Areas of law:
Magistrates’ Court, Police Station, Youth Court, Crime and Investigation
Neil is a solicitor in the Magistrates Court team and is based at our office in Bristol. As an accredited duty solicitor, Neil represents clients at both the Police Station and the Magistrates Court in Bristol and the surrounding areas.
Neil has experience in providing advice and assistance and representation to clients accused of a variety of offences including serious assaults, sexual offences, fraud, burglary and theft; as well as defending our private clients charged with motoring offences including driving with excess alcohol, driving with drugs, speeding and failing to provide a specimen.
His experience means that Neil is naturally a confident Court advocate, and one who has a real ability to understand the position that his clients are in. He takes pride in the thorough preparation of his cases, applying attention to detail ensuring that every piece of evidence is fully examined to enable him to provide honest and practical advice; and that his client’s defence or mitigation is fully and thoroughly prepared to enable him to utilise his skills in presenting strong and considered arguments to the Court.
K v DPP  – On appeal, the Court held that the test to be applied to a non-aggravated offence, was whether the dog posed a danger to the public. If so, a destruction order was correct, as section 4A provides for the Court to make a destruction order in the event that the dog was not kept under proper control. The Court stated that the correct approach would have been an immediate destruction order if control measures and new arrangements would not have prevented the dogs being dangerous. In this case, the Court ruled that the matter should be remitted back to the Crown Court for reconsideration in light of the above ruling and the destruction order against the client’s dog was revoked.