Lynne Gothard

Lynne, originally from Sunderland, is one of our Senior Solicitors who works in the criminal department. She is an integral member of staff due to her level of experience and knowledge within the sector.

Lynne also assists other members of the team with their training in order for them to obtain additional qualifications.

Consistently found within the Magistrates Courts, Lynne is an excellent Advocate providing advice to clients in relation to extremely serious criminal offences but also attends at the police station to assist in the interview procedures. Lynne is not afraid to protect the rights of her clients and has a genuine passion for advocacy after initially being called to the Bar. She then converted those qualifications to be a Solicitor and spent her early years working in the Magistrates Courts as a Legal Advisor to the Magistrates and District Judges. This allowed her to understand the thought processes of the Magistrates when they make decisions about defendants and has proved extremely beneficial in her technique when using her advocacy skills.

Not only does Lynne excel in her advocacy, but she also builds strong rapports with clients. They feel reassured and relieved knowing that Lynne is conducting their case and that no stone remains unturned. She listens to the instructions and provides strong and accurate advice so that a client knows exactly where they stand and what will happen next.

Aside from her work commitments, Lynne is very passionate about volunteering in the community. She has previously been a Trustee for the Acton Homeless Concern organisation. She has also represented parents and carers as a Foundation Trust Councillor at Great Ormond Street Hospital and continues to be involved with other projects in her local community. As part of the voluntary work, Lynne has obtained training to work with Young People who have suffered significant trauma and disruption in their lives. Because of the knowledge Lynne has gained with these projects and having an active hands-on approach, she works extremely well with Young People and Adults with learning and physical disabilities understanding how important it is to approach each person individually with patience and understanding.

The Law Society for England and Wales
Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme