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Who We
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The bespoke team at Crown Defence has been created to bring together a wealth of criminal defence experience across the complete  spectrum of offences with a dynamic forward thinking ethos. No matter the offence our specialist team will lead you to the best possible outcome supporting you through to conclusion.

Crown Defence undertake successful, quality defence work on high profile and serious matters to include murder, drugs offences, people trafficking, terrorism, company offences, complex fraud and conspiracy cases achieving outstanding results for our clients. At Crown Defence we have a leading POCA defence team to defend the draconian proceedings suffered by individuals faced with these proceedings following a conviction.

Criminal Defence
Experts

of distinction, with a highly skilled team which has been created to bring together the full range of specialisms including finance and ancillary expertise such as matrimonial law.

Countrywide
Solicitors

with offices covering the Midlands and the North West of England, with fee earners based around the UK, Crown Defence can accept instructions from any location in the UK in relation to all of our services.

Decades of
Experience

The team brings together a wealth of expertise with the elite quatities of some of the finest fledgling lawyers in the areas of criminal defence.

The Team At
Crown

Katie McCreath

Katie is a specialist in the field of serious and high profile criminal defence, this includes high worth frauds, violent crimes a…

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Katie McCreath

Solicitor Advocate Head of Crime,
POCA & Criminal Defence

Office location: Birmingham

Office number: 0121 392 8000

Mobile number: 07894 464 305

Email: KatieMccreath@crowndefence.com

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

Shiva Misra

Shiva is the sole founder of Crown Solicitors. Shiva obtained his LLB (Hons) Law Degree from the University of Cardiff in 1991 bef…

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Shiva Misra

Solicitor Advocate – Head of Immigration & Prison Law

Office location: Birmingham

Office number: 0121 392 8000

Email: ShivaMisra@crowndefence.com

Shiva is the sole founder of Crown Solicitors. Shiva obtained his LLB (Hons) Law Degree from the University of Cardiff in 1991 before performing the solicitor’s finals exams in York in 1992. Shiva trained at a high street solicitor’s firm in Wembley, London where he began his experience in Criminal and Immigration Law and qualified as a Solicitor in 1997. Shiva then worked for national Criminal firm Tuckers as an assistant solicitor in Crime and Immigration where he established Immigration Departments across offices in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Shiva became a partner of Wolverhampton firm Riley Hayes & Co in 2005 and then established Crown Solicitors in 2013.

Shiva has been an accredited Supervisor in Criminal, Immigration and Prison Law for many years and qualified as a Solicitor Advocate in All Proceedings in 2008. Shiva undertakes a full range of all areas of his practice.

In Criminal Law Shiva routinely advises and represents clients in all matters ranging from murder to road traffic and he conducts trials most weeks as well as regularly appearing as an Advocate in Crown Courts.

In Immigration Law Shiva advises clients and companies in all business related applications and those under the points based tier scheme as well as in all personal Immigration matters ranging from Entry Clearance for family members to securing bail for those detained. He also frequently appears before the Upper and First Tier Tribunals in all types of contested appeals.

In Prison Law Shiva undertakes representation and advocacy before the Parole Board and for all types of Disciplinary allegations as well as advising on other aspects to assist detainees.

Shiva also has extensive experience in Public Law incorporating claims for Judicial Review against public authorities. Shiva has a proven track record of securing the most favourable outcome for his clients due to meticulous preparation and persuasive advocacy where required. Overall Shiva adopts a commercial approach with excellent client care focus to achieve the best result.

To assist his practice Shiva is fluent in French and Hindi and semi-fluent in German. Shiva has for many years utilised his linguistic skills to converse with numerous clients in their first language to place them at ease.

Did you know ? Shiva played cricket for Warwickshire County at school level, has appeared as an extra in a pop video and TV soap opera and now plays all sports with a personal passion for skiing and snow-boarding. When not in Court or playing sport Shiva also has a keen interest in property development.

Fiona Matthew

Fiona Matthew, head the new Crown Family Law department on 1st April 2018. Fiona is a leading family law solicitor, she has exten…

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Fiona Matthew

Head of Family Law

Office location: Stafford

Office number: 01785 87 8000

Email: FionaMatthew@crownfamilylaw.com

Fiona Matthew, head the new Crown Family Law department on 1st April 2018. Fiona is a leading family law solicitor, she has extensive experience in all areas of Family law. Fiona has an appreciation for ancillary matters, including experience in dealing with clients who have a family member or spouses subject to Proceeds of Crime Act Proceedings.

Family is one of the most demanding areas of law as it involves clients going through the most emotional, difficult time of their lives. Family law requires a cool head to help guide clients.

The emotional rollercoaster involved in separation leaves clients with feelings of anger, confusion and fear. You know your life is changing and you want someone to guide you though the process that has empathy, experience and an ability to advise sensitively.

