I’m a Solicitor specialising in Criminal Defence. I’ve been qualified as a solicitor since January 2020 but I’ve been working in Criminal Law since July 2016. I initially worked as Paralegal investigating Miscarriages of Justice.
I also volunteered with the Innocence Project in Cardiff University, providing legal assistance to people falsely convicted of crimes. I was instrumental in the appeal of a murder conviction which was the first successful appeal by the Innocence Project in the UK. My team was shortlisted for the 2015 Liberty Human Rights Award.
Since qualifying I have worked in General Crime. I provide legal representation as both an advocate in the Magistrates Court and in the Crown Court covering a varied and busy caseload. However, I still have a key interest in Human Rights and protecting the right of access to justice.
What inspired you to get into law?
For me a career in law has always been the ideal application of my skills. I’ve found that a clear sense of empathy and judgment is vital to work in law. Volunteering with the Innocence Project and as an appropriate adult for vulnerable people in the police station cemented my desire to help people. I now use my skills to represent people as they navigate the challenges of the Criminal Justice System.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
I often find that the law, with its jargon, acronyms and terminology, is a different language for most people who have not spent their lives involved with the Criminal Justice system. The most rewarding aspect of my role is being able to take my experience and knowledge and use this to help my clients to better understanding the law. I also show them the options available to them and the implications of the decisions they make. The most rewarding moment for me is when I know that my client fully understands the situation before them and can make a fully informed decision.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
I enjoy working with a dedicated team of highly experienced lawyers along with an established and efficient support network. The firm has this shared intention to ensure clients are given the best support and care possible.
What do you do away from the office?
Outside of the office I enjoy travelling and hiking. I also have a keen interest in writing and photography and will often spend my spare time combining all of these on weekend trips to the Peak District.
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