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Ian Carter

Newark crime solicitor Ian Carter
Newark crime solicitor Ian Carter

Contact:

Newark Office:
Suite 11, Aura Business Centre
Manners Road
Newark, NG24 1BS

Tel: 01636 614013
Email: enquiries@vhsfletchers.co.uk

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Kirsty Gregson

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Trainee solicitor Kirsty Gregson

Kirsty joined VHS Fletchers in January 2023 as a Trainee Solicitor at our Nottingham office.

Kirsty completed her law studies at the University of Leicester in 2021, graduating with first-class honours. Kirsty then completed her Legal Practice Course and Masters in Nottingham at the University of Law.

Kirsty grew up in Mansfield and developed a passion for helping people accused of crime. Before commencing her studies, Kirsty had a great deal of work experience with VHS Fletchers, shadowing cases and helping on reception. Providing a first hand experience of the running of the firm and dealing with vulnerable clients.

During Kirsty’s studies she was the director of a Pro Bono project helping young people access the law and understand the implication of the law around them. Additionally, legal assistance was provided in the county courts for people submitting civil claims, helping people to understand the civil process and comply with the Civil Procedure Rules.

Kirsty’s criminal interest strengthened during her studies when she opted to write her dissertation in criminal law for her undergraduate degree. This discussed the use of sexual history evidence used in rape trials and its implications. In undertaking this work, Kirsty developed a greater understanding of the manner in which such evidence might be used, and the restrictions imposed on a defendant.

Outside the realm of legal studies and work, Kirsty enjoys hiking in the Peak District, live comedy and reading.

Contact:

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

Tel: 0115 9599550
Email: kirsty.gregson@vhsfletchers.co.uk

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Patrick Fisher

Trainee solicitor Patrick Fisher

Patrick, known to many as Paddy, joined VHS Fletchers in July 2022 as a Trainee Solicitor in our Derby office.

He completed his undergraduate degree in Law at Nottingham Trent University, graduating in 2021 with a 2:1 classification.

Following this, he went on to complete his Legal Practice Course and Master’s Degree, continuing at Nottingham Law School. During his time at university, Patrick undertook a half year placement beginning his journey into Criminal Defence Law.

His interest in criminal justice was honed during his dissertation for his master’s degree, examining the relationship between the policing of protest and human rights, and the impact of the latest legislation, the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022.

Paddy is now an accredited police station representative permitting him to represent own clients and those requesting the Duty Solicitor in police interview.  His other responsibilities are as Crown Court litigator and undertaking preparation of Magistrates’ Court cases.

Outside of work, Patrick is a keen athlete, competing in American Football, currently as a member of the Nottingham Caesars.

Contact:

Derby Office:
8 St Mary’s Gate,
Derby,
DE1 3JF

Tel: 01332 546818
Email: patrick.fisher@vhsfletchers.co.uk

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Danielle Lunn

Nottingham crime solicitor Danielle Lunn

Danielle joined VHS Fletchers in July 2022 as a Trainee Solicitor at our Nottingham office.

Danielle completed her undergraduate legal studies at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2020, graduating with a first-class honours Law degree. She then went on to complete the Legal Practice Course and Master’s in Law at Nottingham Trent University achieving a distinction.

Danielle developed her interest in working in crime early on in her studies she also completed her dissertation on a section of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 which governs the powers of the police. During her Masters degree, Danielle worked full time as a Court of Protection Paralegal, assisting lawyers, attending on clients and preparing evidence.

During her training with VHS Fletchers Danielle completed her police station accreditation allowing her to represent all clients in police interview for the full spectrum of offences.

Now that she has qualified, Danielle will provide excellent service to those appearing before the Magistrates’ Court.  She will continue to provide police station advice as well as representation before the Magistrates’ Court.  She will also retain conduct as litigator of Crown Court cases.

Contact:

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

Tel: 0115 9599550
Email: danielle.lunn@vhsfletchers.co.uk

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Nicola Draper

Nicola has been a solicitor since 2002. She is a Duty Solicitor and specialises in criminal defence – representing clients in police stations and magistrates courts.

Nicola represents clients accused of every type of offence, from driving offences to serious offences including murder and serious drugs offences.

Contact:

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

Tel: 0115 9599550
Email: nicola.draper@vhsfletchers.co.uk

R v B Murder. Client accused of murder by way of injecting a fellow drug user with heroin. An acquittal was secured.

R v C Murder. A case of a man with no prior criminal involvement who was accused of a domestic murder and whose first court appearance was therefore on a murder charge.

R v W. Sexual Offences. A multiple rape allegation involving alleged rapes from a number of counties and a series of trials.

