Aleksander Lloyd Barrister (Called 2015, Admitted 2000)
Aleks is a criminal defence barrister, prior to being called as a barrister he was practising as a solicitor with higher rights of audience. Aleks is a very experienced trial advocate, having acted in a number of jury trials. Aleks was admitted as a solicitor in 2000 after completing his training contract with Taylor Street. He has specialised in criminal law ever since. He qualified as a Duty Solicitor in 2003 and then as a higher courts advocate in 2007. He was called to the Bar in 2015. He deals with a broad range of criminal matters at all stages, from advocacy at the Magistrates' Court and Crown Court through to appearing at the Court of Appeal. Aleks has particular experience of complex and lengthy conspiracy trials as well as representing vulnerable defendants. Aleks’s outside interests are boxing (holding a white collar undefeated record of 4 fights and 4 wins), coaching kid’s football and hockey.
Notable Cases R v B - Winchester, 2016 – Appeared as trial counsel in a multi-handed conspiracy to supply drugs and conspiracy to blackmail case involving an organised crime group from London. After an 8 week trial the defendant was convicted receiving a 4 year and 6 month sentence of imprisonment.
R v K - Reading, 2016 – Appeared as trial counsel for a man of previous good character faced with one count of threatening a police officer with a firearm. Client was acquitted after trial.
R v C - Winchester, 2015 – Appeared as trial counsel for a long standing client for one count of conspiracy to blackmail which was linked to an allegation of murder. Client was acquitted of blackmail and immediately released.
R v M - Guildford, 2015 – Appeared as trial counsel for an elderly man alleged to have robbed a house mate. The housemate was stabbed a number of times with a kitchen knife during the robbery. The client was convicted after trial and received a 2 year prison sentence suspended for two years.
R v S - Winchester, 2014 – Appeared as trial counsel for a client alleged to be involved in a long running street fight along with his son and 2 of his sons friends. Client and one other acquitted of affray 3 others convicted.
R v W - Reading, 2014 – Appeared for client with severe learning difficulties and an assessed IQ of 54. Was able to assist and advise the defendant in regards to 2 serious allegations of burglary of a dwelling. Sentenced to a 12 month prison sentence suspended for 18 months.
R v E - Reading, 2014 – Appeared for a client who entered guilty pleas to a series of gang related armed street robberies, culminating in a violent aggravated burglary. Defendant received a cumulative sentence of 11 years and 6 months imprisonment. Reduced on appeal.
R v T - Lewes, 2013 – Appeared as a led junior for an absent client involved in a large scale people trafficking ring. 10 week trial resulting in conviction. Dealt with the sentencing hearing on behalf of lead counsel resulted in a sentence of 4 years imprisonment.
R v B - Winchester, 2013 – Appeared as trial counsel for a client alleged to be involved in a planned group robbery. Defendant acquitted despite co-defendants guilty plea.
R v M - Winchester, 2013 – Appeared as trial counsel for a female client alleged to have indecently assaulted two young boys. Defendant acquitted after trial.
R v C - Winchester, 2012 – Appeared as trial counsel for a 16 year old female involved in a complex conspiracy to burgle involving 7 others all of whom were convicted. Client was acquitted after trial.
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.
Richard joined Taylor Street in 2012 as a Trainee Solicitor. He went to the University of Surrey, graduating in 2010 with a LLB(Hons) in Law. He later completed his Legal Practice Course at Guildford College of Law in 2011. Throughout his studies Richard has focused on Criminal Law.
In 2014 Richard qualified as a Duty Solicitor with higher rights of audience, allowing him to represent clients in the senior courts of England and Wales. Richard however currently focuses on representing clients in the Magistrates Courts.
Richard is also an Accredited Police Station Representative and regularly represents clients at the Police Station for all matters. Richard qualified as a Police Station Representative in 2012. Richard is experienced in dealing with extremely serious matters at the police station, and regularly represents client for fraud; serious sexual offences; violent crime, and serious drug offences.
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 High 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.