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John Hay

John Hay

Derby Crime Solicitor John Hay
Derby Crime Solicitor John Hay

John qualified as a solicitor in 1988, and has focussed on criminal defence work since 1990. He has previously managed the criminal department of his previous employer, and retains significant management responsibility. John undertook a key role in developing both the Ilkeston and Derby offices.

Joining VHS solicitors in 2003, John brought with him what was even then a substantial knowledge of criminal law and practice, and has built on that sound base in the intervening period.

John currently specialises in providing advice and representation at both police stations and the Magistrates Court from our Derby office. It will be obvious to all that deal with him that John believes passionately in the importance of justice being done and being seen to be done within the justice system. That fight for justice is always undertaken with client care being place to the fore.


Derby Office:
10 St Mary’s Gate,

Tel: 01332 546818
Email: john.hay@vhsfletchers.co.uk

R v S Road Traffic Offences. The client woke up beside a friend’s crashed motor vehicle and was found to be over the legal limit. The friend alleged the client had taken the vehicle without his consent, and the client had no recollection of matters leading up to the incident. The client was ultimately acquitted of driving with excess alcohol and taking the vehicle without consent as the Magistrates’ were persuaded that the friend may have been taking advantage of the client’s loss of memory to cover up his own driving.

R v T Lewd Behaviour. The client was allegedly in a state of undress in his own bedroom, but gesturing and waving at an off-duty police officer’s wife in an adjoining property. The client maintained that his gestures were intended to shoo her way, and he was acquitted after trial.

R v A Theft. The client received the benefit of thoughtful and persuasive mitigation and was allowed a further chance to address his drug use under a suspended sentence despite the commission of further like offences.

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