Our team are committed to giving the best possible advice and settling your legal matters with minimal fuss or aggravation. With each having multi disciplinary specialisms in different areas of law, allows for their skills to be utilised when identifying and foreseeing any other legal issues ensuring our client’s case and position is preserved and protected.We aim to remove as much stress as possible from a legal situation, by providing clear, understandable advice in a personal and friendly manner.

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Criminal Law

Harun Matin

Head of Crime

Harun is a Londoner who has studied, qualified and practised here. As a trainee, he found a great interest in Criminal Law whilst undertaking work to assist the Solicitors on the well-known Baby P case. Once he qualified, Harun was not only instructed in other high profile cases such as a complex multi-million pound Fraud against O2 the network provider and the M1 arson case, causing more than £4million of damage, but also developed a working knowledge of Extradition laws and has continued pursuing this.

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A couple of years later, Harun was approached to join a specialist Extradition team in another London firm. He has, over time, become a well-known face at the Westminster Magistrates Court, which is the only court in England and Wales which deals with serious and complex Extradition matters.

Professional memberships:

Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme
Black and Ethnic Minority Lawyers Association
Society of Bangladeshi Solicitors
Extradition Lawyers Association

Selected cases:

– R (on the application of Mechlinski) v Westminster Magistrates’ Court [2015]- successful judicial review of extradition to Poland.
– ZZ v Ministry of Justice Lithuania [2014]- successful appeal overturning decision to extradite a single mother to Lithuania for fraud offences committed.

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Lynne Gothard

Supervising Solicitor

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.

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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.

Professional memberships:

The Law Society for England and Wales
Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme
Education: Sheffield university

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Joe Davis

Criminal Solicitor

Joe joined us in the early part of 2016 after travelling from South Wales to join the London legal circuit. He stems from Southampton where he was privately educated, at The Gregg Independent School, before travelling to Nottingham to undertake his Law degree. He was offered a place at Cardiff Law School to undertake his Legal Practice Course and whilst undertaking this was provided the opportunity to become a Solicitor. He is also currently undertaking a Masters course in Legal Practice in his spare time.

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In order for Joe to become a Solicitor, he spent the majority of his training and early part of his career working in Civil Litigation. He worked for several reputable law firms in the South Wales area building a reputation in personal injury matters. This background is of great benefit as Joe has brought some excellent skills into the Criminal Law Team at Hayes Law. Not only does he have an eye for detail and recognise the smallest of inconsistencies, but his level of preparation is second-to-none when matters are before the Courts.

Joe is another one of our team who has obtained his TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification. He has as a result spent considerable time in a number of countries including England, Italy, Cambodia and Thailand, teaching English. During this time, he gained a knowledge and understanding of the Thai language to be able to communicate proficiently which can be used if required for conferences with clients.

Bringing an excellent contribution to the team ethic, Joe is regularly called upon to assist in analysing and assessing evidence against the client and thereafter advocating those findings at the Magistrates Courts with confidence and assertiveness.

Joe is a very keen footballer previously playing for local, university and county teams. He is in the process of signing to a local Legal football team and sharing his passion with other lawyers. He also actively encourages the integration of religions and undertook the organisation of an inter-faith football tournament after getting the idea from his Uni days when he sat as the Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent University Jewish Society Secretary and events coordinator. Feedback resulted in it being such a memorable occasion that he is looking to coordinate similar tournaments in London. Joe is also involved with our Outreach programmes in the community providing information to Young Persons and locals about the law and how it affects their rights

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Clovis Ilunga

Paralegal

Clovis began work at the start of 2015 as a Legal Assistant for all departments. Clovis has fast progressed in his career as a Criminal Paralegal assisting fee earners in the Criminal Department with their cases.

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Clovis will shortly be commencing his training to become a Police Station Representative and aspires to become a fully qualified solicitor.

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