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Leslie Franks provide free and independent police station advice. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week across London and the South East.

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Do you need advice or legal representation in court?

Each member of the Leslie Franks team is equipped with the experience and legal knowledge to provide you with the best advice and representation.

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Have you been accused of involvement in online crime?

Leslie Franks have a specialist team who can provide advice and representation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on all areas of cyber crime.

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Do you risk losing your driving licence?

Leslie Franks Solicitors have considerable experience in defending motorists who face losing their licence.


Our Team

Based in Kentish Town, North London, Leslie Franks Solicitors Limited is a privately owned Law firm established in 2003. 

Click on the dropdown sections below to learn more about each member of our team.

Senior Management

Nicholas Rosenfeld

CEO, Solicitor Advocate


Nick qualified in 1998 and quickly established himself as a talented and skilful lawyer in the field of criminal defence.

His aspiration to provide clients with a bespoke level of service and his self-determination saw him establish Leslie Franks in 2003. Since then, Nick’s commitment to quality representation, the standard of service delivery he expects from the people who work for him and his desire to constantly raise the bar in what clients can expect from the company has seen his clients return to him time and time again.

His approachable yet professional manner has seen his client base grow over the years to the extent that in 2010 the Company registered as a private limited company (Ltd). Nick then took Leslie Franks to even greater heights, and the firm has gone on to achieve the quality assurance "Lexcel" qualification, the Law society's quality mark.

Nick’s strong belief in the creation of opportunity and career development for prospective and existing staff is evident through the investment in training and development of the team, driving excellence in the way the team works and through employee led management. Employees at Leslie Franks have been encouraged to achieve the police station accreditation.

Widely regarded by his contemporaries as an expert in the field of public funding, his knowledge and understanding of how work is remunerated enables him to direct resources in the preparation and conduct of complex or serious cases as appropriate to ensure that every client is given the best possible prospect of success. Nick is always looking ahead for the next developments in Criminal Legal aid work, and ensures his firm is at the cutting edge of digital case management technology. We have invested in a state of the art cloud-based file management system, which enables our team to access our client's case files from any location.

Antony Lane

COO, Solicitor


Antony was called to the bar as a barrister in 2003 and in 2005 decided to cross qualify as a Solicitor. He joined an East London firm of Solicitors and was admitted as a Solicitor in 2007. During his 5 years with this firm, he applied his knowledge of criminal law and procedure to daily practice, representing clients in Court and at the police station on a daily basis.

Antony joined us in January 2011 as Head of Operations and in addition to continuing to represent clients at Court and at the Police Station, he actively oversees the day-to-day management and supervision of all departments within the company.

His other key responsibilities in the Company include managing the contractual and regulatory relationship the Company has with its professional clients and regulatory bodies, supervising and monitoring performance and quality and planning the Company’s strategy for the future.

Under Antony’s stewardship the Company can continue to grow, whilst the standards of service delivery our clients come to expect from us is maintained at the highest possible level.

Trishna Gandhi

Practice Manager


Trishna has been with us as Practice Manager since August 2007. After attaining her degree in Business Management and Politics from De Monfort University in 2002 she worked for 5 years at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in the administrative team. Trishna rose to be a deputy team leader in very busy department where her responsibilities included ensuring the effective organisation and processing of applications for public funding and legal aid. This was frontline work in which she and her staff liaised with the Legal Services Commission, the Judiciary, Solicitors and Counsel in the allocation of public money. She was also responsible for ensuring the safe deposit and monitoring of funds provided as security for bail applications.

On accepting the position of Practice Manager at LFS Trishna accepted responsibility for administrative organisation at the Company. This involves the firm’s everyday running issues as well as all tiers of human resource management from the allocation of annual leave to fire and first aid procedures.

It is Trishna who ensures that new employee receives their induction and is familiar with all parts of the firm’s practices and procedures. Trishna manages the court diary and the minute by minute allocation of staff to attend hearings, police stations and conferences with clients and Counsel.

