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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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Jane Hedges

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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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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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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