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.
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 is a caseworker within the Criminal department and has recently completed his training contract to become a qualified solicitor.
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.
Nicky has a wealth of experience in defending cases of gravity across a broad spectrum of criminal work. Since qualifying she has specialised in all types of Criminal defence, advising and representing individuals at all stages of the criminal litigation process from initial interview through to trial. Her practise experience covers a broad range of offences from: violent disorder, Murder, rape, Child abuse and Blackmail to large scale multi defendant conspiracies relating to drugs, human trafficking and fraud. She’s developed specialism in dealing with cases involving technical evidence including cell site evidence.
Nicky is known for my meticulous preparation, good eye for detail and ability to deal with complex evidence and challenging areas of law. She truly understand the importance of a trusting relationship between Solicitor and client and is committed to provide practical and tailored advice to all of her clients. She is extremely passionate about her work and aims to provide very sensitive yet robust approach to each and every case she deals with.
I am a highly experienced company and commercial lawyer, having dealt with a wide range of areas of law in a career spanning over 40 years. I have an outstanding academic record but have a long track record of giving practical and commercial advice and solving major legal problems for clients. Over my career I have acted for FTSE 100 companies, foreign multi-nationals, NHS Trusts and SME’s and am ‘trusted adviser’ to several SME’s. I interact well with people and have an excellent track record of business development and forging long-term relationships with clients.
I deal with most corporate and commercial matters subject to English law, but not court proceedings, and I do not advise on taxation (including stamp duty and stamp duty land tax), except on the most general basis. I set out below examples of the subject areas that I cover:
- Share sales and purchases
- Business/asset sales and purchases
- Share buy-backs
- Banking (acting for the borrower)
- Security documentation for private companies (debentures, facility agreements and related documentation)
- Shareholder agreements
- Investment agreements
- Alphabet share structures
- Articles of association
- Company procedure and administration (including advising on regulations relating to persons with significant control)
- Company formation and constitution
- Corporate governance
- Directors’ powers and duties
- Share capital, structure, allotments and transfers
- Shareholder rights and remedies
- Partnerships and LLP’s
- Anti-bribery and corruption policies
- Unincorporated associations and their constitutions
- Companies limited by guarantee
- Joint ventures
- Development agreements
- Collaboration agreements
- Software development and licensing agreements
- Distribution and agency agreements
- Terms of business
- Non-disclosure agreements
- Heads of terms/ letters of intent
- Outsourcing agreements
- Supply of goods and services agreements
- General insolvency (not acting for liquidators or administrators)
- Guarantees and indemnities
- Protection, assignment and licensing of intellectual property rights (including in the employment context)
- Data protection
- Powers of attorney
- Hire agreements
- Assignment/novation of agreements
- Contractual disputes (up to issue of proceedings)
- Dispute settlement agreements
- General commercial agreements
POSITIONS OUTSIDE THE LAW
I was a director of INWARD, the then regional investment agency for the North West, for many years. I have been a governor and then chairman of the governors of Mostyn House School, an independent day school charitable trust, for many years. I was until recently chairman of the trustees of a client defined benefit pension scheme, having been a trustee for over 20 years. It was wound up in 2016.
My main sporting interest is now skiing and the rest of the year I keep fit for skiing. My wife and I have a house in northwest Italy and we spend as much time as possible there, having a keen interest in Italian wine and food and all other things Italian. I have a fully-equipped office there too and look after my UK clients from the UK or Italy as appropriate.
Katie is a specialist in the field of serious and high profile criminal defence, this includes high worth frauds, violent crimes and terrorism. Katie is a leading practitioner in confiscation defence with an acute interest in financial and company offences. Katie is a Higher Courts Advocate and is an approved solicitor on the Legal Aid Agencies Very High Costs Case Panel.
Katie oversees the dedicated confiscation department at Crown Defence and acts as a leading advocate on many Proceeds of Crime cases. The team has seen great success having saved clients over £1/2 billion! Her team, and the high-quality experts she appoints, have helped shape current confiscation law today, Katie is driven to challenge the draconian process of confiscation for her clients. The team have worked on many leading cases which has helped improve the position of individuals who find themselves subject to this harsh and draconian area of the law.
Spotting a niche specialist area, which other firms omitted to grasp, Katie developed a bespoke Confiscation & Restraints department in 2009, initially heading a small department, which developed into the largest and most successful Confiscation defence team in the Country.
Katie prides herself on obtaining the best conceivable results at the earliest stage possible to reduce the stress suffered by those subject to criminal investigations, which is a significantly different approach to that taken by most defence solicitors. A large proportion of Katie’s cases are withdrawn by the prosecution prior to a charge decision, due to the diligent preparation by Katie and her team during the early stages.
Katie has headed the defence of many high-profile matters this year which have been discontinued, these include terrorism, high value fraud, domestic violence and historical sexual offences. Katie and her team provide the highest quality service, with appreciation for the impact of criminal proceedings on all aspects of a client life, as such Katie and her team assist their clients on related ancillary matters, including the impact on contracts, employment and media.
Katie has also successful represented U.K nationals in overseas proceedings with the assistance of foreign partners.
Katie continues to deal with all aspects of Serious Crime defence on a daily basis from police investigation to appeals, including; Terrorism, Serious fraud, People Trafficking, Trade Mark, Money laundering, Drug offences, Murder, Appeals, High Profile & High Value Confiscations.
Katie was elected onto the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Committee (POCLA) bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the association.
Katie also has a keen interest in the equestrian field competing on a national level and as a consequence in 2014 she was appointed by British Show jumping to sit on the disciplinary panel. Katie sits on the panel as a national competitor and legal expert. In addition Katie is the Staffordshire and West-midlands representative for British Show jumping members heading the regions committee.
Katie is an active member of The Women in Business Association