R v C. Domestic Violence. A serving prison officer was accused of a domestic assault. An acquittal was secured after trial had been adjourned four times.

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Chloe Wright

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Chesterfield crime solicitor Chloe Wright

Chloe joined VHS Fletchers in January 2022 as a Trainee Solicitor at our Chesterfield office and has now qualified and is employed as an assistant solicitor.

Chloe graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in the summer of 2020 with an undergraduate degree in Law. Chloe then continued her studies at Leeds Beckett University, completing the Legal Practice Course in the spring of 2021 and completed a masters degree in the summer of 2022.

During Chloe’s studies at Sheffield Hallam University, she took on the role as Student Legal Advisor at the Helena Kennedy Prison Clinic, where she provided free legal advice to those individuals detained in prisons across the country. This role provided Chloe with the vital knowledge and experience of managing cases and dealing with various prison law matters including re-categorisation reviews and sentence progression.

During her training, Chloe completed the Police Station Accreditation Qualification to enable her to provide advice and assistance to all clients who are detained by the police, including those requesting the duty solicitor, for the entire range of offences.

Now that Chloe has qualified as a solicitor she will begin to work towards her duty solicitor qualification permitting her to provide such representation at court.  She will continue to provide advice and representation in the police station, as well as representing those charged with offences before the Magistrates’ Court.  Chloe will also continue in her role as a Crown Court litigator.

Outside of work, Chloe enjoys local walks in the Peak District and baking cakes for her friends and family.

Contact:

Chesterfield Office:
5 Beetwell Street,
Chesterfield,
S40 1SH

Tel: 01246 387999
Email: chloe.wright@vhsfletchers.co.uk

R (DVSA) v L. Crown Court. Forgery of Tachograph Records. Crown Court Litigator representing professional LGV driver charged with 39 offences of falsifying tachograph records. Allegation of forging records to enable him to work for longer hours than permitted under European driver rules and domestic legislation. Successful representations led to the prosecution dropping 17 charges. Our client pleaded guilty to the remaining 22 charges. Despite sentencing case law indicated that these offences should result in an immediate custodial sentence, a successful plea in mitigation led to a Suspended Sentence Order being imposed.

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Contact:

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

Tel: 0115 9599550
Email: kinga.nowak@vhsfletchers.co.uk

Kinga Nowak

Kinga is a solicitor in our criminal defence department. She completed a law degree in her native Poland before moving to the UK.  She took an access course in criminal law before completing her Law Degree at the University of Lincoln.   Following that Kinga completed her Legal Practice Course and Masters in Law at Nottingham Trent University.

While studying in Lincoln, Kinga began to provide advice and assistance to those in need through the University Law Clinic.  After being an adviser in her first year she became ‘Head of Firm’, managing a team of 10-15 student advisers.   The pro bono advice included areas such as unfair dismissal, insolvency, data protection disputes, advice on how to open a business or landlord- tenant disputes.

Kinga is fluent in both English and Polish, and speaks Spanish at an intermediate level.  She has worked as an interpreter for an agency, interpreting and translating for the NHS, local council and Coroner’s Court.  Her work took her to prisons and psychiatric units, assisting the most vulnerable.

Kinga successfully completed her training with us and is a fully qualified solicitor.

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Declan Smith

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Chesterfield crime solicitor Declan Smith

Declan joined VHS Fletchers in July 2021.

He graduated from the University of Derby in 2020 with an undergraduate degree in law, before continuing his studies completing the Legal Practice Course in the spring of 2021. Declan also holds a master’s degree which focused on reflective legal practice skills.

During his studies Declan worked in the University of Derby’s Student Legal Advice Centre, where he provided free legal advice to incoming clients who were unable to pay for legal services. Declan advised on criminal and family law matters, which allowed him to work very closely with vulnerable and disadvantaged people who were in need of legal advice. Declan gained an in-depth knowledge of legal aid and gained a sense of appreciation for the importance of access to legal representation. Declan’s advice assisted multiple clients at court and has also allowed litigants in person to reliably use this advice in court.

Whilst working for VHS Fletchers Solicitors, Declan has gained an in-depth understanding of the Criminal Justice System. He has provided advice at the police station on a wide variety of criminal allegations, some being of the most serious criminal offences.

Declan has litigated cases at the Crown Court, which has included large scale drug conspiracies, fraud and murder. Declan also provides advice and representation for all matters heard before the Magistrate’s Court. Declan is well liked for his thorough approach to cases, his friendly manner, and his excellent client care.

