Category: People

Lauren Thomas

criminal defence lawyers

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 caseworker within the Confiscation and Restraints department and due to commence her training contract in November 2017.

Alongside this, she is studying towards obtaining her Legal Practice Course and Masters of Law qualification at the University of Law.

Sharmine has a keen interest in cases of corporate crime and this has been underpinned by her experience of preparing cases concerning fraud, financial and business crime. She has also been involved in preparing cases concerning drug conspiracies and criminal offences.

In her spare time, Sharmine assists organisations who strive for social justice taking part in programmes designed to rehabilitate prisoners and assist young carers and persons within the ‘BAME’ background into employment.

Charlotte Davies

Charlotte Davies

Charlotte began working as a Caseworker in a Specialist Confiscation and Restraints (Proceeds of Crime Act 2002) Department in 2015 whilst still undertaking her degree in Law (LLB Hons).

After graduating in 2016, she commenced her Legal Practice Course and Training Contract and she is due to qualify as a Solicitor in September 2018. Charlotte is also completing a Masters Programme as part of her studies.

Charlotte works as part of our bespoke confiscation team and during her time working in this niche area of law, she has amassed experience in a number of confiscation cases following on from an array of offences. Charlotte has dealt with cases at every stage of the Confiscation regime, including both Pre and Post-Order and Enforcement; Charlotte has also assisted in preparing the cases of third parties wishing to assert an interest in assets subject to a Proceeds of Crime Act Application

Hayley Skinner


Hayley Skinner is a Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (GCILEX) and has over 14 years’ specialist knowledge of criminal law. Hayley obtained her degree in Law from Staffordshire University and obtained her Police Station Accreditation in 2012. Hayley has a wealth of knowledge and experience having dealt with clients accused of the most serious offences such as terrorism, murder, large scale fraud, dishonesty, rape, robbery and burglary. Hayley has a keen eye for detail and a particular interest in police station work and serious complex cases and prides herself on going the extra mile for her clients.

Jonathan Turner

Jonathan Turner

Jonathan is a member of the criminal investigations defence team here at Crown Defence. Jonathan represents clients from the initial stages in the police stations through the court process.

Jonathan is police station accredited to provide representation at the police station and is an experienced barrister, having been called to the Bar in 1999.

He specialises in defending serious criminal offences and has proved himself in ensuring that digital evidence is always properly served to ensure that clients are given the tools to properly instruct experts where required and build robust defences, with a focus on detail. Jonathan has represented clients in the most serious of allegations at the police station, including sexual offences and terrorism.

Jonathan is also a member of Kenworthy’s Chambers, he also receives instructions in relation to regulatory offences, especially concerning the New Roads and Street Works Act and has travelled the country successfully defending utility companies. Here at Crown Defence we are experienced in regulatory and company offences, Jonathan is an asset to the developing corporate defence team.

It is always of benefit to know your opposition and how the prosecutors will be approaching a case, Jonathan has extensive prosecution experience so adds value to cases by knowing how he would prosecute the matter. He has reached the highest category of 4 on the CPS grading and has been authorised to prosecute sexual offences

Kelly Cyples

Kelly Cyples

We are excited to confirm that Kelly will be joining the team to support representation from the police station through to Court.

Kelly began her career in criminal practice over 10 years ago, initially representing clients at police stations.

Kelly has experience in Magistrates’ and Crown Court matters, having been a Higher Court Advocate before transferring to the Bar in 2016.

We provide prison law advice and representation, our clients benefit from us holding a legal aid contract to provide prison law advice and representation, kelly is an asset to the team as she has experience in prison law.

Kelly is a tenacious advocate who utilises her breadth of experience to her clients’ advantage. We are looking forward to her joining the team.

Kelly is a member of 23 Essex Street Chambers, whom we instruct regularly on complex criminal Crown Court matters.

Nicky Mondair

Nicky Mondair

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.