As part of the management team she is responsible for case billing and involved in the firm’s financial reporting. She also liaises with a range of commercial representatives to make purchase decisions.

On arrival at the firm each new member of staff will find that Trishna is their first port of call.

Kavita Mashru

Acting Practice Manager


Kavita joined Leslie Franks Solicitors in 2015.

Kavita obtained her LLB Honours degree in 2008 and then successfully completed the Bar Vocational Course at BPP Law School in 2009 having obtained a scholarship to do so.

Kavita is also an Accredited Police Station Representative. Her role includes attending PACE interviews at police stations for various cases.

Kavita is currently acting practice manager and is responsible for the overall running of the practice.

Department Heads

Christopher Jacobs

Head of Crown Court Litigation & Specialist Crime, Solicitor Advocate


Chris has been involved in Criminal Defence Work for over 15 years having worked for several defence firms whilst completing his Law Degree.

Following completion of his LPC at the Inns of Court School of Law and achieving a distinction, he worked for Dowse & Co Solicitors before specialising in Criminal Law at Sonn McMillan Walker Solicitors.

Chris joined Leslie Franks in 2009 in the Magistrates Court department running a large and varied trial case load. He has and continues to represent clients at the Police Station in matters ranging from simple possession of drugs through to serious firearms matters and large multi-handed frauds.
Having obtained his higher rights of audience, Chris conducts both litigation and advocacy in the Crown Court. He has extensive experience in a wide range of cases involving serious violence and sexual offences, large scale conspiracies, blackmail cases, multi-million pound frauds and murders. His notable cases include;

R v MA – Large Multi-Million pound fraud involving hacking directly into major banks computer systems.
R v MC – Large Multi-Million pound bank fraud.
R v BP – Murder of the Defendants girlfriend.
R v AG & GRG – Represented 2 youth defendants in murder case at Old Bailey
R v JR – Multi-Handed attempted murder, involving the gangland shooting of a rival drug dealer.
R v ABA – Multi-handed people trafficking case.
R v JG – Historic sex case involving allegation of rape of family members over many years.

Now head of the Crown Court team Chris is responsible for the day to day running of the department to ensure our clients receive the best quality of service and representation they can possibly have. Together with other members of Leslie Franks Crown Court team he runs the most serious and complex cases. His eye for detail, thorough preparation and willingness to go the extra mile mean that his clients have the best possible chance at trial. His extensive experience means he knows the best QC’s and forensic, computer, telephone and medical experts meaning clients have access to the best defence and team available.

Nicholas Ramage

Head of Crown Court Advocacy, Solicitor Advocate


Nicholas Ramage has been with Leslie Franks Solicitors since 2005 and he has practiced exclusively as a criminal solicitor and trial advocate in London and Nottingham since 1995. He comes from a strong academic background having studied both English and French law to degree level and is a fluent French speaker.

As Head of Crown Court Advocacy, he supervises a staff of solicitor advocates and paralegals.

Nicholas has a wealth of trial experience and has been described by a serving Judge as ‘brilliant’ in his conduct of trial advocacy. He practises in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal, conducting cases including Fraud, serious offences involving drugs and violence and sexual offences. Nicholas’ belief is that this kind of leadership by example sets the high standards which clients of the Company expect.

Recent successes include:

R v MF, acquitted of Conspiracy to Supply class A drugs, Blackfriars Crown Court.
R v NP, acquitted of Robbery and Witness Intimidation, St Albans Crown Court.
R v BM, acquitted of £25 000 Theft in breach of trust, Wood Green Crown Court.
R v MA, acquitted of Sexual Assault on ground of Insanity, Highbury Corner Youth Court.

Oliver Dean

Head of Magistrates’ Court Advocacy & Police Station Department, Solicitor


Oliver is one of the firm’s longest serving solicitors having joined Leslie Franks Solicitors in November 2005 when we were a team of just three solicitors.

