Meet the Team – Linda Macdonald

Linda Macdonald

Linda Macdonald

Linda and has specialised in Criminal Defence since 1997 and is a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate, an Accredited Police Station Representative, a Commissioner of Oaths and has obtained rights of advocacy in the Magistrates’ Court.

Meet the Team - Linda Macdonald

This is the first 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!  

We start with the ever lovely Linda Macdonald… 

 

What is your job title? 

I am a Chartered Legal Executive

 

How long have you been with Old Bailey Solicitors? 

 Two Years (and loving every minute)

 

What did you do before joining Old Bailey Solicitors? 

I practiced at other firms of solicitors, always specialising in criminal defence work.  

 

What made you decide to become a criminal defence specialist? 

I joined a law firm and was offered an opportunity to study and qualify as a lawyer with the flexibility of distance learning and without incurring University debt. I specialised in Criminal Defence as I had a background in Criminal Law and a natural sense of justice. 

It met my need to care about my work and the people that I work with and the people I represent.  

 

Describe your typical day at work 

I work from the Sussex branch of Old Bailey Solicitors, and usually start my day at the office were I prepare clients’ defence cases for trial or for mitigation. This can involve meetings with clients, liaising with the Court and CPS, meeting witnesses and taking statements, drafting legal documents. 

When I am not in the office I am at the police station representing clients in interview or attending clients at court or in prison.

What do you enjoy most about your job? 

Achieving my clients’ aims.  There is a professional pride in achieving a result, whether that is an acquittal after trial or a lower sentence than expected.  

What do you find most challenging? 

Trying to explain the financial cut backs and changes to the Criminal Justice System to my clients and the frustrating lack of communication with the Crown Prosecution Service and Court Service.  The years of austerity have led to a stripped back system which means we often have to do more work to get through to people and to achieve our objectives.  

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

To reinstate and promote the presumption of “innocent until proven guilty“, which I feel has been gradually diminishing with the changes introduced to the Criminal Justices System in recent years.  

Linda Macdonald

Linda Macdonald

Linda and has specialised in Criminal Defence since 1997 and is a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate, an Accredited Police Station Representative, a Commissioner of Oaths and has obtained rights of advocacy in the Magistrates’ Court.

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