Joe Davis and Sarah Moulange acted for a client accused of arson, following a fire to the house her and her daughter were sleeping in. The prosecution instructed a fire expert, who concluded that only our client could have set the fire from inside the locked house, indicating that it could only have been deliberate ignition. Our client was at risk of losing her child and serving a lengthy prison sentence if found guilty of starting the fire, which caused thousands of pounds worth of damage. The evidence against her was strong, however together with Emma Reed of 33 Bedford Row, they managed to demonstrate that there were numerous potential causes of the fire, casting a very reasonable doubt on the likelihood that our client deliberately caused the fire. Our client was vocal about her innocence from the outset and was eventually acquitted after a five day trial in the Crown Court. Please feel free to contact us in complete confidence should you wish to discuss any new matter or case with one of the specialist criminal defence solicitors. Whatever the time of day or night, members of our expert and dedicated team will respond to urgent calls for assistance. [...]
We are delighted to announce that we have launched a new Care Department, based in our St Paul’s office in London. The aim of the department is to further enhance the range of legal support the firm can offer to its ever increasing clientele. Led by Sheena Donlon, the department will focus on representing clients in the South of England.
Sheena has considerable experience in advocacy at the Family Proceedings Court, County Court and High Court and has represented parents, family members and children in public law proceedings (including Emergency Protection Orders, Care Orders, Supervision Orders and Secure Accommodation orders. She’s an accredited member of the Law Society’s Children Panel since 2014 which allows her to represent children in highly complex matters, involving Local Authority Care and Supervision Proceedings.
She also represents clients in private law matters involving Child Arrangements, Special Guardianship and Parental Responsibility applications.
Having recently doubled its staff count in Birmingham, Kent & Coventry, the establishment of the new team is part of the firm’s strategy to expand its specialist offering to other areas of law.
Head of Family, Kirsty Richards, welcomed Sheena, commenting:
The aim of the new department is to focus on the care work already being undertaken by our specialist solicitors in our various branches, by specifically having a dedicated team dealing exclusively with public children law work. NLS is keen to establish a stronghold in London and the surrounding areas in respect of this type of work and with Sheena’s leadership, the team will develop in the coming months to achieve that goal.
As we continue to expand our firm’s nationwide presence of 19 branches we are now recruiting for a passionate and ambitious Supervising Solicitors or Legal Executives who will rise to the challenge of managing their own branch for which we already have an existing wealth of work waiting for you. You will be a member of the Law Society’s Family or Children Law Accreditation Schemes or a Resolution Accredited Specialist.
You will be joining a highly skilled and reputable Family team, responsible for a caseload of predominantly funded family work covering the full spectrum of Family Law matters including private children law, public children law and domestic abuse. The support of our experienced management team allows you to focus on the priority of assisting your clients and growing your own team of Solicitors and Legal Assistants.
NLS are proud to offer you the opportunity to progress your career in a senior position with a next generation firm.
If you wish to apply, then please email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, call 0203 601 5051 and ask to speak with our HR team.