Meet the Team – Kim Evans
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Meet the Team - Kim Evans
This is the second 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 fierce justice campaigner and our youth justice specialist, Kim Evans.
What is your job title?
How long have you been with Old Bailey Solicitors?
Just over a year
What did you do before joining Old Bailey Solicitors?
I began my career as a Metropolitan Police Officer and went on to become a Detective. My postings included a number of murder squads and an attachment to the Flying Squad for the Brink’s-Mat bullion enquiry. Later I became a paralegal and a qualified Police Station Representative.
What made you decide to become a criminal defence specialist / work for a firm of criminal defence specialists?
As a Detective I became fascinated by criminal law and wanted to gain deeper knowledge and insights than policing allowed. I enjoyed using my people and problem solving skills combined with legal training to get the best outcomes for people, especially those who were disadvantaged in some way. Defence work became a logical extension of that ethos for me.
Describe your typical day at work
Speaking with clients, reviewing their cases and preparing for trial. A lot of time spent supporting anxious people and making sure they know they’ve got someone on their side at what can be a very difficult time.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Working as a team with some really talented solicitors and advocates to get a good outcome for my clients. Plus, you never really stop learning in this job.
What do you find most challenging?
When the justice system feels weighted against a vulnerable client it can be frustrating. Making sure they are treated fairly can be a challenge but if we don’t do it, who will?
Photo: Kim in the centre leading the Justice Gap’s London Legal Walk team for the The London Legal Support Trust, an independent charity that raises funds for free legal services in London & the South East.
If you could implement one single change to the criminal justice system, what would it be?
For legal aid to be considered a necessary and valued part of people’s lives alongside the NHS and education. Too many people currently fall in to the gap between earning too much to receive legal aid and not enough to be able to afford to pay privately.