Martin is a Partner at Stephensons. He qualified as a solicitor with Stephensons in 1996 and has exclusively worked within the regulatory and criminal justice department. He works in the general crime section of the department providing advice and assistance to those accused of criminal offences of every type.
Martin is a duty solicitor for both the court and police station scheme and together with his team provides advice to suspects at police stations at any time of the day of night. This service can also be provided to those facing investigations by other organisations such as the Department of Work and Pensions for benefit fraud offences, the RSPCA, Local Authority prosecutions or and HMRC.
As an advocate, Martin appears in court on a daily basis representing clients facing all types of offences helping them through the processes from first appearance, bail applications, sentencing hearings and trials. He is also a Higher Courts Advocate with qualifications and rights of audience in the Crown Court where he has experience of conducting cases through to trials before a jury. He has also successfully taken cases to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) where he has appeared as an advocate.
The regulatory and criminal justice department at Stephensons is one of the largest expert teams in the field of criminal defence work in the country. It has an enormous amount of experience and skill. Its size ensures a complete and comprehensive service that is client focused, prompt and effective. Martin and his department has experience in representing all types of clients from public servants facing misconduct allegations or criminal offences, professionals, business people and many others. The objective is always to deliver a legal service that is caring and sensitive to the individual needs of each client. It is a professional service but most importantly it is done in a plain speaking and understandable manner so the client feels they know the issues, what is going on around them and are properly informed when decisions are made. Stephensons Solicitors LLP prides itself on being able to truly say it is “working with you for you.”
Summary of services
Police Investigation and Interviews under Caution
Most criminal proceedings start with an investigation. This can be the most important stage of any case. Things said during an official interview are normally recorded and can cause problems later on. Early and prompt advice is very important. The job of the lawyer is to find out what information is being used in the investigation, discover how credible it is and probe the investigators for more information. Deficiencies with the investigation process can often be spotted at this stage allowing for representations being made to the investigators so they do their duty properly and fairly.
Once the details of the allegation are known a private and comprehensive consultation takes place before any interview. This allows time for advice on legal technicalities to be given as well as explaining the interview process. This avoids any suspect being taken by surprise by an unexpected line of questioning where a hasty answer might not be an accurate of complete answer that could later on be misinterpreted or twisted.
Martin’s assistance continues throughout the actual interview with the important role of ensuring the process is conducted properly and fairly within the legal rules.
Court Cases – Litigation
Making sure your case is properly prepared and ready for the best possible hearing is an essential part of criminal defence work. With supplicated computer based case management and many years experience, this work is done efficiently and promptly. Experts can be found when specialist reports are needed, witnesses tracked down and statements taken. Every step of the way, the team will be there to support you through the whole process and keep you fully informed.
Court Cases - Advocacy Service
Appearing in court can be a very frightening experience. The department has many highly experienced advocates providing expert advocacy services at every stage of any criminal proceeding.
Stephensons Solicitors LLP has the resources and expertise to assist in other areas that might arise due to an allegation being made. This includes professional / regulatory representation and assistance for those finding themselves also before a professional body. A civil liberties team is also on hand for those cases where complicated issues arise which may impact upon civil liberties and human rights.
Martin is often able to provide a seamless service throughout the entirety of a case from investigation to Magistrates Court to Crown Court.
Stephensons Solicitors LLP offers these services through both legal aid and cost effective privately paid arrangements.
Martin is married and has a daughter and a son. When not arguing with judges, he can often be found arguing with referee decisions at Bury FC with his wife and son. For pleasure, he likes to cook and going for walks with his labrador – Murphy.