Chris is a solicitor with Higher Court Criminal rights and as such is able to practice both in the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court. He qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives, and the College of Law at Guildford.
Chris’ area of expertise is Criminal Law, and he has represented clients in several notable cases including allegations of murder involving domestic violence, gang rivalry, and where a diminished responsibility defence was argued. He also has experience of cases involving serious sexual and drug offences including historical rape, complex internet pornography crime and allegations concerning the importation and supply of several million pounds worth of cocaine.
Chris is a rower and has competed for Reading Rowing Club in both the Men’s Squad and Masters. As a PADI qualified Master Scuba Diver and Dive Master, Chris has dived in both the UK and around the World. Road Bike cycling is Chris’ other passion. Relaxation time is spent Reading and Yoga.
Jeremy has been working in criminal law for over 15 years and has covered the spectrum of criminal offences, dealing with matters from speed guns to sawn off shot guns, drugs, sex and death. He defended three of four defendants in the largest ever prosecution brought by the Environment Agency, and the first “cash for crash” prosecution involving a death. He has represented clients in courts from Exeter to Eastbourne, and from Portsmouth to Peterlee.
Away from battling with the police, Jeremy is an active member of his local church, is happily married with four children, and enjoys music and photography.
Andrew Port has been qualified as a solicitor since 1991. He has remained committed to Reading, training with a local firm and eventually setting up his own practice in 2002 before joining forces with John Dexter to form Dexter & Port LLP. Andrew joined Albin & Co on 1st June 2014 to add to the talents and skills of Albin & Co. Andrew has a good rapport with all clients. Andrew has Higher Rights and therefore can represent clients in the Crown Court, however he focuses his attention on the Magistrates Court where he is respected as a skilled and effective advocate.
Out of court Andrew enjoys creative writing and playing the guitar. He has a wife and two sons of whom he is inordinately proud.
Stephen Collins qualified as a Solicitor in 1993 and during the course of his career has represented clients throughout the Thames Valley. A specialist in Criminal defence, Stephen has been involved in every type of case including murder, rape and other serious sexual offences, multi-defendant high value fraud and drug supply conspiracies. He represented huge numbers of environmental protestors during the building of the Newbury by-pass. Stephen is also a duty solicitor and regularly assists detainees at police stations.
In his spare time Stephen enjoys shooting. As such, a particular area of specialism is representation in cases involving the use or misuse of Firearms. Stephen also competes at a high level in fishing matches and is captain of a local squad.
Catherine qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and has been with the firm since it began.
She has experience in defending clients in a wide range of offences including assault, rape, robbery, theft, fraud, drug offences, driving matters and child neglect. She has also represented clients in high profile cases for murder and large scale conspiracy to supply and cultivate Class A and B drugs.
She has dealt with a case concerning breach of licence under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act which was a first of its kind.
Catherine also deals with Proceeds of Crime applications where money is seized by police. She has successfully contested several applications resulting in the money being returned to the clients within 48 hours.
Like her colleagues, Catherine will regularly attend the police station to represent clients and continue to represent them at the Magistrates Court or manage the case should it proceed to the Crown Court.
Catherine is an active outgoing person who enjoys renovation projects in her spare time.
Kate is a prominent well respected, Senior Solicitor who has many years’ experience defending clients; having qualified in 1996 and practiced in the Oxfordshire Buckinghamshire Berkshire area throughout that time. She has assisted and represented a multitude of clients, both privately funded and legally aided. Her practice allows her to attend the police stations where she is able to reassure and protect clients during the daunting prospect of their detention and to represent clients at the Magistrates Court and various other tribunals.
Kate is considered by her clients and colleagues to be one of the most effective Solicitor-Advocates in Oxfordshire, confident, well prepared and persuasive in Court. She has a gentle, calm and reassuring relationship with her clients but this can be very different to the persistence she exhibits in Court on their behalf. She is often recommended by Magistrates and Police. She provides clear advice communicating in plain English. She adopts persistence in identifying any deficiencies in the prosecution case which can legitimately allow her to pursue a defence on behalf of her clients.
Alice is an experienced senior solicitor with over 20 years’ experience representing and defending clients, in Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley area, and London.
She attends the police station for both her own clients and as duty solicitor (for interviews under caution). She is also a Court duty solicitor.
As a defence solicitor Alice sspecialises in serious and complex crime. She has an outstanding reputation and is known for her success in defending serious criminal offences.
