Crown Court Advocacy

Legal Aid is available if your case is transferred to the Crown Court.  Depending on your financial circumstances you may be required to pay a Contribution to the Court towards your Legal Aid.

You have a choice of Advocate to represent you at the Crown Court.  Your Solicitor may recommend an advocate to you based on their experience and availability.  Our Solicitors work closely with your Advocate to fully prepare your case for the Crown Court.  Conferences can be arranged at any of our offices or sometimes in Chambers.  We have a vast range of contacts at Chambers across the UK, Whilst we have our own capable and experienced Advocates at Eastgate Chambers, depending upon your choice and also the experience required for your case, we will instruct Advocates from other Chambers including 25 Bedford Row, Doughty Street, Park Chambers, Regent Chambers, St Ives and the Public Defender Service, amongst others.

Chris Clark qualified as a Solicitor in 1979 and obtained Higher Rights of Audience in 2006 enabling him to conduct cases in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal as a Solicitor Advocate.  Chris is well-known by the people of Staffordshire and beyond for his expertise in Criminal Defence.  Over the years Chris has developed a specialism in Fraud Trials and also cases involving serious criminal matters such as Murder and Drugs Conspiracy cases.

David Houldcroft qualified as a Solicitor in 1991 with Higher Rights of Audience enabling him to conduct cases in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal as a Solicitor Advocate.

David is well known across the Midlands with over 25 years of experience in criminal defence work.  He has previously been a principal member of his own law firm for a number of years but now focuses on high profile advocacy work, spending most days at Court.  David has defended at numerous trials including allegations of rape, historic sexual assault, Dangerous driving, assault, public order, drugs and many more.  He has also been led by QC on a five week Murder trial.  As our in-house Advocate, David works closely alongside;

Our Door Tenant Barrister Catherine O’Reilly was called to the bar in 1998.

Catherine has defended in a wide range of criminal cases before the Crown Court.  She has over 20 years of experience in cases involving serious violence (including murder), the supply of drugs and theft. In addition Catherine has particular experience in defending those accused of sexual offences. Matters have included allegations of rape, historic offences and young complainants. Catherine has also acted as Junior Counsel in a notable Terrorism case of a female suspected of being a member of ISIS.