Chris has over 35 years’ experience working as a defence solicitor within the criminal justice system. Having qualified in 1979, he worked initially in general practice dealing with both civil and criminal litigation, including personal injury and medical negligence.
He was a partner at Sharp and Partners for almost 30 years, before undertaking criminal representation for Wykes O’Donnell Williams solicitors in Ilkeston.
Chris is at our Ilkeston office, and VHS Fletchers are now the only firm providing advice, assistance and representation from an Ilkeston base. Even though those arrested will be taken to police stations and courts outside Ilkeston, Chris will be able to take your instructions and prepare your case from the town.
Chris has specialised in criminal defence work only for the last 15 years and is a very experienced and trusted advocate. He defends clients from diverse backgrounds and across all ages who face a wide range of offences, including murder or manslaughter, serious sexual offences, fraud, robbery and theft, drugs and serious assaults. He also has extensive experience of representing clients at the police station and in other types of investigations such as those by the DWP and local authorities.
He has been a Duty Solicitor at both the police station and Magistrates’ Court since the schemes were introduced.
Chris’s experience has given him a wealth of knowledge and experience. He is seen as approachable and down to earth in his dealings with clients, and the quality of his representation shows that his clients’ interests are always of paramount importance.