John has over 30 years’ experience working as a defence solicitor within the criminal justice system. Having qualified in 1983 he worked initially in general practice dealing with both contentious and non-contentious matters. He then moved to specialise in litigation and by 1992 was the partner in charge of the criminal department at Pinders solicitors.
Since 2013 he has been a partner at VHS Fletchers solicitors.
John is a very experienced and trusted advocate. He defends clients from diverse backgrounds and across all ages who face a wide range of offences. 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 very early years of those schemes and was a member of the Derby Duty Solicitor Committee until it was disbanded.
Across the years John has developed many valuable contacts with other agencies within the criminal justice system, such as the Probation Service and Youth Offending Team. This, together with his wealth of knowledge and experience, has made John a respected advocate. He is approachable and candid in his dealings with clients, and robust when representing them.