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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.
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.
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.
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.
John is the Director of Crown Defence, John qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and since seen extensive success in the legal industr…Read More
John is the Director of Crown Defence, John qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and since seen extensive success in the legal industry.
John was responsible for the rebirth of Crown Defence in the summer of 2017, selecting the very best criminal defence team members for all aspects of criminal proceedings from criminal investigations to high profile appeals. John has a keen interest in developing Proceeds of Crime defence and has added accounts qualified team members to the department to give our clients the advantage required in these draconian proceedings.
John is one of the founders of the leading Liverpool based law firm Hampson Hughes Solicitors. In the seven years since its establishment Hampson Hughes Solicitors has experienced phenomenal growth. During this time it has gained national recognition as one of the UK’s fastest growing law firms. It now employs 150 staff, based at its Liverpool headquarters, and together they help people to secure personal injury compensation as a result of non-fault accidents. John hopes to bring his extensive business development knowledge and skills to the world of criminal defence, with the sole objective to create one of the leading criminal defence firms in the County, allowing the very best quality of service for our clients and to continue to support his team to achieve leading results on complex and high profile cases.
Katie is a specialist in the field of serious and high profile criminal defence, this includes high worth frauds, violent crimes a…Read More
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 is the sole founder of Crown Solicitors. Shiva obtained his LLB (Hons) Law Degree from the University of Cardiff in 1991 bef…Read More
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.
James is senior solicitor within the criminal defence department. He has over 10 years of experience of dealing with defence of cr…Read More
James is senior solicitor within the criminal defence department. He has over 10 years of experience of dealing with defence of criminal related matters from the earliest Police Station stage, to the Magistrates’ Courts and also at Crown Court. James also has an interest in Proceeds of Crime work, having represented clients in the most complex of confiscation cases.
James obtained his law degree from the University of Birmingham and undertook vocational training at Staffordshire University. He has practised in various court centres across England and Wales, most regularly in the Midlands and North West.
James regularly attends Magistrates’ courts as an advocate dealing with all criminal offences including matters where the client is a young person under 18 years of age. He often represents clients at the Police Station when they are first arrested and has a strong ethos that preparation of a client’s defence at the earliest stage is key to securing the best possible result. In many cases, James has secured a withdrawal of proceedings by the prosecution. Client care is of paramount importance and in order to ensure continuity, James will maintain ownership and responsibility for cases from beginning to end.
James is an expert in motoring defence, assisting clients in preserving their licence and obtaining the best possible outcome at Court.
James is the leading advocate at Crown Defence for enforcement proceedings in Proceeds of Crime matters, having successfully defended numerous clients and preventing the activation of default periods of imprisonment.
Joanna is a criminal defence lawyer with a specialist knowledge of Confiscation and Restraints law (Proceeds of Crime Act 2002), J…Read More
Joanna is a criminal defence lawyer with a specialist knowledge of Confiscation and Restraints law (Proceeds of Crime Act 2002), Joanna has a wealth of experience in preparing Proceeds of Crime cases that are pursued by the Prosecution following convictions for a whole spectrum of offences including drugs supply, money laundering and a vast variety of fraud offences, misleading/aggressive/unfair commercial practices and burglary. Joanna has worked within this area of law since 2011 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2014; Joanna is a Solicitor-Advocate having obtained Higher Rights of Audience. Joanna also has experience in the preparation of criminal regulatory cases, which have been prosecuted under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Fiona Matthew, head the new Crown Family Law department on 1st April 2018. Fiona is a leading family law solicitor, she has exten…Read More
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:
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 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.
I am a highly experienced company and commercial lawyer, having dealt with a wide range of areas of law in a career spanning over …Read More
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:
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.
David is a Solicitor Advocate having qualified in 1991. He is a qualified Police Station and Court Duty Solicitor and regularly ap…Read More
David is a Solicitor Advocate having qualified in 1991. He is a qualified Police Station and Court Duty Solicitor and regularly appears in the magistrates courts. In addition David has higher rights of audience and appears in the Crown Court on a regular basis. He specialises in criminal defence, this in house speciality allows continuity of representation.
David has won numerous Crown Court trials including allegations of rape ,historic sexual assault, Dangerous driving, assault, public order, drugs and many more. He has also been led by QC on a five week Murder trial in Leicester Crown Court.
David has over 25 years of experience in criminal defence work. David has previously worked as a Crown Prosecutor and Local authority Prosecutor He has previously been a principal member of his own law firm for a number of years but now focuses on heavyweight high profile advocacy work, spending most days at Court.
David joined Crown Defence in 2017, he continues to represent those accused in the most serious of cases in the police station and at Court. David is a valued member of the team adding a wealth of experience.
