Asha joined Taylor Street in 2012 when she was admitted as a solicitor. Prior to this Asha worked at the Magistrates Court for 4 years where she completed her Training Contract and qualified as a solicitor.
Asha represents clients both at the police station and at the magistrates court and has dealt with a wide range of cases since working at the firm, including serious sexual offences, fraud, violent crime and serious drugs cases.
Asha deals with all types of hearings at the Magistrates Court involving both adult and youth clients, from first hearings to trials.
In addition, Asha's past work experience at the Magistrates Court has given her a very in depth knowledge of the mechanics of the court system.
Asha has recently become a certified member of the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme, enabling her to become a fully qualified Duty Solicitor.
Kate Lyon Duty Solicitor - Head of Surrey and Sussex Crown Court Department (Admitted 2004)
Kate has over 15 years of experience in Criminal Defence work and qualified as a solicitor in 2004. She is also an Accredited Police Station Representative and a Duty Solicitor.
She has dealt with a vast number of cases of varying degrees of seriousness both in the Police Station and the Magistrates Court having worked in this area for a number of years.
Kate now heads our Crown Court Department for Surrey and Sussex and London areas. She works closely with Nichola Coleman who is Head of the Crown Court Department for Hampshire and Berkshire at Taylor Street.
Kate has dealt with the most serious and complex crown court cases including rape and other very serious sexual offences, murder and attempted murder, kidnap, false imprisonment, blackmail, child cruelty and poisoning. She also has experience in dealing with Honour based offences and revenge porn.
Kate has represented on many fraud and conspiracy matters including a vast mortgage fraud, drug supply and importation cases and conspiracy to steal. Many of these cases have spanned internationally.
She is particularly experienced at preparing cases for trial and identifying the key issues in the case and the evidence required to defend a client to ensure the best possible representation for that client and his or her case. She also instructs some of the very best experts and barristers in their field in a number of different areas of expertise.
She ensures that clients receive the best legal representation and support throughout their case. She takes pride in her work and in providing excellent client care.