Fiona Matthew is an experienced practitioner in the Family Court, Crown Court, High Court and Supreme Court. You can be confident that Fiona will provide you with the expertise you need in the areas below and more:

  • Divorce
  • Children Act Proceedings – Maintenance, Residence, Contact and Guardianship
  • Hague Convention Proceedings
  • Judicial Separation
  • Separation Agreements
  • Dissolution of Civil Partnerships

No doubt your friends and family will want to help and will give you information. Some of the information provided will be accurate, however, some of the information will be based on previous experience (which may be out of date), the latest soap opera or a general search of the internet.

It is extremely important that you are provided with accurate, pragmatic advice at an early stage.

Fiona litigates firmly, however, she is keen to ensure that clients have accurate advice which sometimes is not particularly palatable.

Children Law:

Children are the biggest consideration that separating clients have. How do I protect them? am I better to stay in an unhappy relationship “for the sake of the children”? Children are not fools they know when their parents are unhappy and there is tension in the family home. Children are resilient and having two happy parents living separately is often more beneficial than two unhappy parents living together.

It is vital to take expert advice regarding your options.

The most common questions are: What will happen when I leave or my partner leaves me? What are the financial consequences of separation? How will my children deal with the separation? Where will we live? How can I manage financially? What will happen regarding tax credits? What will happen about pensions? What child support am I entitled to?

Whatever you decide, you need expert help and advice: It can be a short or long journey but Fiona will support you all the way, offering expert advice, while you make the ultimate decisions that will affect your life.

If you are still unsure that you need a solicitor then make an appointment to see Fiona. You will have a better idea of what is involved and be in a position to make an informed choice.

Fiona offers a caring, professional, confidential service to clients.

Glyn Dale-Jones

I am a highly experienced company and commercial lawyer, having dealt with a wide range of areas of law in a career spanning over …

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Glyn Dale-Jones

Office location: Stafford

Office number: 0121 392 8000

Email: GlynDale-Jones@crowndefence.com

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:

Corporate

  • 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
  • Reorganisations
  • Partnerships and LLP’s
  • Anti-bribery and corruption policies
  • Unincorporated associations and their constitutions
  • Companies limited by guarantee
  • Charities

Commercial

  • Joint ventures
  • Development agreements
  • Collaboration agreements
  • Software development and licensing agreements
  • Distribution and agency agreements
  • Terms of business
  • Website terms of use and privacy policy
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Heads of terms/ letters of intent
  • Franchising
  • 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.

PERSONAL

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.

Nicky Mondair

Nicky has a wealth of experience in defending cases of gravity across a broad spectrum of criminal work. Since qualifying she has …

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Nicky Mondair

Criminal Defence Solicitor

Office location: Birmingham

Office number: 0121 392 8000

Email: NickyMondair@crowndefence.com

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.

Kelly Cyples

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

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Kelly Cyples

Barrister & Police Station Representative

Office location: Birmingham

Office number: 0121 392 8000

Email: KellyCyples@crowndefence.com

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.

Zakee Mushtaq

Zakee is a caseworker within the Criminal department and has recently completed his training contract to become a qualified solici…

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Zakee Mushtaq

Qualified Solicitor, POCA & Criminal Defence

Office location: Birmingham

Office number: 0121 392 8000

Email: ZakeeMushtaq@crowndefence.com

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.

Samera Zaman

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

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Samera Zaman

Crime and Proceeds of Crime Defence Caseworker

Office location: Birmingham

Office number: 0121 392 8000

Email: SameraZaman@crowndefence.com

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.

Cortney Woolery

Cortney is PA to Katie McCreath and assists Katie on day to day basis. Cortney is an ambitious  caseworker who is currently under…

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Cortney Woolery

PA to Katie McCreath

Office location: Birmingham / Stafford

Office number: 0121 392 8000

Email: CortneyWoolery@crowndefence.com

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.

Lauren Thomas

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

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Lauren Thomas

Paralegal

Office location: Birmingham / Stafford

Office number: 0121 392 8000

Email: LaurenThomas@crowndefence.com

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.

Laura Binney

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

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Laura Binney

Specialist Confiscation Caseworker

Office location: Stafford

Office number: 0121 392 8000

Email: LauraBinney@crowndefence.com

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

Chloe Pinches

Chloe is a caseworker within the Criminal department as part of the Magistrates Court team. She completed her Law degree at the Un…

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Chloe Pinches

Caseworker – Criminal Defence Department

Office location: Birmingham

Office number: 0121 392 8000

Email: ChloePinches@crowndefence.com

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.

Khalid Waheed

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Khalid Waheed

Duty Solicitor – Prison Law & Immigration Specialist

Office location: Birmingham

Office number: 0121 392 8000

Email: KhalidWaheed@crowndefence.com

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Simon Hanns

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Simon Hanns

Criminal Solicitor Advocate and Senior Criminal Duty Solicitor

Office location: Birmingham

Office number: 0121 392 8000

Email: SimonHanns@crowndefence.com

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Mark Hemming

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Mark Hemming

Barrister – Supervising Duty Solicitor

Office location: Birmingham

Office number: 0121 392 8000

Email: MarkHemming@crowndefence.com

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Mohammed Khan

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Mohammed Khan

Head of General Crime – Duty Solicitor Advocate

Office location: Birmingham

Office number: 0121 392 8000

Email: MohammedKhan@crowndefence.com

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