Declan completed his training contract with us in Summer 2023 and has since gained his Duty Solicitor qualification permitting him to represent those at court who request the services of the Duty Solicitor.

Outside of work Declan is a keen sportsman having previously competed at a national level in swimming – training alongside current Olympic champion Adam Peaty

Contact:

Chesterfield Office:
5 Beetwell Street
Chesterfield,
S40 1SH

Tel: 01246 387999
Email: declan.smith@vhsfletchers.co.uk

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Hannah Spicer-Short

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Criminal Defence Solicitor Hannah Spicer-Short

Hannah joined VHS Fletchers in May 2021 as a Trainee Solicitor.

Hannah graduated from the University of Leicester in 2015 with an undergraduate degree in Criminology, before going on to study the Graduate Diploma in Law at De Montfort University in 2016. She completed the course in 2018 achieving a Merit.

Following the Graduate Diploma in Law, Hannah went on to study a combined Masters degree with the Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Trent University achieving a distinction for both in 2020.

Hannah is able to fully advise clients about the different stages of the Court process as she has worked as a Paralegal specialising in Criminal Defence since 2016 and previously as a Court Usher at Leicester Magistrates Court in 2015. Whilst working as a Paralegal, Hannah has worked on a variety of cases heard in the Magistrates Court and Crown Court, she regularly attends upon clients remanded in custody to provide legal advice and obtain instructions to assist with preparation of their case.

Hannah works diligently to ensure that the Criminal Procedure Rules and evidential procedures are complied with by the Prosecution in order to achieve a fair hearing for all clients.

Contact:

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

Tel: 0115 9599550
Email: hannah.spicer-short@vhsfletchers.co.uk

R v C – Rape. Litigator. Client had learning disabilities and was assisted by an intermediary during the trial. The Client was acquitted after half time submissions and abuse of process legal arguments.

R v S – Rape. Litigator. The offence was domestic offence which was discontinued by the prosecution shortly before trial.

R v H and another – Murder. Litigator where the client and one other were accused of joint enterprise murder that proceeded to trial.

R v S – Murder. Litigator where the client was accused of killing his partner

R v J – Malicious Communications – Client was acquitted after a trial in the Magistrates Court, the prosecution did not adduce any evidence of the alleged text messages or phone calls.

R v B – Breach of Restraining Order – Client acquitted after a trial as the Magistrates found that the client had a reasonable excuse.

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Sarah Green

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Derby crime and prison law solicitor Sarah Green

Sarah qualified as a solicitor in 2001, and joined Fletchers solicitors in 2002 in order to specialise in criminal litigation.  She obtained her Duty Solicitor qualification shortly thereafter, and has worked across our Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire offices, as well as within our regulatory department.

Clients would describe Sarah as personable and down to earth, with the additional benefit of a relaxed manner that helps put people at ease.  These qualities do not overshadow her ability to analyse the issues relevant to her clients’ cases in order to decide how best to achieve the outcome that the client hopes for.

She shows great attention to detail, ensuring that each element of a client’s case is properly progresses, including obtaining high quality expert advice when needed.  Sarah is particularly able at analysing whether the police have exercised lawfully their powers in relation to arrest or search.

Contact:

Contact:

Derby Office:
8 St Mary’s Gate
Derby
DE1 3JF

Tel: 01332 546818

Email: sarah.green@vhsfletchers.co.uk

GPC v SS – Regulatory Law – The client was a pharmacist facing numerous charges of misconduct.  Ultimately, detailed preparation allowed the bulk of the charges to be withdrawn prior to the hearing, and the majority of the remaining allegations were successfully defended resulting in the pharmacist keeping his licence to practice.

R v W Cannabis Production – Early preparation in the Magistrates’ Court allowed the client to take advantage of a negotiated basis of plea when sentenced before the Crown Court.  The Crown Court judge reluctantly felt that his hands were tied and imposed a low level community order rather than the custodial sentence that would normally be associated with such offending.

R v K Dangerous Dog – The client was charged with possessing a dangerous dog.  A top expert witness was enlisted to assist in the presentation of the case to the court and the dog was returned to its owner rather than destroyed.

R v S and another – Police Assault –  A husband and wife were acquitted of police assault when it was demonstrated to the court that the legal formalities required prior to police entering a private address had been overlooked by the police at the time, and then by the Crown.

R v J – Police Powers – The client successfully challenged the police officer’s power of arrest resulting in his acquittal.

R v H – Assault – The client was charged with assaulting a taxi driver, denying the matter in police interview and putting forward an explanation that suggested that the driver had behaved improperly.  Subsequent enhancement of CCTV on behalf of the defence showed that he was correct.

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