Declan joined VHS Fletchers in July 2021 as a Paralegal at our Chesterfield Office.
Declan Graduated from the University of Derby in 2020 with an undergraduate degree in law, before continuing his studies completing the Legal Practice Course in the spring of 2021 with the aim of qualifying as a solicitor.
During his studies Declan worked in the University of Derby’s Student Legal Advice Centre, where he provided free legal advice to incoming clients who were unable to pay for legal services. Declan advised on criminal and family matters, which allowed him to work very closely with vulnerable and disadvantaged people who were in need of legal advice. Declan gained an in-depth knowledge of legal aid, and gain a sense of appreciation for the importance of access to legal representation. Declan’s advice has assisted multiple clients at court and has also allowed litigants in person to reliably use this advice in court.
Declan is using his past experience to prepare and assist clients on Crown Court cases in addition to starting the Police Station accreditation process to be able to provide advice to clients detained by the police.
Outside of work Declan is a keen sportsman having previously competed at a National Level in swimming training alongside current Olympic champion Adam Peaty