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Based in Kentish Town, North London, Leslie Franks Solicitors Limited is a privately owned Law firm established in 2003.
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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 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.
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.
Upon accepting the position of Practice Manager Kavita 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.
Kavita 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.
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.
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
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.
Bob is an experienced Criminal Lawyer. He has been involved in a wide range of criminal cases of all types, acting for both Crown and now defence. His area of expertise include financial frauds including VAT and tax offences, drug importation and dealing, money laundering and general crime.
Bob joined HM Revenue & Customs (then known as HM Customs & Excise) in 1993, he was promoted to the role of a Customs Officer with the Anti-Smuggling team in 1996. On completing the Law degree and Legal Practice Course he joined the Solicitors' Office (Revenue & Customs Prosecution Office) in 2001 on promotion. In 2012 he qualified as a Lawyer whilst with the Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters. He then joined the Serious Fraud Office in 2016 as an Investigative Lawyer. Bob is a great lover of chess and the author of the book Chess and Criminal Trials.
Bob has joined the team with Leslie Franks Solicitors in July 2018.
Shaheen qualified as a Solicitor in October 2016 and Joined Leslie Franks Solicitors in March 2018. He was awarded an LLB (Hons) degree with distinction in Law from London Metropolitan University and acquired his post-graduate diploma in Legal Practice from BBP Law School.
He previously worked as a Court Associate for the Ministry of Justice and sat as a Justice of the Peace (Magistrate) from 2009 to 2017 at Thames & Stratford Magistrates Court. Shaheen worked in Immigration and family law before specialising in criminal litigation.
Shaheen has experience in the full range of criminal litigation allegations including road traffic, public order offences, sexual offences, dishonesty offences and drug related offences. Shaheen has conducted trials before the Magistrates Court and the Youth Court.
He has significant experience of representing clients from all different backgrounds including those with mental health problems, addiction or other vulnerability issues.
Shaheen is police station accredited and has achieved his Magistrates Court duty solicitor qualification and is moving towards achieving Higher Rights Qualification.
Zeynep joined Leslie Franks Solicitors in May 2016 having graduated with an Honours Degree in Law and later completing her Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the University of Law, Moorgate where she was awarded a Distinction grade overall. She is currently undertaking a Masters (Part-Time) in Crime and Litigation seeking to expand on her knowledge further and later intends to undertake a training contract followed by attaining higher rights of advocacy.
Zeynep started Leslie Franks as a paralegal but through her passion for Criminal Defence, she has successfully become a fully Accredited Police Station Representative. She now has extensive experience and a well-earned record of successfully representing clients right from the beginning stages at the police station through to the Magistrates’ Court stages. She has assisted in not only defending clients ranging from youths to very vulnerable clients in a various amount of criminal areas such as Theft, Fraud, ABH and Sexual Assaults but also successfully helped in appealing convictions from the Magistrates’ Court in the Crown Court. Zeynep’s day-to-day work includes representing clients at the police station when arrested, taking client and witness instructions, researching points of law, analysing and summarising evidence for cases, liaising with clients and making representations to police, prosecution and the Courts. Zeynep also has a knowledge on applying for Legal Aid funding for both employed, self-employed and unemployed clients.
Zeynep speaks Turkish as a second language and her main interest is Judo where she competes regularly with her local club.
Diana is a highly ambitious legal professional, who graduated from Middlesex University in June 2017 with a first class LLB honours degree. Whilst studying for her degree she was also interning as a legal assistant. Soon after graduating from university, she secured her first paralegal position within a Clinical Negligence department.
Diana joined Leslie Franks as a paralegal in early February 2018, as she wished to pursue a career within criminal law. Diana has found crime to be an area she enjoys working within, with the variety of challenges it brings and the opportunity to assist with trial preparations.
Diana wishes to cross-qualify and become a US attorney and UK solicitor. She has sat the New York Bar exam in July 2018. She also hopes to become police station accredited in the near future.
Diana speaks a second language, Farsi fluently and is in the process of learning Spanish in her free time due to her passion for travel and exploring different cultures.
Jeannel gained her undergraduate degree from the University of East London and went on to complete the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law. She joined the firm in February 2018 and is a member of the Crown Court department where she is involved in all aspects of case preparation.
Jeannel has previously volunteered as a Trainee Assessor at the Citizen Advice Bureau and as a Student Advisor at the Family Law Advice Clinic at the University of Law.
Ameenah graduated from London South Bank University after reading Forensic Science. During her studies she applied herself to a variety of applied sciences but also developed a keen interest in the in matters related to criminal law. From here, Ameenah decided to further her interest by focussing her academic studies in the field of Criminal Litigation by studying the LLM.
Ameenah joined the Magistrates’ Department at Leslie Franks in June 2018 where she works closely with solicitors on a range of matters. Her tasks include trial preparation such as analysing and summarising evidence, liaising with clients, the police and the Crown Prosecution Service. Ameenah is currently developing a keen interest in police station matters concerning client’s who have been released under investigation.
Ameenah enjoys learning and experiencing new cultures. She is currently immersing herself in East Asian Cultures and also possesses HSK Level 1 Certificate in Mandarin.
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.