Now Joint Head of the Magistrates Court department, Oliver has overseen a Crown Court casework as well as handled almost every type of case in the Magistrates Court during his 11+ years as an advocate, accredited police station representative and duty solicitor.

Oliver has dealt with offences of serious assault, conspiracy to burgle, kidnapping, weapons offences and high level drugs offences. He also specialises in opposing Football Banning Orders and has a proven track record of success in this area.

Oliver has joint responsibility for managing a team of solicitors and paralegals as well as attending Court on a daily basis and running his own trial caseload. He holds a City & Guilds qualification in team management.

He is also a regular attendee of out-of-hours police station work where he advises clients who are detained at the Police Station.

Oliver is also experienced at dealing with cases before the Youth Court with a strong following of clients who are under the age of 18.

Away from the office Oliver is an accomplished marathon runner as well as having a passion for football and world travel.

Recent successes include:

R v S (2016) – Arson with intent to endanger life – client had severe mental health problems and was charged with two counts of arson with intent to endanger life as well as many other offences. After over a year of preparation the client was sentenced to a hospital order rather than a substantial custodial term.
R v S (2013) – contested football banning order for defendant with over 200 previous convictions. Successfully fought the application in the Magistrates Court.
R v P (2016) – defendant accused of homophobic abuse of a well know celebrity. Case was covered extensively in national press.
R v W (2011) – high level conspiracy to burgle case worth in excess of £1,000,000 involving large number of defendants.
R v C (2011) – Football hooliganism case where large scale disturbance outside Chelsea FC captured on CCTV and resulting in over thirty defendants coming before the Courts.
R v S (2010) – defendant charged with rape of a disabled female in a park leading to press coverage

Jade Coleman

Head of Magistrates’ Court Litigation, Solicitor


Jade is a graduate of Northumbria University and attended the Northumbria University Student Law Office, providing free legal advice whilst completing her degree in Law.

A member of the LCCSA, an accredited Police Station Representative and a Duty Solicitor, Jade’s involvement of dealing with clients at all stages within the criminal justice system give her the experience that other members of the department can draw from in her capacity as head of department.

Barristers

Tayo Hassan

Barrister


Tayo read law at the University of Hertfordshire attaining a 2:1 degree in Law.

She has worked in the Criminal Justice System for 16 years. She started by working in the Crown Prosecution Service and serving as a Prosecutor from 2005.

Whilst undertaking all manner of prosecution work ranging from low level offences to the most serious including violence, drug, sex offences and murder, Tayo was Called to the Bar in 2010 and qualified as a Barrister and has worked in Defence ever since. Tayo also has additional experience in Civil Law and Taxi Licensing Appeals.

Tayo conducts advocacy in the Crown Court and has had success securing acquittals in a variety of offences including, robbery violence, weapons, drugs and sex cases. She has also been involved in the preparation of high profile complex cases involving violence, sex and murder cases.

Tayo has also appeared in the Court of Appeal and achieved successful outcomes on each occasion.

Solicitor Advocates

Margaret Anucha

Solicitor Advocate


Margaret has over 17 years’ experience of the Criminal Justice System having worked at the Crown Prosecution Service and within the Prosecutions office of HM Customs and Excise (HMRC) following her graduation from University.

Called to the Bar as a Barrister in 2002, she subsequently took the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test in 2007 to cross qualify as a Solicitor. Margaret has a wealth of experience in criminal defence work and has represented clients for serious conspiracy cases involving armed robbery, assault and drug offences. She has also been involved in the preparation of notable murder and robbery cases that have received media interest.

Margaret is an experienced Duty Solicitor and respected trial advocate in the Magistrates Court. She qualified as a Higher Court Advocate in December 2012 and regularly appears before the Crown Court and to conduct trials by jury. Notably in R v T 2016 a fraud matter which involved a chain of conspirators targeting elderly victims. Margaret successfully defended the client with a unanimous not guilty verdict and has attracted press coverage for some of her cases.

