The national law firm, Stephensons, has appointed criminal law solicitor, Cecilia Goodwin.
Cecilia - based at Stephensons’ Warnford Court office in the City of London – joins as a consultant from Sonn MacMillan Walker. She specialises in serious crime and fraud cases, providing representation in complex and often sensitive legal proceedings.
In particular, she has developed a specialism acting on behalf of high profile clients and on cases in the public eye. In a recent case, Cecilia successfully defended a prominent grime artist wrongly accused of assault. The case attracted significant media attention and featured in the national print and broadcast media.
“This was a case in which the client’s livelihood was at risk”, said Cecilia. “He endured a great deal of anxiety and worry at the thought of his reputation being irreparably damaged and – quite possibly – being unable to continue his chosen career.
“It is only to be expected that the media would take an interest in such a case. Under such circumstances - as a solicitor – one’s role is two-fold: to provide the best possible legal representation and advice and to protect your client’s reputation.”
Cecilia is also highly experienced in representing individuals in cases involving the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenues and Customs (HMRC) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Sean Joyce, Head of Regulatory and Criminal Justice at Stephensons said: “We would like to welcome Cecilia to the firm and are pleased to add someone with her considerable experience and expertise to our already accomplished criminal defence team.
“As one of the leading practices in the country, we are always on the lookout for talented individuals to join the firm and we expect Cecilia to be a considerable asset to our growing London team.”
Cecilia added: “Stephensons is a big name in criminal law and is independently recognised as one of the very best firms for crime and fraud work. It is a real pleasure to join their ranks and to represent clients across the country.”