Experienced Criminal Defence Solicitor for 14 years. I attend the Magistrates Court on a daily basis and have passed my higher rights to gain rights of audience in the for Crown Court. I work in a management role at my present company where I have worked for almost 11 years with a team working under me in the Crown Court department where I often study complex evidence and give guidance on issues of the documents. I also work as a valued member in a team in the Magistrates Court Department attending court daily.
Excellent communication skills in advocacy and team building and dedicated, reliable and professional as well as punctual and ambitious.
Advising clients both in the office and at court. Preparing cases according to the clients instructions and comparing the evidence accordingly. This often means working under pressure when at court and often representing three or more clients across different court rooms which require working at speed and being able to manage my time effectively.
Conducting trials after researching the law and obtaining the best result for the client regardless of the allegation they face. Using equality and diversity is paramount when doing this.
Protecting the client's interests as well as maintaining duties of being an officer of the court. This involves challenging evidence and putting forward constructive arguments before the court in a professional manner. This requires excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Undertaken and succeeded at drafting skeleton arguments challenging the admissibility of evidence the prosecution wish to rely upon. Also required to write detailed analysis of cases by way of reports and any appeals that require drafting.
A valued member of the team of solicitors within a criminal law department. I held a responsible position of preparing files for billing as well as attending the Magistrates Court and Police Stations to represent clients and prepare their cases on a daily basis.
As a newly qualified Solicitor I undertook the majority of out of hours work at the police station.
Completed two a two year training contract including a number of courses as prescribed by the Law Society to enable me to be admitted to the role of solicitors.
I obtained this qualification whilst working to enable me to present cases in the Crown Court in order to progress my career further.
It has proved to be an invaluable qualification and taught me quickly absorb information in the form of evidence which needs to be analysed and a decision made as to whether it is to be opposed.
Post graduate Diploma for which I received a distinction. Involved exams at the end of the year and coursework throughout the course.
Also required to do advocacy assessment and a Solicitors Accounts Rules module.
At the completion of the three year course received a 2:1
Sociiology - B Hinduism - B Buddhism - B
10 GCSE's with grade C or above including Mathematics and English
As required to do by the Law Society of 18 hours per year and 5 hours for Higher Rights.
This involves attending various courses but in particular Criminal Law Updates to remain up to date with current law and procedural changes both in the courts and at the police station.
I was a governor of a local primary school for 4 years and chaired the PTA at the school for 3 years. I currently hold the position of Vice Chair. This enables me to be involved in the local community and be able to use my leadership skills in a setting outside my work environment.
I enjoy reading and belong to a local book group reading a wide variety of different literature.
I enjoy doing personal interval training at the gym which I do twice a week.
I enjoy baking and have recently completed a cake decorating course and as a result of which I have made numerous wedding cakes and different occasion cakes for family and friends.
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