Meet the Team – Brian Aldred

Meet the Team - Brian Aldred

This is the tenth in a series of posts designed to provide you with some information about the team at Old Bailey Solicitors, what they do and why they do it! 

Today its the turn of senior advocate and OBS brainbox, Brian Aldred 

 

What is your job title?

Solicitor-advocate

How long have you been with Old Bailey Solicitors?

I have been associated with Old Bailey Solicitors for over 15 years

 

What did you do before joining Old Bailey Solicitors? 

I was a criminal barrister

 

What made you decide to become a criminal defence specialist?

It was a natural fit: The work was interesting, challenging and varied and I knew I could be good at it.

 

Describe your typical day at work

I mostly deal now with clients facing serious criminal charges: A typical day could therefore see me in the Crown Court for a jury trial or an administrative hearing, meeting a client for a case conference or sat at my desk putting in the hours of preparation necessary for such cases. 

 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The challenge to find the best way to get the right message to my audience; whether that is my client, another lawyer, the judge or the jury. 

What are you especially good at? 

Assessing and understanding the capabilities of clients who have mental health issues

 

If you could implement one single change to the criminal justice system, what would it be?

To increase diversion of the mentally ill away from the criminal justice system altogether.

Brian Aldred

Brian Aldred

Brian has been practising in criminal law for over 20 years and specialises in advocacy in sensitive or complex cases. He has significant experience in the Court of Appeal and has appeared in The House of Lords.

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