise in everything from motoring law to major crime, we aim to head for “top lawyer status” not only in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the East Midlands but throughout the country.

A NEW TRAINEE ON THE ROLL ON ROLL OFF JP CONVEYOR

Written by Editor
October 31st, 2015

We are delighted to announce that Sarah Roberts has recently commenced her training contract with The Johnson Partnership, a month before Leyona Powell completes her own traineeship and qualifies as a solicitor.

Leyona’s experience has encompassed a broad range of topics, although of late she has been involved in high profile complicated fraud work.

Sarah has had considerable Magistrates’ Court experience, in that she has been the personnel assistant to Chris Saunders, one of the founding Partners, who is still a leading advocate in the East Midlands Magistrates’ Courts.

Sarah is used to long hours, overnight and weekend police station shifts and has shown herself to have the best possible attitude to all things Johnsons.

A well-organised administrator and an accomplished advisor, Sarah is everything that we could have looked for in a trainee, but inevitably we have not had to look far. We wish her all the best and look forward to the day when she pushes Mr Saunders to the back of queue whilst she gets on with her own contested bail applications.

A NEW START FOR A BIG HEART

Written by Editor
October 7th, 2015

Claire Greenhalgh, who originally started with The Johnson Partnership, as a Call Centre advisor back in 2007 is now to become a semi-detached Prison Law consultant. Having started working in the firm’s CDS Direct Call Centre, Claire went on to become a permanent member of the firm’s Prison Law team, securing a training contract and then staying on after the qualification as a Prison Law expert and duty solicitor.

Claire now wants to divide her time between Prison Law and her growing foster care commitments. Providing a loving supportive environment for children and young people who are at a precarious point in their lives calls for the involvement of a very special person. Those of us who have known and worked with Claire over the past eight years have no doubt that she is just that sort of person.

Claire will be maintaining her duty solicitor engagement with The Johnson Partnership, but will now be able to work both for ourselves and other firms as a Prison Law consultant, as and when her other commitments allow.

We wish Claire all the best and look forward to a long and happy continued association with a well-respected and much loved colleague.

In the meantime, it goes without saying that the firm’s Prison Law Department goes from strength to strength with a potential two new recruits joining the team during the next month or so. Jess, Devon, Euan, Alastair, and Rob remain at your service as ever.

UNDONE BY AN IPHONE AND A CRAFTY CLERK

Written by Editor
October 4th, 2015

The Johnson Partnership’s Jaki Macduff was recently involved in the undoing of an unwary Prosecution witness.

During a case in which The Johnson Partnership’s Jaki Macduff was acting as the litigator in support of local Counsel Clive Stockwell, the Crown Prosecution witness indicated that she did not have and indeed had never had a Facebook account. Within a matter of seconds, the quick-fingered Jaki, sitting behind Learned Counsel, had not only established that there was indeed an account in the witness’s name, but had also gained access to it.

Having handed her phone forward to Mr Stockwell, the witness was able to be asked whether she had been speaking truthfully when she said she had no account. When shown the phone and asked her to comment she started to indicate that the account must be an old one that had not been used for seven or eight years. How surprised was she to discover that there were indeed postings to that account of a personal nature made within the last twelve months.

We are left to reflect on the importance not only having staff with in-depth knowledge of social media, but also who have inquiring minds and a determination to leave no stone unturned. Top work Jaki!

A FOND FAREWELL TO MUCH MISSED MORRIS

Written by Editor
September 28th, 2015

On 28th August Nottingham Magistrates’ Court bid a fond farewell to the much loved and greatly respected District Judge Morris Cooper. A queue of speakers keen to share their own memories and thoughts about Morris was headed for the Defence by Chris Saunders from The Johnson Partnership who made a speech in the guise of a response to an application for bail.

Unexpectedly, The Johnson Partnership found that he’d had a very long-lived link to Morris Cooper’s distant past.

Eric Bray, himself 65 in November of this year, who is the star and stalwart of our Barnsley office, was in the year below Morris at Holgate Grammar School in Barnsley. Not only this, but Eric remembers Morris starting as a callow 17 year old at the Barnsley Magistrates’ Court.

It is good to know that Morris’s friends both old and new unite together in wishing him all the best for a long and happy retirement.

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