Our highly motived team offers a wide and diverse experience in criminal cases, ranging form minor matters in the Magistrates Court to major multi-hander drugs conspiracies. We provide legal support in police stations, Magistrates Courts through to the Crown Court and Courts Martial. We advise on appeals against conviction or sentence. We are engaged with the need to represent prisoners, and can hone our skills to the most particular cases.
Co-founder of the firm, Geoff has over 30 years experience in criminal law. After 5 years prosecuting, Geoff turned to defence in 1987. Since then he has defended in a wide range of cases both at police stations and in all courts including the Crown Court and Courts Martial. He has been a Higher Court Advocate since 2004 and regularly represents clients at the Crown Court in both guilty plea cases and jury trials . Geoff is also a Prison Law advocate who has appeared in many Parole hearings, including Lifer cases.
Prison Law Supervisor
Laura is a law graduate and Associate of Ilex who, having worked directly with Niall and Kirsty quickly undertook her own advocacy caseload and the relevant training to qualify as a Prison Law Supervisor in April 2018. She now heads up the Prison Law Department whilst completing her qualification to be a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives. In early 2019 Laura is looking to undertake further training to extend to Police Station representation.
Suzy Freemantle, Admin Manager
Joining the firm in 2012 to undertake the "simple" role of administrator, Suzy has grown within the position to become central to the effective running of the practice.
Kirsty Pavey, Administrator
A Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives, Kirsty recently returned following maternity leave. She has not returned to her position as a Prison Law caseworker at this stage, however her extensive experience as a caseworker is not lost as she brings her experience back to the department and the firm as a whole, working as part of our valued support team.
Niall worked for Parlbys as a Solicitor, Prison Law Supervisor and Prison Law Consultant until October 2018 when he retired from legal practise confident in Laura's abilities to head up the department as his successor.
Joining in 2013, Andrea brings over 20 years experience in the Magistrates Courts Service advising magistrates on all aspects of summary justice with the unique insight she has gained from that. She is an expert on all aspects of summary offences, including the technicalities of motoring and regulatory offences.
Along with the firms' two other solicitors Andrea is a member of the duty solicitors scheme, attending police stations to advise and assist those under arrest.
Nicola joined Parlbys in October 2018 having previously worked as a solicitor in Cornwall and Gloucestershire. Nicola is an experienced solicitor and Higher Courts Advocate and has enthusiastically turned her skills and experience to assist within our Prison Law Department.
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