She has particular expertise in the following areas:
Fraud, money laundering, complex financial crime, regulatory infringement, serious organised crime conspiracies, international conspiracies, conspiracy to murder, large scale multi defendant drug cases, historic sexual abuse allegations and grooming, lethal and serious violence, and drug trafficking.
Paul Cantrill is a very experienced solicitor who has been practicing in Reading for over 20 years. He deals with the full range of criminal cases from Road Traffic to Homicide and in his career he has represented clients on Murder charges on 8 separate occasions, including one defendant charged with a double murder.
He has managed to obtain acquittals for a number of clients in these cases including one that featured on Crime Watch and another where the Court of Criminal Appeal quashed the conviction on a legal point.
He has also dealt with allegations of serious violence, conspiracy to supply drugs, fraud and sexual offences.
Like other solicitors in this firm he is committed to providing continuity of representation and advice, so that even where a case goes to Crown Court and a barrister is in instructed, Paul will still be responsible for the overall running of the case.
Paul is married with two children aged 12 and 7. He enjoys playing tennis and regularly turns out for the locals solicitors’ Five a side football team.
Tony was admitted in 1991 to the roll of Solicitors and became a Duty Solicitor in 1992 and has specialized in Criminal defence ever since. He has worked in various firms in Swindon for the last 25 years and is well known in the local Courts and Police stations in Wiltshire and Bath.
He has represented clients in a wide range of cases ranging from public order offences to more complex matters such as Murder, Rape, Fraud, and large drug conspiracies.
Tony has, over the years, developed a special interest in motoring cases. He has recognised the devastating effect, for example, a disqualification can have on a household. Not only specialising on arguing “Special Reasons” or ‘Exceptional Hardship” to avoid penalty points or disqualification, Tony specialises in all motoring related offences.
Clients have appreciated Tony’s friendly and professional manner in which they have received honest, clear, effective and practical advice presented simply and without any un-necessary legal jargon.
Tony is a family man with two children. His spare time is spent watching his son’s football practice and being part of the local Scout group. Tony is also a keen supporter of Swindon Town FC and Bath Rugby.
Nicola is a law graduate from The University of Nottingham who qualified in 1999. She specialises in both Crime and Mental Health Law. Nicola was a partner at a large Bristol practice before relocating to Reading in 2003 for family reasons.
Nicola qualified as a Duty Solicitor in 2001 and obtained Higher Rights of Audience in 2004. She is able to represent clients at all stages of the criminal justice process. She has dealt with a wide range of cases throughout her career, including Manslaughter, Murder, Possession of Firearms, Rape, Robbery, Child Neglect cases and many others. Nicola conducts trials herself in the Magistrates Court wherever possible and engages senior Counsel where appropriate for Crown Court cases.
She has been a member of the Legal Services Commission Crime Peer Review Panel since 2006. This panel assists in determining what constitutes competence in Criminal Law and ensuring standards are maintained among the profession.
Nicola has been a member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal Panel since the year 2000. She has extensive experience representing clients at Tribunals and Hospital Manager’s Meetings. Nicola has practised widely in local hospitals, medium secure units and High Security Hospitals.
Jan Davis specialises in criminal law and mental health law.
Jan started her career as a solicitor working for a firm in Soho, London, moving to Reading in 1986. Concentrating on criminal law, she became particularly involved in drug offences and helped with a needle exchange and setting up a support group for the parents of drug users.
Jan has Higher Rights in the Crown Court and so is able to conduct trials herself. She has also appeared before the Court of Appeal where she successfully appealed a manifestly excessive sentence.
Jan in her spare time is an enthusiastic linguist, speaking French, German and Spanish and is currently learning Polish. Having spent three years in Denmark, she is also fluent in Danish.
Jan also has two books under her belt, “The Criminal Advocate Survival Guide” and “Criminal Justice under Siege”.
Paul Gilmartin qualified as a solicitor in 1994. He specialised in criminal law in 1995 and has over 20 years of experience in this field. Formerly a senior partner in J C Wroe and co, Paul has dealt with the most serious of cases and gets results including amongst many others in the last 2 years alone, the successful defence of a defendant charged with 2 gang murders in Milton Keynes, attempted murder in reading and a regional drug supply conspiracy in South Wales. He has a nationally established practice representing clients in all parts of the country. Alongside serious Crown Court work, Paul is at home in a magistrates court trial with a success rate second to none. He is married with children and spends his time between his Gloucestershire home and Reading. He is a keen sportsman in his spare time.
