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Faith Rowan

Faith Rowan

Nottingham crime solicitor Faith Rowan

Faith qualified as a Solicitor in March 2020 and later obtained her Higher Rights of Audience in November 2020. Faith joined VHS Fletchers Solicitors in June 2021 and her work includes representing clients at the Police Station and the Magistrates’ Court, as well as POCA enforcement proceedings before the Magistrates.

Faith obtained her Law degree from Nottingham Trent University in 2015. As part of her degree she undertook a placement year at a criminal defence firm in Nottingham before completing her Postgraduate Legal Practice Course in 2016. During her undergraduate and postgraduate studies Faith provided pro bono representation to clients in Social Security and Employment tribunals as a Free Representation Unit representative.

Whilst at university, Faith was also a finalist in the Blackstones National Advocacy Competition which involved a series of mock trials and pre-trial applications. The preliminary rounds of the competition were judged by the current resident judge at Derby Crown Court HHJ Shant QC and retired circuit Judge HHJ Pugsley QC.

In 2018 Faith commenced her training contract at a firm in London where she undertook seats in criminal defence, housing and welfare benefits.

Prior to her training contract Faith had gained significant experience working as a criminal defence paralegal in a busy firm in Leicester where she managed crown court cases and complex Magistrates Court cases.

Faith has also worked in a fitness to practise department of a Health Care Regulator presenting cases on behalf of the regulator in Interim Order Applications and Interim Order Reviews.

Faith was a committee member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers between 2018 – 2021. Through this position she has been a speaker at events introducing students to Legal Aid work as well as representing Young Legal Aid Lawyers at policy meetings at the Ministry of Justice and cross-party parliamentary groups.

Contact:

Nottingham Office:
111 Carrington Street,
Nottingham,
NG1 7FE

Tel: 0115 9599550
Email: faith.rowan@vhsfletchers.co.uk

Police Station Advice

Conspiracy to Murder. Police station advice for a client accused of conspiring to murder a convicted murderer. The police took no further action.

Assisting an offender (Murder). Police station advice at Wandsworth Police Station, South London for a client alleged to have assisted “gang” members in disposing items linked to a murder. The Police took no further action.

Arson with intent to endanger life – Police Station advice given to a client who was accused of setting fire to a family members house. The police took no further action.

Drink driving and Driving without insurance – Police Station advice and pre-charge representation for a client accused of driving a car whilst drunk with passengers in the vehicle. At a roadside “interview” the client, a youth with Autism, confessed to driving the vehicle. After making representations to the police that the confession was unreliable and that pursuing the matter would not be in the public interest the police decided to take no further action

Magistrates’ Court

 R V R – S.4 Public Order – Successfully secured a discontinuance for a client alleged to have driven a car at the Complainant. After pro-active defence investigation and disclosure requests it was established that a key prosecution witness was an ex-police officer disciplined for gross misconduct after misusing police computers to obtain information regarding a neighbour dispute.

 R v J – Dangerous Dogs – Successfully secured a discontinuance for a client accused of being in possession of a pitbull terrier type dog. A defence expert report was obtained that concluded that the dog was not a prohibited dog. Soon after the report was served the dog was returned back home to her owner.

 Crown Court

R v J – Rape (Leicester Crown Court)– Litigator where the client was accused of raping his partner whilst she was sleeping. It was the accused’s case that he and his partner undertook consensual “sleep sex”.  Pro-active investigation made by the defence led to securing social media evidence that the accused’s ex-partner enjoyed sleep sex. After representations and disclosure of this evidence, the CPS discontinued the case.

R V PPossession of a firearm (Blackfriars Crown Court) – Litigator. After representations to the prosecutor to follow new prosecution guidance, the Prosecution agreed that the correct charge was Section 5 (1)(b) of the Firearms Act. The client then  pleaded guilty and received a 6 month suspended sentence rather than being at risk of a 5 year minimum sentence.

R v B Robbery (Wood Green Crown Court) – Litigator and police station advice for a client accused of Robbery in shared accommodation in East London

R V RMurder. Litigator where a client was acquitted of murder by joint enterprise.

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