Margaret has strong advocacy skills which has resulted in high acquittal rates and is highly recommended by clients. This has also lead to regular referrals from existing, old clients and from her legal peers.

Margaret is a member of the Black Solicitors Network and is affiliated with community projects that provide mentoring for young people. She regularly provides legal advice on a pro bono basis and has given talks on bridging the gap between the police and local communities.

Solicitor

Francesca Hallett

Solicitor


Francesca qualified as a solicitor in September 2016, having previously studied International Law at Kingston University and completing the LPC at BPP Law School.

Francesca completed her training with a Buckinghamshire based law firm and had exposure to a wide range of law. Having worked in the Criminal Defence department for a year of her training. She is passionate about the criminal legal system and enjoy the challenge criminal cases bring. has worked on cases from assault and minor drug charges to rape, sexual assault and GBH.

In her spare time Francesca loves to run, cook for friends and visit her family. Francesca also assists her partner at his air displays across the country.

Moira Macfarlane

Solicitor


Moira attended the College of Law where she completed the LPC alongside working full time. She was trained by a peer reviewer, former stipendiary magistrates and owner of a medium sized firm. Moira qualified as a solicitor in 2013.

Moira has been involved in cases all over the country including the Welsh borders. She has solely dealt with several murders in the police station having specially been requested by clients.

Moira particularly enjoys advocacy, especially trials. She was recently instructed at Court on the day of a trial and successfully defended the trial in relation to a charge of drunk in charge.

Moira has recently relocated to London and has joined the team at Leslie Franks Solicitors.

Rachel Smith

Solicitor


Rachel was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2010 and joined Leslie Franks Solicitors in the same year. She gained invaluable experience across the Specialist Crime, Crown and Magistrates Court Departments, assisting in the defence of notable murder, robbery and youth arson cases.

Rachel became a Police Station Accredited Representative in 2011 and has gone on to complete her cross qualification, becoming a Duty Solicitor in August 2015. She now regularly undertakes all types of advocacy in the Magistrates and Youth Courts across London.

She has a particular interest in representing vulnerable clients, regularly engaging with experts across the country to assist in advancing the successful defence for those diagnosed with, for example, mental health illness or learning difficulties.

Having gained her Higher Rights of Audience in 2015, Rachel also appears in the Crown Court and has successfully appealed a number of convictions from the Magistrates Court.

Nony Umenyiora

Solicitor


Nony completed her Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School and has been qualified as a solicitor since 2012. She is Police Station accredited as well as acquiring her duty solicitor status.

Since qualification as a solicitor, Nony has specialised in criminal law and has undertaken and been involved in successful acquittal of defendants for a wide range of cases in all levels of seriousness from theft and motoring offences to murder and firearms offences. She has experience in dealing with all manner of hearings including first appearances, bail applications, sentences and trials.

She is passionate about Criminal Law and aims to obtain the best result for each individual client.

Police Station Accredited Representatives

Trainee Solicitors

Paralegals

Tosin Akinboboye

Paralegal


Tosin gained her undergraduate Law degree at the University of Hertfordshire, she then went on to complete her LPC at the same institution. Tosin joined the firm in 2016 and assists in all aspects of case preparation including completion of various applications, taking instructions from clients, drafting, writing detailed letters, legal research, and critically analysing, collating and summarising large quantities of case papers.

Following completion of her LPC Tosin maintained roles in the finance industry and law firms in North London. During this time Tosin gained experience in providing financial assistance, and recognising the needs of new and existing clients.

Tosin has not only experience in a wide range of aspects of the criminal litigation process but brings with her negotiation and finance experience, which have enhanced her commercial awareness, interviewing skills client contact.

Daniella D-James

Paralegal


Daniella gained her undergraduate Law degree from the University of Hertfordshire and is going on to complete her BPTC part-time. In August 2017, Daniella joined the firm’s Crown Court Department as a paralegal and assists in all aspects of case preparation.

