Chris joined the firm as a trainee in 1999 and has since qualified as a Duty Solicitor. Prior to joining Taylor Street Solicitors, Chris was a serving Army officer and he continues to hold the rank of Major within the Territorial Army.
Chris has a great deal of experience of Courts Martial matters because of the close proximity of many military units.
Chris has been providing quality legal service since 1987. He has dealt with cases in Bosnia, Kosivo, Iraq, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, BATUS, Kenya, Germany and various other locations around the world. He has dealt with cases ranging from murder to breach of standing orders and all those in between. He has represented every rank in all three services and has a high success rate in trials.
Chris has dealt with many high profile cases including a murder in Iraq, cases involving interrogators and cases well known within the military community including the "warrior" case involving an incident where a chain gun fired undemanded. The "balloon" case at Rheindahlen and the celebrated "red baps" case which featured in The Sun newspaper.
Craig joined Taylor Street Solicitors in November 2009, having worked since 1995 as a criminal law advocate in Winchester, Basingstoke and Aldershot.
Craig represents clients at all stages of their case, from the police station to the court, and conducts trials in the Magistrates' and Youth Courts. He is a qualified driving instructor and is particularly well placed to advise clients on motoring matters.
Craig also has experience with clients under investigation by the military police.
Eve completed an LLB (Hons) in law from the University of Reading and then obtained her LPC with distinction from Guildford College of Law. She became an Accredited Police Station Representative in 2002 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2003. She then went on to become a Duty Solicitor and has worked exclusively as a solicitor specialising in criminal and military law since then.
Eve has worked on a number of high profile cases, undertaking work in all aspects of criminal and miliary law. She advises clients at the police station, represents clients in the Magistrates' and Youth Court and carries out Magistrates' and Crown Court case preparation, as well as conducting summary trials. As an experienced advocate, she currently spends most of her time in the Magistrates' Court.
Lance Whiteford is a highly experienced Lawyer with 14 years criminal practice under his belt. He appears in the Crown Court on a daily basis and also regularly at the Court of Appeal.
His cases include offences of violence including murder and manslaughter, the importation of drugs, sexual offences , robbery, burglary, serious driving offences including death by dangerous driving, firearms offences as well as fraud and other offences of dishonesty.
Although a robust cross examiner in jury trials lance is often praised for his kind and understanding nature when dealing with vulnerable clients.
Nichola qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1990 and went on to qualify as an Accredited Police Station Representative in 1995. In 1997, she qualified as a Solicitor through the College of Law, Guildford. She is a member of the Complex Crime Unit Very High Cost Case Panel and has prepared a number of very high cost cases, including fraud, drug importation, violent disorder, robbery and GBH. Nichola joined Taylor Street Solicitors in July 2010.
Nichola is also experienced in preparing Crown Court cases, notably including massive drug importation of cocaine from Columbia. She prepared a high profile Crown Court case for a client charged with abduction, rape and murder, which involved the client being extradited from India to stand trial. She has also prepared cases for clients charged with murder, attempted murder, rape, GBH, perjury and robbery.
Nichola has recently prepared notable Crown Court case in which a female escort was charged with murder of her client. Client was acquitted of murder and convicted of manslaughter.
She has also acted for client charged with £10 million fraud and the subsequent confiscation proceedings.
Aside from Crown Court preparation, Nichola advises at civilian and military police stations. Her Courts Martial experience includes preparing a high profile case in which the client was charged with murder in Iraq. She has acted for military personnel in military police station interviews in the United Kingdom and Germany.
Currently, Nichola's case load is comprised of Crown Court and police station work. She is a member of the firm's internal police station rota, providing 24-hour advice to clients at the police station.
Sharon was admitted in 1995. She spent a number of years as a Legal Adviser in the magistrates court before working as a duty solicitor for firms including Taylor Street.
Sharon then returned as a Legal Adviser in the Magistrates court between 2003 and 2010. She then re-joined Taylor Street in 2010 and now specialises in preparing Magistrates Court Cases for trial. She has an in depth knowledge of the workings of the Magistrates Court due to her experience which puts her in an ideal position to prepare the cases for trial.
Stuart Western Higher Court Advocate (Admitted 1998)
Specialising in crime ever since qualifying in 1998, Stuart became a Duty Solicitor in 2000 and Higher Courts Advocate (Solicitor Advocate) in 2002. Employed by Taylor Street since 2008 he now deals with a broad range of offences at the police station through to advocacy in the Crown Court, mostly serious crime including high profile homicides and assorted violence, theft, dishonesty, sex and drugs.
Head of the Court Martial department at Taylor Street, Stuart has defended clients at the RMP and before Courts Martials in the UK and overseas since coming to Aldershot in 1999.
Stuart is an expert in motoring and road traffic law with many years experience helping motorists through the ordeal of facing a Magistrates' Court, successfully defending many cases or arguing to keep a driving licence.