Email : CNewsome@watsonwoodhouse.co.uk
I am a trainee solicitor with a dual role in both the crime and family departments of Watson Woodhouse and our sister company, Macks.
I completed my law degree at Durham University and obtained a first class honours. I then went on to achieve distinctions in both my legal practice course and master’s degree at the University of Law. My masters focused on the evaluation of alternative dispute resolution methods in family cases.
I have always had a keen interest in both criminal and family law throughout my studies. For example, in 2016 I spent one month in California whereby I was given the opportunity to work on a death penalty case, and I have also marshalled at Durham Crown Court whereby I spent time in the judge’s chambers.
As part of my criminal seat I attend police stations and assist clients both day and night, being a fully accredited police station representative. I have represented in all types of case, ranging from low value theft to the more serious offences of rape and murder. I also have case progression responsibilities which involves preparing, reviewing and progressing criminal cases so that they are trial ready.
In terms of my family role, I am involved in a range of private family matters, including divorce, finances upon relationship breakdown, and child applications. I regularly advise clients, attend court hearings with counsel, and draft various court applications.
I also take an active part in providing free legal advice at our Law Clinics and qualify in 2020.