Our Criminal Defence Solicitors

 

Fighting for our Clients since 1999

Old Bailey Solicitors has drawn together a team of criminal defence lawyers it can be proud of. The vast majority of our team have been with this firm for a number of years because they enjoy working on challenging cases for a firm of genuine prestige. All have committed themselves to looking after clients in their most difficult hour. Attention to detail, real customer care and legal skill has been brought to bear in cases large and small.

Our team is big enough to cope with complex and serious crime but small enough to care and provide continuity of service. Endless testimonials speak of the effort, expertise and kindness paid to clients and their cases.

We are delighted that this talented group has chosen to work at Old Bailey Solicitors and we think you will be glad to have them on your side too.

We take pride in our dealings with our clients and specialise in a common sense approach to advice and representation – we’ll always tell it like it is.

Meet The Team

Rod Hayler

Rod Hayler

Solicitor - Managing Director

Rod leads the Old Bailey Solicitors team as Managing Director and has specialised in criminal defence work since 1998.

He is a trial advocate of 17 years’ experience and with an impressive track record of success.  As a Higher Courts Advocate since 2007, Rod also represents clients in Crown Courts across the country and in the Court of Appeal.

Rod has built up an impressive and nationwide practice representing clients wrongfully accused of rape or other sexual offences and he has achieved many notable successes in this area.

Karen Brookes

Karen Brookes

Solicitor - Director

Karen joined Old Bailey Solicitors in 2013 and became a Director of the Company in 2017.

Karen has practised criminal law for more than 17 years, representing clients as both solicitor and advocate.

She now enjoys a mix of work which includes litigating serious fraud and serious sexual offences, in particular those charged with historic offences and offences involving children.

Robert Beighton

Robert Beighton

Solicitor - Director

Rob Beighton joined the firm in the autumn of 2003 having qualified as a solicitor in 2001. After 14 years with Old Bailey Solicitors, Rob became a Director in December 2017.

He is a higher courts advocate and has dealt with numerous crown court cases, however, his main practice is in the magistrates court; the youth court and at the police station where he has a wealth of experience in representing clients in a wide range of matters.

Camilla Rents

Camilla Rents

Solicitor - Director

Camilla was appointed as a Director of Old Bailey Solicitors in September 2018.

Whether as advocate or litigator, Camilla has specialised in criminal defence work since 2010 and has particular experience in cases involving sexual offences, serious violent offences (including murder) and money laundering and fraud.

As a Higher Courts Advocate since 2014, Camilla also represents clients as advocate in the Crown Court.

Grant Long

Grant Long

Solicitor

Grant is currently the lead advocate at our Surrey office.

Grant has extensive experience in criminal matters, representing clients accused of serious crime from sexual and violent offending to complex fraud and offences concerning drugs.

He is regularly instructed in the Magistrates Court with success in defending those accused of drink driving, failing to provide a specimen of breath for alcohol analysis, careless and dangerous driving, and failing to stop and report a RTA.

Jill Joyce

Jill Joyce

Solicitor

Jill qualified as a solicitor in 2003. She joined the firm having previously worked for H M Courts & Tribunals Service for 12 years as a Court Legal Advisor.

Jill now specialises in Magistrates and Youth Court work, having represented clients from all walks of life for various offences. She is happy to accept cases on a private or legal aid basis.

Jill also provides police station representation at all levels of seriousness.

Tim Cosham

Tim Cosham

Solicitor

Tim joined our Surrey office in April 2017 and has specialised in Criminal Defence work since qualifying as a Solicitor in September 2009 and has been working within Criminal Defence profession since 2007.

He regularly appears at Magistrates Courts and Police Stations across Surrey and the surrounding counties to represent clients accused of the full range of offences from shoplifting to murder.

Brian Aldred

Brian Aldred

Higher Courts Advocate

Brian has been practising in criminal law for over 20 years. Originally called as a barrister, Brian now has dual qualification, having re-qualified as a solicitor in 2001. Brian specialises in advocacy in serious, sensitive or complex cases.

He is a technical lawyer adept at legal argument but also has the ability to communicate effectively with clients in easily understood language.

Linda Macdonald

Linda Macdonald

Chartered Legal Executive Advocate

Linda is a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate and has over 30 years of varied experience in the Criminal Justice System. Linda has specialised in Criminal Defence since 1997 and qualified in 2003.

Linda is an Accredited Police Station Representative, a Commissioner of Oaths and has obtained rights of advocacy in the Magistrates’ Court.

Linda has experience in dealing with all levels of crime including murder, manslaughter, sexual offences, serious fraud, kidnap, drugs importation, assault, burglary.

Gillian Hayler

Gillian Hayler

Paralegal

Gillian has worked in the legal profession since 1996, specialising in criminal defence for the last 14 years. She joined the firm in 2000 and completed an Ilex Paralegal course in 2005. Gillian has been an Accredited Police Station Representative since 2008 and is often called to represent clients at the police station.

Gillian prepares criminal defence cases from our Brighton office. She works closely with Crown Court trial advocates and prides herself on her evidence gathering and reputation for building strong and successful cases. Calm and unflappable, Gillian offers a reassuring presence to her clients when they most need it.

Lesley Fleming

Lesley Fleming

Paralegal

Lesley’s legal career spans over 30 years.

In recent years she has put her extensive experience to use for the firm as a Paralegal, preparing criminal defence cases to trial in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.

Lesley has a hard working and unflappable style which clients instantly warm to and appreciate.

Lesley works closely with our Crown Court Advocates and criminal defence solicitors within the firm to ensure that criminal cases are fully prepared. As a result, success is often achieved against the odds.

Jeanette Appleton

Jeanette Appleton

Chartered Legal Executive Advocate

Jeanette has been working as a criminal lawyer for 15 years. She is an Accredited Police Station Representative and is often called to represent clients in the police station, day and night.

She has represented clients being interviewed and/or prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service, Serious Organised Crime Unit, HMRC and DWP and has also dealt with high profile cases that have featured on news reports.

Tim Leete

Tim Leete

Solicitor

Nick Ross

Nick Ross

Solicitor

Nick specialises in criminal law and has represented clients facing charges from murder to shoplifting, and everything in between.

Alongside representing clients in criminal courts and police stations, he is an Associate Professor at The University of Law, where he is head of the criminal department. He has been training prospective barristers in criminal law and advocacy for over ten years.

Stephen Walters

Stephen Walters

Higher Courts Advocate

Stephen Walters is a specialist trial advocate and has been instructed in serious and complex criminal cases for very many years. He has been recommended by Legal 500 in the London Bar section.

Stephen is instructed as leading or senior junior, and has often led alongside QC’s.

He is a member of the VHCC advocates panel.

Stephen was one of the first solicitors to gain Higher Court Rights in 1994, and has practised as a full-time Crown Court defence advocate for over 24 years.

Lex Hurley

Lex Hurley

Consultant Solicitor

Lex has specialised in criminal defence work since 2007 and frequently represents clients at both the police station and Magistrates Court.

Lex has a wealth of experience in dealing with offences from road traffic to fraud to murder. She represents a range of clients including professionals such as police officers, doctors and teachers.

Passionate about representing youths, Lex is also a dedicated volunteer for the Youth Offending Service.

Lex gained her Higher Rights of Audience in January 2013, and has represented numerous clients in the Crown Court with much success.

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