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Crime

Amy Valentine
Partner, Head of Crime

Partner, Amy Valentine, leads Kirwans' criminal defence team. She is responsible for the management of the department and represents clients from initial Police investigations through to trial and/or sentencing.

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Natalie Byrne November 2017
Solicitor & Deputy Head of Criminal Department

Natalie is a criminal defence solicitor based in our Liverpool office. Natalie advises and supports clients at all stages in criminal proceedings, from police station detention through to trial at either the Crown or Magistrates’ Court. Natalie is an experienced advocate and regularly appears before both the Magistrates' and Youth Court, conducting trials or advancing mitigation, to secure the best possible sentence for clients following a guilty plea.

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David Kirwan
Senior Partner

David is Senior and Managing Partner of Kirwans. He is Head of Dispute Resolution and with over 45 years experience he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the firm.

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Frank Rogers
Partner, Head of Business Development & Head of Just Motor Law

As Head of Just Motor Law, a specialist division of Kirwans, Frank represents individuals and companies facing prosecution for driving offences throughout England & Wales.

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Jeremy Hawthorn
Solicitor and Higher Court Advocate

As a Solicitor with more than 20 years legal experience, Jeremy appears at all stages of criminal cases, from police station to trial or sentence.

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Kevin Batch
Solicitor & Higher Court Advocate

Kevin is an experienced Solicitor Advocate and has represented clients in high profile cases both in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts. He has appeared in courts across the length and breadth of the country and as a specialist criminal defence Advocate has extensive experience in all areas of criminal law. He also has expertise in connection with RSPCA prosecutions.

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Zoe Keene
Solicitor

With over a decade in the Criminal Defence field, Zoe’s area of expertise lies in preparing and working on all aspects of Magistrates' Court cases up to the trial.

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Jane Hedges
Solicitor

Jane is a highly experienced Solicitor and Higher Court Advocate working in Kirwans Criminal department. Her main area of expertise includes representing clients at the Magistrates' and Youth court. She appears at the Crown Court regularly and deals with a broad range of criminal matters such as drug offences, assaults, robberies, burglaries, sexual offences and fraud cases.

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Mark Lever
Solicitor and Higher Court Advocate

Mark is an experienced Criminal Solicitor and Higher Court Advocate. His areas of expertise include trial advocacy representing defendants across an extensive range of criminal offences, including cases of domestic violence, assault, theft and sexual offences.

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Daniel Mitchell
Deputy Investigations Supervisor/Accredited Police Station Representative

Daniel is an Accredited Police Station Representative in the Crime Department. During his eight years in the department, Daniel has gained a wealth of experience enabling him to progress from Office Assistant to his current position.

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Mark Henzel
Legal Clerk

Mark is a Legal Clerk working in the Criminal Department and with over 25 years experience in criminal defence brings a wealth of experience to the team.

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Brian O' Connor
Legal Clerk

Brian is a Police Station Accredited representative and Legal Clerk in the Kirwans Criminal Department and has worked in Criminal Law since 1998 working on all types of criminal matters from Police Station attendance to Magistrates' Court/Crown Court proceedings.

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Carl Nadim
Accredited Police Station Representative

Carl is an Accredited Police Station representative working within the Criminal Department at Kirwans. Carl has many years of experience in various areas of law including Criminal Law, Road Traffic Offences and financial litigation including Proceeds of Crime.

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Amanda Ryan
Accredited Police Station Representative

Amanda is an Accredited Police Station Representative in the Crime Department. She supports the Advocates in their work.

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Joanne McComick
Appeals Clerk & Police Station Representative

Jo is an Appeals Clerk and Police Station Representative with over 25 years experience providing legal support to clients in the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court, bringing a wealth of expertise to the team.

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Amanda Brown
Legal Clerk

Amanda is responsible for assisting with the smooth day to day running of the department and guides clients through complex legal aid applications.

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Gabrielle Kitchen
Prison Law Supervisor

Gabrielle works as an Accredited Police Station Representative within the Crime Department assisting clients throughout the criminal process from Police Station representation through to Court appearance.

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Amanda York July 2017
Accredited Police Station Representative

Amanda is an Accredited Police Station Representative in the Crime Department working closely with advocates to assist clients in the preparation of their defence. She supports clients throughout the criminal process from Police Station representation through to Court appearance(s).

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Amy Williams Headshot May 2017
Legal Clerk & Administration Clerk

Amy is a member of the Criminal Department and is responsible for the administration of files and assisting the advocates with file management.

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