Daniella is a Youth Community Panel Member in Haringey and prior to joining the firm, Daniella worked at the Serious Fraud Office as an EO Investigator. She has always had a strong interest in Criminal defence work and attempting to secure the best outcome for the client.

Jennifer Lewin

Paralegal


Jennifer’s role includes providing legal support to solicitors, preparing case files, organising files, interviewing clients, liaising with the police and crown prosecution in order to prepare trials efficiently and effectively, drafting legal documents as well as other administrative duties. She has 6 years legal experience which is a mixture of academic and practical.

She obtained an LLB- in LAW from Aberystwyth university 2011 and a LLM – Masters in Public international law Utrecht university, the Netherlands 2014.

Katie Mccaughin

Paralegal


Katie studied Law and Criminology at the University of Surrey graduating with a 2:1 degree. As part of her degree she completed a placement year at another legal aid firm specialising in Family and Mental Health Law.

Katie has gained legal work experience in both civil firms and legal aid firms whilst completing her Law Degree.

Katie joined the firm in July 2016 and works in the Crown Court Department dealing with a varied caseload of matters and travelling to prisons all over London.

Chidiadi Pipi

Paralegal


Chidiadi has almost completed her LLB at the University of London, Birkbeck, where she is on track to graduate with a 2:1. She joined the firm as a Crown Court Paralegal in May 2017, where she deals with all aspects of case preparation, including taking instructions from clients, prison visits, legal research, and analysing and summarising a vast amount of case papers.

Chidiadi has 3 years Criminal and Extradition Law which she gained from various other Criminal Law firms, and is considering a career in Criminal and Human Rights Law once qualified.

Saynthan Sivagnanam

Paralegal


Saynthan joined Leslie Franks in May 2015 having studied at the University of Sussex and University of Law. Before coming to the firm, Saynthan had previously volunteered at Lambeth County Court where he assisted with the representation of tenants facing eviction from local authority housing.

Since joining the firm, Saynthan has worked as a paralegal in the Magistrates’ Court department where he is responsible for managing an ongoing caseload of trial files. His duties include meeting clients and witnesses with a view to obtaining their instructions, analysing and summarising evidence for cases, drafting defence case statements and objections to bad character applications, liaising with police, the CPS and Courts and submitting Legal Aid applications when required.

Saynthan is currently undertaking the Police Accreditation Representative Scheme and will soon be a fully Accredited Police Station Adviser to defend clients at the police station.

His interests include human rights, football and food.

Zeynep Sun

Paralegal


Zeynep joined Leslie Franks Solicitors in May 2016 having graduated with a law degree and later completing her Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the University of Law, Moorgate where she was awarded a Distinction grade overall. Before coming to Leslie Franks Solicitors, Zeynep volunteered at her local Citizen’s Advice Bureau as a Telephone Adviser where she advised on various issues such as Benefit Fraud and Domestic Violence.

Zeynep works as a paralegal assisting and supporting solicitors within the Magistrates’ Court department. Her day-to-day work includes taking client and witness instructions, researching points of law, assisting in preparing trial files which includes analysing and summarising evidence for cases, liaising with clients, police, prosecution and Court and applying for Legal Aid funding where required.

Zeynep is currently undertaking the Police Accreditation Representative Scheme and will soon be a fully Accredited Police Station Adviser to defend clients at the police station.

Zeynep also speaks Turkish as a second language.

Consultants

Robert Kaim

Solicitor


Robert is one of the lawyers who joined us as a Consultant in 2014.

Robert has a wealth of experience in criminal defence having worked in criminal defence preparation, police station advice and advocacy for a number of years.

Robert is experienced in all areas of crime, with a particular interest in cases with mental health issues.

He regularly appears in local Courts and is highly regarded by clients and peers alike. Robert is a committed and personable lawyer, who leaves no stone unturned in his defence of his clients.

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