Former pupil at Nottingham High School and LL.B graduate of The University Of Hull, Graham Heathcote qualified as a solicitor in 1991, having been trained at the leading firm Freeth Cartwright & Sketchley (now Freeths).
Upon qualification Graham joined Nelsons Solicitors, at that time a vibrant progressive new firm, where he was mentored by Richard Nelson, with a strong commitment to protecting the rights of the individual.
In those early years Graham practised solely in the field of criminal defence, being involved in representing a wide range of clients charged with, or under investigation for, offences such as burglary, robbery, rape, conspiracy and murder. In the late 1990s, Graham’s caseload diversified, adding further disciplines such as prosecution work for the National Probation Service and RSPCA, as well as starting from scratch a dedicated Prison Law department, representing both fixed term and indeterminate sentence prisoners.
Having a strong academic background, Graham was also commissioned by Central Law Training to both write and present courses to prospective new Duty Solicitors in the Magistrates Court and Police Station on a nationwide basis, as part of the qualification process necessary for all potential new practitioners in those areas, covering the entire criminal process from arrest to sentence.
Having been appointed partner at Nelsons several years previously, Graham left the firm as part of the merger of the respective criminal defence teams of Nelsons and Cartwright King in 2006, and was appointed partner at Cartwright King at that time. Shortly thereafter, Graham obtained qualification as a Higher Courts Advocate, enabling him to represent clients both in the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal, in respect of matters at the highest level of seriousness.
Graham left Cartwright King in 2016, joining the dynamic team here at VHS Fletchers on 1 August. Whilst still representing clients in the police station and all courts in respect of the full range of offences, Graham also continues to represent private clients, in particular motorists facing offences ranging from drink driving to speeding, particularly fighting hard, with considerable success, to save their driving licences.
He can be heard here talking about recent changes to the penalties to be imposed for those caught speeding:
If you require advice or representation about any of the issues he raises in the interview then please contact him.
Graham is currently a Ranking Lawyer in The Legal 500.