Jon qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and became a Duty Solicitor shortly thereafter. He is a Higher Courts Advocate who is permitted to represent his clients before the Crown Court and Court of Appeal.
As a result, Jon has substantial experience defending every type of criminal case, providing advice in the police station, Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.
He now specialises in defending clients charged with driving offences, from speeding offences to causing death by dangerous driving. Jon represents professional drivers and those whose livelihoods depend on having a driving licence. Jon is an expert in the technical defences in cases such as drink and drug driving, including post-driving consumption and spiked drinks. He regularly represents clients in putting forward evidence of “exceptional hardship” to avoid disqualification for having twelve or more penalty points. His Higher Rights qualification allows him to provide continuity of representation in such matters should they progress to the Crown Court.
Jon’s forensic approach to cases means that his skills have also been successfully brought to bear on the more technical kinds of proceedings before the Magistrates’ Court. He has considerable success in defending the more complex cases such as prosecutions for Dangerous Dogs and applications for ASBO’s.
He has a reputation as a formidable trial advocate and this is reflected in his enviable success rate.
Jon provides in-house training to businesses who operate fleets of vehicles, and gives talks to motoring groups and clubs.