Meet the Team – Tim Leete
Meet the Team - Tim Leete
This is the fifteenth 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 experienced consultant advocate, Tim Leete
What is your job title?
Consultant solicitor with higher court advocacy rights in crime
How long have you been with Old Bailey Solicitors?
Since January 2014
What did you do before joining Old Bailey Solicitors?
I have been a solicitor working in Sussex since I qualified in 1978. Immediately prior to joining Old Bailey Solicitors, I was employed by another firm based in Mid-Sussex specialising in criminal law.
What made you decide to become a criminal defence specialist?
I have always had an argumentative streak and I have always enjoyed the cut and thrust of advocacy. For many years I divided my time between criminal and family law before deciding to specialise in criminal law alone. Despite a public perception to the contrary, people arrested are not always guilty, many are vulnerable and we are there to ensure that they are dealt with fairly and in accordance with the law.
Describe your typical day at work
As a self-employed consultant, I do not have a typical day. I may be representing clients in the Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court, I may be assisting clients at the police station, I may be in the office catching up with paperwork or preparing cases or I may be doing none of these things. A typical day at work may also include evenings, nights and weekends ( the police have yet to be trained to only arrest people between 9am and 5.30pm on Mondays to Fridays)
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Emerging from court or police station feeling that I have done my best for the client, with the occasional bonus of securing a good result on the client’s behalf.
What do you find most challenging?
Difficult clients, long unsocial hours and dealing with the ongoing public perception that there is very little moral difference between lawyers and criminals!
If you could implement one single change to the criminal justice system, what would it be?
Sorry, I have two.
Proper government funding to ensure that those in need have proper access to legal representation and that those representing them are paid a fair rate for providing that representation and:
A system which is fair, independent from government interference and which restores the much-eroded concept of innocence until proven guilty.