Increased workload sees law firm Oswestry welcome new lawyer

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One of the region’s largest crime and regulatory criminal defense teams has announced the appointment of a new attorney to help manage its rapidly increasing caseload.

GHP Legal, which has offices in Wrexham, Oswestry and Llangollen and represents clients in over 10 counties in North West England and North Wales in all types of offenses including juvenile offenses , named Alex Mackenzie.

Alex joins GHP Legal from Howard and Byrne in York, where as a Magistrate’s Court Duty Counsel and Prison Lawyer, she has developed a reputation for her approachable and caring way of working with minors, adults and IPP (Imprisonment for Public Protection) prisoners.

Over the past few years, GHP Legal has built up a large specialist prison law team dedicated to protecting the rights of prisoners and providing comprehensive advice and assistance from conviction to the end of their sentence.

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With three of its 11 partners on its criminal team, the firm won the only legal aid tender awarded in North Wales to provide advice and representation in prison law in 2017.

Emma Simoes, head of prison law, said the contract meant the care and advice provided to clients during their criminal proceedings should no longer end at the custody stage, but could continue throughout their sentence .

Speaking of his appointment, Alex said: “Joining GHP Legal has allowed me to pursue my interest in working in prison law.

“Since graduating as a lawyer and working with people accused of crime, I have gained a deep understanding of the sense of isolation that inmates often experience, and that’s what drives me to wanting to safeguard their interests and help them see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

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