Paul is an experienced solicitor with Higher Rights of Audience in the Crown Court. He has been working in the criminal justice system for a number of years and has a wealth of experience in all aspects of criminal work both at the Magistrates Court and Crown Court including the preparation of complex cases for trial, conducting trial advocacy and representing clients at the police station.
He also has a vast experience in representing clients on a private basis in relation to those appearing before the City Council Committees regarding the grant, revocation, suspension of private hire/hackney carriage licences.
His meticulous methods of working coupled with his calm and thorough approach is why he has such a strong criminal defence reputation and loyal client base.
In 1984 Martin started working in the criminal justice system and he qualified as a Police Station Accredited Representative in 1995. He has established a strong loyal client base and manages a large volume of serious criminal work preparing cases throughout the criminal process from Magistrates Court to the Court of Appeal.
His role as Head of our Crown Court Department involves him undertaking a wide range of work including; advising clients at police stations, predominately in relation to extremely complex and very serious allegations. He also considers case papers, interviews clients and witnesses, prepares statements and liaises with experts and professionals. He instructs and sits behind counsel and devises and advises on case strategy and legal arguments.
Martin also undertakes voluntary work including sitting on the board of the Bristol Hate Crime Service Users Strategy Group. He also regularly attends the Safer Bristol’s Strategic Partnership Against Hate Crime meetings and is a board member of SARI (Support Against Racial Inequality).
Kira is our Practice Manager and Company Secretary. Kira has a GNVQ in business, has completed the first stage of her ILEX and is currently studying for a law degree through the Open University. Her youthful and energetic approach, organisational skills, knowledge and modern outlook is invaluable to us providing a high quality service to our clients.
Kira is also a Crown Court Clerk who has considerable experience in preparing and working on complex multi-handed Crown Court cases.