Category: People

Chloe Pinches

Chloe is a caseworker within the Criminal department as part of the Magistrates Court team.

She completed her Law degree at the University of Liverpool in 2018 where she was continually recognised for her Pro-Bono and extra-curricular work with the Law Clinic and Citizens Advice Bureau.

From this she has extensive experience in advising clients with varying issues and a level of understanding which enables clients to get the highest standard of care.

Laura Binney

Laura is a caseworker within the Confiscation and Restraints department and specialises in the Proceeds of Crime Act.

She deals with a wide spectrum of Proceeds of Crime matters from Pre and Post Order matters all the way through to Enforcement.

She prides herself on her hard working ethics and going the extra mile to ensure the best possible result is achieved for her clients

Lauren Thomas

Lauren is an experienced paralegal, specialising mainly in Confiscation and Restraints (Proceeds of Crime Act 2002).

During her time working in this niche area of law, Lauren has dealt with cases at every stage of the Confiscation Regime, from Pre and Post Order through to Enforcement. She has also assisted in Appeal matters.

Lauren graduated in 2011 and in 2019 is going to further her career by throwing herself into some different areas of Criminal Law alongside preparing her portfolio to become police station accredited.

Cortney Woolery

Cortney is PA to Katie McCreath and assists Katie on day to day basis. Cortney is an ambitious  caseworker who is currently undertaking her Cilex qualifications to become a qualified Legal Executive under Katie’s wing.

Samera Zaman


Samera is joining the team in January 2018. She is an experienced para-legal having worked in leading Proceeds of Crime and Matrimonial departments.

Samera has obtained her Legal Practice Course qualification and will be looking to qualify as a solicitor. She hopes to become a police station accredited representative in 2018 and commenced her training in 2017.

We are pleased to confirm that Samera will be heading the administration of the new premises in Birmingham which have been secured by Crown Defence and are set to open in February 2018.

Zakee Mushtaq

Hayley Skinner

Zakee is a caseworker within the Criminal department and is due to commence his training contract in January 2018.

Alongside this, Zakee is working towards becoming police station accredited.

Zakee has completed his Masters in Law at the University of Wolverhampton. He has also obtained a Distinction in Legal Practice at the same university together with awards for Commercial Law and Property Law & Practice.

Sharmine Miah

Sharmine Miah

Sharmine is a Trainee Solicitor working predominantly within the Confiscation and Restraints department, and also works within the Criminal and Civil department.

Sharmine completed her Law Degree in 2017 and is currently studying the Legal Practice Course and working towards obtaining a Masters in Law at the University of Law.

Sharmine began her legal career at the age of 19 and has had exposure to a variety of areas of law ranging from General Crime to preparing cases at all stages of the Confiscation regime from Pre-Order to the Enforcement stage, including Civil Recovery Proceedings, to Civil Litigation and Employment Law matters.

Sharmine prides herself on her excellent client care skills by effectively tailoring her approach to the needs of individual clients and ensuring her clients fully understand the relevant law surrounding their matters.

As well as her client care skills, Sharmine’s drafting and negotiation skills have resulted in successful outcomes for her clients. Her recent successes to date include successfully drafting corporate veil arguments ultimately leading HMRC to discontinue proceedings against her client. A further notable case is that following her successful submissions and negotiations with the Trading Standards, her client’s Benefit Figure and Available Amount was reduced by over 50%.

Outside of work, Sharmine enjoys a variety of things, including: spending time with her family and friends, cooking, eating out and walking in the countryside.