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  • reulatory defence solicitor

    Rob Rode

    Rob is a nationally and internationally recognised specialist criminal defence solicitor.  He is an acknowledged specialist fraud (white collar) and regulatory defence solicitor.  He is described in one of the leading guides to the profession as “like a terrier that never stops digging”.  Rob is a supervisor on the Specialist…

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  • best criminal defence solicitor liverpool

    Tony Murphy

    Tony is a nationally known practitioner in criminal law. He has represented numerous clients throughout the country in relation to all aspects of criminal law from motoring to murder, theft to conspiracy to defraud. Tony is a supervisor of the Law Society’s Duty Solicitor Scheme. Tony started his training contract…

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  • best criminal defence York

    Susannah Proctor

    Susannah heads up the criminal defence team in our Harrogate and York offices.  She is a specialist criminal, business crime and regulatory litigator with a fearsome reputation for fighting for her clients. She has built a considerable reputation for her expertise in criminal defence and as a leading solicitor locally…

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  • best criminal defence solicitor Leeds

    Keith Allen

    Keith is a leading criminal defence solicitor.  He is based at our Harrogate office and is part of the criminal defence team.  Keith also works out of the Leeds office and he is committed to providing the firm’s clients with the best criminal defence in Harrogate and North Yorkshire as well as across the country.  As a criminal…

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  • Fraud defence solicitor Leeds

    Andrew Stewardson

    Andrew joined the firm in June 2006 as a paralegal having previously attended Leicester University and the College of Law. He commenced his training contract with the firm in September 2008 and qualified in May 2010. Andrew is a specialist criminal defence solicitor with  a specialism in defending fraud and…

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  • mental health solicitor

    James McAulay

    James joined the firm in 2014.  He qualified as a solicitor in 2006 specialising in both mental health law and as a criminal defence solicitor.  James became a Mental Health Accreditation Panel Member in 2009 and has been a member of the criminal defence duty solicitor scheme since 2013. James…

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    Julie Murphy

    Julie qualified as a solicitor in 1993 with a top Liverpool city law firm, having previously attended the University of Hertfordshire and the College of Law in Guildford. Julie is an experienced specialist criminal defence solicitor in Liverpool with a specialism in defending fraud cases, confiscation proceedings and multi handed…

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  • false allegation defence solicitor

    Stephanie Thirlwell

    Stephanie gained a degree in Law at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle before completing the Legal Practice Course and gaining work as a paralegal. She joined ABR Solicitors in 2005 as a trainee solicitor and qualified as a solicitor in 2007. Based at our Harrogate and Leeds offices Stephanie is…

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    Claire Wardle

    Claire is an experienced criminal defence solicitor. Having gained a degree in Community Studies and Applied Sociology, she went on to gain her Common Professional Examination at the University of Central Lancashire. After completion of her CPE, she gained employment with what is now called the Legal Aid Agency. Upon…

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  • drugs conspiracy defence lawyer

    Matt Goode

    Matt joined the firm in January 2013. Matt has established a formidable reputation as a criminal lawyer in the East and West Midlands with a huge loyal following throughout the Country.  He has for many years provided the people of Nottingham criminal defence of the highest calibre. Matt specialises in…

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  • historic sexual offences defence solicitor

    Anna Moran

    Anna re-joined ABR in February 2016 having originally trained at the firm before qualifying as a solicitor in 2013. She became a member of the criminal defence duty solicitor scheme in 2014. Anna defends people detained at the police station and also acts as solicitor at the Magistrates’, Crown and…

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    Helen Taylor

    Helen qualified as a criminal defence solicitor in 2006 and is based in the Harrogate office, working alongside Partner Susannah Proctor. Helen read law at the University of Birmingham and trained at Powell Spencer & Partners in London.  She moved to Harrogate in 2010 and has established an excellent following…

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  • best criminal defence solicitor Bradford

    Neil Topham

    Neil qualified as a criminal defence solicitor in 2008 after undertaking his training contract with John Holden & Jamieson Fitzpatrick Solicitors. Prior to qualifying as a criminal lawyer he completed his Law degree and Legal Practice Course at DeMontfort University, Leicester. Neil is a qualified member of the police station…

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  • criminal defence Harrogate

    Glen Maude

      Glen is a criminal defence solicitor based in the Harrogate office working alongside partner Susannah Proctor. Glen has been a member of the criminal defence duty solicitor scheme since it began and regularly appears before Magistrates’ Courts and at police stations in Harrogate, Keighley, Bradford and throughout North and…

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    Paige Newell

    Paige joined the firm in 2016 after working within a Mental Health Act department for a number of years. Paige’s role included checking the legality of detention procedures, under which individuals were detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act and also arranging Mental Health Tribunals and Hospital Managers Meeting. In 2015,…

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    Patricia Walker

    Patricia joined ABR Solicitors in 2017 after working for many years at several respected criminal defence firms before joining our specialist team of criminal defence solicitors in York.  She holds her Higher Rights of Audience, enabling her to defend clients during all stages of the criminal justice process: at police station…

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    Karen Tunnacliffe

    Karen is a leading criminal defence solicitor advocate based in our Sheffield Office. Karen has defended clients in all types of criminal cases ranging in seriousness from simple road traffic offences to murder. She joined ABR Solicitors recently having run her own practice in South Yorkshire for many years and …

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    Cheryl Rudden

    Cheryl qualified as a solicitor with a firm in North London in 2004 and has specialised as a criminal defence solicitor since then. Cheryl has a reputation for being committed to her clients, providing excellent client care and strives for justice on their behalf. As a qualified duty solicitor for police stations and courts…

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  • best criminal defence solicitors Huddersfield

    Tracey Hepworth

    Tracey joined the firm in 2010 having previously had a career in the civil service which included amongst other roles working as a judge’s clerk in the High Court before then working as a court clerk in the Crown Courts on the Manchester and Yorkshire circuits.  Familiar with the processes and procedures…

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