Michael was admitted as a solicitor in 2000. He is a robust experienced advocate and is a qualified duty solicitor. He has been on…Read More
Michael was admitted as a solicitor in 2000. He is a robust experienced advocate and is a qualified duty solicitor. He has been on the West Midlands and Manchester Magistrates Court Circuits since qualification, dealing with a vast array of matters.
Michael has significant experience in preparing complex high value frauds, to include international carousel frauds, VAT frauds, drugs conspiracies and money laundering cases of the highest level. Michael is a grade A supervising solicitor and is an approved grade A case supervisor for VHCC (Very High Cost Case) matters.
Michael brings a wealth of experience to the firm and supports the supervision of cases, following a step back from advocacy to follow other business ventures for short period on 2017. We are thrilled to have him on the team and for our clients to benefit from his wealth of criminal defence experience.
Nicky has a wealth of experience in defending cases of gravity across a broad spectrum of criminal work. Since qualifying she has …Read More
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.
We are excited to confirm that Kelly will be joining the team to support representation from the police station through to Court. …Read More
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.
Jonathan is a member of the criminal investigations defence team here at Crown Defence. Jonathan represents clients from the initi…Read More
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
Hayley Skinner is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and has over 14 years’ specialist knowledge…Read More
Hayley Skinner is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives 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 and 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.
Jason Holt who has been practicing Criminal Defence since 1992 and with over 25 years’ experience. Jason became police station a…Read More
Jason Holt who has been practicing Criminal Defence since 1992 and with over 25 years’ experience. Jason became police station accredited in 1995 and attained degree in Law from Liverpool John Moore’s University. Jason possess an excellent knowledge of Criminal Law and procedure and prepares a defendants case with attention and detail working towards the best possible outcome, always putting client’s first.
Jason has also represented those detained who require prison law advice, assistance and advocacy in respect of adjudications and parole board hearings.
Charlotte began working as a Caseworker in a Specialist Confiscation and Restraints (Proceeds of Crime Act 2002) Department in 201…Read More
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
Sharmine is a caseworker within the Confiscation and Restraints department and due to commence her training contract in November 2…Read More
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.
Zakee is a caseworker within the Criminal department and is due to commence his training contract in January 2018. Alongside this,…Read More
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.
Samera is joining the team in January 2018. She is an experienced para-legal having worked in leading Proceeds of Crime and Matrim…Read More
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.
Robert Owen-Jones is a caseworker who joined the Criminal department team in late November 2017 and will start his training in 201…Read More
Robert Owen-Jones is a caseworker who joined the Criminal department team in late November 2017 and will start his training in 2018.
Robert is also looking to start his police station accreditation in 2018.
Robert has experience in accountancy and uses these skills to assist in confiscation cases. Robert also brings IT skills to the team with his experience trouble shooting and building computers.
During his spare time Robert enjoys Paintballing, Airsoft and watching Rugby.
Michaela has joined the team to assist with company defence and financial preparation on both fraud and confiscation cases. Michae…Read More
Michaela has joined the team to assist with company defence and financial preparation on both fraud and confiscation cases. Michaela brings a wealth of knowledge which assists in giving clients the edge that is required to see success in confiscation and in substantive criminal cases which involve finances or companies.
She has worked in Insolvency for over 15 years dealing with both corporate and personal insolvency. She is a qualified Insolvency Practitioner having passed her JIE exams in 2007.
She has experience on high profile and high value projects to include Port Vale (Valiant 2001) Limited and Wedgwood Museum Trust Limited. In respect of Proceeds of Crime work, she has vast experience in the personal insolvency sector dealing with both bankruptcy and trading IVA’s.
In respect of experiences Michaela currently works for MSD Insolvency and has work for Lucas Johnson, Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP, Walletts Chartered Certified Accountants, her practical experience and knowledge of accounts, insolvency and company
Melanie is a Duty Solicitor within the Criminal Department and has over 10 years experience dealing with defence or criminal relat…Read More
Melanie is a Duty Solicitor within the Criminal Department and has over 10 years experience dealing with defence or criminal related matters from the initial Police Station stage, to the Magistrates and also at the Crown Court.
Melanie prides herself on her professional and detailed approach to cases and this, coupled with her highly skilled advocacy results in clients feeling confident and at ease throughout their representation and assured in the representation they receive.
Client care is of paramount importance to Melanie and her dedication and enthusiasm in her work means that she will go the extra mile to ensure that she can obtain the best possible outcome for her clients.
Melanie also trained in Conveyancing and has continued to develop her knowledge in Residential Conveyancing which includes Sales, Purchases, Transfers of Equity and Remortgages. Melanie prides herself on offering an efficient and client focused service to ensure the process is as straight forward as possible for her clients.