Martin Jackson qualified as a Solicitor in 1986, and ran his own practice as part of Reading Solicitors Chambers between 1993 and 2011. His last case as a sole practitioner involved acting as solicitor and junior trial advocate in a high profile murder where a defence of diminished responsibility was successfully deployed following recent changes to the law.
He has been a Higher Courts (Criminal) Solicitor Advocate since 2002; sat as a Deputy District Judge (Magistrates Courts) since 2005; and was appointed as a Crown Court Recorder in 2009. He has also sat as a Legal Assessor in the GMC since 2010, and is one of the solicitors appointed as a member of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in 2015.
A Solicitor for the Magistrates’ Court Team based in our Reading Office, Rajah joined Albin & Co in June 2012 having been working in Criminal Law since 2007. He has gained considerable experience having worked on the full spectrum of criminal cases, including a number of high profile cases, prior to being admitted as a Solicitor in 2014 after successfully completing his training contract with us.
Rajah’s specialisation is in criminal law. Rajah is a Solicitor who appears in the Magistrates’ Court and is a very experienced accredited police station representative. Rajah is also experienced in Crown Court and has handled high profile cases such as Murder, Grievous Bodily Harm, Complex Fraud, Sexual Offences and various drug cases.
Rajah is extremely passionate about the criminal justice system and has a unswerving determination to defend the rightsof those who are subjected to the criminal justice system, whether victim or suspect.
Rajah is fluent in Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi.
Anna trained as a solicitor in London having previously worked as a paralegal specialising in Criminal Law. She obtained her Police Station Accreditation in 2014 and since then has represented clients on a wide range of matters, from motoring offences to indictable only offences such as rape and robbery.
Anna attended University of Surrey where in 2011 she obtained a BSc in Sociology before then completing her GDL and LPC at University of Law. Her professional memberships include The Howard League for Penal Reform and Amicus.
When Anna is not hard at work she enjoys running, having completed the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in October, and travelling, having spent two summers working in New York.”
Sidra is a Solicitor currently working within the Crown Court Department, she has worked on a range of serious cases such as murder, violent crimes, robbery, historic sexual offences and kidnapping. Sidra has previously worked closely with the ‘Joint Enterprise Not Guilty by Association’ (JENGbA) on high profiled murder cases.
Further, Sidra specialises within the Prison Law department and represents clients at their Adjudication and Parole Board Hearings. She assists with making representations on behalf of clients for their Home Detention Curfew, Sentencing Planning, Recall and Categorisation.
Sidra believes passionately that Clients receive an exceptional standard of service. She prides herself on her client care. Having a good rapport with clients, understanding their needs, and working within their best interest at all times.
Sidra has completed her Police Station Accredited Qualification, which means she is qualified to represent individuals in the police station. Further, Sidra is fluent in Urdu and Punjabi. Sidra is an outgoing person, enjoys socialising, and is a member of the Nemesis kickboxing club.
Bartek joined Albin & Co in August 2017 as a Trainee Solicitor, to work in the Criminal and Mental Health departments. Previously he worked for an Oxfordshire firm for 3 years, in the Criminal department, and in that time gained his Police Accreditation and Legal Practice Course qualification.
Bartek has also attained a Distinction in his Masters in Law, and coupled with his passion to succeed for his clients makes him a formidable opponent for the Police and Prosecution.
Bartek enjoys helping people from his local area with their legal issues, and has also run a children’s football team in his community.
He also trains in Muay Thai and goes to the gym, when time will permit.
He speaks, reads, and writes fluently in Polish, so is well positioned to assist anybody whose first language is Polish, and may have difficulties with technical words in English.
Andrew is a police station accredited representative, which means he is qualified to represent those detained in police stations. In addition he works with the Crown Court department.
Karla works in the Crown Court department and has helped in preparing all types of criminal cases including allegations of murder, rape, violent disorder, robbery and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. She also has experience in complex Proceeds of Crime cases. As part of her role within the Crown Court department Karla assists barristers from London and Oxford in reviewing the evidence, instructing experts, and speaking to witnesses.
Karla started her career working for Andrew Port followed by Dexter and Port and has accumulated over 9 years experience.
In her spare time Karla enjoys attending local gigs and reading as well as decorating and home improvements.